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Oroho: Oversight of Temporary Transitional Aid Essential for Program’s Success

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“Oversight Language Initially Removed in Democrat Sponsored Budget”

Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Morris, Hunterdon), a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement today following Governor Christie’s announcement that he would support full funding of temporary, transitional aid in the FY 2012 Budget as long as appropriate oversight of the program is restored. Senator Oroho is the prime sponsor of Senate Bill 3009 that would strengthen, by state statute, the State’s oversight of municipalities that receive additional aid:

“State aid must be awarded equitably, whether through the Transitional Aid Program, education aid or regular municipal aid. Given our current financial circumstances we need to make sure every tax dollar is spent effectively and efficiently.

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Oroho: Democrat Budget Built on Fantasy and Faulty Assumptions

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Senator Steve Oroho (R- Sussex, Morris, Hunterdon), a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement today following the passage of the Democrat sponsored Fiscal Year 2012 state budget:

“Over the past 10 years, the Democrat majority have been intent on pushing through dramatic tax increases, and irresponsible budget gimmicks to fund an insatiable desire to spend taxpayer dollars. It is no coincidence that during this same period it was the first time in recorded history where the state had less private sector jobs at the end of the decade than we had at the beginning.

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Oroho: Democrat Budget a Concern for New Jersey’s Future

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Proposal built on a $1 billion of Unsubstantiated and Unrealistic Revenue

Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Morris Hunterdon) issued the following statement today regarding the Democrats recently proposed budget:

“The Democrat budget is based on nearly $600 million in dubious revenue including $300 million in efficiencies that have not been identified and $289 million in an income tax windfall that does not exist and has not been certified. This is on top of a $300 million shortfall due to the loss of health benefits savings as a result of the compromise of the newly enacted pension and healthcare reform legislation.

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Oroho Highlights Ending Double Dip Loophole for Elected Officials in Pension Reform Legislation

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Senator Steve Oroho (R-24) issued the following statement today after the Senate passed S-2937, comprehensive pension reform legislation. Included in the bill is a provision that will prevent elected officials from collecting two public checks at the same time for the same job.

“Since my first days in the Senate I have been pushing to close a loophole in our state’s pension system where elected officials may collect a pension, while continuing to receive a salary in the same elected office from which they supposedly retired. I believe that on pension reform, we, as elected officials, must lead by example or we lack credibility.

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Oroho Welcomes Pension Reform for Elected Officials as Part of Comprehensive Pension Reform Proposal

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Senator Steve Oroho (R-24) issued the following statement regarding yesterday’s Senate voting session in which legislation (S-1875) he sponsored to prevent elected officials from simultaneously collecting a public pension and salary for the same elected position was held from a vote:

“Although my bill was held, I was assured by Senate President Sweeney that the effort to end this pension loophole which I’ve been continuing to champion will be considered in the larger context of the comprehensive pension reform proposal.

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Oroho Legislation Halting Pension Abuse Clears Committee

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Bills Target Double-Dip Loophole Available Only to Elected Officials

Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Morris, Hunterdon) that would prohibit the practice of elected officials taking their pension, while continuing to receive their salary in elected office from which they supposedly retired was passed by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee today.

“The law as it currently stands invites public officials, some of whom collect six figure taxpayer paid salaries for their service, to game the system and collect two public checks at the same time. This amounts to a serious breach of the public trust, ” Oroho stated. “Public service should be about getting something accomplished for the people you serve, not taking as much from the public treasury as you can.”

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Oroho, McHose & Chiusano: Governor’s Decision to Pull Out of RGGI “A Good First Step”

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Governor Chris Christie’s decision to pull out of RGGI – New Jersey’s version of the Cap & Trade energy tax – was applauded today by the 24th District legislative team of Senator Steve Oroho, Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose, and Assemblyman Gary Chiusano. RGGI was rushed through the lame duck Democrat-controlled Legislature and signed into law by then-Governor Jon Corzine in January 2008. Today’s action came after a year-long lobbying effort by grassroots conservatives.

“Governor Christie’s decision to repeal the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI, eliminates a large burden that will make New Jersey more friendly for businesses and affordable for consumers and homeowners,” said Senator Steve Oroho.

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Oroho, McHose & Chiusano Applaud Court Ruling on E-Verify

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State Senator Steve Oroho, Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose, and Assemblyman Gary Chiusano (R-24) praised a United States Supreme Court ruling today sustaining an Arizona law that penalizes businesses for hiring workers who are in the United States illegally. In its ruling, the Court rejected arguments that states have no role in immigration matters.

By a 5-3 vote, the Court said that federal immigration law gives states the power to impose sanctions on employers who hire illegal workers. The law in question was passed by Arizona’s legislature in 2007.

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Oroho, McHose & Chiusano: NJ Supreme Court’s School Funding Decision Supports Unfairness of the Status Quo

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Senator Steve Oroho, Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose and Assemblyman Gary Chiusano (all R-24) expressed concern today after the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that an additional $500 million in tax money be sent to a handful of urban districts. The money had been slated by Governor Chris Christie for property tax relief.

“New Jersey already spends the most money per student in the nation, so our commitment to education should not be in question, ” Oroho stated. “But the Court today has failed to grasp the reality that in this economy and with taxpayers already burdened in the extreme, we simply do not have the endless resources that they seem to think we have. It makes you wonder just how out-of-touch with everyday life these judges are.”

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Oroho Invites Democrats to Join GOP and Co-Sponsor School Funding Reform Bill

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Legislation Would Remove Supreme Court from School Funding Decisions

Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Morris, Hunterdon) sent a letter today inviting Senate President Steve Sweeney and the entire Democratic caucus in the New Jersey Senate to sign on as co-sponsors of SCR-121. The proposed constitutional amendment, sponsored by Oroho, clarifies that the responsibility of determining levels of education funding rests solely with the Legislature, not the Judiciary.

The letter reads, ” For more than two decades an activist Court has improperly assumed the powers of the State Legislature on many issues, including school funding. As a result of past court decisions, New Jersey’s school funding formula has been constructed so that about 60 percent of all state education aid is directed to just a handful of school districts….. If we are to effectively improve educational outcomes for all students in New Jersey, we must increase the Legislature’s ability to adopt critical reforms without being continually hamstrung by an overreaching Court. That is why I have sponsored a constitutional amendment to make it perfectly clear that education funding levels are to be determined at the sole discretion of the Legislature, and not dictated by members of the unelected Judiciary.”

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