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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho/Sweeney Tax Reform Bill Clears Committee

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Legislation authored by Senators Steve Oroho (R- Sussex, Morris, Hunterdon) and Stephen Sweeney (D- Gloucester, Cumberland, Salem) reforming how the corporation business tax is calculated for New Jersey employers has cleared the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. The bill, S-1646, would require a single sales factor formula for calculating the tax instead of the current three factor formula.

“I’m pleased that this bill to make New Jersey’s tax code more competitive has received a favorable recommendation to the full Senate by the Budget Committee,” said Senator Oroho. “Not only do we need to reduce the tax burden for New Jersey families and businesses, but we must also make sure that our system of taxation is fair and easy to navigate. By simplifying this portion of our tax code, we are making New Jersey a more attractive destination for employers large and small.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Statement on Pearl Harbor Day

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean issued the following statement in remembrance of Pearl Harbor Day:

“Every year we honor the thousands of people who lost their lives or were injured during the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. That fateful day was a turning point in the War and in our country’s history and we are forever indebted to those brave men and women who altered the course of history.

“As we reflect, this day of commemoration is especially poignant as current members of our armed forces serve overseas around the globe. Each and every day, they put their lives on the line and go months without seeing family and friends so that we can be safe at home.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio
Senator Mike Doherty

Pennacchio & Doherty Introduce Resolution to Study Regional Rail Cooperation

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Senators Joe Pennacchio and Michael Doherty, members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, introduced a Senate Resolution today that would create the “Passenger Rail System Study Commission” to promote regional cooperation between various rail systems.

“The need for regional cooperation between the various rail systems is long overdue,” Pennacchio began. “We must create a streamlined mass transportation system to move passengers and goods throughout the region quickly and efficiently.

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Appointed to Senate Law and Public Safety Committee

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R- Somerset) is pleased to announce his appointment by Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Westfield) to the New Jersey Senate’s Law and Public Safety Committee.

“Preserving our quality of life in New Jersey means, first and foremost, keeping our communities safe,” said Senator Bateman. “Lawmakers cannot and should not rest until every citizen is able to go to sleep at night knowing that their streets are safe and that in the midst of an emergency, government is able to respond swiftly and effectively. As the most densely populated state in America and one that faces unique security threats due to geography, New Jersey’s public safety needs are unique. I am eager to work with my colleagues on the committee to ensure that even in the midst of significant financial challenges, our public safety and law enforcement agencies are empowered by to protect the residents of this state.”

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Senator Mike Doherty

NJ Legislation Bans TSA Scanners and Criminalizes Unreasonable Searches and Invasive Pat Downs

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New Jersey Senator Michael Doherty (R-Warren, Hunterdon) announced today that he has introduced three pieces of legislation drafted to eliminate any immunity TSA agents might enjoy when violating New Jersey law during unnecessary and invasive airport screenings:

“For more than a month now, the TSA has quite literally stuck their finger in the eye of law-abiding American citizens while trampling on their constitutionally guaranteed liberties,” Doherty stated. “We call upon every state legislature in our great country to immediately act to put our federal government on notice that the dignity of our citizens shall not be the cost of a failed federal open border policy.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Senator Pennacchio Challenges New Jersey’s U.S. Senators to Defend the State’s Taxpayers, Not Washington

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Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Morris/Passaic), a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, is once again questioning why both of New Jersey’s United States Senators have failed to side with New Jersey taxpayers by demanding the Federal government waive the $271 million contribution toward the ill-conceived, failed ARC Tunnel project.

“This project came with an open ended commitment for cost overruns that our Governor and New Jersey taxpayers refuse to accept. Even after the U.S. Inspector General criticized the project, the Federal government along with our two U.S. Senators continue to ask for $271 million which would be paid for with money we simply don’t have,” said Pennacchio.

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty: Christie Right to Fight Feds on FTA Money

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Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement regarding news that Governor Christie has retained outside counsel to fight the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) unreasonable demand that New Jersey taxpayers pay for its failed project:

“I am deeply disturbed by the FTA’s unreasonable, capricious and arbitrary demand that New Jersey taxpayers pay it for a project doomed to fail. The FTA set in motion a chain of events that inevitably led to the correct decision by Governor Christie to stop throwing good money after bad.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Business Tax Reform Measures to be Considered by the Senate

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Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex) today lauded the inclusion of business tax reform measures he has authored in a package of jobs creation bills that will be considered by the Senate in December. The proposals, S-1646 and S-1540, would simplify the formula by which business taxes are calculated and give relief to small businesses, respectively.

“I am pleased that these important tax relief and reform measures will be considered by the Senate and Assembly next month,” said Senator Oroho. “My bills address what we in New Jersey have known for too long: that our tax code is chasing jobs and economic opportunity out of state. While budgetary constraints may necessitate that the reforms be phased in over several years, it is important that state government send a message to the business community that better days are ahead and that leaders in Trenton are serious about using our tax code to help rather than hinder job creation.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Senators Kean, Kyrillos: “Dems Are Right, They HAVE Done Too Little to Create Jobs”

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R-Westfield) and Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) today said that while they are encouraged that Legislative Democrats have finally realized the need to focus on combating unemployment with less than a month to go in the legislative calendar, comprehensive job creation measures proposed by Republicans have been allowed to languish in the Senate:

“I welcome ideas from any legislator that will help put the 9.6% of New Jersey residents who are unemployed back to work,” said Senator Kean. “Senator Sweeney and Speaker Oliver are correct in their statement today that ‘little attention has been paid to the issue of jobs and the economy’ by the Legislature they control. Republican Senators, meanwhile, have submitted countless job creation proposals that have received little or no consideration by the Majority. Unemployed workers do not care if a bill comes from a Democrat or Republican. Those seeking employment simply want the dignity of a job, and deserve elected leaders who will consider all available options to put them back to work.”

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Senator Jim Holzapfel

Holzapfel Bill Aims to Help Save the Barnegat Bay

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Assemblyman Jim Holzapfel of the 10th Legislative District has introduced legislation in an effort to save the Barnegat Bay. The bill known as the “Save Barnegat Bay Act” would establish the “Save Barnegat Bay Fund” to support and help protect, preserve and remediate the Barnegat Bay estuary and its watershed.

The Save Barnegat Bay Fund is a special non-lapsing fund in the Department of Treasury which would be supported through four separate monetary collections. Donations would come from a portion of the sales tax on lawn fertilizer, the creation of the Save Barnegat Bay license plate, donations from the renewal of a boating license and $1 from each beach badge fee collected anywhere in the State will be donated to the fund.

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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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