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Senator Steven Oroho

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Oroho Says Tax Reform Bills Important Part of Job Growth Strategy

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Senator Has Long Been a Champion of These Reforms

Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Morris, Hunterdon) praised the passage of two bills (S-2753 and S-2754) in both houses of the state legislature that would streamline New Jersey’s cumbersome tax structure.  Senator Oroho is a sponsor of both bills.

“For far too long, New Jersey’s unwieldy and outdated tax code has chased our businesses and jobs to neighboring states,” said Oroho. “It’s clear that businesses will stay in or move to states that have tax and regulatory structures that are competitive and consistent, allowing them to plan for the future. These bills will help New Jersey keep the jobs we already have, while making New Jersey a more attractive place for businesses to relocate to and create new jobs.”

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Beck and Oroho Submit Legislation to Stop Simultaneous Collection of Pensions and Public Paychecks

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Senators Jennifer Beck (R- Monmouth/Mercer) and Steve Oroho (R- Sussex/Hunterdon/Morris) have submitted legislation aimed at ending abuse of the state’s pension system. The bill, S-2716, would prohibit retired public employees that return to government service from collecting pension payments while on payroll.

“Pension payments should only be collected by those who have left the government payroll,” said Senator Beck. “Public employees who game the system by collecting a paycheck and a pension check simultaneously commit the worst kind of double dipping. New Jersey’s taxpayers are tapped out, our pension system woefully underfunded, and neither can tolerate this sort of abuse. Nobody should be able to line their pockets in this manner at public expense.”

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Oroho Applauds Governor’s Commitment to Fiscal Responsibility

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Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Morris, Hunterdon), a member of the Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the flowing statement today after Governor Chris Christie’s State Budget Address:

“Last year Governor Christie took office with an unprecedented budget deficit created by years of irresponsible spending and unrestrained growing of government. Since then we have reduced spending by nine percent and held the line on taxes. Trenton’s culture of tax, borrow and spend was supplanted by fiscal discipline and spending restraint.

“Today’s budget address reflects the realities of our time and the serious economic problems we still face. More work needs to be done to correct the damage caused to our state’s economy after eight years of Democrat control.

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Oroho: Supreme Court Thumbs Its Nose at Taxpayers

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Senator Stresses N.J. Already Spends the Most Per Pupil in the Country

Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Morris, Hunterdon), a member of the Senate Budget Committee, disagreed with the state Supreme Court’s decision today that it is not necessary to consider the state’s fiscal crisis in deciding the legality of education spending cuts made by the Christie administration last spring. In January, the state Supreme Court appointed a “special master” to gather additional information and issue a report on the effect of state funding reductions on school districts by March 31.

“With this ruling, the state Supreme Court has essentially said that the vast majority of taxpayers in New Jersey do not matter and deserve no consideration,” stated Oroho. “The Court has declined to consider the plight of our friends and neighbors who are struggling to make ends meet or find a job. As much as they would like to believe that money is no object, we all know it is.”

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Oroho, McHose & Chiusano Support Governor on Need for School Funding Reform

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Senator Steven Oroho, Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose, and Assemblyman Gary Chiusano (R-24 – Sussex, Morris, Hunterdon) were pleased with recent comments made by Governor Christie to re-work the state’s school funding formula and stand ready to assist him in making the funding allocation fairer for the benefit of schools in their legislative district.

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Senator Jennifer Beck
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Oroho/Beck/Kean Authorities Reform Bill Clears Committee

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Legislation co-sponsored by Senators Steve Oroho (R- Sussex/Morris/Hunterdon), Jennifer Beck (R- Monmouth/Mercer), and Sean Kean (R- Monmouth), reforming the salary structure for employees of independent state and local authority has been reported favorably out of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

S-2044 would cap salaries of high ranking authority executives, limit cash outs of unused sick leave, require minimum employee contributions for health benefits, and prohibit bonus compensation, among other reforms.

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Oroho Applauds Christie’s Efforts to Make New Jersey Competitive Again

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Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Morris, Hunterdon) issued the following statement today following Governor Chris Christie’s 2011 State of the State address:

“Today, Governor Christie reiterated his disciplined agenda to push New Jersey forward and reignite our state’s competitive advantage to attract businesses and create jobs.

“By reforming New Jersey’s burdensome regulatory environment, enacting comprehensive tax reform and making government more efficient our state will become an attractive venue for businesses to locate, grow and once again create private sector jobs.

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GOP Bills Streamlining Government Services Clear Senate

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Legislation a Result of Governor’s Red Tape Review Commission

Legislation sponsored by Senators Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Morris, Hunterdon) and Kevin O’Toole (R-Essex, Bergen, Passaic) that would simplify and modernize the rulemaking processes for state agencies passed the Senate today.

“To make our state competitive again, we need to identify and eliminate unnecessary regulations that make it difficult for businesses to stay and grow in New Jersey, ” stated Oroho, a member of the Red Tape Review group. “This legislation will eliminate the regulatory bureaucracy that has hindered economic development and job growth and help put unemployed and underemployed New Jerseyans back to work. Both of these bills will improve the efficiency and consistency of the state’s regulatory structure without compromising public safety or environmental protection.”

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Senate Passes Oroho Measures Simplifying New Jersey’s Tax Code

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Recent Study Reflects Reforms Needed to Make NJ Competitive Again

Two bills sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex) that would streamline New Jersey’s cumbersome tax structure were passed by the New Jersey Senate today. S-1646 simplifies the formula by which business taxes are calculated, requiring a single sales factor formula instead of the current three factor formula. S-1540 provides tax relief to small businesses by allowing taxpayers who generate income from different types of businesses to offset gains from one type of business with losses from another.

“For far too long, New Jersey’s unwieldy and outdated tax code has chased our businesses and jobs to neighboring states, ” said Oroho. “It’s clear that businesses will stay in or move to states that have tax and regulatory structures that are competitive and consistent, allowing them to plan for the future. These bills will help New Jersey keep the jobs we already have, while making New Jersey an attractive place for businesses to relocate to and create new jobs.”

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In Case You Missed It: Praise for Oroho’s State Spending Cap

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Editorial: Double Standard on Spending Cap

The following editorial was published in the Asbury Park Press on January 3, 2011:

Among the important pieces of legislation left on the table when our state senators and Assembly members adjourned for the holidays was one that builds upon the most noteworthy bill passed so far from Gov. Chris Christie’s “toolkit” package to address taxes and government spending.

The bill, sponsored by state Sen. Steven Oroho, R-Sussex, would extend the 2 percent cap on annual spending increases that municipal governments and school districts must adhere to beginning in 2011 to state government. With some exceptions, state government departments and agencies would not be allowed to increase their budgets by more than 2 percent from one year to the next.

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