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Senator Steven Oroho

Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho: Murphy Misses Unintended Consequences of Forced Minimum Wage Increases

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Says Federal Tax Reforms Show the Right Way to Boost Pay

Senator Steven Oroho said that Governor Phil Murphy did not acknowledge the full impact of raising the minimum wage in a statement he issued today praising Amazon for lifting the pay of its U.S. employees to a minimum of $15/hour.

Sen. Steven Oroho said that Gov. Phil Murphy has not acknowledged that raising the minimum wage is likely to result in hourly workers losing other forms of compensation, including health benefits and performance incentives. (Pixabay)

“I am sure the Governor realizes that many hourly employees at businesses both large and small receive benefits, including health insurance, stock awards, and bonuses, that make the total value of their compensation much higher than just their hourly wage,” said Oroho (R-24). “While Governor Murphy is praising Amazon for increasing the wage portion of their employees’ compensation, he appears to ignore the fact that the company is eliminating other benefits at the same time to cover those increased wage costs. If other employers are forced by New Jersey elected officials to increase the wages they pay, they almost certainly will follow the example set by Amazon and reduce or eliminate other benefits like health insurance or bonuses to keep their labor costs from exploding.”

Amazon has confirmed that it is eliminating incentive-based monthly bonuses and restricted stock unit awards for hourly workers to coincide with their internal wage increase.

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Senate Passes Oroho, Van Drew Resolution Recognizing the 100th Anniversary of the NJ Farm Bureau

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A Senate Concurrent Resolution sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho and Senator Jeff Van Drew that would recognize the 100th anniversary of the New Jersey Farm Bureau was passed by the full Senate today.

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Sen. Steve Oroho and Senator Jeff Van Drew would recognize the 100th anniversary of the New Jersey Farm Bureau. (SenateNJ.com)

“We wouldn’t rightly be known as the Garden State without the 12,000 family farms that call New Jersey home,” said Senator Oroho (R-Morris/Sussex/Warren). “As the largest advocacy agriculture organization in the state, the Farm Bureau has fought tirelessly to protect and empower small farmers. On this centennial anniversary, we look back and recognize the important work of the Farm Bureau in preserving open space and promoting all that our farmers bring to the table. I like to say that we must do all we can to help keep the farmer on the farm, and the Farm Bureau certainly leads the way. This resolution is a wonderful way to express our gratitude and honor that tremendous legacy.”

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Senate Approves Oroho Bill Package to Support NJ Agriculture Industry

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The New Jersey Senate has approved two pieces of bipartisan legislation sponsored Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) that would support small businesses by establishing “food hub” opportunities for local farmers and promoting farm-to-table businesses Statewide.

Sen. Steven Oroho’s bill would support small businesses by establishing “food hub” opportunities for local farmers and promoting farm-to-table businesses Statewide. (SenateNJ.com)

The first bill, S-1953, would direct the Department of Agriculture to authorize and advise “Food Hubs,” which are businesses or organizations that actively manage the distribution and marketing of locally-made food products.

“Many small farms lack the tools to compete in a global agriculture economy,” Oroho stated. “One of the main constraints on New Jersey family farms is the absence of systems that move local produce into the mainstream market. The agriculture industry must become more innovative. A ‘food hub’ is designed around a multi-farm program that allows farmers to directly reach a greater number of consumers. By creating hubs, we can ensure our farmers remain on the pathway to success.”

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Oroho, Space School Bus Gas Tax Exemption Bill to the Governor

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School buses may soon be exempt from the state’s gas tax under legislation state Sen. Steven Oroho and Assemblyman Parker Space sponsor. The bill was approved today by the Assembly and now heads to the governor.

Sen. Steven Oroho and Assemblyman Parker Space sponsored legislation that would exempt school buses from the state’s gas tax.  (SenateNJ.com)

“We’re now able to shift much more of the burden of paying for local transportation improvements from property taxpayers to the state,” said Oroho (R-Sussex). “Local officials can now undertake critical road and bridge repair projects without burdening property taxpayers with the full cost. This bill is another step forward in the right direction.”

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Oroho Bill to Modernize Public Contracts Passes Senate

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The Senate has passed bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) that would enable local entities to acquire goods and services using electronic bidding.

Sen. Steven Oroho’s bipartisan legislation would enable local entities to acquire goods and services using electronic bidding. (©iStock )

“New Jersey’s municipalities should embrace any technological tool that can increase government efficiency,” Oroho said. “Electronic procurement can help local governments streamline bidding processes. This method will save taxpayers money. It’s a smart way to utilize government resources. I hope that every local office that can use this tool will take the opportunity to do so.”

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Oroho Bill to Prevent Power Outages Passes Committee

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In light of the damage caused by numerous, disruptive storms that have ravaged much of the state in recent years, the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee has passed bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) that would allow electric utility companies to trim trees around power lines in order to prevent unnecessary power outages.

Sen. Oroho’s bipartisan bill would allow electric utility companies to trim trees around power lines in order to prevent unnecessary outages. (SenateNJ.com)

Senator Oroho noted that during the brutal winter season of last year, tens of thousands of New Jerseyans were left without heat, hot water, and refrigeration for days at a time.

“Overgrown branches and shrubs are often the cause of unexpected power outages. We saw firsthand the damage that falling limbs can cause during the onslaught of severe weather events in our district in recent years,” Oroho said. “We must remove the red tape that prevents utility companies from trimming trees and managing troublesome vegetation. Passing this legislation gives us an important tool in helping to protect our homes and families from dealing with widespread power outages.”

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Oroho Responds to Appointment to Senate Select Committee on Investigation

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Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) issued the following statement in response to his appointment to a newly formed Senate Select Committee on Investigation:

Sen. Steven Oroho responded to his appointment to a newly formed Senate Select Committee on Investigation, saying it’s a great responsibility that he takes very seriously. (SenateNJ.com)

“The important matters that will be investigated by the select committee will help us to protect our institutions of government and improve the ability of our state to provide justice to the victims of sexual assault.

“I thank the Senate President for the confidence he has expressed in me through this appointment. It’s a great responsibility that I take very seriously.”

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Oroho Bill to Modernize Public Contracting Passes Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) that would enable local entities to acquire goods and services using electronic bidding passed the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

Sen Steven Oroho’s legislation would enable local entities to acquire goods and services using electronic bidding. (SenateNJ.com)

“In this day and age, electronic procurement is a must in helping local governments conduct bidding in the most efficient manner possible, thereby saving money and valuable resources,” said Oroho. “This is an idea that’s really past due.”

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SIGNED: Oroho Law Expands New Jersey Prompt Payment Act

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Ensures Local Governments Pay Bills on Time

Governor Phil Murphy has signed bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-24) that expands the New Jersey Prompt Payment Act to include local governments.

Sen. Steve Oroho’s law expands the New Jersey Prompt Payment Act to include local governments. (©iStock)

“When a family buys a product, they have to pay their bills on time,” Senator Oroho stated. “Vendors who do business with local governments must be paid just as quickly. There’s no reason municipalities should stall payments that could put small businesses at risk.”

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Oroho/Space/Wirths Statement on Reversed Brewery Regulations

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District 24 legislators Senator Steve Oroho, Assemblyman Parker Space, and Assemblyman Hal Wirths issued the following statement regarding the suspension of recently unveiled brewery regulations by the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC):

Oroho, Space & Wirths welcomed the suspension of recently release brewery regulations by the NJ Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control. (©iStock)

“This is welcome news. Suspending these burdensome rules will offer government and industry leaders the ability to re-work regulations so breweries can successfully operate in this state. Our ultimate goal should be to support our businesses while allowing residents to continue to enjoy craft breweries as they grow in popularity. We can, and should, get this right without pitting certain industries against one another. We stand ready to work with our legislative colleagues on a viable solution.”

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