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Senator Steven Oroho

Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho: New Jersey Cannot Afford to Raise Income Taxes

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The following editorial by Senator Steven Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) on the need for a more competitive tax structure in New Jersey – not higher taxes – was published in The RecordAsbury Park Press and New Jersey Herald.

The full text of the op-ed is published below:

ESCALATING TAXES are a major reason New Jersey and many other states now find themselves facing a revenue shortfall that jeopardizes public services. So the answer to our revenue problem shouldn’t be a call to raise income taxes in the Garden State.

What’s clear from the Obama administration’s hike in the 2013 federal income tax rates as well as the new net investment income tax under the Affordable Care Act is that top taxpayers will change their tax behavior, as clearly evidenced by the accelerated recognition of income into tax year 2012 to avoid the increased taxes. They will also change where they principally live for a majority of the year to miss being subject to higher income taxes as New Jersey residents.

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NJ’s ‘Jessica Lunsford Act’ Sponsors Send Letters Urging Four Remaining States to Pass the Law

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The prime sponsors of New Jersey’s recently signed “Jessica Lunsford Act” sent letters to the governors and legislative leaders of the four remaining states that have not passed similar protections urging them to take up similar legislation and are offering their support in assisting with the passage of such legislation.

New York, Illinois, Idaho and Hawaii are the only states not to have passed similar legislation.

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Christie Signs Allen, Kean, Oroho Sponsored “Lunsford Act” to Increase Minimum Sentences for Child Predators

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The primary sponsors of the “Jessica Lunsford Act,” Senators Diane Allen, Tom Kean Jr., and Steve Oroho, released the following after it was signed into law by Governor Christie today.

Mark Lunsford speaking at the signing of the Jessica Lunsford Act at the New Jersey State House on June 2, 2014. Also pictured (from left to right): Senator Tom Kean, Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose, Assemblwoman Nancy Muñoz, Senator Diane Allen, Governor Chris Christie and Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini. (SenateNJ.com/Photo Gallery)

“With Governor Christie’s signing of this legislation today we have sent a message that crimes against children will be punished as severely as possible,” said Allen (R-Burlington), who started this initiative in 2005. “These needed protections to guard against repeat sexual offenders are long overdue in New Jersey.”

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Oroho Offers Solutions for NJ’s Economy

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Senator Steven Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) stated the following after his conversation with OLS Budget and Finance Director David Rosen during today’s Senate Budget Committee hearing:

“Escalating taxes are the reason New Jersey and many other states now find themselves facing this drop-off in revenue. What’s clear from the Obama Administration’s tax hikes is that the top earners have the means and resources to easily move their primary residence to avoid paying exorbitant tax rates like New Jersey’s. As a practicing Certified Financial Planner, I read about and hear my professional colleagues talk about this impact constantly.

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Christie Signs Oroho, Sarlo Measure to Support Donations to Veterans Cemetery in North Jersey

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Governor Christie today signed into law bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senators Steven Oroho and Paul Sarlo to facilitate charitable contributions for the development of northern New Jersey’s first veterans cemetery.

The Senators’ bipartisan measure, S361, gives taxpayers the option on their tax return to contribute a portion of their tax refund to support the development and operation of the Northern New Jersey Veterans Memorial Cemetery. The planned 66-acre parcel in Sussex County would be the first cemetery dedicated to veterans in the northern part of the state.

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Senate Adopts Oroho, Sarlo Measure to Support Donations to Veterans Cemetery in North Jersey

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senators Steven Oroho and Paul Sarlo to facilitate charitable contributions for the development of northern New Jersey’s first veterans cemetery was unanimously passed by the Senate today and will now head to the governor’s desk for final approval.

The Senators’ bipartisan measure, S361, would give taxpayers the option on their tax return to contribute a portion of their tax refund to support the development and operation of the Northern New Jersey Veterans Memorial Cemetery. The planned 66-acre parcel in Sussex County would be the first cemetery dedicated to veterans in the northern part of the state.

“I’m confident that with this easy mechanism to give, many New Jersey taxpayers will be generous in donating to support the veterans who gave so much themselves to this state and country,” said Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren and Morris). “Establishing this cemetery in North Jersey will at last provide thousands of veterans an honored resting place near their family, friends and communities they love. Families too can have peace of mind knowing they can visit their loved one’s grave site without having to drive hours away from home.”

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Senate Passes Allen, Kean, Oroho Sponsored “Lunsford Act” to Increase Minimum Sentences for Child Predators

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The primary sponsors of the “Jessica Lunsford Act,” Senators Diane Allen, Tom Kean Jr., and Steve Oroho, released the following about its passage today by the full Senate. The legislation will now to go the Governor’s desk for final approval.

“These protections to guard against repeat sexual offenders are long overdue in New Jersey,” said Allen (R- Burlington), who started this initiative in 2005. “Keeping child predators behind bars where they belong will send a message that those types of monstrous crimes will be punished as severely as possible and help to eliminate an opportunity for a repeat offender to strike again.”

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Panel Advances Allen, Kean, Oroho Sponsored “Lunsford Act” to Increase Minimum Sentences for Child Predators

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The primary sponsors of the “Jessica Lunsford Act,” Senators Diane Allen, Tom Kean Jr., and Steve Oroho, released the following about its passage by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee:

“These protections to guard against repeat sexual offenders are long overdue in New Jersey,” said Allen (R- Burlington), who started this initiative in 2005. “Keeping child predators behind bars where they belong will send a message that those types of monstrous crimes will be punished as severely as possible and help to eliminate an opportunity for a repeat offender to strike again.”

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