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Senator Steven Oroho

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Oroho, Wirths & Space Blast Spendthrift Budget Filled with Spending, Tax Increases and Borrowing

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Calling it a “costly day for every New Jersey resident,” Senator Steve Oroho and Assemblymen Hal Wirths and Parker Space today decried the Fiscal Year 2021 budget signed today by Governor Murphy.

Calling it a ‘costly day for every New Jersey resident,’ Senator Oroho and Assemblymen Wirths and Space today decried the Fiscal Year 2021 budget signed today by Governor Murphy. (Wikimedia Commons)

The $32.7 billion budget, covering the last nine months in Fiscal Year 2021, combined with the three-month stopgap budget approved in the summer, increases total spending for the year to $40 billion.

“This will be the most expensive year ever, and it didn’t have to be that way,” said Oroho (R-24), the Senate Republican Budget Officer. “The budget includes $4.5 billion in borrowing that will burden New Jersey taxpayers for decades into the future. That massive debt increase avoided constitutional scrutiny by state voters, and will be used not for basic services but to create a fake ‘surplus’ for the administration to spend at will.

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Bipartisan Bill Enlists New Jersey Manufacturers in Fight Against COVID

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Oroho & Greenstein Measure Establishes Stockpile of Personal Protective Equipment Produced In-State

The onset of the COVID pandemic exposed a severe shortage of masks, gloves, gowns, and other personal protective equipment in the state and across the nation. Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho and Senator Linda Greenstein would prevent scarcities in the future and at the same time bolster the New Jersey manufacturing industry.

Bipartisan legislation introduced by Senator Oroho would ensure New Jersey has an adequate stockpile of personal protective equipment and strengthen the manufacturing sector in the state. (Pixabay)

The bill (S-2991) requires the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management to establish a process to evaluate and approve personal protective equipment (PPE) for use during public health emergencies. It also requires the state to develop a stockpile of equipment.

“The virus strained the resources of the health care system and there wasn’t enough ready access to equipment needed to help prevent the spread of the virus. That can’t happen again,” said Oroho (R-24). “With this bill, we can help ensure a sufficient supply of protective gloves, masks, and gowns to defend against a viral outbreak and protect medical workers and patients, and we can put New Jersey factories to work making the gear.”

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon
Senator Michael Testa
Senator Sam Thompson
Senator Steve Oroho

Senate Republican Budget Committee Members Pan Murphy’s Wasteful, Tax-Raising, Bait & Switch Spending Plan

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The Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee panned Governor Phil Murphy’s wasteful, tax-raising, bait and switch spending plan prior to a committee vote on the proposal:

The Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee panned Gov. Phil Murphy’s wasteful, tax-raising, bait and switch spending plan. (Pixabay)

Senate Republican Budget Officer Steven Oroho (R-24):

“During this unique crisis that has caused so much pain for our families and economy, New Jersey deserved for its leaders to work together in a transparent, collaborative, and bipartisan process that welcomed public input into how we could help the state recover through this budget,” said Oroho. “Instead, we had a superficial hearing process that didn’t even have an outline of a budget to review, the public was excluded, and the details were negotiated in a private, partisan manner that could not have been more opaque. It’s disappointing that backroom Trenton politics has won out once again.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Senate Republicans Launch Online Petition Urging Bipartisan Investigation of 7,000+ Deaths at Nursing & Veterans Homes, LTC Facilities

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Special Investigative Committee Would Hold Those Responsible Accountable, Develop Effective Reforms, Keep Resident Safe

Senate Republicans launched an online petition to enlist the public’s support to convince legislative leaders to allow a special bipartisan committee with subpoena power to investigate the massive loss of life in New Jersey’s nursing homes, veterans homes, and long-term care (LTC) facilities due to COVID-19.

The online petition can be signed at https://www.senatenj.com/petitions/nursinghomes/.

Senate Republicans launched an online petition to convince legislative leaders to allow a special bipartisan committee with subpoena power to investigate the massive loss of life in New Jersey’s nursing homes, veterans homes, and long-term care facilities due to COVID-19. (Flickr)

“Since May, Senate Republicans have called for a thorough, bipartisan, and transparent investigation into the massive loss of life at our long-term care facilities,” said Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-21). “We believe the families and loved ones of victims deserve to hear the truth and to know that those responsible will be held accountable. Current residents deserve to know that the failures that led to thousands of deaths have been thoroughly investigated and understood, and that effective reforms have been developed and implemented to keep them safe. Unfortunately, our repeated calls for the Legislature to form a special committee with subpoena power to perform this legitimate oversight of the executive branch have been ignored. Our online petition will give the public the opportunity to send the message that the Legislature shouldn’t shirk its responsibility to protect New Jerseyans.”

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Oroho Bill Would Launch New Era of Construction Permitting

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Establishes Online Permit Processing Review System

Senator Steve Oroho’s legislation that would modernize the construction permitting and inspection process was advanced today by the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee.

Senator Oroho’s legislation establishing the Electronic Permit Processing Review System to modernize the construction permitting and inspection process was approved by the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee. (SenateNJ.com)

Oroho’s bipartisan bill, A-1145/S-1739, establishes the Electronic Permit Processing Review System, a digital solution that would be available to accept requests and provide details around the clock.

“This is a necessary upgrade to help bring the permitting process fully into the digital age,” said Oroho (R-24). “It will bolster the entire process, from submission and review to scheduling, inspection and review, to approvals. The addition of an online, centralized digital system will simplify the complicated mechanisms and eliminate much of the frustration and inefficiencies that often delay important projects and cost money.”

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Oroho Bill To Crack Down On Absentee Landlords Advances

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) to crack down on absentee owners of rooming and boarding houses has passed the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Steve Oroho to crack down on absentee owners of rooming and boarding houses has advanced. (©iStock)

“Impacted residents regretfully know all too well how absentee landlords can disrupt a neighborhood’s quality of life,” said Oroho. “Communities deserve decency and cooperation from operators of any shared housing complexes. This measure will empower our towns with the proper enforcement tools against bad actors while helping to curb disruptive behavior.”

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon
Senator Michael Testa
Senator Sam Thompson
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Statements from Senate Republican Budget Committee Members on Democrats’ Tax Deal

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The four Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee issued the following statements in response to a tax deal announced by Governor Phil Murphy and Democratic legislative leaders today.

The Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee responded to a tax deal announced by Governor Phil Murphy and Democratic legislative leaders. (Pixabay)

Senate Republican Budget Officer Steven Oroho (R-24):

“Year after year, IRS data shows that New Jersey continues to lose significantly more taxable income from high wage earners leaving the state than it gains from those who are moving in from elsewhere. The Democrats’ tax deal will accelerate that trend, make our State’s finances more unstable, and ultimately drive taxes higher for everyone. While the tax deal may seem like good progressive politics for Democrats with their elections on the horizon, it’s a bad economic move that will only dig the Garden State into a deeper financial hole over the long run. Harmful schemes like this have been happening for years, but the Democrats keep pulling the wool over people’s eyes. They still have done nothing to enact structural reforms that would lower costs for taxpayers.”

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Oroho Measure To Help Prevent Power Outages During Violent Storms Advances

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) to ensure the ability of electric utility companies to trim branches and trees around power lines to prevent unnecessary outages has passed the Senate Economic Growth Committee.

Sen. Steve Oroho’s legislation to ensure the ability of electric utility companies to trim branches and trees around power lines to prevent unnecessary outages has advanced. (Pixabay)

“Whether it be a powerful snowstorm, torrential rain events, or damaging winds, we’ve experienced many disruptive storms over the past decade that have left numerous customers without power for extended periods,” said Oroho. “Downed trees and overgrown shrubs near power lines are often to blame for these widespread outages. Power line maintenance is a critical issue that must be addressed to help protect the public’s safety and general welfare during destructive weather events.”

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Oroho: Murphy Claims School Funding Is Flat When Reality Is Something Else

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Commissioner of Education Corrects Boss at Today’s Senate Budget Hearing

Senate Republican Budget Officer Steven Oroho released the following statement after this morning’s Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee hearing with the Department of Education:

Senator Oroho said Department of Education testimony during today’s Senate Budget and Appropriations hearing confirmed Governor Murphy’s budget cuts funding to suburban and rural school districts. (Flickr)

“The Governor claimed in his budget address in August that school funding isn’t being cut and the Treasurer made a similar claim that school aid is flat.

“The simple truth about school funding under Governor Murphy’s budget is aid is being cut to approximately 200 schools in mainly suburban and rural communities. Layoffs during a global pandemic are occurring because of it, which Murphy’s own economists say isn’t good public policy. Meanwhile the budget increases aid to 85 school districts by more than 5 percent, and up to 14 percent.  One favored district is receiving a $17 million increase alone.

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Senator Michael Testa
Senator Sam Thompson
Senator Steve Oroho

Senate Republicans Propose Balanced Budget Without Murphy’s Billions in Borrowing & Tax Increases

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Evidence Mounting State Revenues Performing Better than Administration Will Admit

The four Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee offered a path to a balanced State Budget for 2021 that does not rely on the billions of dollars of borrowing and tax increases proposed by Governor Phil Murphy.

The Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee offered a path to a balanced State Budget for 2021 that does not rely on the billions of dollars of borrowing and tax increases proposed by Gov. Phil Murphy. (SenateNJ.com)

The Republican plan was proposed in a letter (click here for PDF) to the majority Senate Democrats from Senate Republican Budget Officer Steven Oroho (R-24), Senator Sam Thompson (R-12), Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-13), and Senator Michael Testa (R-1).

“The Murphy Administration has done everything possible to avoid being transparent with legislators and the public about the true state of the State’s finances,” said Oroho. “Despite the doomsday picture that’s being painted to engender support for the governor’s plan to tax and borrow billions, we have mounting evidence that State revenues are performing much better than the administration will admit. Based on the improving trends reported by nonpartisan budget analysts, we have put forward a fiscally responsible plan to balance the State budget without the harmful and expensive gimmicks proposed by the governor.”

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