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Oroho/Space/Wirths Laud State’s Quick Action on Rules for Industrial Hemp

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Say it’s a profitable new cash crop for Garden State farmers

Senator Steve Oroho, Assemblyman Parker Space and Assemblyman Hal Wirths (All R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) commended the State and particularly Agriculture Secretary Doug Fisher for quick work on the rules allowing the production of hemp and hemp products in the new year.

Senator Steve Oroho and Assemblymen Parker Space and Hal Wirths commended Agriculture Secretary Doug Fisher for quick work on the rules allowing the production of industrial hemp in New Jersey.

The New Jersey Department of Agriculture released its rules this week after getting a green light from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

“This is good news for farmers, businesses and consumers in New Jersey,” said Oroho. “Hemp is a versatile and profitable cash crop that can bring new revenue to cash-strapped farmers. I am pleased the State has taken the necessary steps to make this opportunity a reality in 2020.”

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Oroho Pleased with News from DOE that Process for School Security Funding is Advancing

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Urges School Districts to Be Ready to Apply for Grants

In November 2018, voters approved the Securing Our Children’s Future Bond Act, and today Senator Steve Oroho expressed relief that the New Jersey Department of Education has proposed preliminary guidelines that will allow schools to prepare to apply for funding.

Sen. Steve Oroho expressed relief that the New Jersey Department of Education has proposed preliminary guidelines that will allow schools to prepare to apply for funding. (WikiCommons)

“School districts can finally begin planning  forward to get the money taxpayers committed to keeping students safe,” said Oroho, who sponsored legislation placing the referendum on the 2018 ballot.

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Editorial: The Moral Hazard of Sanctuary State Policies

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The following editorial by Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) on the moral hazard created by sanctuary state policies was published by NJ.com on December 14, 2019:

Sen. Steven Oroho discusses the moral hazard created by sanctuary state policies in this NJ.com editorial. He explains how well-intentioned lawmakers are fueling a human catastrophe by enticing desperate people to make an extremely dangerous journey that many will not survive. (SenateNJ.com)

The New York Times ran a disturbing story in 2017. The piece, “A Path to America, Marked by More and More Bodies,” highlighted the extreme risks that some migrants, desperate for a better life, are willing to accept to enter the United States, despite not having any legal authorization to come here.

Many of these people — individual men and women, entire families, and sometimes even children sent alone — embark on a journey fraught with peril, led by extremely dangerous guides, across some of the harshest and most unforgiving terrain that our nation has to offer.

Too often, they never reach a place of safety within the United States. Many are rescued by our Border Patrol in bad condition, provided food, water and shelter, and eventually released or returned across the border. Those are the lucky ones.

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Singer & Oroho Urge Murphy Admin to Take Up Legal Fight Against NYC’s Efforts to Ship Homeless to NJ

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Say Outcome of Newark’s Lawsuit Against NYC Would Impact Every NJ Taxpayer

Senator Robert Singer (R-30) and Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) called on the Murphy Administration to take on a lawsuit filed by the City of Newark that seeks to end New York City’s program of shipping its homeless across the Hudson to New Jersey.

Sens. Bob Singer Steven Oroho called on the Murphy Administration to take on a lawsuit filed by Newark that seeks to end New York City’s program of shipping its homeless to New Jersey. (SenateNJ.com)

“Overtaxed communities across the Garden State are already struggling with the fiscal challenges of funding our schools and existing public services for current residents,” said Singer, the Deputy Republican Leader. “We cannot afford to let Mayor de Blasio shift the substantial financial burden of the homeless crisis created by his failed social policies to New Jersey taxpayers.”

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Oroho Bill to Create Office of Labor Law Enforcement Advances

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Cracking Down on Illegal Labor Practices will Protect Workers and Taxpayers

Senator Steven Oroho and Senator Troy Singleton’s legislation to protect workers, law-abiding businesses, and taxpayers from the far-reaching effects of unethical labor practices has advanced in the Senate Labor Committee.

Sen. Steven Oroho’s legislation to protect workers, law-abiding businesses, and taxpayers from the far-reaching effects of unethical labor practices has advanced. (Pixabay)

“Businesses who play by the book struggle to compete with shady employers who skirt the rules,” said Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris). “When bad actors implement fraudulent labor practices, their employees, New Jersey taxpayers, and the overall economy suffers. Establishing this office will level the playing field, ensuring equitable treatment for all workers.”

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Oroho: Murphy Admin Should Heed Concerns of CPAs on Creation of State Bank

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85% of NJ CPAs Oppose NJ Public Bank Proposal

Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) said the Murphy Administration should listen to the concerns of certified public accountants (CPAs) who overwhelmingly oppose the creation of a public bank by the State of New Jersey.

Sen. Steven Oroho said the Murphy Administration should heed the concerns of NJ CPAs who overwhelmingly oppose the creation of a public bank by the State of New Jersey. (Pixabay)

“The accountants who serve New Jersey’s families and businesses have a direct understanding of the financial challenges associated with living and operating in the Garden State,” said Oroho. “It is telling that they overwhelmingly oppose the public bank that the Murphy Administration wants to create as unnecessary, duplicative, and a distraction from the real need to fix our pension and benefits systems that put such a drain on taxpayers.”

According to the New Jersey Society of CPAs (NJCPA), 85 percent of the 489 respondents to a survey in November do not support the creation of a public bank in New Jersey: Continue Reading…

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Oroho, Space & Wirths to Governor: Let’s Finally Implement BPU Recommendation to Reduce Power Outages During Storms

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After the first snowstorm of the season left reportedly 37,000 New Jerseyans without power, Senator Steve Oroho and Assemblymen Parker Space and Hal Wirths (all R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) urged Governor Phil Murphy to get behind a State Board of Public Utilities (BPU) proposal to allow power companies to trim trees around power lines without having to go through a bureaucratic morass. The legislators are sponsors of legislation to implement the BPU’s recommendation.

After the first snowstorm of the season left 37,000 New Jerseyans without power, Oroho, Space & Wirths urged Gov. Murphy to allow power companies to trim trees around power lines without having to go through a bureaucratic morass.

“Yesterday’s snowstorm has wreaked havoc on many communities, especially in northern New Jersey, disrupting families and businesses due to the lack of electricity,” said Oroho. “This happens all too often during violent weather conditions. Enough is enough. Downed trees are usually the cause of most of these outages, so it makes sense to allow utility companies to trim back branches and vulnerabilities that may threaten electric service. We have legislation that would allow this important maintenance to occur, but the governor’s office has expressed concerns despite the BPU’s recommendation. Governor Murphy – please allow us to put a concrete plan into action that will help prevent the power from going out during these severe storms.”

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District 24 Legislators Welcome Funding for Road Work

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Municipalities Will Receive More Than $5 Million from DOT Grants

Senator Steven Oroho and Assemblymen Parker Space and Hal Wirths announced 34 transportation projects in their 24th Legislative District will receive funding totaling more than $5.3 million from Department of Transportation grants.

Senator Oroho and Assemblymen Space and Wirths announced transportation grants worth $5.3 million will fund road projects in District 24. (SenateNJ.com)

“This is welcome news for local residents who commute to school and work on roads that need resurfacing and bridges requiring maintenance,” said Oroho. “The burden on property taxpayers is eased with this infusion of money that helps pay for badly needed transportation improvements.”

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Oroho: Murphy Admin Should Widen Focus Beyond SALT Cap Relief to Help NJ Taxpayers

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Urges Governor to Get Behind “Path to Progress” Reforms to Lower the Cost of Government in the Garden State

Senator Steven Oroho said the Murphy Administration should widen its focus beyond efforts to lift the cap on the federal income tax deduction for state and local taxes (SALT) by joining bipartisan efforts to lower the combined tax burden of New Jersey families:

Sen. Steven Oroho said the Murphy Administration should widen its focus beyond efforts to lift the SALT cap by joining bipartisan efforts to lower the combined tax burden of New Jersey families. (SenateNJ.com)

“The Murphy Administration has focused almost exclusively on lifting the $10,000 cap to the federal SALT deduction to provide tax relief to New Jersey families,” said Oroho “While the administration is rolling the dice against long odds in fighting the SALT cap in federal court, our ability to control State and local finances is much more certain. I urge Governor Murphy to join us by getting behind the ‘Path to Progress’ and the bipartisan structural reforms we have proposed. By lowering the cost of government in New Jersey, we have the direct ability to minimize the impact of the SALT cap on New Jersey taxpayers.”

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Oroho: FDU Poll Confirms NJ Taxpayers Have Had Enough of Irresponsible Government Spending

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Senator Steve Oroho issued the following statement after the release of a poll conducted for Fairleigh Dickinson University’s School of Public & Global Affairs and Garden State Initiative found that 44 percent of New Jersey residents are “planning to leave the state in the not too distant future.”

Sen. Oroho reiterated his call for the significant reforms recommended in the Path to Progress report after a survey found almost half of New Jersey residents plan to move out of the state. (©iStock.com)

“People are sick and tired of the debt, and spend and hide philosophies of New Jersey government that has turned our state into a fiscal mess.  New Jersey has been a great place to live, work and raise kids, but living here has become unaffordable for too many families.

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