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Senate Approves Oroho Measure Ensuring Small Sending Districts Have Voice in School Matters

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Small school districts that send students to a high school district but do not qualify for representation on the school board would have more input on school policies and decisions under legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho and advanced today during the Senate voting session.

Small school districts that send their students for a receiving district would have great say about the school policies and decisions under Sen. Steve Oroho’s legislation. (SenateNJ.com)

Currently, only districts that contribute 10 percent or more of the total enrolment qualify for representation on the receiving district’s school board.

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Oroho Bill Allocating $10 Million to Local Food Banks Clears Senate

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho that would appropriate $10 million in federal funds to support New Jersey food banks has been approved by the New Jersey Senate.

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Sen. Steve Oroho that would appropriate $10 million in federal funds to support food banks has been approved by the New Jersey Senate. (SenateNJ.com)

“Each day, many New Jersey families struggle to put food on the table, and unfortunately, the pandemic has only exacerbated this problem,” said Oroho (R-24). “The hunger crisis has led even more families to depend on food banks for their survival, and we need to do whatever we can to ensure those organizations can continue to support individuals and families in need.”

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Oroho Introduces Bill Reversing Gov. Murphy’s Proposed School Funding Cuts

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New Legislation Uses Federal Relief Funds to Prevent Reductions in State School Aid

Senator Steven Oroho has introduced legislation to use federal stimulus funds received by New Jersey to prevent school funding cuts proposed by Governor Phil Murphy in his FY 2022 State Budget proposal.

Sen. Steven Oroho has introduced legislation to use federal stimulus funds received by New Jersey to prevent school funding cuts proposed by Gov. Phil Murphy. (SenateNJ.com)

“No school should have to contend with the funding cuts proposed by the Murphy Administration while they are incurring significant costs to deliver a quality education during the pandemic,” said Oroho (R-24). “It makes sense to use a small portion of the billions in federal relief funds that New Jersey is getting to support our schools in this extraordinarily challenging time.”

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Oroho Says It’s Past Time to Stem Governor’s Emergency Powers

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Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) decried Governor Murphy’s continued extensions of the public health emergency declaration without legislative input saying it amounts to an unfettered power consolidation.

The State Constitution envisions the elected Legislature playing a more vital and direct role in determining the state’s pandemic response, and Sen. Steve Oroho said it is past time to stem Murphy’s emergency powers. (New Jersey State Archives)

“It is disingenuous of the governor to reason that his emergency powers are still required more than a year after the onset of the coronavirus,” Oroho said. “The State Legislature, as envisioned in our State Constitution, should be playing a more vital and direct role in determining the state’s pandemic response.”

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LD24 Lawmakers Call on Governor to Hold School Districts Harmless

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Oroho, Space and Wirths Say No School Should Lose Money In Light of Federal Stimulus Funding

The massive federal stimulus bill the president signed today contains billions of dollars for New Jersey, including more than $2.5 billion intended for New Jersey schools, and District 24 lawmakers are calling on Governor Murphy to ensure no school districts will see their funding levels cut.

With almost $2.6 billion in federal stimulus funding for schools, Sen. Steve Oroho, Asm. Parker Space and Asm. Hal Wirths said there is no excuse for any school to lose funding in FY 2022. (Wikimedia Commons)

Senator Steve Oroho, Assemblyman Parker Space and Assemblyman Hal Wirths said the additional money is crucial to schools and pointed to their district that stands to lose a total of $7 million under the governor’s proposed FY 2022 spending plan.

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Oroho/Sweeney Bill Backing Struggling Dairy Farmers Advances

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho and Senate President Steve Sweeney that would assist New Jersey dairy farms struggling to survive was endorsed today by the Senate Economic Growth Committee.

Sen. Steve Oroho’s bill that would assist New Jersey dairy farms that are struggling to survive was endorsed by the Senate Economic Growth Committee. (Pixabay)

The bill, S-3465, would direct the State Department of Agriculture to provide reimbursement to dairy farmers for annual premiums paid to participate in the federal Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program.

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Bipartisan Bill to Create Special Education Unit Advances from Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senate President Steve Sweeney, and Senators Steven Oroho and Robert Singer which would create a special education unit within the Office of Administrative Law, cleared the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee today.

Legislation sponsored by Senate President Steve Sweeney, and Senators Steven Oroho and Robert Singer which would create a special education unit within the Office of Administrative Law, cleared the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee. (Flickr)

“The unique challenges of educating students with special needs lead to disagreements between concerned parents and school districts that often end up in court,” said Senator Oroho (R-Morris/Sussex/Warren). “Long delays only add to the frustration and can interfere with the development and learning opportunities of children. The unit established by this legislation would increase efficiency and help all parties with more timely decisions and resolutions.”

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District 24

Murphy Proposed Budget Hammers Local School Districts Yet Again

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District 24 Lawmakers Decry Cuts, Warn of Big Property Tax Increases

Senator Steve Oroho, Assemblyman Parker Space and Assemblyman Hal Wirths today condemned Governor Murphy’s proposed budget for strangling school districts in the 24th District with inadequate education funding even while proposing record high spending in his overall budget.

Sen. Steve Oroho, Asm. Parker Space and Asm. Hal Wirths condemned Gov. Murphy’s proposed budget for reducing state aid to schools in their district by almost $7 million. (Pixabay)

“Even this year, with the most bloated state budget in our state’s history, the Governor’s funding plan still gives our local school districts short shrift,” said Senator Oroho. “Our schools once again will be crippled by deficient state aid, and property taxpayers in our district will be burdened with higher rates to fill the void. In his budget address on Tuesday, the Governor patted himself on the back for increasing investment in public schools by $700 million, but it is clear the Administration had little regard for sharing that money with many suburban and rural school districts that have consistently been hard hit in each State budget since Murphy took office.”

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Oroho: Murphy’s Election-Year Budget About Protecting One Job, His Own

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As Predicted, Governor Builds Massive Multi-Billion Dollar Budget Surplus to Go on Spending Spree While He Campaigns for Reelection

Senator Steven Oroho (R-24), the Senate Republican Budget Officer, said the State budget plan for FY 2022 outlined by Governor Phil Murphy today is focused solely on boosting the governor’s reelection campaign:

Sen. Steven Oroho said Gov. Phil Murphy’s FY 2022 State budget plan is solely about boosting the governor’s reelection campaign. (Pixabay)

“Let’s be perfectly clear. Governor Murphy’s election-year budget is about protecting one job, his own.

“Senate Republicans have been warning since last June and July that the Murphy Administration was peddling a false doom-and-gloom financial picture despite clear evidence that New Jersey’s finances had rebounded quickly as lockdowns eased.

“Instead of heeding our calls last spring and summer to fund urgently needed relief programs, the governor chose to sit on a growing pile of cash while one-third of New Jersey’s small businesses closed and nonprofits and families struggled.

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Senate Clears Oroho Bill to Bring Jobs to Rural Communities

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Rural businesses across the state would get a boost under legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho and approved today by the Senate.

Sen. Steve Oroho’s bill would require the New Jersey Economic Development Authority to establish the Rural Business Development Program to help employers in small communities. (©iStock)

Oroho’s bill, S-2771, requires the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) to establish the Rural Business Development Program to help enterprises in small communities survive the pressures of the pandemic and into the future.

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