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Senator Steven Oroho

Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho: NJ Taking Necessary Steps to Become Competitive Again

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Were it not for New Jersey crashing the list of the five worst states, little would have changed from the previous surveys…Respondents said New Jersey’s tax policies were the most likely to dissuade companies from relocating to or expanding in the state. That’s a stunning change for a state that didn’t make the worst five in a single question in our 2000 tax survey.. (2004 State Tax Survey, CFO Magazine)

Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Morris, Hunterdon), a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement today after hearing legislative budget experts testify that the state’s tax revenue may exceed original projections by as much as $430 million this fiscal year:

“Over the past decade Democrats controlled both the Legislature and the Governorship and drove New Jersey’s once proud competitive position into the ground by over-taxation, over-regulation and over-spending. As a result we lost jobs, businesses and tax revenue. Study after study reflects this regression over the past 10 years.

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

Budget Committee Republicans: “Fear Mongers Distort Christie Budget’s Commitment to Healthcare”

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Following a hearing on Governor Christie’s FY 2012 proposed budget appropriations for healthcare, Republican Members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee today praised the administration for maintaining quality healthcare services for those in need:

“The Administration’s proposed budget maintains New Jersey’s commitment to providing access to quality healthcare for those most in need. No amount of politically heated rhetoric can change the fact that this budget proposal increases Charity Care funding by $10 million to $675 million, fully funds PAAD for seniors, or invests $90 million in Graduate Medical Education for our next generation of healthcare providers.

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Senator Oroho’s Tax Reform Measures Become Law

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Bills Will Enhance Our Economy, Create Jobs and Help Start to Make New Jersey Competitive Again

Two key pieces of legislation, sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Morris, Hunterdon) that will streamline New Jersey’s cumbersome tax structure were signed into law today. S-2753 simplifies the formula by which business taxes are calculated, requiring a single sales factor formula instead of the current three factor formula. S-2754 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, and allow those losses to be carried forward for up to twenty years.

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

Senate Republican Budget Committee Members: “Senate Democrats Must Stop Defending Indefensible on Sick Leave Payouts”

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South Brunswick Borrowed $500K to Pay 18 Retiring Employees

Five Republican members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee today asked the Majority Democrats to stop defending the continuation of grotesquely large sick leave payouts to public employees:

“This is simply a waste and abuse of taxpayer dollars.  We are baffled as to why the Majority continues to defend the indefensible. It is totally incomprehensible why they would go to such great lengths to protect this sort of abuse of the taxpayers.”

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Oroho: Report Shows Decade of Democrat Control Cost NJ Jobs

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“A lot of this goes back a decade, when much of the employment growth was from the government sector.” — Nancy Mantell, director of the Rutgers Economic Advisory Service*

Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Morris, Hunterdon), a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, says that a report being released today revealing that New Jersey is not expected to reach 2007 employment levels until at least mid-2016, two years after the rest of the nation, is the legacy of 10 years of Democrats running New Jersey.

“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. The continuously poor handling of our state’s financial affairs forced Moodys Investors Services to place New Jersey’s credit rating on negative outlook in 2009, the last year Governor Corzine was in office.

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

Republican Members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee Call for Action on Higher Education Reforms

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Four Republican members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, Senate Republican Budget Officer Tony Bucco and Senators Steve Oroho, Joe Pennacchio and Mike Doherty called for swift action on higher education “toolkit” reforms proposed by Governor Chris Christie to help improve the affordability of public colleges and universities. The measures are supported by the Governor’s Higher Education Task Force Chairman, former Governor Tom Kean.

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Oroho Calls For Immediate Committee Vote Ending Double-Dip Pension Loophole

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Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex/Hunterdon/Morris) has called for immediate Senate Budget Committee consideration of two bills, S-1875 and S-346, that would prevent elected officials from collecting both a taxpayer-funded paycheck and payments from the public pension system.

In a letter to Senate Budget and Appropriation Committee Chairman Paul Sarlo today, Oroho writes, ‘ I could not agree more with your comments in the Record on April 18th calling for immediate action on legislation 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. I respectfully request that S-1875 and S-346 be listed for consideration by the SBA when the Committee is scheduled to meet with other Group 2 Committees on May 12, 2011.’

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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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