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Senator Steven Oroho

Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho: Murphy Admin Should Widen Focus Beyond SALT Cap Relief to Help NJ Taxpayers

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Urges Governor to Get Behind “Path to Progress” Reforms to Lower the Cost of Government in the Garden State

Senator Steven Oroho said the Murphy Administration should widen its focus beyond efforts to lift the cap on the federal income tax deduction for state and local taxes (SALT) by joining bipartisan efforts to lower the combined tax burden of New Jersey families:

Sen. Steven Oroho said the Murphy Administration should widen its focus beyond efforts to lift the SALT cap by joining bipartisan efforts to lower the combined tax burden of New Jersey families. (SenateNJ.com)

“The Murphy Administration has focused almost exclusively on lifting the $10,000 cap to the federal SALT deduction to provide tax relief to New Jersey families,” said Oroho “While the administration is rolling the dice against long odds in fighting the SALT cap in federal court, our ability to control State and local finances is much more certain. I urge Governor Murphy to join us by getting behind the ‘Path to Progress’ and the bipartisan structural reforms we have proposed. By lowering the cost of government in New Jersey, we have the direct ability to minimize the impact of the SALT cap on New Jersey taxpayers.”

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Oroho: FDU Poll Confirms NJ Taxpayers Have Had Enough of Irresponsible Government Spending

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Senator Steve Oroho issued the following statement after the release of a poll conducted for Fairleigh Dickinson University’s School of Public & Global Affairs and Garden State Initiative found that 44 percent of New Jersey residents are “planning to leave the state in the not too distant future.”

Sen. Oroho reiterated his call for the significant reforms recommended in the Path to Progress report after a survey found almost half of New Jersey residents plan to move out of the state. (©iStock.com)

“People are sick and tired of the debt, and spend and hide philosophies of New Jersey government that has turned our state into a fiscal mess.  New Jersey has been a great place to live, work and raise kids, but living here has become unaffordable for too many families.

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Oroho’s Initiative to Help Prevent Police Suicide Advances

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Senator Steven Oroho’s legislation to help prevent law enforcement suicide has advanced in the Law and Public Safety Committee.

Senator Steven Oroho’s legislation to help prevent law enforcement suicide has advanced. (Flickr)

“Just as the public often needs the help of the police, our brave police officers need our help, too,” said Oroho (R-24). “Our nation’s law enforcement run to confront danger as others flee, often being put in physically, emotionally, and mentally challenging situations. Prioritizing their psychological health and well-being by providing resiliency training is an important step to ensure we are there for our law enforcement community when they need it most.”

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Oroho Bill Establishing Special License Plates for Veterans Cleared by Committee

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Honorably discharged veterans will be eligible for special license plates under a bill sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho and approved today by the Senate Transportation Committee.

Sen. Oroho sponsors a bill authorizing special license plates for honorably discharged veterans.

The bipartisan measure (S730) authorizes plates identifying the registrant as a veteran and including the insignia of the appropriate branch of the military.

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Republican Budget Officers Oroho, Wirths Ready to Battle Murphy Over Affordability

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Senator Steve Oroho and Assemblyman Hal Wirths will serve as Republican budget officers in the Senate and Assembly, respectively. The announcements were made by the leaders of both caucuses Thursday.

As Republican budget officers in the Senate and Assembly, Sen. Oroho and Asm. Wirths will combat runaway spending by Gov. Murphy and the Democrats. (Pixabay)

Oroho, a certified financial planner, has been a member of the Budget Committee since he was sworn into the Senate in 2008. He has served as Senate Republican Budget Officer since early 2019.

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Oroho, Kean & Pennacchio Call for Creation of Office of Labor Law Enforcement

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Would Oversee & Coordinate Enforcement of State Labor Laws

Senators Steven Oroho, Tom Kean, and Joe Pennacchio called for the swift passage of legislation they sponsor that would protect workers, honest businesses, and taxpayers from the wide-ranging impacts of illegal labor practices.

Sens. Steven Oroho, Tom Kean, and Joe Pennacchio called for the passage of legislation they sponsor creating the Office of Labor Law Enforcement to crack down on illegal labor practices. (Pixabay)

“Companies that employ fraudulent work practices shouldn’t be allowed to profit, especially with public dollars,” said Oroho, who serves as the Senate Republican Budget Officer. “When we hear talk of a ‘stronger and fairer economy’ we should be doing all we can to close loopholes to prevent bad actors from abusing the system to the detriment of workers, taxpayers, and the State treasury.”

The legislation, S-3954, would establish the Office of Labor Law Enforcement to oversee, evaluate, and coordinate enforcement activities of the department regarding violations of the provisions of labor laws. The new office would be created within the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

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Oroho Commends Senate President’s Commitment to Reducing Unnecessary Regulations

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Senator Steven Oroho commended Senate President Stephen Sweeney today for his comments in support of efforts to reduce unnecessary government regulations that are burdensome to both residents and businesses in New Jersey.

Sen. Steven Oroho commended the Senate President for his support of efforts to reduce unnecessary government regulations that are burdensome to both residents and businesses in New Jersey. (©iStock)

“Over years and decades, regulation after regulation has been piled on top of each other by various state government agencies,” said Oroho (R-24), the Senate Republican Budget Officer. “We now have an incomprehensible web of often conflicting rules that can be nearly impossible to follow. Addressing these inefficiencies will help make New Jersey a more friendly place to live and a competitive place to do business. I’m glad the Senate President is fully engaged in supporting this important effort.”

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District 24

Oroho, Space & Wirths Ask Governor and Treasurer to Release Money Appropriated for NJ Hemp Farming Fund

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NJ Needs to Act Soon to Allow Hemp Production & Processing in 2020

Senator Steve Oroho and Assemblymen Parker Space and Hal Wirths (all R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) recently wrote to Governor Phil Murphy and State Treasurer Elizabeth Maher Muoio requesting that the $500,000 which the Legislature appropriated for the New Jersey Hemp Farming Fund be released from reserve.

Oroho, Space & Wirths wrote to Governor Murphy and State Treasurer Muoio requesting that $500,000 appropriated by the Legislature in the FY 2020 budget for the New Jersey Hemp Farming Fund be released from reserve. (SenateNJ.com)

“The legislature did our due diligence by updating our laws to comply with the federal legalization of hemp,” said Oroho. “We also need to provide upfront funding to the State Department of Agriculture in order to create an approval process for hemp producers; establish a licensing, testing, and inspection program; establish an appeals process for violators; and establish procedures for the transport of hemp.”

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Pennacchio & Oroho Tour Lake Hopatcong with Senate President Sweeney

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Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) and Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) joined Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-3) for a boat tour of Lake Hopatcong today to gain a first-hand understanding of the blue-green algae blooms that caused the lake and others across New Jersey to be closed for recreation for much of the summer.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio and Sen. Steven Oroho joined Senate President Stephen Sweeney for a boat tour of Lake Hopatcong today. (SenateNJ.com)

After the tour, Pennacchio and Oroho issued the following statement:

“We were glad to have the opportunity to join local officials and the Senate President for today’s tour of Lake Hopatcong. Before his untimely death, our dear colleague Senator Bucco was scheduled to join us. We are sure Tony was there in spirit.

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District 24

Oroho, Space & Wirths Host DOT Commissioner on Tour of Local Projects

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Senator Steve Oroho, Assemblyman Parker Space, and Assemblyman Hal Wirths (all R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) welcomed Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti of the New Jersey Department of Transportation (DOT) and other top department staff on a tour this week to review several transportation projects in the 24th Legislative District.

Left to Right in Blairstown: Assemblyman Hal Wirths; DOT Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti; Senator Steve Oroho; DOT Deputy Commissioner Joe Bertoni; Helen Carew, District 24 Office; Jeff Spatola, District 24 Office; Jay Imenez, DOT Commissioner’s Chief of Staff; Zenobia Fields, Director of Government & Community Relations for DOT; Blairstown Township Mayor Stephen Lance. (SenateNJ.com)

“We were pleased to have the commissioner and key staff come up to the district to see firsthand some of the local road projects that require the State’s attention and assistance,” said Oroho. “Having top-level DOT representatives on-site to see the actual roads and the conditions, and be able to speak to local officials, helps in the planning and the resolution of these projects.”

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