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Senator Steven Oroho

Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho: Report Shows Decade of Democrat Control Cost NJ Jobs

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“A lot of this goes back a decade, when much of the employment growth was from the government sector.” — Nancy Mantell, director of the Rutgers Economic Advisory Service*

Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Morris, Hunterdon), a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, says that a report being released today revealing that New Jersey is not expected to reach 2007 employment levels until at least mid-2016, two years after the rest of the nation, is the legacy of 10 years of Democrats running New Jersey.

“Over the past 10 years, the Democrat majority have been intent on pushing through dramatic tax increases, and irresponsible budget gimmicks to fund an insatiable desire to spend taxpayer dollars. The continuously poor handling of our state’s financial affairs forced Moodys Investors Services to place New Jersey’s credit rating on negative outlook in 2009, the last year Governor Corzine was in office.

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

Republican Members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee Call for Action on Higher Education Reforms

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Four Republican members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, Senate Republican Budget Officer Tony Bucco and Senators Steve Oroho, Joe Pennacchio and Mike Doherty called for swift action on higher education “toolkit” reforms proposed by Governor Chris Christie to help improve the affordability of public colleges and universities. The measures are supported by the Governor’s Higher Education Task Force Chairman, former Governor Tom Kean.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Calls For Immediate Committee Vote Ending Double-Dip Pension Loophole

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Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex/Hunterdon/Morris) has called for immediate Senate Budget Committee consideration of two bills, S-1875 and S-346, that would prevent elected officials from collecting both a taxpayer-funded paycheck and payments from the public pension system.

In a letter to Senate Budget and Appropriation Committee Chairman Paul Sarlo today, Oroho writes, ‘ I could not agree more with your comments in the Record on April 18th calling for immediate action on legislation 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. I respectfully request that S-1875 and S-346 be listed for consideration by the SBA when the Committee is scheduled to meet with other Group 2 Committees on May 12, 2011.’

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

Senate Republican Budget Members Compliment the Administration’s Responsible Transportation Plan

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Both Sides of the Aisle Praise Commissioner Simpson’s Efforts

The five Republican members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee issued the following statement complimenting the Christie Administration’s transportation plan.

“New Jersey’s interconnected transportation network is critical to the economic well-being of this state. In this tough budget environment it is difficult to provide the necessary resources to adequately maintain our transportation infrastructure.

“The FY ’12 Capital Program appropriation provides $3.5 billion in funds to keep our roads, bridges and trains in good condition. These monies are appropriated without any new taxes or additional borrowing.

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

Senate Republican Budget Members Call for Immediate End to Ill-Conceived Early Release Program

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The five Republican members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee agreed today with Governor Christie, Attorney General Dow and former Governor Corzine that the provision requiring early release of inmates in the law be immediately repealed:

“It is unfortunate that the commitment that former Governor Corzine received to repeal this ill-conceived provision of the law was not honored. In fact, Governor Corzine at the time he signed the bill, issued a signing statement that reads in part; ‘that the provision of the bill that would require parole release six months before the maximum expiration of the sentence in cases where the No Early Release Act does not apply, will be removed through immediate remedial legislation.’

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

Senate Republican Budget Members Call for Hearings on Higher Education Task Force Recommendations

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The five Republican members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee lauded the Governor’s commitment to quality, affordable, higher education in New Jersey as evidenced by the work of Governor Christie’s Higher Education Task Force. The Senators called for immediate hearings to consider the Task Force’s recommendations:

“It is critically important that we take immediate steps to moderate the rise in tuition rates in New Jersey. The Senate would greatly benefit from immediate hearings on the report and from the Task Force’s chairman, Former Governor Thomas Kean.”

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Oroho Bill Reforming Government Regulations Becomes Law

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Legislation a Result of Governor’s Red Tape Review Group

Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Morris, Hunterdon) that would simplify and stabilize the rulemaking processes for state agencies was signed into law today. A-2721/S-2013 extends the expiration date of state regulations to seven years from five and establishes a new procedure for the re-adoption of rules without substantive changes.

“The five-year sunset provision is an unnecessarily burdensome requirement for well-established rules, ” stated Oroho. “Under this requirement, agencies must undertake the full rule-making process for established rules, regardless of whether any issues have arisen or been identified with the current regulatory scheme.

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

Republican Members of Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee Praise Administration for Fiscal Discipline

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The Republican members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee agreed with State Treasurer Sidamon-Eristoff that continued fiscal discipline is required to continued New Jersey’s recovery from the most severe recession in more than 70 years. The Republican members of the Committee are: Senators Bucco, Oroho, Pennacchio, O’Toole and Doherty.

“The testimony presented by the State Treasurer clearly shows that, while we have a long way to go on the road to recovery, the Administration’s commitment to fiscal discipline is working. The state revenue picture is better, and more stable, today than it was just one year ago in the midst of the worst recession our state has seen in 70 years.”

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Oroho Calls for Vote on Bills to End Double Dipping by Elected Officials

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Calling them crucial to restoring public trust in government, state Senator Steve Oroho (R- Sussex/Hunterdon/Morris) called on Senate leadership to move two bills that would end double dipping by elected officials. Senate bills 346 and 1875 would repeal provisions in current law that allows elected officials to retire in the state’s pension system while continuing to hold office:

“There are few more egregious examples of self dealing than an elected official retiring from the public pension system while continuing to hold, and be compensated for serving in, elected office,” said Oroho.

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Sen. Oroho Supports Gubernatorial Veto Authority Over Independent Agencies that Use Public Funds

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Says Greater Oversight of Taxpayer Money Welcome

Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Morris, Hunterdon) said he strongly supports a proposal put forth by Governor Christie that would extend gubernatorial veto authority over all of the state’s independent authorities, boards and commissions to the Governor’s Office and State Comptroller.

“For far too long many of these agencies have acted independently of oversight and as a result we have uncontrolled spending, salaries, and perks paid for by taxpayers and ratepayers, ” Oroho stated. “Placing greater accountability will lower the costs for the families and businesses that utilize the very necessary services that these agencies provide.”

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