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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho & Wirths Say Unemployment Benefits Change Will Weaken UI Fund

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Senator Steven Oroho and Assemblyman Hal Wirths (both R-24) said that legislation advanced by the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee will weaken New Jersey’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund and put employers at risk of future tax increases.

Sen. Steven Oroho and Asm. Hal Wirths said legislation being advanced by Democrats will weaken New Jersey’s unemployment fund and put employers at risk of future tax increases. (Flickr)

“At its worst point, New Jersey’s UI Fund was more than $2 billion in the red,” said Oroho. “To address this deficit, we devised and implemented a plan to impose fiscal discipline and eliminate abuses, which restored the UI Fund to solvency while ensuring that unemployment benefits remain available to New Jerseyans who deserve them. I’m concerned that this new legislative effort would undo some of those important reforms and put the UI Fund at risk again, which may lead to increased taxes on employers.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman’s Legislation Dedicating Bog Turtle as New Jersey’s State Reptile Now Law

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NJ Students Inspire Effort to Protect Endangered Bog Turtle With State Reptile Designation

Legislation sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman and inspired by students from Princeton designating the endangered bog turtle as the New Jersey State Reptile was signed into law.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Kip Bateman and inspired by students from Princeton designating the endangered bog turtle as the New Jersey State Reptile was signed into law. (SenateNJ.com)

“I am so proud of the successful effort of students at Riverside Elementary and their teacher, Mark Eastburn, to name the bog turtle as New Jersey’s official reptile,” Bateman (R-16) said. “I applaud their political advocacy. Fostering civic engagement at a young age builds academic and social success. Together we will save New Jersey’s bog turtles from extinction.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Says School Funding Reform Should Include Fixes Highlighted During Select Committee Process

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With the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee set to vote on school funding reform legislation, Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) said that proposals offered last year by Republicans on the Senate Select Committee on School Funding Fairness should be included in the effort.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio said that proposals offered last year by Republicans on the Senate Select Committee on School Funding Fairness should be included in school funding reform efforts. (Wikipedia)

“I want to commend Senate President Sweeney for working to change the narrative on school funding, especially when Governor Murphy is looking to perpetuate the same failed policies of the past,” said Pennacchio, who served as co-chair of the Select Committee. “We spent much of last spring holding hearings of the Select Committee to identify critical fixes to New Jersey’s broken school funding formula. There were a number of good ideas produced through that process that merit inclusion in any school funding reform legislation that advances.”

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty Introduces Legislation to Allow Dogs at Microbreweries

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Measure Would Permit Dogs in Sampling & Tasting Areas

Senator Mike Doherty (R-23) has introduced legislation that would allow dogs to accompany their owners during tastings at microbreweries.

Sen. Mike Doherty has introduced legislation that would allow dogs to accompany their owners during tastings at microbreweries. (©iStock)

“New Jersey’s microbrewing industry is growing at a rapid pace, but it needs our support to continue expanding,” said Doherty. “We’ve heard from brew pub operators that many customers who stop in for a tasting have their dogs in tow, which creates conflict with public health officials who don’t like pets in establishments where food or drink is consumed. It’s possible to meet the demands of customers without sacrificing the cleanliness we expect when we visit our microbreweries.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Legislation Incentivizing Farmers to Develop Natural Pollination Habitats Passes Committee

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Senator Kip Bateman’s legislation providing New Jersey farmers who develop pollination habitats with tax credits has passed the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s legislation providing New Jersey farmers who develop pollination habitats with tax credits has passed the Senate Environment Committee. (SenateNJ.com)

“From the gardens we grow to the produce we purchase at a local farmer’s market, many of our fruits, vegetables, and flowers rely on pollinators like bees and butterflies,” Bateman (R-16) said. “Ensuring these pollinators have a place to live is vital to the sustainability of New Jersey’s agricultural economy. Aiding our New Jersey farmers who foster pollinators with business building tax credits will help the Garden State flourish.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Bill to Minimize State Capitol’s ‘Carbon Footprint’ Advances

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Would Reduce Cost of State House’s Large Utility Bill to Taxpayers

The Senate Environment and Energy Committee passed legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman that would require the State Capitol Joint Management Commission to prepare, adopt, and implement an environmental sustainability plan for the State House Capitol Complex.

Senator Bateman’s bill would implement an environmental sustainability plan for the State House. (SenateNJ.com)

“When Thomas Edison installed the first light bulbs in our State House, the light represented a new technological advance,” Bateman said. “Now, more than a century later, we’re still using technologies and systems from that era in the State House when newer, cleaner, and more affordable alternatives exist. It’s time that we take steps to minimize our ‘carbon footprint’ and create an eco-friendly State House Capitol Complex.”

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District 10

Holzapfel, Wolfe & McGuckin Blast Trenton Democrats’ Plan to Cut School Funding to Brick & Toms River

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Democrats Suggest Brick Property Taxpayers are Undertaxed by $754 and Homeowners in Toms River Underpay by $918

Senator Jim Holzapfel, Assemblyman Dave Wolfe, and Assemblyman Greg McGuckin (all R-Ocean) blasted a school funding plan proposed by Democrats in Trenton that would cut a combined $42 million in school funding to Brick and Toms River students and drive property tax bills higher by nearly $1,000.

Holzapfel, Wolfe & McGuckin blasted a school funding plan proposed by Trenton Democrats that could drive the average property tax bill in Brick and Toms River to increase by nearly $1,000. (Pixabay)

“Trenton Democrats have proposed cutting State aid to the Brick and Toms Rivers school districts by $22.3 million and $19.8 million, respectively,” said Holzapfel. “The Democrats’ plan would decimate our local schools and cause property tax bills to skyrocket. It’s an absolute disaster for both students and taxpayers.”

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Senator Anthony Bucco

Bucco Bill Honoring New Jersey Residents Entering Service Academies

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The Senate Military and Veterans Affairs Committee advanced legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris and Somerset) which would require New Jersey’s Adjutant General to issue the State flag to residents enrolled in a federal service academy.

Sen. Anthony Bucco’s bill would require the Adjutant General to issue the State flag to residents enrolled in a federal service academy. (©iStock)

“It’s no small thing to make a commitment to enter one of our nation’s esteemed service academies,” Bucco stated. “It’s fitting for us to recognize the accomplished young men and women who dedicate themselves to careers serving and protecting our state and nation.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Files OPRA Complaint as Murphy Admin Withholds Public Financial Records

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Says Secrecy Preventing Proper Review of Murphy’s Massive Budget & Tax Increase Plans

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean said the administration of Governor Phil Murphy has failed to comply with the New Jersey Open Public Records Act (OPRA) by improperly withholding readily available public financial documents that were requested more than 45 days ago from the Treasury Department.

Sen. Tom Kean filed a Government Records Council complaint seeking access to State financial documents that the Murphy Administration is withholding from legislators engaged in the budget review process. (SenateNJ.com)

The charge was made today in a complaint filed by Kean with the Government Records Council (GRC), the State entity responsible for adjudicating complaints related to the denial of access to public agency records. Kean said Treasury officials have granted themselves multiple extensions to delay responding to the OPRA request with information that he believes is critical to informing legislators engaged in budget and tax deliberations.

Click here to download the complaint. (Note: the PDF file will not display in browsers, it must be downloaded and opened in Adobe Acrobat Reader)

“Senate Republicans submitted an OPRA request to the Treasury Department in April to obtain documents detailing New Jersey’s finances that have already been provided to Wall Street,” said Kean. “We’re concerned that the Murphy Administration’s repeated failure to provide any responsive documents is a deliberate effort to force legislators to vote on nearly $2 billion of tax increases proposed by the Governor without the disclosure of relevant budget information. With our June 30th deadline for adopting a new State budget rapidly approaching, we were left with no choice but to file a complaint today to obtain access to the public records that will allow us to perform our constitutionally mandated duties.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Bill to Help Utilities Trim Trees to Prevent Power Outages Passes Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) to ensure the ability of electric utility companies to trim branches and trees around power lines to prevent unnecessary outages has passed the Senate Economic Growth Committee. Oroho said that following repeated lengthy power outages this past winter as well as several other recent storms, it’s imperative to eliminate bureaucratic red tape that might prevent utilities from conducting preventative vegetation maintenance that can decrease the frequency and length of power outages.

Sen. Steven Oroho’s legislation to ensure the ability of electric utility companies to trim branches and trees around power lines to prevent unnecessary outages has passed the Senate Economic Growth Committee. (Flickr)

“Having consistent, dependable power is paramount to New Jersey families, particularly during nasty weather conditions,” Oroho (R-24) said. “Overgrown trees and shrubs often tend to be the culprits when your power goes out during a storm. Removing some of the bureaucracy will help utility companies to engage in the preventative maintenance that’s needed to guarantee access to lifesaving utilities regardless of the elements.”

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Republican Senators

Tom Kean

District 21 - Republican Leader

Kip Bateman

District 16

Chris Brown

District 2

Anthony Bucco

District 25

Gerald Cardinale

District 39

Kristin Corrado

District 40

Michael Doherty

District 23

Jim Holzapfel

District 10

Steven Oroho

District 24

Declan O'Scanlon

District 13

Joe Pennacchio

District 26

Robert Singer

District 30

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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