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Senator Steven Oroho

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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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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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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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