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Senator Steven Oroho

Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho: Will Governor Use Federal Funds to Stop $300 Million July 4th Employer Tax Increase?

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Says There’s No Indication Employers Have Been Advised to Implement Payroll Tax Increase

Senator Steven Oroho said it appears possible that Governor Phil Murphy will use federal funds as proposed by Republicans to stop a major tax increase on New Jersey employers.

Sen. Steven Oroho said it appears possible that Gov. Phil Murphy will use federal funds as proposed by Republicans to stop a major tax increase on New Jersey employers. (Pixabay)

The surprise move would come after the governor had maintained for months that he would take no action to stop a $300 million tax increase on all employers that his administration has supported putting in place effective July 1.

“Thankfully, the Murphy administration still hasn’t notified employers of the new payroll tax rate increase and how to comply, and this might be good news,” said Oroho (R-24). “It might be a sign that Governor Murphy is either fearful of raising taxes in an election year or has finally realized that our Republican proposal to use federal funds to stop the tax increase is the right thing to do.”

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Oroho Bill Allowing Longer Work Week for Teen Employees Becomes Law

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Will Help Businesses Fill Summer Job Openings

The Governor today signed Senator Steve Oroho’s legislation that will help address the shortage of summer workers.

Sen. Steve Oroho’s legislation to help small businesses fill job opening this summer was signed into law by the Governor. (©iStock)

“Businesses in shore and tourist communities are having a difficult time finding employees for the busy summer season,” said Oroho (R-24). “This new law will allow employees age 16 to 18 to work as many as 50 hours per week. This is a temporary fix to a temporary problem, but the additional 10 hours each week could help both the worker and the business.”

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco
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Bipartisan Motor Vehicle and Pedestrian Safety Legislation Clears Senate

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In an effort to keep roadways safe, the New Jersey Senate approved legislation sponsored by Senators Anthony Bucco and Steven Oroho that would impose certain safety requirements on motorists when overtaking pedestrians and bicyclists.

The NJ Senate approved legislation sponsored by Senators Anthony Bucco and Steven Oroho that would impose certain safety requirements on motorists when overtaking pedestrians and bicyclists. (Pixabay)

“New Jersey is the most densely populated state in the nation, and as a result, pedestrians face a greater risk of injury or death on our roads,” said Senator Bucco (R-25). “We all know that pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists need to exercise caution when sharing our roadways, but more needs to be done to prevent fatalities. This legislation will provide additional protections for all New Jerseyans by requiring drivers to be more aware of their surroundings and to be more mindful of the responsibility they have behind the wheel.”

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Senate Advances Oroho Bill that Would Establish Task Force to Evaluate New Jersey’s School Funding Formula

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Long a source of controversy about the equitable and fair distribution of state school aid, New Jersey’s School Funding Formula will be subjected to scrutiny by a task force established by bipartisan legislation advanced by the Senate today.

Sen. Steve Oroho’s legislation that would establish a task force to evaluate New Jersey’s School Funding Formula cleared the Senate. (Pixabay)

Senator Steve Oroho, the Republican Budget Officer and long-time advocate for school funding reform, sponsors the bill (S-3617) to launch the School Funding Formula Evaluation Task Force.

“The funding double standard resulting from the misguided School Funding Reform Act (SFRA) has been a failure,” said Oroho. “Too many schools, especially in rural and suburban areas, are missing out on the money they deserve. While certain districts have seen an ever-increasing flow of state aid, some districts have been subjected to millions of dollars of annual cuts, forcing layoffs of teachers and staff and reductions in educational services for students.”

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon
Senator Michael Testa
Senator Sam Thompson
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Senate Republicans Call on Gov. Murphy to Explain Pork Spending Before Budget Is Signed

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The Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee continued their push for transparency in the budget process with a new call for Governor Phil Murphy to fully explain the hundreds of millions of pork spending in the FY 2022 State Budget he will sign into law this morning.

The Republican members of the Senate Budget Committee continued their push for transparency in the budget process with a new call for Gov. Phil Murphy to fully explain the hundreds of millions of pork spending in the FY 2022 State Budget he will sign into law this morning. (Pixabay)

Senate Republican Budget Officer Steven Oroho (R-24), Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-13), Senator Michael Testa (R-1), and Senator Sam Thompson (R-12) sent a letter to Governor Murphy (click here for PDF) calling for the immediate release of budget resolutions and other materials that might explain the purpose for hundreds of millions of dollars of so-called pork spending that was added by Democratic legislators to the budget immediately before it was voted on and approved by the Legislature in party line votes last week.

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Oroho: Murphy Not Doing Enough to End New York’s Unfair Taxation of New Jersey Residents

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NJ Still Advising Employers to Withhold Tax Payments for NY for Remote Work

Senator Steven Oroho said Governor Phil Murphy isn’t doing enough to end New York’s unfair taxation of former commuters who now work from home in New Jersey some or all of the time.

Sen. Steven Oroho said Gov. Phil Murphy isn’t doing enough to end New York’s unfair taxation of former commuters who now work from home in New Jersey some or all of the time. (Pixabay)

“The pandemic accelerated a shift to remote work that resulted in many New Jersey residents working from home rather than crossing the Hudson every day,” said Oroho (R-24). “While those workers should be paying tax to New Jersey at our lower rates for work performed in this state, the Murphy administration continues to advise their employers to withhold and remit income taxes for all work to New York. It’s a massive giveaway that makes absolutely no sense.”

Since last year, Oroho has urged the Murphy administration to take a stand against New York’s unfair taxation of New Jersey workers. He said New Jersey could realize $1 billion or more annually in new tax revenues while many workers could have their state tax bills cut in half due to New Jersey’s lower rates at many income levels.

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Oroho: Budget Is a Lost Opportunity that Fails Taxpayers

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Senator Steve Oroho, the Republican Budget Officer, issued the following statement after the Senate passed a $46.4 billion budget with a vote along partisan lines:

Senator Steve Oroho voted against the Democrats’ $46.4 billion FY2022 budget and called it a missed opportunity that failed state taxpayers. (©iStock)

“This budget represents a wasted opportunity. There are too many things in this budget that we could have fixed already. That we should have fixed already.

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Oroho: Democrats Proposing No Significant New Tax Relief for New Jerseyans

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Senate Republican Budget Officer Steven Oroho (R-24) issued the following statement following a budget-related announcement by Governor Phil Murphy and Democratic legislative leaders this morning:

Statement from Sen. Steven Oroho on a budget-related announcement from Gov. Phil Murphy and Democratic legislative issues. (Pixabay)

“Despite the State receiving a $5 billion tax windfall in recent weeks, Democrats are proposing no significant new tax relief for New Jerseyans. That stands in stark contrast to our Republican plan to significantly boost tax relief and fix long-standing structural budget issues. It’s likely we’ll see a spending spree of epic proportions for legislative add-ons when the final details of the budget are released.”

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Oroho Bill to Train a New Generation of Manufacturing Experts Advances

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As New Jersey’s expanding manufacturing sector continues to create jobs faster than companies can find qualified candidates, the Senate Higher Education Committee today approved Senator Steve Oroho’s bill that would enlist help from the state’s county colleges and vocational schools.

Senator Steve Oroho sponsors legislation that would establish a manufacturing career pathways in New Jersey colleges and vocational schools to train qualified candidates to fill job vacancies. (Pixabay)

Oroho’s bill, the Manufacturing in Higher Education Act (S-3216), would establish a manufacturing career pathway which would be offered through county colleges and vocational schools and aid the manufacturing industry.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Panel Clears Oroho Bill Pursuing Federal Jobs and Investment for NJ

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho that would help attract federal jobs and investment to New Jersey was approved by the Senate Economic Growth Committee.

Senator Steve Oroho’s legislation that would encourage the federal government to invest in jobs and infrastructure projects in the state was approved in committee. (Pixabay)

An office in the Department of Treasury, established under Oroho’s bill (S-1778) would be established for the purpose.

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