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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

O’Scanlon Introduces Interest Arbitration Legislation to Reinstate Expired Cap

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Interest Arbitration Cap Saved Property Taxpayers Almost $600 million in Direct Costs and Billions Overall from 2011 to 2017

Senator Declan O’Scanlon has introduced legislation that would reinstate one of the key tools that allowed New Jersey’s two-percent property tax cap to successfully contain the growth of tax bills from 2011 to 2017.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon has introduced interest arbitration legislation to reinstate caps that saved property taxpayers almost $600 million from 2011 to 2017. (SenateNJ.com)

The interest arbitration cap limits to two-percent annually the salary increases that can be awarded when disputed police and fire contracts enter the process of binding arbitration.

“One of the biggest mistakes made by the Legislature in recent memory was allowing the arbitration cap to expire at the end of 2017,” said O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth). “If we don’t act quickly to reinstate the arbitration cap we’ll quickly see arbitration awards that exceed the 2% tax cap and the beginning of the evisceration of that essential property tax control. As the noose tightens, we’ll see labor costs skyrocket over time and eat up local budgets at the expense of other important programs and services. That would likely lead to the failure of New Jersey’s two-percent property tax cap. Let me be clear, any legislator who doesn’t back this bill is standing for higher property taxes. One cannot legitimately say he or she backs property tax caps without embracing this bill.”

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty Supports Counties & Municipalities in Call for Permanent Interest Arbitration Cap

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Says Cap Critical to Limiting Property Tax Increases

Senator Mike Doherty (R-23) issued a statement in support of the efforts of the New Jersey League of Municipalities and New Jersey Association of Counties to make permanent the state’s cap on interest arbitration awards.

Sen. Mike Doherty expressed support for the efforts of the New Jersey’s counties and municipalities to make permanent the state’s cap on interest arbitration awards. (SenateNJ.com)

“The elected officials who manage our towns and counties on a daily basis have told us that it’s a certainty that property taxes will rise or services will be cut if the interest arbitration cap is allowed to expire,” said Doherty. “This cap is the primary reason that property tax growth has slowed over the last eight years from the runaway increases of the McGreevey and Corzine years.”

Doherty was a prime sponsor of legislation (S-5) enacted in 2010 that limits the salary increases that may be awarded when disputed police and fire contracts enter the process of binding arbitration to two percent.

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty Praises Passage of New Arbitration Award Cap to Protect Property Taxpayers

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Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) praised the New Jersey Senate’s approval of new legislation, A-3424, capping the annual salary increases that may be awarded by arbitrators during contract disputes between public employers and their police and fire departments.

“Arbitration caps limiting salary increases are a critical element that make possible New Jersey’s two-percent property tax cap, which has succeeded in drastically lowering the rate of property tax increases in recent years,” said Doherty. “Without this agreement, we’d likely return to the massive annual property tax increases of the McGreevey and Corzine years.”

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty, Kyrillos Urge Assembly Action on Arbitration Cap

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Senators Michael Doherty and Joe Kyrillos, who sponsor legislation capping arbitration awards at two percent, urged the Assembly to pass the current bipartisan cap extension legislation.

“Assembly Democrats’ refusal to extend the cap on arbitration awards has placed towns on the precipice of having to choose between raising property taxes to pay for limitless spikes in salaries or eliminating critical services,” said Doherty (R-Hunterdon, Warren, Somerset). “We can’t let this ticking bomb explode, eliminating the historic bipartisan reforms made in the last four years to limit property tax growth.”

“Municipal officials have made it abundantly clear that without this means to control public employee contracts they lose the key tool to keeping costs in check and to stay within the current property tax cap,” said Kyrillos (R-Monmouth). “The Assembly must act now to extend the cap, or once again already overburdened taxpayers across the state will be on the losing end.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio
Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho & Pennacchio Seek Records on Murphy Administration’s $53 Million Settlement for Veterans Home Deaths

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Senator Steven Oroho and Senator Joe Pennacchio have filed requests for public records related to the Murphy administration’s $53 million settlement for veterans home deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sen. Steven Oroho and Sen. Joe Pennacchio have filed requests for public records related to the Murphy administration’s $53 million settlement for veterans home deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic. (SenateNJ.com)

“We’ve filed a request for public records related to the $53 million that apparently will be paid by New Jersey taxpayers to settle claims of negligence and incompetence made against the Murphy administration for deaths in State-run veterans homes,” said Oroho (R-24), the incoming Republican leader. “The documents we are seeking will help us to understand what went wrong at the start of the coronavirus pandemic so we can develop effective policies that better protect our seniors and veterans. This isn’t about playing ‘gotcha’ with the administration, we’re trying to save lives.”

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

O’Scanlon: Murphy Has Tax Gun Cocked, Loaded & Aimed at New Jerseyans’ Wallets for After His Reelection

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-13), a member of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement on Governor Phil Murphy’s FY 2022 budget proposal:

“We must remember where we started, fiscally, before the pandemic mayhem because that’s exactly where we’re going to end up when it’s over. Except, the hole will be deeper, the debt our children owe will be even more massive and the path to true solvency even more insurmountable.

“The Governor’s budget is increasing spending by 11% since last year and by about 30% since he took office three years ago. It’s fueled by one time windfalls of federal revenue, massive one-time borrowings, and spending down surplus. Much of the spending is for government growth including salary and benefit increases, new programs, and expanded programs.

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

Editorial: Time to Solve NJ’s Financial Crisis

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The following editorial by Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) addressing the importance of bipartisanship and public employee benefit reforms in the fight to solve New Jersey’s financial crisis was published by The Asbury Park Press on August 22, 2018:

New Jersey is at a crossroads. The warnings and predictions some of us have made for years are coming to fruition.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon addresses the importance of bipartisanship and public employee benefit reforms in the fight to solve New Jersey’s financial crisis. His editorial on this topic was published by The Asbury Park Press on August 22, 2018. (SenateNJ.com)

We are nearing the brink of fiscal insolvency and if we do not act immediately to address this crisis, every family, every business owner, every public worker and every taxpayer in New Jersey will suffer the consequences. Taxes will skyrocket, services will be slashed and our pension system will be in shambles. Everyone has a stake in this fight for fiscal survival.

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

O’Scanlon Named ‘Champion of the Taxpayer’

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) earned an “A+” rating and was named Champion of the Taxpayer by Americans for Prosperity-New Jersey in AFP’s Annual NJ Taxpayer Scorecard and during an awards ceremony at the Statehouse in Trenton yesterday.   The award recognizes O’Scanlon’s fight for New Jersey taxpayers during the 2016-2017 Legislative Session, his final session in the State Assembly prior to his election to the Senate.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon (R-13) earned an “A+” rating and named Champion of the Taxpayers by American for Prosperity-New Jersey. (SenateNJ.com)

Seventeen lawmakers scored as a “Champion of the Taxpayer,” fourteen with an “A+” rating.  This award is given to lawmakers who acted in the best interest of their constituents by pursuing policies that advance economic freedom during the legislative session. In order to obtain the “Champion” designation, legislators must score 90% or higher on the group’s Taxpayer Scorecard.

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon
Senator Sam Thompson
Senator Steve Oroho

Republicans on Senate Budget Committee Blast Murphy Tax Evasion Scheme

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Say Governor Should Focus on Real Solutions to Lower the Cost of Government and Taxes – Not Gimmicks

Senate Republicans serving on the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee blasted a tax evasion scheme proposed by Governor Phil Murphy that fails to address the underlying problem of expensive government that drives high property taxes in New Jersey.

Senate Republicans on the Budget Committee blasted a tax evasion scheme proposed by Gov. Murphy that fails to address the underlying problem of expensive government in New Jersey. (SenateNJ.com)

“Governor Murphy’s plan to mask property tax payments as charitable contributions is a thinly veiled tax evasion scheme,” said Bucco (R-25), the Senate Republican Budget Officer. “Anyone who thinks the IRS won’t tear this plan apart is kidding themselves. New Jersey taxpayers need real solutions that won’t put them on the wrong side of the law.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Warns on Murphy’s Scheme to Replace Property Taxes with Charitable Contributions

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Says Taxpayers Need Real Solutions, Not False Hope

Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Essex, Morris and Passaic) warned that Governor Phil Murphy’s proposal to allow homeowners to contribute to municipal charitable funds as an alternative to making property tax payments likely will not be approved by the federal government.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio warned that Governor Murphy’s proposal to allow homeowners to contribute to municipal charitable funds as an alternative to making property tax payments likely will not be approved by the federal government. (SenateNJ.com)

“While I agree with the governor’s sentiment that we need to provide property tax relief to New Jerseyans, his charitable contribution scheme provides false hope rather than real solutions,” said Pennacchio. “I have no doubt that the Internal Revenue Service or Congress will strike down this concerted effort to evade federal taxes. We should focus on real solutions that actually lower the cost of government.”

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