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Senator Steven Oroho

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Oroho Applauds Christie’s Priorities

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Tax Cuts, Job Creation, School Funding and Education Reform Needed

Senator Steve Oroho (R-24) issued the following statement in response to Governor Christie’s State of the State address:

“Since taking office two years ago, Governor Christie has worked with the Legislature to advance an agenda that works for New Jersey and its residents. As a result of the new fiscal and tax discipline that we have brought to Trenton, 60,000 new private sector jobs have been created in the Garden State since Governor Christie took office, and skyrocketing property taxes are finally being brought under control.

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Oroho: “Star-Ledger Illustrates the Point- Tax Rates Chase Revenue Away from NJ”

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“Don’t blame the executives… They are just responding rationally…choppering home every night [to Pennsylvania] means they can pay a flat tax of 3 percent to Pennsylvania, rather than roughly 9 percent to New Jersey.”  (Tom Moran, The Star-Ledger, 11/20/11)

“You are kidding yourself if you think you can be one of the highest-taxed states in the nation, have a reputation for being anti-business — and have a rosy economic future.”  Gov. Andrew Cuomo, DEMOCRAT- NY, 10/17/11)

Responding to a Sunday, November 20, 2011 editorial by Star-Ledger columnist Tom Moran, state Senator Steve Oroho (R- Sussex) said today that New Jersey’s reciprocal income tax agreement with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania demonstrates that high state taxes encourage taxpayers and revenue to leave or stay away from New Jersey.

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Senator Oroho To Receive Public Service Award

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Senator Steve Oroho (R-24) was chosen by the New Jersey Business and Industry Association (NJBIA) to receive its “Paul L. Troast Public Service Award.” The NJBIA presents the Troast Award annually to a public servant who has made an outstanding contribution to the State of New Jersey and its business community.

“I am honored to be chosen to receive this award and am grateful to NJBIA for its commitment to the business community of New Jersey,” said Oroho. “Given these difficult economic times, we need to focus on creating private-sector jobs and economic growth opportunities. I look forward to working with NJBIA and other business groups on that goal and making New Jersey a more competitive state in which to do business and create jobs.”

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Oroho Bill Makes Business Action Center Permanent

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Resource Helps Businesses that Want to Locate, Grow or Expand in New Jersey

Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-24) that would make the New Jersey Business Action Center a permanent component of the Department of State was passed by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee today.

“The New Jersey Business Action Center is a concrete example of how the state can play a key role in helping grow, retain and attract businesses to New Jersey.” Oroho stated. “We need to make sure this worthwhile initiative stays in place and continues to serve as a resource for supporting businesses and creating jobs.”

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Oroho, McHose & Chiusano Recognized as “Taxpayer Champions”

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Senator Steve Oroho, Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose and Assemblyman Gary Chiusano, R-24, announced today, they were recognized as “Taxpayer Champions” by the New Jersey Taxpayer Alliance.

“Standing up for taxpayers in New Jersey is job number one for Alison, Gary and me,” said Oroho, who serves on the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. “We are continuing our mission to make New Jersey more competitive to bring in new businesses and private sector jobs and it starts with making sure our tax policies are attractive.”

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Oroho Legislation Builds Upon NJ’s Commitment to Military Veterans

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Two bills sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-24) that strengthen New Jersey’s commitment to its military veterans passed the Senate today.

“Each and every day, members of our armed forces put their lives on the line and go months without seeing family and friends so that we can be safe at home, ” Oroho said. “We need to ensure those who have served our country, and those who support them, receive the benefits, care, and assistance they deserve.”

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Oroho-McHose-Chiusano Laud Governor’s Commitment to Helmets to Hats Program

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State Senator Steve Oroho, Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose and Assemblyman Gary Chiusano, all R-24, said New Jersey’s veterans received welcome news on Thursday with the announcement by Governor Christie that he has approved $195,000 to be used by the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development in partnership with the New Jersey Building and Construction Trades Council’s Helmets to Hardhats (H2H) program. The New Jersey H2H program helps military personnel making the changeover from active duty to the civilian work force. The program also includes National Guard and reserve members who have civilian jobs but are looking for better employment opportunities.

“Those who serve in the military are owed a debt of gratitude by everyone who lives in this country,” said Oroho. “The Helmets to Hardhats program is one way New Jersey shows its appreciation for the sacrifices made by those in the armed services. At a time when many people are facing an uncertain future, the H2H program is an opportunity for veterans to find a good-paying job by completing a reputable training program.”

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Oroho/Bucco Bill Assists Businesses Who Employ Military Members

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Tax Credit Offered For When Employees Are Called Up to Active Duty

Legislation sponsored by Senators Steve Oroho (R-24) and Anthony Bucco (R-25) that provides tax credits to businesses who have employees that are called up for active duty military service was passed by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee today.

“Some employers may be hesitant to hire and invest in the training of an individual who serves in the National Guard or a reserve component of the armed forces because they may be concerned that a leave of absence will provide an undue financial hardship to their business, ”

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Oroho-McHose-Chiusano: Some In Elizabeth Are Finding Out There Is No Such Thing As A Free Lunch

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State Senator Steve Oroho, Assemblywoman Alison McHose and Assemblyman Gary Chiusano, all R-24, said that today’s news report on the arrest of Elizabeth School Board President Marie Munn on charges of third degree theft by deception and third degree tampering with public records or information related to the free lunch program is not terribly surprising given the lack of credible answers she provided when questioned. In addition to Ms. Munn’s arrest, the ex-wife of school principal Carlos Lucio; and Peter Abitanto, husband of Marlene Abitanto, the district’s supervisor of custodians, also face similar charges. If found guilty, each of the accused faces up to five years in prison.

Oroho, McHose and Chiusano said much more is involved in this issue than the fraudulent applications submitted to participate in the free lunch program. A State Auditor report issued in June that sampled 10 school districts indicated that state aid is increased between $4, 700 and $5, 700 for each student enrolled in the lunch program. The audit also found that 37 percent of students in the program were ineligible.

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Oroho Honored By ‘Legislator of the Year’ Awards

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Two Groups Honor Senator for His Work on Economic Development and Job Creation

The New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce and the New Jersey Society for Environmental, Economic Development (NJ SEED) have both named Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Morris, Hunterdon) as their Legislator of the Year. The two groups selected Oroho for his legislative efforts to make New Jersey more competitive economically and collaborative work to help grow the economy and fuel job creation.

“The State Chamber of Commerce and NJ SEED are strong advocates for issues that are critical to New Jersey residents, including job creation and economic development,” Oroho stated. “I appreciate the positive work both of these organizations do and am honored to be recognized for my efforts in the State Legislature to improve the quality of life for every New Jersey resident.”

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