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Senator Steven Oroho

Senator Anthony Bucco
Senator Joe Pennacchio
Senator Mike Doherty
Senator Steve Oroho

Senate Republican Budget Members Compliment the Administration’s Responsible Transportation Plan

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Both Sides of the Aisle Praise Commissioner Simpson’s Efforts

The five Republican members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee issued the following statement complimenting the Christie Administration’s transportation plan.

“New Jersey’s interconnected transportation network is critical to the economic well-being of this state. In this tough budget environment it is difficult to provide the necessary resources to adequately maintain our transportation infrastructure.

“The FY ’12 Capital Program appropriation provides $3.5 billion in funds to keep our roads, bridges and trains in good condition. These monies are appropriated without any new taxes or additional borrowing.

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Senator Anthony Bucco
Senator Joe Pennacchio
Senator Mike Doherty
Senator Steve Oroho

Senate Republican Budget Members Call for Immediate End to Ill-Conceived Early Release Program

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The five Republican members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee agreed today with Governor Christie, Attorney General Dow and former Governor Corzine that the provision requiring early release of inmates in the law be immediately repealed:

“It is unfortunate that the commitment that former Governor Corzine received to repeal this ill-conceived provision of the law was not honored. In fact, Governor Corzine at the time he signed the bill, issued a signing statement that reads in part; ‘that the provision of the bill that would require parole release six months before the maximum expiration of the sentence in cases where the No Early Release Act does not apply, will be removed through immediate remedial legislation.’

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Senator Anthony Bucco
Senator Joe Pennacchio
Senator Mike Doherty
Senator Steve Oroho

Senate Republican Budget Members Call for Hearings on Higher Education Task Force Recommendations

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The five Republican members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee lauded the Governor’s commitment to quality, affordable, higher education in New Jersey as evidenced by the work of Governor Christie’s Higher Education Task Force. The Senators called for immediate hearings to consider the Task Force’s recommendations:

“It is critically important that we take immediate steps to moderate the rise in tuition rates in New Jersey. The Senate would greatly benefit from immediate hearings on the report and from the Task Force’s chairman, Former Governor Thomas Kean.”

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Oroho Bill Reforming Government Regulations Becomes Law

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Legislation a Result of Governor’s Red Tape Review Group

Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Morris, Hunterdon) that would simplify and stabilize the rulemaking processes for state agencies was signed into law today. A-2721/S-2013 extends the expiration date of state regulations to seven years from five and establishes a new procedure for the re-adoption of rules without substantive changes.

“The five-year sunset provision is an unnecessarily burdensome requirement for well-established rules, ” stated Oroho. “Under this requirement, agencies must undertake the full rule-making process for established rules, regardless of whether any issues have arisen or been identified with the current regulatory scheme.

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Senator Anthony Bucco
Senator Joe Pennacchio
Senator Mike Doherty
Senator Steve Oroho

Republican Members of Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee Praise Administration for Fiscal Discipline

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The Republican members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee agreed with State Treasurer Sidamon-Eristoff that continued fiscal discipline is required to continued New Jersey’s recovery from the most severe recession in more than 70 years. The Republican members of the Committee are: Senators Bucco, Oroho, Pennacchio, O’Toole and Doherty.

“The testimony presented by the State Treasurer clearly shows that, while we have a long way to go on the road to recovery, the Administration’s commitment to fiscal discipline is working. The state revenue picture is better, and more stable, today than it was just one year ago in the midst of the worst recession our state has seen in 70 years.”

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Oroho Calls for Vote on Bills to End Double Dipping by Elected Officials

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Calling them crucial to restoring public trust in government, state Senator Steve Oroho (R- Sussex/Hunterdon/Morris) called on Senate leadership to move two bills that would end double dipping by elected officials. Senate bills 346 and 1875 would repeal provisions in current law that allows elected officials to retire in the state’s pension system while continuing to hold office:

“There are few more egregious examples of self dealing than an elected official retiring from the public pension system while continuing to hold, and be compensated for serving in, elected office,” said Oroho.

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Sen. Oroho Supports Gubernatorial Veto Authority Over Independent Agencies that Use Public Funds

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Says Greater Oversight of Taxpayer Money Welcome

Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Morris, Hunterdon) said he strongly supports a proposal put forth by Governor Christie that would extend gubernatorial veto authority over all of the state’s independent authorities, boards and commissions to the Governor’s Office and State Comptroller.

“For far too long many of these agencies have acted independently of oversight and as a result we have uncontrolled spending, salaries, and perks paid for by taxpayers and ratepayers, ” Oroho stated. “Placing greater accountability will lower the costs for the families and businesses that utilize the very necessary services that these agencies provide.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho and Addiego’s Government Transparency Bill Clears Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Morris, Hunterdon) and Dawn Marie Addiego (R-Burlington) that would require all state agency rules to be published in the New Jersey Register was recently passed by the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee.

“This legislation is about government transparency and leveling the playing field for small business owners, ” Oroho stated. “By requiring agency rules to be published we can help eliminate unnecessary costs and inefficiencies that serve as a roadblock to company growth and job creation.”

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Oroho Bill Streamlining Government Regulations Signed Into Law

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Morris, Hunterdon) that reforms New Jersey’s burdensome regulatory structure was recently signed into law. This regulatory reform measure was a recommendation of the governor’s Red Tape Review Commission of which Senator Oroho is a member.

“By simplifying and streamlining the regulatory process we are making government more effective and efficient without compromising public safety or environmental protection, ” Oroho stated. “While one regulation may not close a business or prevent it from expanding, the cumulative effect of thousands of regulations on New Jersey’s books could be devastating. We need to make sure New Jersey remains a competitive state where individuals and small businesses can thrive without fear of unnecessary government interference.”

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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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