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Senator Steven Oroho

Senator Steve Oroho

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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Oroho/Beck/Kean Authorities Reform Bill Clears Committee

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Legislation co-sponsored by Senators Steve Oroho (R- Sussex/Morris/Hunterdon), Jennifer Beck (R- Monmouth/Mercer), and Sean Kean (R- Monmouth), reforming the salary structure for employees of independent state and local authority has been reported favorably out of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

S-2044 would cap salaries of high ranking authority executives, limit cash outs of unused sick leave, require minimum employee contributions for health benefits, and prohibit bonus compensation, among other reforms.

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Oroho Applauds Christie’s Efforts to Make New Jersey Competitive Again

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Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Morris, Hunterdon) issued the following statement today following Governor Chris Christie’s 2011 State of the State address:

“Today, Governor Christie reiterated his disciplined agenda to push New Jersey forward and reignite our state’s competitive advantage to attract businesses and create jobs.

“By reforming New Jersey’s burdensome regulatory environment, enacting comprehensive tax reform and making government more efficient our state will become an attractive venue for businesses to locate, grow and once again create private sector jobs.

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GOP Bills Streamlining Government Services Clear Senate

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Legislation a Result of Governor’s Red Tape Review Commission

Legislation sponsored by Senators Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Morris, Hunterdon) and Kevin O’Toole (R-Essex, Bergen, Passaic) that would simplify and modernize the rulemaking processes for state agencies passed the Senate today.

“To make our state competitive again, we need to identify and eliminate unnecessary regulations that make it difficult for businesses to stay and grow in New Jersey, ” stated Oroho, a member of the Red Tape Review group. “This legislation will eliminate the regulatory bureaucracy that has hindered economic development and job growth and help put unemployed and underemployed New Jerseyans back to work. Both of these bills will improve the efficiency and consistency of the state’s regulatory structure without compromising public safety or environmental protection.”

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Senate Passes Oroho Measures Simplifying New Jersey’s Tax Code

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Recent Study Reflects Reforms Needed to Make NJ Competitive Again

Two bills sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex) that would streamline New Jersey’s cumbersome tax structure were passed by the New Jersey Senate today. S-1646 simplifies the formula by which business taxes are calculated, requiring a single sales factor formula instead of the current three factor formula. S-1540 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.

“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 an attractive place for businesses to relocate to and create new jobs.”

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In Case You Missed It: Praise for Oroho’s State Spending Cap

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Editorial: Double Standard on Spending Cap

The following editorial was published in the Asbury Park Press on January 3, 2011:

Among the important pieces of legislation left on the table when our state senators and Assembly members adjourned for the holidays was one that builds upon the most noteworthy bill passed so far from Gov. Chris Christie’s “toolkit” package to address taxes and government spending.

The bill, sponsored by state Sen. Steven Oroho, R-Sussex, would extend the 2 percent cap on annual spending increases that municipal governments and school districts must adhere to beginning in 2011 to state government. With some exceptions, state government departments and agencies would not be allowed to increase their budgets by more than 2 percent from one year to the next.

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Senator Tom Kean

A Word from the Sponsors: Senate Republicans Call for Passage of Unfinished Toolkit Bills

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Senator Tom Kean, Jr. (R-Westfield) on S-2026 and S-2027:

“The historic arbitration reform enacted by the legislature earlier this month should not overshadow the fact that local governments still lack many of the tools necessary to reign in property taxes. We owe it to every taxpayer in this state to give local officials all of the cost-cutting tools the Senate President himself acknowledged were necessary just this past summer. Most importantly, we owe it to our children to improve affordability and access to post-secondary educational opportunities at our state colleges and universities.”

Senator Kip Bateman (R-Somerset/Morris) on S-2039 and S-2172:

“Civil service reform without an opt-out provision for municipalities is no reform at all. SB 2039 provides real relief to taxpayers by allowing municipalities and counties to do away with an antiquated and inefficient civil service system that has far outlived its usefulness. Civil service is a relic of an era that did not offer workers the protections they now enjoy under state and federal labor laws. It is time to give local governments a choice as to whether or not they continue to participate in a system that in many cases drives up personnel costs and property taxes.

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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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