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Senator Steven Oroho

Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Says Democrats’ Legislation Ends Public Health Emergency in Name Only

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Senator Steven Oroho said a bill (A-5777) that Governor Phil Murphy and Democratic legislative leaders have proclaimed would end the public health emergency in effect since last March would do so in name only.

Under legislation proposed by legislative Democrats, Governor Murphy would be given authorization to perpetuate executive orders and restrictions imposed during the public health emergency, including mask and social distancing mandates, until 2022. (New Jersey Office of the Governor/YouTube)

“Frankly, this legislation has to be some kind of joke,” said Oroho (R-24). “It ends the public health emergency in name only while allowing Governor Murphy to perpetuate until 2022 executive orders and unnecessary restrictions that should no longer be valid once the public health emergency has ended. Democrats shouldn’t try to fool people with this sleight of hand. We should end this nonsense immediately and rescind all of the overbearing executive orders as we’ve demanded for months.”

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Oroho: Revenue Update from Treasurer Shows How Severely Murphy Administration Misled on NJ’s Finances

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Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) said today’s revenue update from New Jersey Treasurer Elizabeth Muoio shows how severely the Murphy administration misled the public last fall on the state of New Jersey’s finances.

Sen. Steven Oroho said today’s revenue update from N.J. Treasurer Elizabeth Muoio shows how severely the Murphy administration misled the public last fall on the state of New Jersey’s finances. (Pixabay)

“Governor Murphy and Treasurer Muoio sold the New Jersey Supreme Court on a doom-and-gloom budget scenario last fall to gain approval for their unnecessary borrowing plan,” said Oroho, the Senate Republican Budget Officer. “Today’s revenue update by the treasurer is more proof that the administration severely misled the public, legislators, and the courts about New Jersey’s finances.”

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Oroho to Murphy: ‘Spurning the Legislature During Pandemic Took a Toll on State Residents’

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After the Governor announced yet another extension of the public health emergency and his intention to end it this summer if the Legislature gives him what he wants, Senator Steve Oroho criticized Murphy for waiting too long.

The Governor announced yet another extension of the public health emergency and his intention to end it this summer. Senator Oroho said it should have been done a long time ago. (Pixabay)

“This could have been done a long time ago. There was no reason to drag this out like this,” said Oroho (R-24). “It’s time to bring this one-man rule to an end.

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Oroho Bill Supporting ‘FIRST’ Robotics Programs in School Districts Advances

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho that would establish a pilot program in the Department of Education to support FIRST Robotics Programs in school districts was advanced by the Senate Education Committee.

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Sen. Steven Oroho that would establish a pilot program in the Department of Education to support FIRST Robotics Programs in school districts was approved by the Senate Education Committee. (Pixabay)

“All of the available data clearly shows that STEM fields are some of the fastest-growing in the country and will continue to be for some time,” said Oroho (R-24). “My legislation will put science, technology, engineering, and mathematics front and center in select New Jersey schools and inspire students to pursue education and career opportunities in those fields.”

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon
Senator Michael Testa
Senator Sam Thompson
Senator Steve Oroho

Republican Budget Members: Health Commissioner Continues to Dodge Questions, Refuses to Repeal Outdated Policies

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The Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee said repeated claims by New Jersey Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli at a budget hearing that the Murphy administration has been transparent about pandemic response are demonstrably false. Further, they expressed shock that she refuses to admit that clearly outdated policies should be repealed to aid in New Jersey’s recovery

The Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee said Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli has not been transparent during the pandemic or at today’s budget hearing, and they expressed shock that she refuses to admit that clearly outdated policies should be repealed. (SenateNJ.com)

“Mourning families, concerned legislators, and investigative journalists have all bemoaned the wall of secrecy that has been put up by the Murphy administration and the Department of Health about tragic policy decisions that led to the massive loss of life in our nursing homes,” said Senator Steven Oroho (R-24), the Senate Republican Budget Officer. “Commissioner Persichilli cannot claim to have been transparent when her department has systematically denied public records requests and she has refused invitations to testify before legislators and the public.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio
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Pennacchio/Oroho/Bucco Bill Providing $10 Million to Support Lakes Advances

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Measure Would Help Fund Maintenance of Lake Hopatcong, Greenwood Lake, Other Lakes in Highlands & Pinelands

The Senate Environment Committee has advanced legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Pennacchio, Senator Steven Oroho, and Senator Anthony M. Bucco to supply critical funding to maintain Lake Hopatcong, Greenwood Lake, and other lakes in the Highlands and Pinelands regions of New Jersey.

The Senate Environment Committee has advanced $10 million of funding sponsored by Sen. Joe Pennacchio, Sen. Steven Oroho, and Sen. Tony Bucco to maintain Lake Hopatcong, Greenwood Lake, and other lakes in the Highlands and Pinelands regions of New Jersey. (SenateNJ.com)

“Our lakes are critical to the ecological and economic well-being of New Jersey, but they have been consistently underfunded by the State,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “This appropriation represents the most significant investment in Lake Hopatcong and Greenwood Lake in recent memory, if not ever. We’ll continue fighting to make this funding permanent to ensure our lakes get the support they need each and every year.”

The legislation, S-3618, makes a supplemental appropriation of $10 million for grants for certain lake management activities for recreation and conservation purposes.

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Oroho Calls on Murphy to Stop Rolling Over for New York in Interstate Tax Fight

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Says State and New Jersey Taxpayers Losing Billions Through Governor’s Inaction

Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) called for Governor Phil Murphy to stop giving in without a fight to New York tax officials who are stepping up enforcement to claim income tax payments they don’t deserve from New Jersey residents.

Sen. Steven Oroho called for Gov. Phil Murphy to stop giving in without a fight to New York tax officials who are stepping up enforcement to claim income tax payments they don’t deserve from New Jersey residents. (Pixabay)

“It’s shocking to watch as Governor Murphy continues to sit silent while a horde of tax officials in Albany are issuing billions of dollars of tax bills to New Jersey residents for income earned here in the Garden State during the pandemic,” said Oroho, the Senate Republican Budget Officer. “The ‘convenience of the employer’ rule that New York is using to stake its claim clearly shouldn’t apply if offices were closed due to the pandemic and workers had no choice but to work from home in New Jersey. If there ever was a time to fight back against New York’s unfair taxation of New Jerseyans, it’s now.”

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Oroho, Space & Wirths Unveil Election Integrity Bill Package

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Conservative Trio Also Condemn Democrat Efforts to Criminalize Police Presence at Polling Places

Today, Senator Steve Oroho and Assemblymen Parker Space and Hal Wirths (all R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) unveiled their “Election Integrity” bill package.

Senator Steve Oroho and Assemblymen Parker Space and Hal Wirths unveiled their ‘Election Integrity’ bill package, a series of constitutional, common-sense measures to protect voting rights. (WikiMedia)

“We listened to our constituents and worked with election reformers from around the country,” said Oroho.  “These are constitutional, common-sense measures, in place in many States already, that both protect the integrity of elections and help to restore voter confidence in our election process.”

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Panel Clears Oroho Bill that Eliminates Mandate on Small Towns

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho and approved today by the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee would eliminate a mandate on small municipalities and help ease the burden of filling boards of health for small towns.

Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho and approved by the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee would eliminate a mandate on small municipalities and help ease the burden of filling boards of health for small towns. (SenateNJ.com)

“Every municipality is required to have a board of health, but for towns with small populations, it can be a challenge to find volunteers willing to serve on local boards and commissions, including the board of health,” said Oroho (R-24). “This bill (S-1416) approved today helps solve the problem, allowing municipal governing bodies to serve as boards of health. It is a sensible and efficient solution.”

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Oroho: Why Is Murphy Opposed to Making Government More Efficient & Affordable?

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Governor Vetoes Bipartisan Bill Establishing “Government Efficiency and Regulatory Review Commission”

Senator Steven Oroho questioned why Governor Phil Murphy would veto bipartisan legislation (A-4810/S-441) designed to reduce bureaucratic red tape, improve government efficiency, and produce savings for taxpayers.

Sen. Steven Oroho questioned why Gov. Phil Murphy would veto bipartisan legislation designed to reduce bureaucratic red tape, improve government efficiency, and produce savings for taxpayers. (©iStock)

“Why is Governor Murphy opposed to making government more efficient and affordable?” Oroho (R-24) asked. “By vetoing this legislation, he’s essentially saying there’s no problem with excessive bureaucracy in New Jersey or government being too expensive. If he took the time to speak to actual taxpayers or anyone trying to do business in the state, he’d realize he’s dead wrong.”

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