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Oroho & O’Scanlon Blast Secretive Health Benefits Deal

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Senate Republican Leader Steven Oroho and Senate Republican Budget Officer Declan O’Scanlon released the following statement chiding the Murphy Administration for its handling of the sizeable increase in public employee health benefits costs:

Senators Steven Oroho and Declan O’Scanlon criticized the Murphy Administration’s backroom deal to spare some state workers from costly health benefits increases, but ignored the impact on towns, counties and their employees who will see costs skyrocket. (SenateNJ.com)

“We find the Murphy Administration’s complete lack of transparency regarding higher health care premiums that will result in massive property tax increases to be disconcerting, though it has been a pattern and comes as no surprise.

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ICYMI: Oroho Warns of Fallout from Skyrocketing Health Benefits Costs

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Responding to the proposed escalation of health benefits premiums that will increase taxes and crush the budgets of towns, counties and school districts across the state, Senate Republican Leader Steven Oroho released the following statement:

Sen. Steven Oroho cautioned that escalating health benefits premiums will increase taxes and crush the budgets of towns, counties and school districts across the state. (©iStock)

“The proposed premium increases will impact hundreds of thousands of state and local government workers, teachers, and retirees who will see their health care costs soar if the proposal is adopted.

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Oroho: After Two Years of Inaction, Murphy Finally Heeding Call to Address New York’s Unjust Taxation of New Jersey Workers

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Senate Republican Leader Steven Oroho responded to Governor Phil Murphy’s announcement of a legislative package to address New York’s unjust taxation of New Jersey workers more than two years after Republicans first called on him to act.

Senate Republican Leader Steven Oroho responded to Gov. Phil Murphy’s announcement of a legislative package to address New York’s unjust taxation of New Jersey workers more than two years after Republicans first called on him to act. (©iStock)

“For more than two years, we’ve been urging Governor Murphy to fight against New York’s unjust taxation of New Jerseyans. I can’t imagine why it took so long, but I’m glad he finally took our advice.

“Had the governor listened sooner, it’s possible that telecommuters from New Jersey could have saved thousands of dollars or more in unnecessary income tax payments to New York. Our State could have gained billions in new tax revenues that could have been used to prevent school funding cuts and support greater property tax relief.

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Senator Holly Schepisi
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Editorial: Setting the Record Straight on Sex Education

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The following editorial by Senate Republican Leader Steven Oroho (R-24) and Senator Holly Schepisi (R-39) on new sex education mandates from Trenton was published by NJ.com on September 1, 2022:

New Jersey Senate Republicans livestreamed an independent hearing on sex education, state curriculum mandates, and parental rights on Tuesday, August 23, 2022. (NJ Senate Republicans/YouTube)

There’s a lot of confusion about new sex education mandates from Trenton and lots of false accusations have been made. Let’s set the record straight.

Up until several months ago, very few people were focused on sex education. That changed this spring when school districts started notifying parents about new learning standards they are required to incorporate into their curricula and teach in classrooms starting this September.

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Ahead of Murphy’s Trip to White House, Oroho Offers Tips for Ending NJ’s Teacher Shortage

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With Governor Phil Murphy set to visit the White House to brainstorm ending the teacher shortage with President Biden, Senate Republican Leader Steve Oroho offered some tips that could save him the trip:

With Gov. Phil Murphy set to visit the White House to brainstorm ending the teacher shortage with President Biden, Senate Republican Leader Steve Oroho offered some tips that could save him the trip. (©iStock)

#1 – End remaining COVID-19 mandates that do nothing. Why should teachers in Newark who have a tough enough job have to be the mask police for another year?

#2 – Stop forcing teachers to be woke warriors in the progressive strategy of using schools to indoctrinate kids. Let teachers focus on English, science, and math instead of gender identity and sex.

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon
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Oroho, O’Scanlon Blame Murphy for Deserting New Jersey Businesses

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Avoidable Payroll Tax Strikes Employers for $300M

In a state notorious for its worst-in-the-nation business climate, the Murphy Administration timidly unveiled a $300 million tax increase for employers this week, a move Senate Republicans are calling unforgiveable.

In a state notorious for its worst-in-the-nation business climate, the Murphy Administration timidly unveiled a $300 million tax increase for employers this week, a move Senate Republicans are calling unforgiveable. (Pixabay)

Senate Republican Leader Steven Oroho and Senate Republican Budget Officer Declan O’Scanlon criticized Murphy for failing to utilize some of the state’s federal COVID funds to avoid the 20 percent increase.

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Oroho Calls Energy Master Plan Study a Political Whitewash

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Report Issued This Week Fails to Consider Many of the Costliest Factors in Murphy’s Folly

The latest ratepayer impact study of Governor Murphy’s Energy Master Plan inexplicably ignores many of the most costly mandates, said Senator Steven Oroho today, as he blamed the Murphy Administration for continuing to obscure the true fiscal impact.

The latest ratepayer impact study of Gov. Murphy’s Energy Master Plan inexplicably ignores many of the most costly mandates, said Sen. Steven Oroho, as he blamed the Murphy Administration for continuing to obscure the true fiscal impact. (SenateNJ.com)

“It is untenable, but Murphy’s ridiculously expensive Energy Master Plan (EMP) goes into effect in about four months, and New Jersey residents still cannot get a straight answer about how much it is going to cost them,” said Oroho (R-24). “The study released Wednesday omits many of the most noteworthy cost-drivers and shamelessly sugar-coats the price tag of the Governor’s green energy fantasy.

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Legislative Leaders Announce Appointment of New OLS Executive Director & Legislative Counsel

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The four leaders of the New Jersey Legislature announced the appointment of Maureen McMahon, Esq. as Executive Director and Gabriel R. Neville, Esq. as Legislative Counsel of the Office of Legislative Services (OLS).

The four leaders of the New Jersey Legislature announced the appointment of Maureen McMahon, Esq. as Executive Director and Gabriel R. Neville, Esq. as Legislative Counsel of the Office of Legislative Services. (SenateNJ.com)

“I am honored and humbled by the support of the Legislative Services Commission in my appointment as Executive Director of the Office of Legislative Services,” said McMahon. “I look forward to serving the Legislature in this capacity and continuing to work with the dedicated and talented staff at OLS.”

“I am fortunate to have spent many years working with the great people at OLS,” said Neville. “I thank the Legislative Services Commission for the opportunity to serve the Legislature in the role of Legislative Counsel.”

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Senator Michael Testa
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Testa Introduces Breweries Bill to Allow Garden State Brewers Greater Freedom & More Control Over Their Business’ Future

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Senator Michael Testa (R-1) introduced his breweries bill Monday in the State Senate to allow brewers more freedom and control over their small businesses which are growing jobs and opportunity across New Jersey.

Sen. Michael Testa introduced his breweries bill Monday in the State Senate to allow brewers more freedom and control over their small businesses which are growing jobs and opportunity across New Jersey. (©iStock)

“I believe that brewers building a business in our state deserve to have more say in how they run their operations because the term ‘free enterprise’ applies to them as well,” said Testa.  “I look forward to working with my colleagues and with legislators across the aisle to ending these bureaucratic obstacles and fix a dysfunctional system.”

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon
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Senate Republicans Propose Special Committee to Investigate Massive Increase in Public Employee Health Benefit Costs

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Proposed Premium Hikes Up to 24% Will Squeeze Local Budgets, Drive Property Taxes Higher

Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) and Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-13) have introduced legislation to form a special legislative committee with subpoena power to investigate massive proposed premium increases for the health plans that cover state government, local government, and school employees.

Sen. Steven Oroho and Sen. Declan O’Scanlon have introduced legislation to form a special legislative committee with subpoena power to investigate massive proposed premium increases for the health plans that cover state government, local government, and school employees. (©iStock)

“The proposed premium increases will impact hundreds of thousands of state and local government workers, teachers, and retirees who will see their health care costs soar if the proposal is adopted,” said Oroho, the Senate Republican Leader. “These higher premiums will also have a huge impact on school districts and local governments that pay a large portion of the total premiums for their employees. Any higher costs they pay will translate directly into higher property taxes for our families. We must investigate the failures that led to these catastrophic premium increases to develop an effective plan going forward.”

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