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Senator Steven Oroho

Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho: Governor Can Open More Businesses by Giving OK to Industry Plans that Incorporate Social Distancing

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While happy to see today’s announcement that additional sectors have been given the green light to restart business operations, Senator Steve Oroho (R-24) said the Murphy Administration can be moving even quicker to reopen the economy by reviewing detailed business reopening plans submitted to the governor’s office by business coalitions and individual industry groups that incorporate accepted social distancing practices.

Sen. Steve Oroho said the Murphy Administration can move more quickly to reopen the economy by reviewing detailed business reopening plans submitted to the governor’s office by business coalitions and individual industry groups that incorporate accepted social distancing practices. (Pixabay)

“Business and industry have put responsible plans together that will enable them to resume operations while respecting safety protocols,” said Oroho. “We shouldn’t need governmental committees and subcommittees to come up with additional plans that will likely reach similar conclusions. We are at such a critical time where many businesses are seriously in jeopardy of not even being able to reopen, and more delay will certainly be the death knell to so many.”

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Oroho Commends NJ Business Coalition for Recovery Framework Document

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Says Governor Should Use Detailed Plans as Basis for Reopening Economy Safely

Senator Steven Oroho urged Governor Phil Murphy to work with businesses and industries that have already produced detailed plans to reopen safely and get New Jerseyans back to work instead of waiting on additional bureaucratic government committees that will only delay our economic recovery.

Sen. Steven Oroho urged Gov. Phil Murphy to work with businesses and industries that have already produced detailed plans to reopen safely and get New Jerseyans back to work instead of waiting on additional bureaucratic government committees that will only delay our economic recovery. (©iStock)

“Individual employers and industry groups representing tens of thousands of small businesses have been hard at work since day one of the shutdown nearly two months ago producing detailed plans that would allow them to reopen safely as soon as restrictions are lifted,” said Oroho (R-24). “No one is advocating reopening without appropriate safety protocols in place, but every day we delay another business will never reopen its doors.”

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Oroho, Space & Wirths Happy State and County Parks and Golf Courses to Be Opened

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Senator Steve Oroho and Assemblymen Parker Space and Hal Wirths are happy that Gov. Murphy has heeded their calls to reopen the outdoors to help people cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sen. Steve Oroho and Assemblymen Parker Space and Hal Wirths are happy that Gov. Murphy has heeded their calls to reopen the outdoors to help people cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. (NJ Division of Parks & Forestry)

“I’m glad to see the governor move today to reopen our parks and golf courses,” said Oroho. “States in our region have shown that you can reopen these venues safely with social distancing guidelines in place and we can now join them. I hope as industries share plans with the governor on how they can protect consumers and employees while getting back to work, that the governor continues to demonstrate trust in them. Our economy desperately needs businesses to get back on their feet and our residents need to return to some sense of normalcy.”

The three lawmakers called on Murphy to open state and county parks on April 8.

“I have heard endlessly from people who have wanted to enjoy the land they pay taxes to enjoy,” said Wirths. “I am happy that parks, forests and golf courses will reopen. It will be a boon to mental and physical health and should save many jobs that were at risk of being lost for good.”

“Public parks and recreation are incredibly important and should be open,” said Space. “Hopefully this will lead to more things opening up and other unnecessary restrictions being reversed. This will help businesses and the people they employ. Hopefully that logic extends to Governor Murphy’s other actions that are creating more harm than good.”

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Senate Republicans: Reopening Parks a Reasonable Step, Many Businesses Ready to Reopen Too

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The Senate Republican leadership team said Governor Phil Murphy’s announcement that State and county parks and golf courses will be allowed to reopen is a reasonable step and that many businesses are also ready to resume operations once restrictions are lifted:

The Senate Republican leadership team said Gov. Phil Murphy’s announcement that State and county parks and golf courses will be allowed to reopen is a reasonable step and that many businesses are also ready to resume operations once restrictions are lifted. (SenateNJ.com)

“Over the last few weeks, we have witnessed with awe and pride an amazing transformation in the attitudes and practices of individual New Jerseyans as they adopted necessary social distancing and personal protective measures that just months ago would have been unthinkable.

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Oroho: Governor Should Have More Faith in NJ Businesses that Have Plans to Reopen Safely

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Senator Steven Oroho said Governor Phil Murphy should have more faith in the tens of thousands of businesses across New Jersey that already have detailed plans that would allow them to reopen safely.

Sen. Steven Oroho said Gov. Phil Murphy should have more faith in the tens of thousands of businesses across New Jersey that already have detailed plans that would allow them to reopen safely. (©iStock)

“While Governor Murphy offered only a vague outline for reopening New Jersey’s economy with no real plan, tens of thousands of businesses are ready to open safely today if given the opportunity,” said Senator Steven Oroho (R-24). “Since businesses were forced to close in March, many have been developing and perfecting plans to get back to work in a manner that is safe for their customers and employees. Just as grocery stores and pharmacies demonstrated their ability to adapt quickly to new public health requirements, we should trust that other businesses are no less capable of operating responsibly.”

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Oroho, Space & Wirths Want Overly Aggressive Lake Fee Collection to Cease

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Today, Senator Steve Oroho and Assemblymen Parker Space and Hal Wirths (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) called on lake associations throughout the State to cease taking action against homeowners who are being targeted by the misapplication of Chapter 106, also known as the Radburn Law, during the COVID-19 emergency.

Oroho, Space and Wirths call on New Jersey lakes associations to stop threatening homeowners to pay dues they are not legally bound to pay. (Pixabay)

“The overly aggressive approach used by some lake associations to collect dues from homeowners is unfortunate in the middle of this crisis,” said Senator Oroho. “I condemn any homeowners’ association trying to intimidate owners with heavy-handed tactics. The State has already provided relief to those unable to make mortgage or rental payments. With more than 858,000 New Jerseyans out of work because of COVID-19, compassion is called for in times such as these. This is one more reason the Assembly must follow the Senate’s lead and pass our legislation, S-908/A-2480, that clarifies misconceptions regarding homeowner fees.”

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Oroho and Wirths Support Effort to Reopen Golf Courses with Restrictions During Coronavirus Shutdown

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In conjunction with several golf associations in New Jersey, Senator Steve Oroho and Assemblyman Hal Wirths are urging Gov. Phil Murphy to reopen state golf courses with some restrictions.

In conjunction with several golf associations in New Jersey, Sen. Steve Oroho and Asm. Hal Wirths are urging Gov. Phil Murphy to reopen state golf courses with some restrictions. (SenateNJ.com)

“Golf is a no-contact sport that can be played with appropriate social distancing practices in place. Plus, it is a healthy activity that can help restore some sense of normalcy for many golf enthusiasts in our state while positively contributing to the economy,” said Oroho, the Senate Republican budget officer. “As a state, we need to start to plan for our economic recovery from this pandemic. Essential businesses have proven that it is possible to operate with some common-sense limits to protect the health and safety of workers and patrons. We must start looking at other industries where we can safely open with appropriate safeguards, like golfing, or we put the long-term viability of these businesses in jeopardy.”

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Oroho, Space & Wirths Welcome Attorney General’s Investigation into Tragedy at Andover Subacute and Rehabilitation Center

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Senator Steve Oroho and Assemblymen Parker Space and Hal Wirths (all R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) issued the following statement expressing their full support in getting the State Attorney General’s Office involved in investigating the tragic loss of so many lives since March 31 at Andover Subacute and Rehabilitation Center:

Oroho, Space & Wirths expressed their support for the State Attorney General’s Office investigation of the tragic loss of so many lives since March 31 at Andover Subacute and Rehabilitation Center. (SenateNJ.com)

“The massive loss of life at Andover Subacute is nothing less than tragic, and the families of those who perished deserve answers about how their loved ones were cared for – or worse yet not cared for – during the current crisis.

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GOP Members of Senate Budget Committee Call on Governor to Reset Budget Priorities to Meet Emergent Needs

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Billions in Spending Increases Proposed Before Crisis Remain Unchanged While Emergency Programs to Keep People Employed Run Dry Within Minutes

The Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee called on Governor Phil Murphy to announce which of the billions of dollars in new programs and spending and school aid increases he proposed in February will be scaled back to better fund emergency programs that are critical to helping small businesses survive and hundreds of thousands of New Jerseyans to stay employed.

The Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee called on Gov. Murphy to reset his budget priorities to better meet the State’s emergent needs due to COVID-19. (Pixabay)

They noted that the Governor’s budget, which was proposed before the economy was shut down, has become unrealistic because, as the Governor himself has said, “revenues have fallen off a cliff,” while the State has new obligations to help businesses and people impacted by COVID-19. As a result, schools, municipalities, and those promised increased State support in February must be leveled with by the Administration that some of the increases originally promised prior to the crisis are now impossible, giving them the opportunity to plan accordingly.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Sarlo-Oroho-Bucco Bill Extending Tax Deadline & Fiscal Year Now Law

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The tax filing deadline and the state fiscal year will both be extended under terms of legislation authored by Senator Paul Sarlo, Senator Steve Oroho and Senator Anthony Bucco that was signed into law today by Governor Phil Murphy.

The tax filing deadline and the state fiscal year will both be extended under terms of legislation authored by Sen. Paul Sarlo, Sen. Steve Oroho and Sen. Anthony Bucco that was signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy. (Pixabay)

The law, S-2338, the “COVID-19 Fiscal Mitigation Act,” will change the tax deadline from April 15th to July 15th and lengthen the current fiscal year from July 1st to the end of September.

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