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Senator Steven Oroho

Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Bills to Reduce Government Bureaucracy Clear Committee

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Legislation Implements Red Tape Review Commission’s Recommendation

Two pieces of legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R- Sussex, Morris & Hunterdon) to implement recommendations of the Governor’s Red Tape Review Commission have passed the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. The bills, S-2013 and S-2014, would simplify and modernize the rulemaking processes for state agencies.

“Affordable government is efficient government,” said Senator Oroho. “As a Member of the Governor’s Red Tape Review Commission, I am extremely pleased that two of that body’s recommendations have cleared the Budget Committee. By exercising greater flexibility in the rulemaking process and extending the expiration date of these regulations, these bills will improve the efficiency and consistency of the state’s regulatory structure.

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Oroho/Sweeney Tax Reform Bill Clears Committee

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Legislation authored by Senators Steve Oroho (R- Sussex, Morris, Hunterdon) and Stephen Sweeney (D- Gloucester, Cumberland, Salem) reforming how the corporation business tax is calculated for New Jersey employers has cleared the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. The bill, S-1646, would require a single sales factor formula for calculating the tax instead of the current three factor formula.

“I’m pleased that this bill to make New Jersey’s tax code more competitive has received a favorable recommendation to the full Senate by the Budget Committee,” said Senator Oroho. “Not only do we need to reduce the tax burden for New Jersey families and businesses, but we must also make sure that our system of taxation is fair and easy to navigate. By simplifying this portion of our tax code, we are making New Jersey a more attractive destination for employers large and small.”

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Oroho Business Tax Reform Measures to be Considered by the Senate

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Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex) today lauded the inclusion of business tax reform measures he has authored in a package of jobs creation bills that will be considered by the Senate in December. The proposals, S-1646 and S-1540, would simplify the formula by which business taxes are calculated and give relief to small businesses, respectively.

“I am pleased that these important tax relief and reform measures will be considered by the Senate and Assembly next month,” said Senator Oroho. “My bills address what we in New Jersey have known for too long: that our tax code is chasing jobs and economic opportunity out of state. While budgetary constraints may necessitate that the reforms be phased in over several years, it is important that state government send a message to the business community that better days are ahead and that leaders in Trenton are serious about using our tax code to help rather than hinder job creation.”

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Oroho Bills Halt Pension Abuses

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Morris, Hunterdon), a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, that would prohibit elected officials from being able to collect a public pension and salary concurrently for the same elected position passed the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee today.

“It is an abuse of the public trust for politicians to be treated more favorably than any public employee, ” said Oroho. “If we are truly serious about the need for pension reform, elected officials must be willing to lead by example.”

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Oroho to Continue Service on Governor’s Red Tape Review Panel

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Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) has been appointed by Governor Chris Christie to serve on the Governor’s Red Tape Review Commission, the successor to the Governor’s Red Tape Review Group on which¬†the Senator¬†also served.

The Red Tape Review Group, created by Executive Order 3 on the Governor’s first day in office, fulfilled its original 90-day mission to review and issue a report on all proposed state rules, regulations and Executive Orders to determine if their impact on business and workers outweigh their intended benefits. The Red Tape Review Commission will now be a permanent body performing an ongoing review of the state’s regulatory structure.

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Oroho: DEP Transformation Process Welcomed

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Cutting DEP Red Tape Will Aid Economic Recovery

Senator Steve Oroho, a member of both the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee and the Senate Economic Growth Committee, issued the following statement regarding the DEP’s recently unveiled “Transformation Plan”:

“For many years, the DEP’s permitting process, both costly and lengthy, has been an impediment to progress in this state. I am pleased that Commissioner Martin has begun to implement policies that, while maintaining our commitment to protecting our natural resources, will eliminate some of the excessive obstacles that residents and businesses alike are forced to deal with.

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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
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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 Anthony Bucco
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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