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Senator Steven Oroho

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Oroho Says Murphy Needs to Get Message that Comprehensive Plan Needed for Billions in Federal Relief

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Senator Steven Oroho, a member of the Joint Budget Oversight Committee (JBOC), issued the following statement after Democrats on the committee expressed concern during today’s meeting that the Murphy administration hasn’t offered a comprehensive plan for utilizing billions in federal pandemic relief funds that were delivered to New Jersey more than six months ago:

After concerns raised by both Republicans and Democrats, Sen. Steven Oroho said Gov. Murphy needs to get the message that he must offer a comprehensive plan for utilizing billions in federal pandemic relief funds that remain unspent. (©iStock)

“During today’s JBOC meeting, it was clear that my colleagues on both sides of the aisle were unsatisfied with the lack of a comprehensive plan from the Murphy administration for spending billions in pandemic relief funds effectively.

“Republicans have repeatedly been calling for a strategic plan since April when we issued our detailed blueprint, including last week when the Governor’s incomplete proposal was shared with us.

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Oroho & Wirths Call for Comprehensive Plan for Federal Pandemic Relief Funds from Murphy Administration

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Senator Steven Oroho and Assemblyman Hal Wirths, the Republican members of the Joint Budget Oversight Committee (JBOC), said they will not vote to approve an incomplete plan put forward by the Murphy administration for spending federal pandemic relief funds:

Sen. Steven Oroho and Asm. Hal Wirths, the Republican members of the Joint Budget Oversight Committee, said they will not vote to approve an incomplete plan put forward by the Murphy administration for spending federal pandemic relief funds. (Pixabay)

“Republicans have proposed a detailed plan to use billions of federal pandemic relief funds to support small businesses, prevent unnecessary tax increases on employers, fix broken computer systems at Unemployment and the MVC, help tenants and homeowners, and provide relief to property taxpayers.

“The Murphy administration, in contrast, has presented no comprehensive plan, no strategy, no process for selecting what gets funded, and no explanation for anything that was submitted to JBOC for approval. Some of what they proposed may be worthy, but it’s not clear based on the incomplete proposal we’ve been provided.

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Oroho: NJBIA Survey Makes Case for Improving State Support for NJ’s Struggling Businesses

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Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) said the State must do more to support New Jersey’s small businesses after a new survey found that 60% of business owners were planning on or considering shutting down their businesses due to the continuing challenges of the pandemic.

Sen. Steven Oroho said the State must do more to support New Jersey’s small businesses after a new survey found that 60% of business owners were planning on or considering shutting down their businesses due to the continuing challenges of the pandemic. (Wikipedia)

“We should be extremely concerned when nearly 60% of business owners tell us they are ready or willing to shut their doors for good due to government mandates and restrictions, lower revenues, and other challenges related to operating in New Jersey during the pandemic,” said Oroho, the Senate Republican Budget Officer and incoming Republican Leader. “If the Murphy administration continues to ignore the warning signs, we could be on our way to mass business closures and millions more unemployed. It’s another reason Governor Murphy must consider a comprehensive plan to use billions in federal relief funds effectively.”

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Oroho Responds to Murphy Administration’s Release of Overdue Proposal for Using Federal Pandemic Relief Funds

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Senate Republicans Proposed a Comprehensive Plan in April

Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) responded to the Murphy Administration’s release of a long-overdue proposal for the allocation of billions in federal pandemic relief funds that were delivered to New Jersey in May through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

Sen. Steven Oroho responded to the Murphy Administration’s release of a long-overdue proposal for the allocation of billions in federal pandemic relief funds. (Pixabay)

“I look forward to finally having the opportunity to review the Murphy administration’s proposal for using billions in federal relief funds that were sent to New Jersey six months ago,” said Oroho, the Senate Republican Budget Officer and incoming Republican Leader. “At first blush, however, it appears the administration’s plan is grossly incomplete and fails to address key needs for New Jersey. Many months ago, Republicans offered a detailed proposal that would help workers and small businesses, support tenants and landlords, invest in infrastructure improvements, fix broken computer systems at unemployment and the MVC, and prevent unnecessary tax increases on employers. Unfortunately, most of those important priorities still haven’t been addressed.”

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Oroho Statement on Senate President Sweeney’s Concession

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Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) issued the following statement in response to Senate President Steve Sweeney’s concession today:

Statement from Sen. Steven Oroho in response to Senate President Steve Sweeney’s concession. (SenateNJ.com)

“When I first came to Trenton, I immediately struck up a rapport with Steve Sweeney because our districts are very similar and we shared a focus on making New Jersey more competitive. Our working relationship has been an active one and I have been proud to work with Steve on many important issues. But what I’m even more proud of is just being able to call him a friend.”

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Oroho & O’Scanlon: Why Did Murphy Administration Cede $1 Billion of Federal Transportation Money to NY?

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Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) and Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-13) questioned why the Murphy administration would agree to give New York $1 billion of federal transportation aid that should have gone to New Jersey Transit.

Sen. Steven Oroho and Sen. Declan O’Scanlon questioned why the Murphy administration would agree to give New York $1 billion of federal transportation aid that should have gone to NJ Transit. (©iStock)

“How did the Murphy administration get bowled over so badly by our neighbor across the Hudson?” said Oroho, the Senate Republican Budget Officer and incoming Republican Leader. “Instead of refusing the premise of an outrageous proposal, the Murphy administration folded and agreed to give New York everything it wanted and more. NJ Transit farepayers and New Jersey taxpayers will suffer as a result.”

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Oroho Bill to Provide More Reliable Budget Forecasts Advances

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Revenue forecasts crucial to establishing State budgets would be more reliable under legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho and approved today by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

Revenue forecasts crucial to establishing State budgets would be more reliable under legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho and approved by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. (SenateNJ.com)

Oroho’s bill, S-1530, would establish a joint legislative and executive branch New Jersey Revenue Advisory Board to provide consensus revenue forecasting advice for budget purposes.

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Oroho Bill Reducing Tax Payments for Employers Clears Panel

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Qualifying New Jersey corporations would be able to reduce their federal taxes under legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho and advanced today by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

Qualifying New Jersey corporations would be able to reduce their federal taxes under legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho and advanced today by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. (Pixabay)

Oroho’s bill (S-4068) amends the way business alternative income tax can be calculated in a manner that would reduce federal tax liabilities.

“We can help corporations cut their tax bill to the feds without reducing tax revenue to the state,” said Oroho, the Senate Republican Budget Officer. “Money that would otherwise go to Washington could remain here in New Jersey if this measure is enacted. It is time for some good news for businesses in this state.”

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Oroho Bill Requiring Important Health Screening for Infants Clears Committee

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho that would require newborn infants to be screened for congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection was advanced by the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Steve Oroho that would require newborn infants to be screened for congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection was approved by the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee. (Pixabay)

“Congenital cytomegalovirus infection can be a potentiality life threatening illness for infants. And, as is the case with most illnesses, early testing and treatment are critical to a positive outcome,” said Oroho (R-24). “This legislation will provide a vital benefit to mothers, fathers, and newborn infants in New Jersey by implementing early testing for congenital CMV throughout the state. Every parent deserves to know if their child has this illness and what steps to take next if they do.”

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Oroho Selected Next Leader of New Jersey Senate Republicans

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During a caucus meeting this morning, Senator Steven Oroho was declared by acclamation to be the next Leader of the New Jersey Senate Republicans.

Senator Steven Oroho was selected to be the next Leader of the New Jersey Senate Republicans during a meeting of the caucus. (SenateNJ.com)

“It’s an honor to have the opportunity to serve my colleagues in this new role as Senate Republicans work to get New Jersey back on track,” said Oroho (R-24). “We want New Jerseyans to know that our caucus heard the message sent by voters on Election Day loud and clear. We’ll work tirelessly to ensure that government respects people’s rights, addresses their concerns, and makes living in the Garden State more affordable for everyone.”

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