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Senator Steven Oroho

Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Welcomes Pension Reform for Elected Officials as Part of Comprehensive Pension Reform Proposal

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Senator Steve Oroho (R-24) issued the following statement regarding yesterday’s Senate voting session in which legislation (S-1875) he sponsored to prevent elected officials from simultaneously collecting a public pension and salary for the same elected position was held from a vote:

“Although my bill was held, I was assured by Senate President Sweeney that the effort to end this pension loophole which I’ve been continuing to champion will be considered in the larger context of the comprehensive pension reform proposal.

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Oroho Legislation Halting Pension Abuse Clears Committee

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Bills Target Double-Dip Loophole Available Only to Elected Officials

Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Morris, Hunterdon) 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 was passed by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee today.

“The law as it currently stands invites public officials, some of whom collect six figure taxpayer paid salaries for their service, to game the system and collect two public checks at the same time. This amounts to a serious breach of the public trust, ” Oroho stated. “Public service should be about getting something accomplished for the people you serve, not taking as much from the public treasury as you can.”

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Oroho, McHose & Chiusano: Governor’s Decision to Pull Out of RGGI “A Good First Step”

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Governor Chris Christie’s decision to pull out of RGGI – New Jersey’s version of the Cap & Trade energy tax – was applauded today by the 24th District legislative team of Senator Steve Oroho, Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose, and Assemblyman Gary Chiusano. RGGI was rushed through the lame duck Democrat-controlled Legislature and signed into law by then-Governor Jon Corzine in January 2008. Today’s action came after a year-long lobbying effort by grassroots conservatives.

“Governor Christie’s decision to repeal the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI, eliminates a large burden that will make New Jersey more friendly for businesses and affordable for consumers and homeowners,” said Senator Steve Oroho.

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Oroho, McHose & Chiusano Applaud Court Ruling on E-Verify

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State Senator Steve Oroho, Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose, and Assemblyman Gary Chiusano (R-24) praised a United States Supreme Court ruling today sustaining an Arizona law that penalizes businesses for hiring workers who are in the United States illegally. In its ruling, the Court rejected arguments that states have no role in immigration matters.

By a 5-3 vote, the Court said that federal immigration law gives states the power to impose sanctions on employers who hire illegal workers. The law in question was passed by Arizona’s legislature in 2007.

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Oroho, McHose & Chiusano: NJ Supreme Court’s School Funding Decision Supports Unfairness of the Status Quo

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Senator Steve Oroho, Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose and Assemblyman Gary Chiusano (all R-24) expressed concern today after the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that an additional $500 million in tax money be sent to a handful of urban districts. The money had been slated by Governor Chris Christie for property tax relief.

“New Jersey already spends the most money per student in the nation, so our commitment to education should not be in question, ” Oroho stated. “But the Court today has failed to grasp the reality that in this economy and with taxpayers already burdened in the extreme, we simply do not have the endless resources that they seem to think we have. It makes you wonder just how out-of-touch with everyday life these judges are.”

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Oroho Invites Democrats to Join GOP and Co-Sponsor School Funding Reform Bill

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Legislation Would Remove Supreme Court from School Funding Decisions

Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Morris, Hunterdon) sent a letter today inviting Senate President Steve Sweeney and the entire Democratic caucus in the New Jersey Senate to sign on as co-sponsors of SCR-121. The proposed constitutional amendment, sponsored by Oroho, clarifies that the responsibility of determining levels of education funding rests solely with the Legislature, not the Judiciary.

The letter reads, ” For more than two decades an activist Court has improperly assumed the powers of the State Legislature on many issues, including school funding. As a result of past court decisions, New Jersey’s school funding formula has been constructed so that about 60 percent of all state education aid is directed to just a handful of school districts….. If we are to effectively improve educational outcomes for all students in New Jersey, we must increase the Legislature’s ability to adopt critical reforms without being continually hamstrung by an overreaching Court. That is why I have sponsored a constitutional amendment to make it perfectly clear that education funding levels are to be determined at the sole discretion of the Legislature, and not dictated by members of the unelected Judiciary.”

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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
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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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