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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho: Murphy’s Mixed Messages to Businesses Will Continue to Impact NJ’s Economic Growth

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Senator Steven Oroho, a member of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee, responded to a proposal by Governor Phil Murphy to establish a new fund to invest in start-up companies that locate in New Jersey:

Sen. Steven Oroho said Gov. Murphy is sending mixed messages to the business community that will continue to depress New Jersey’s economic growth. (Wikipedia)

“You can’t raise business taxes by $1 billion and then lament months later how New Jersey’s tax policy has failed to draw start-ups to the state,” said Oroho. “While I hope this new initiative will prove successful, it’s likely that the mixed messages sent by Governor Murphy to the business community will continue to depress the state’s economic growth.”

Among the major revisions to the state’s Corporate Business Tax enacted by Governor Murphy in July include new tax surcharges on business income and the elimination of a tax deduction for net operating losses (NOLs) that technology start-ups, the very businesses that Governor Murphy claims he wants to help, could have benefited from.

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Oroho, Gopal Bill to Fund Critical Manufacturing Training Programs for NJ Veterans and Residents Passes Senate

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The New Jersey State Senate has passed bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) Senator Vin Gopal (D-11) that would extend funding for manufacturing workforce development. The legislation would make a General Fund supplemental appropriation of $250,000 to the Department of State for the purpose of funding the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program (NJMEP), Inc.

Sen. Steven Oroho’s bipartisan legislation would extend funding for manufacturing workforce development.  (SenateNJ.com)

More than 1 million in-state jobs are supported by New Jersey’s manufacturing industry.

“There is a common misconception that accessing a high-paying job requires an expensive four year degree. That is not the case,” Oroho said. “Workforce development programs, such as the NJMEP, have produced tangible results for our veterans, unemployed, and underemployed residents.

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Advanced: Oroho Bill to Extend Funding for Manufacturing Workforce Development Programs

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) that would extend funding for manufacturing workforce development programs has passed the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

More than 1 million in-state jobs are supported by New Jersey’s manufacturing industry.

Sen. Steven Oroho’s bipartisan bill would extend funding for manufacturing workforce development programs. (SenateNJ.com)

“The New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program has added or saved more than 32,000 jobs. Creating this program was an important step towards building a more innovative workforce,” Senator Oroho said. “Manufacturing is a rapidly-growing field where opportunities for high-paying jobs and long-term success abound. By increasing funding for the NJMEP, we can encourage more New Jerseyans to enter our booming manufacturing industry.”

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Oroho Bill to Promote NJ’s Farm-to-Table Industry Passes Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) to promote farm-to-table businesses Statewide has passed the Senate Economic Growth Committee.

Sen. Steven Oroho’s bill would promote farm-to-table businesses Statewide, by promoting restaurants on New Jersey’s tourism website. (SenateNJ.com)

“Farm-to-table restaurants provide vital opportunities for small businesses to compete in a new and rapidly-growing part of our vibrant agricultural tourism industry,” Senator Oroho said. “The impact of choosing a farm-to-table restaurant stretches far beyond a diner’s plate. By highlighting local restaurants that serve ‘Jersey Fresh,’ we’re feeding the future of New Jersey’s farms, restaurants, and our local economy.”

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Legislature Passes Oroho’s Bipartisan ‘Securing Our Children’s Future Bond Act’

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Pending Voter Approval, Measure Would Provide $500 Million for Vo-Techs, School Security, and Clean Water Infrastructure

The State Legislature gave final approval to the “Securing Our Children’s Future Bond Act,” bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho and Senate President Steve Sweeney, paving the way for its inclusion on this November’s general election ballot.

The State Legislature gave final approval to the Securing Our Children’s Future Bond Act, bipartisan legislation sponsored by Sen. Steven Oroho and Senate President Steve Sweeney, paving the way for its inclusion on this November’s general election ballot. (WikiCommons)

“New Jersey’s county vo-tech schools have been forced to turn away about 17,000 students each year,” Oroho said. “The ‘Securing Our Children’s Future Bond Act’ will give more students the opportunity to access the training they need to succeed in New Jersey’s rapidly-evolving workforce – something our top-quality vo-tech programs are designed to do.”

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Oroho: Proposed IRS Regulations Highlight Need to Cut Cost of NJ Government

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IRS Clarifies that Charitable Contributions to Sidestep $10k SALT Limit Are Not Deductible

Senator Steven Oroho said that a regulation proposed by the Internal Revenue Service that would derail an attempt to sidestep the recently enacted $10,000 cap on the federal deduction for state and local taxes highlights the need to advance major reforms to lower the cost of government in New Jersey.

Sen. Steven Oroho said that a proposed IRS regulation highlights the need to advance major reforms to lower the cost of government in New Jersey. (SenateNJ.com)

“I appreciate the legislative attempt to preserve the value of tax deductions for New Jersey residents following the limitation of the federal SALT deduction,” said Oroho (R-Sussex). “Unfortunately, the IRS is now taking the action it promised to take to prevent efforts to sidestep the new SALT limit. It’s clear that the best way we can help New Jersey taxpayers is to directly lower the cost of government in the Garden State.”

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Editorial: New Jersey Is Still Fixable, but We’re Running Out of Time

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The following editorial by Senator Steven Oroho on a bipartisan reform plan to address New Jersey’s fiscal challenges was published by the Star-Ledger on August 22, 2018:

Our state’s unaffordable and uncompetitive tax structure is driving many of our families, employers, and jobs to other states. The data is undeniable.

Sen. Steven Oroho discusses a bipartisan reform plan to address New Jersey’s fiscal challenges in this Star-Ledger editorial. (Pixabay)

Many of our biggest fiscal problems which remain largely unaddressed are on the spending side of the ledger. That has become increasingly evident in recent years as we performed our constitutional duty of reviewing and adopting a balanced state budget.

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Oroho, Space & Wirths Denounce Murphy’s Bear Hunt Order

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Senator Steven Oroho and Assemblymen Parker Space and Hal Wirths called Governor Phil Murphy’s executive order stopping bear hunts on state lands a dangerous play that increases the likelihood of human encounters with the animals.

Sen. Steven Oroho and Asm. Parker Space and Hal Wirths called Gov. Phil Murphy’s executive order stopping bear hunts on state lands a dangerous play that increases the likelihood of human encounters with the animals. (YouTube)

“The Murphy Administration needs to put aside politics and personal feelings about hunting and look at the bigger picture,” said Oroho (R-Sussex). “This issue is and always will be a serious matter of public safety. There are a number of examples, including people being killed.”

Oroho said that when Gov. Jon Corzine canceled the hunt in 2006, adults and children were afraid to go outside because the bear population was not adequately controlled, and sightings in neighborhoods occurred multiple times daily.

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SIGNED: Oroho Bill to Improve School Security

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Governor Phil Murphy has signed bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) that will permit school district superintendents to designate an experienced school employee as school safety specialist.

Sen. Steven Oroho’s legislation will permit school district superintendents to designate an experienced employee as school safety specialist. (Flickr)

“Our foremost responsibility must be to ensure that children in New Jersey have a safe place to learn and grow,” Oroho said. “Now, more than ever, we must designate experienced and trained staff members who can take charge of school security, so that our schools do not fall victim to the same tragedies we have seen in other parts of the country. This law is critical to keeping our children and teachers safe from harm.”

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Sweeney-Oroho P-3 Bill Becomes Law

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Public-Private Partnerships Will Support Building & Highway Projects

Legislation sponsored by Senate President Steve Sweeney and Senator Steve Oroho permitting government entities to enter into public-private partnership agreements with private entities for undertaking building and highway infrastructure projects was signed into law today by Governor Phil Murphy.

Sen. Steve Oroho’s bipartisan legislation permitting government entities to enter into public-private partnership agreements with private entities for undertaking building and highway infrastructure projects was signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy. (SenateNJ.com)

“Public-private partnerships will pave the way for innovative and sustainable infrastructure in New Jersey,” said Senator Oroho (R-Sussex/Warren/Morris). “Governments on the local, county, and state levels should be permitted flexibility in financing their capital needs given proper oversight. These partnerships are an important way to stretch scarce public dollars to complete needed projects that will benefit our residents and create jobs and economic growth.”

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