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Senator Steven Oroho

Senator Steve Oroho

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

Senate Republicans Propose Returning $4 Billion to New Jersey Taxpayers

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The Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee called for a windfall of State tax revenues to be returned to New Jersey taxpayers after the State Treasury revealed billions in unexpected revenues that isn’t needed to balance the budget or meet important priorities.

The Republican members of the Senate Budget Committee called for a windfall of State tax revenues to be returned to New Jersey taxpayers. (Pixabay)

The following statement was released today by Senate Republican Budget Officer Steven Oroho (R-24), Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-13), Senator Sam Thompson (R-12), and Senator Michael Testa (R-1):

“On Monday, Senate Republicans put out a comprehensive plan for the budget and for effectively utilizing the nearly $6.5 billion of new federal relief funds at New Jersey’s disposal.

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

Republican Budget Committee Members: Murphy Administration Has $11.5 Billion and No Plan to Help NJ

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Revenue Update Shows Massive $5 Billion Increase in State Revenues

The Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee responded to a revenue update from the Murphy administration showing a massive $5 billion increase in State revenues during FY 2021 and FY 2022, well beyond what legislators were told to expect. Combined with nearly $6.5 billion in federal relief funds sent to New Jersey, the Murphy administration now has $11.5 billion in cash and absolutely no plan to use it to help New Jersey.

The Republican members of the Senate Budget Committee responded to a revenue update from the Murphy administration showing a massive $5 billion increase in State revenues, well beyond what legislators were told to expect. (Pixabay)

“The updated revenue figures demonstrate yet again that the information provided by the Murphy administration to the Legislature in recent weeks was grossly inaccurate,” said Senate Republican Budget Officer Steven Oroho (R-24). “When she last testified before our committee in May, Treasurer Muoio suggested revenues might be adjusted upwards by a few hundred million dollars. We deserve the opportunity to ask the Treasurer why the Murphy Administration’s guidance was off by nearly $5 billion. Further, I believe we should form a special committee with subpoena power to investigate how the Murphy administration has misled lawmakers, the court, and taxpayers on our finances and the billions of dollars Governor Murphy borrowed unnecessarily last year.”

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

Senate Republicans Propose Budget Fixes & Reforms to Protect NJ Taxpayers

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Republicans serving on the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee detailed proposed changes to Governor Phil Murphy’s FY 2022 State Budget proposal in a letter (click here for PDF) to Senate President Stephen Sweeney and Budget Chairman Paul Sarlo.

Republicans on the Senate Budget Committee detailed proposed changes to Governor Phil Murphy’s FY 2022 State Budget proposal in a letter to Senate President Stephen Sweeney and Budget Chairman Paul Sarlo (Pixabay)

They recommended reforms that would protect New Jersey taxpayers, restore transparency to the appropriations process, and ensure billions in new federal relief funds are utilized effectively.

“We’re concerned that Governor Murphy’s budget plan misses important opportunities to provide tax relief to workers and businesses that are struggling to recover from the pandemic,” said Senator Steven Oroho (R-24), the Republican Budget Officer. “We offered detailed solutions to lower income taxes for telecommuters and prevent an avoidable payroll tax increase on small businesses, all while increasing state revenues. It’s a win-win that the Murphy administration would be wise to accept.”

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Oroho Bill Allowing Remote Bingo, Raffles Headed to Gov’s Desk

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Measure Helps Charities and Organizations That Struggled to Raise Funds During the Pandemic

Senator Steve Oroho’s legislation that would allow bingo games and raffles to be conducted remotely was approved by the Senate today and now moves to the Governor’s desk for consideration.

Senator Oroho’s legislation that would help non-profits and organizations by allowing bingo games and raffles to be conducted remotely is now in the hands of the Governor. (Pixabay)

Under Oroho’s bipartisan bill (A-4297/S-2631), organizations eligible to host the fund-raising games in person under current law would be permitted to utilize technology approved by the Legalized Games of Chance Control Commission to conduct remote activities.

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Oroho Bill Supporting ‘FIRST’ Robotics Programs in School Districts Clears Senate

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho that would establish a pilot program in the Department of Education to support FIRST Robotics Programs in school districts was approved by the New Jersey Senate.

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Sen. Steven Oroho that would establish a pilot program in the Department of Education to support FIRST Robotics Programs in school districts was approved by the Senate. (Pixabay)

“All of the available data clearly shows that STEM fields are some of the fastest-growing in the country and will continue to be for some time,” said Oroho (R-24). “My legislation will put science, technology, engineering, and mathematics front and center in select New Jersey schools and inspire students to pursue education and career opportunities in those fields.”

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Oroho-Sponsored ‘Made in NJ’ Bill Awaits Governor’s Review

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Senator Steve Oroho’s legislation that would alter the verbiage on official State logos denoting the manufacturer of goods in New Jersey is on its way to the Governor’s desk after clearing the Senate today.

Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho revising the State logo designating  goods manufactured in the state is on its way to the Governor’s desk. (SenateNJ.com)

Currently, goods produced in the state are designated as “New Jersey-Made” or “NJ-Made.” Under Oroho’s bill, A-2765/S-1838, there will be more options: “Made in New Jersey,” “Made in NJ,” or “MINJ.”

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