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Oroho, McHose & Space Urge Action on Bill to Address Rising Healthcare Costs of Inmates

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Senator Steve Oroho, Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose and Assemblyman Parker Space (all R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) urged legislative passage of a bill to address the increasingly expensive cost of providing healthcare to New Jersey’s inmate population. The measure was drafted in response to an issue that Warren County Sheriff David Gallant brought up during a local officials meeting with the three legislators.

“The Legislature should act to help counties control burgeoning inmate healthcare costs at county jails,” said Senator Oroho. “It is foolish to expect that when an inmate is not covered by health insurance, their healthcare will be fully covered by liens against the incarcerated’s income or property. We know the burden all too often falls on the taxpayer.”

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Kean, Oroho Urge Action to Continue NJ Job Growth

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr. and Economic Growth Committee Member Senator Steven Oroho stated the following in response to today’s announcement of New Jersey’s continued private-sector job growth:

“Gaining 10,000 private-sector jobs a month is certainly something to boast, especially in a state where employers pay too much for government and are confined in a straight jacket of regulations,” said Kean (R-Union).

“Another month of steady job gains proves that New   Jersey’s economy is on the right track,” said Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris), a member of the bipartisan Red Tape Review Commission. “There are certainly more job recovery efforts we need to undertake to enhance our state’s competitiveness in order to regain the hundreds of thousands of jobs lost before Governor Christie took office.”

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Oroho Law Will Require Direct Deposit For State Employees

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A cost-cutting measure sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) requiring direct deposit for all state employee compensation starting July 1, 2014 was signed into law today by Governor Chris Christie. This law allows local government entities to opt for direct deposit for its workforce and Senator Oroho strongly encourages them to do so.

“Governments must get the most out of every public dollar,” said Senator Oroho. “All local government entities should join in this overdue initiative to save New Jersey taxpayers millions of dollars a year in unnecessary costs.”

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Oroho Bill to Crack Down on Delinquent Rooming/Boarding House Owners Passes Committee

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Legislation Stems from Issue in Newton

Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) to clamp down on absentee owners of rooming and boarding houses was passed by the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee. The measure was drafted in response to several problems the town of Newton has been experiencing.

“Our communities deserve and expect a certain level of decency and cooperation from operators of shared housing complexes,” said Oroho. “Hearing from both town officials as well as the residents living near these boarding homes, we realized greater enforcement powers are needed to rein in delinquent owners of such properties.”

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Oroho Lauds Today’s School Aid Numbers, Removing Funding Formula Bias Against Rural Districts

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Senator Steven Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) applauded the approach to New Jersey public school funding released today as part of Gov. Chris Christie’s proposed budget.

Public school districts in Senator Oroho’s 24th legislative district are slated to receive the highest combined increase in state aid, 3.3 percent, with no district facing a decrease in aid.

“This is a welcomed improvement for our communities, thanks in large part to Gov. Christie listening to the call to alter a state funding formula bias against rural school districts,” Oroho said. “The governor’s proposed budget makes a significant investment in education which will benefit students as well as property taxpayers.”

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Oroho Concerned With Purported Sandy Charity from Sparta

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Senator Steven Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) stated the following about an Asbury Park Press news investigation of an alleged Sandy charity from Sparta, boasting some $1 million in public donations:

The Asbury Park Press reported on Sunday that a Sparta couple created a Sandy relief fund, which is not registered to operate in New Jersey and admittedly does not have the federal 501(c)(3) status that it claimed on its website. The investigation revealed that fund has yet to distribute more than $800,000 in cash donations.

“Any attempt to deceive good-willed residents or business owners into funding a fake charity can be a serious criminal offense — attempting to capitalize off of Superstorm Sandy victims would be unforgivable and incomprehensible,” Oroho stated. “I have confidence in New Jersey’s Attorney General and Division of Consumer Affairs to investigate this or any other questionable Superstorm Sandy charities to determine any ill-intent or fraud. Sandy-related charities should be on notice that their financial records will be checked by state authorities.”

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Senate Passes Oroho Measure to Save NJ Businesses $300 Million

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The state Senate today passed legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho to avert a substantial tax on New Jersey businesses.

“By reducing unemployment insurance tax rates for the upcoming fiscal year, this measure saves businesses approximately $300 million, which allows them to continue adding more jobs for New Jersey’s workforce,” said Oroho, a member of the Economic Growth and Budget committees.

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Oroho: Significant Jobs Gains Can Continue With Basic Reforms, Not Gimmicks

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Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) stated the following about today’s reports of significant New Jersey employment gains:

“New Jersey’s economy is going in the right direction under Gov. Christie, and Lt. Gov. Guadagno’s Jobs 4 Jersey and business development initiatives are rewarding residents.

“Gov. Christie’s leadership and our bipartisan reforms have held taxes in check and disposed of government waste. Our Red Tape Review Commission has fostered job growth by facilitating business creation, streamlining local bidding requirements and allowing companies to instantly resume projects stalled due to the Great Recession. Several tax policy reforms are on tap and others are being phased in.

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Oroho Urges Assembly Action on Measure to Prevent Youth Steroid Use

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The following editorial by Senator Steven Oroho, primary sponsor of comprehensive legislation to mitigate steroid use among students, was recently published in the Courier-Post:

On Jan. 9, National Baseball Hall of Fame voters set the right example forAmerica’s youth by denying former players entry into the Hall of Fame whose careers are justly tarnished by the use of steroids or other dangerous performance enhancing drugs.

Professional athletes make profound impressions on our children, especially on those with dreams of “going pro” and attaining the associated glory, celebrity and money. The decision to keep steroid users from getting to Cooperstown emphasizes that being healthy and honest is more honorable than winning games or compiling superstar statistics. It reminds us that cheating, in the end, does not get you on top, and there is no glory in using destructive drugs that jeopardize your health.

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Oroho Lauds Voters For Keeping PED Users Out of Baseball’s Hall of Fame

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New Jersey Senator Steven Oroho, primary sponsor of comprehensive legislation to mitigate steroid use among students, stated the following in response to today’s vote to keep known and alleged performance enhancing drug users out of Major League Baseball’s Hall of Fame:

“Hall of Fame voters set the right example for America’s youth by denying baseball’s ultimate, eternal distinction to former players whose careers are justly tarnished by their use of PEDs. Hopefully, today’s decision establishes a precedent for future Hall of Fame votes and inspires more leaders of schools, communities, states and collegiate or professional sports to protect children and deter them from being tempted by promises of fame due to steroid use.

“Cheating, in the end, does not get you ahead, and there is no glory in using destructive drugs that jeopardize your health.”

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