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Senator Steven Oroho

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Oroho Economic Growth Bill Advances

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A bipartisan bill sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho (R-Sussex-Warren-Morris) to lengthen the permit extension period by two years was moved today by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee making certain New Jersey does not experience wholesale project abandonments that would stop any job recovery dead in its tracks.

“This legislation is paramount for job creation and to preserve reasonable growth projects important to economic development in our state,” said Oroho. “Due to economic factors, many projects have been stalled. When our state economy is primed to reenergize, and we are seeing many encouraging signs, it’s important that these projects are ready to move in order to help facilitate our rebound.”

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Committee Advances Oroho-McHose Measure to Help Veterans Get Special Recognition

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho and Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose (both R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) to permit county clerks to provide military veterans with identification cards was advanced today by the Assembly Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee. The cards are designed to assist veterans in receiving discounts and other well-deserved courtesies from area businesses and organizations.

“This worthwhile initiative is for those who have risked their lives to preserve our freedom,” said Oroho. “It is a simple and rightful recognition of the sacrifice made by countless veterans.”

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Video: Sen. Oroho Discusses 2013 State Budget on ‘NJ Today’

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Senator Steven Oroho (R-24), a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, appeared on NJTV’s ‘NJ Today’ to discuss the proposed 2013 state budget.

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Bucco/Oroho Bill Establishing ‘Lake Hopatcong Fund’ Approved by Senate Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senators Anthony Bucco and Steven Oroho that would establish a funding stream for the maintenance of Lake Hopatcong has been advanced by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.

S-495 would dedicate $400,000 in state pleasure boat registration fee revenue to a newly created “Lake Hopatcong Fund,” which would pay for preservation and cleanup projects at the state’s largest freshwater lake.

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Oroho/McHose/Chiusano: Latest Figures Continue to Show School Aid Formula Is Broken

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Senator Steve Oroho, Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose and Assemblyman Gary Chiusano (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) said today’s release of state school aid numbers are a cause of great concern to them as school districts in Sussex, Warren and Morris Counties continue to be deprived of their fair share of education funding.

“This is exactly why we need a new funding formula that is balanced and accountable,” said Oroho. “Dozens of our local school districts are now among about 185 suburban and rural districts shortchanged from receiving basic aid, leaving them faced with potential increases in already too costly property taxes.”

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Oroho: Governor’s Budget Will Continue to Grow Our Economy

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Senator Steve Oroho (R-24), a member of both the Senate Budget and Appropriations and Economic Growth Committees, says New Jersey taxpayers are the beneficiaries under Governor Christie’s budget plan introduced today.

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“This truly balanced budget provides property tax relief, decreases income taxes while making the state’s largest pension payment yet following up on our commitment as part of the landmark pension reform legislation enacted last year,” Oroho said. “Because of the responsible budgeting under this governor, we’ve stabilized expenses and helped create a sustained period of private-sector job growth these past two years in stark contrast to the jobs we hemorrhaged as a result of the policy decisions under the former administration.”

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Oroho/Bucco Bill Providing Tax Breaks to Businesses Employing National Guardsmen and Reservists Advances

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Legislation authored by Senators Steven Oroho (R- Sussesx/Warren/Morris) and Anthony Bucco (R- Morris/Somerset) providing tax credits to businesses employing members of the New Jersey National Guard or reservists in the United States Armed Forces has been cleared by the Senate Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.

The bill, S-234, gives employers a credit against the New Jersey Gross Income Tax and/or Corporation Business Tax of 20% of an employee’s salary, not to exceed $2,000 per worker, when an employee is called to active duty.

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Today at the Statehouse Political Theater: Much Ado About Nothing

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A Story of Mass Hysteria Caused by a Budget Not Yet Introduced; Rated P for “Premature”

Republican members of the Senate Budget Committee today expressed bewilderment at the use of the committee’s time to hold a hearing on Governor Christie’s proposed income tax plan weeks ahead of the Governor’s Budget Message:

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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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