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Senator Steven Oroho

Senator Steve Oroho

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
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 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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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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