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Senator Steven Oroho

Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Praises Administration’s Continued Commitment to Cutting Red Tape

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Senator Steve Oroho, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement today regarding Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno’s signing of Executive Order 41 that makes the “Red Tape Review Group” permanent. Senator Oroho is a member of the “Review Group.”

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

Republican Legislators Unanimously Oppose Effort to Increase Local Borrowing

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Republican members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee unanimously opposed legislation (Senate Bill No. 2209) advanced by Senate Democrats today that allows local governments to borrow for things that must now be paid for on a pay-as-you-go basis. The legislation allows local governments to skip a required 5% down payment on capital project costs and borrow 100% of project costs instead. The bill will saddle property taxpayers with hundreds of millions of dollars in additional underwriting fees and interest payments to Wall Street.

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Oroho Pushing for State Spending Cap

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Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex) introduced legislation today that would cap state spending at 2 percent annually. This legislation comes on the heels of the 2 percent property tax cap passed today by the Senate.

“It is very important that the state demonstrate the same fiscal restraint that we are asking of local and county governments and school boards,” Oroho stated. “All levels of government have been living beyond their means and taxpayers are the ones paying the price. We need to make decisions that make this state more affordable for families and more competitive for businesses.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio
Senator Mike Doherty
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Republicans Call on Democrats to Approve Property Tax Cap Now

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Today the five Republican members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee called on Democrats to concur with Governor Christie’s conditional veto of S-29, a statutory cap on property taxes. His conditional veto would impose a hard cap on property taxes and give voters a say in taxes.

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Oroho: Budget Begins to Get State Spending Under Control

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Next Step: Tax Reform

Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex) issued the following statement today on the Fiscal Year 2011 State budget:

“This budget fundamentally changes the way the state maintains its finances and provides an opportunity for long-term economic growth, job creation and a more affordable New Jersey.

“During these tough economic times people understand there is just not enough money to do everything we want.

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Senator Anthony Bucco
Senator Joe Pennacchio
Senator Mike Doherty
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Budget Committee Members: Library Funding Restored in FY 2011 Budget

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$4.3 Million Returned to 304 State Libraries

Five Republican members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee announced today that $4.3 million in funding for public libraries has been restored in next year’s state budget:

“No one denies that this year’s state budget is the most challenging budget in living memory. Of the many necessary savings that were made this year, cutting libraries has been one of the most problematic and difficult,” the members stated.

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Oroho/Sweeney Efficiency Bill Passes Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho and Senate President Sweeney that would create a commission on government efficiency and cost control passed the Senate today. The commission would be a public-private partnership staffed by volunteers. The bill is modeled on the federal governments “Grace Commission” created in 1982 by President Ronald Reagan. Three other states have established similar programs, South Carolina, California and Texas.

“It is vitally important that state government leave no stone unturned in the search for government waste,” Oroho stated. “This commission will be staffed by volunteers from the public and private sectors. Additionally, perhaps most importantly, this commission designed to root out government waste and inefficiencies will not use taxpayer funds to support its operations.”

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Oroho/Sweeney Government Efficiency Bill Clears Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho and Senate President Sweeney that would create a commission on government efficiency and cost control passed the Senate State Government Committee unanimously. The commission would be a public-private partnership staffed by volunteers.

“It is vitally important that state government leave no stone unturned in the search for government waste,” Oroho stated. “This commission will be staffed by volunteers from the public and private sectors. Additionally, perhaps most importantly, this commission designed to root out government waste and inefficiencies will not use taxpayer funds to support its operations.”

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Senator Oroho Commends Creation of “Choose New Jersey” Program

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Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Morris, Hunterdon) commended Governor Christie on establishing “Choose New Jersey,” a new privately funded nonprofit corporation that has been created to bring businesses and jobs back to New Jersey.

“Over the past ten years New Jersey has established a reputation for being one of the most anti-business states in the country. Our penchant for raising taxes, increasing debt and enacting unnecessary regulations have forced many businesses to close down or leave the state and cost many people their jobs.

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NY Speaker Plans to Raise NY State Income Taxes

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Thanks to Governor Christie, NJ Will Be Attractive to NY Job Creators

Senator Steve Oroho, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement regarding New York’s proposal to raise the income tax on high income earners. The proposal was put forth by the Speaker of New York’s lower house, Sheldon Silver, according to published reports.

“Thanks to Governor Chris Christie’s rejection of higher income taxes in New Jersey, the Garden State could become attractive to New Yorkers fleeing from a proposed 13 percent surcharge on income over $1 million. While we still obviously have a long way to go reducing taxes in New Jersey, Governor Christies’ refusal to raise taxes would give us a competitive edge over New York in at least one important category.

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