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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho to Murphy: Failure to Open Adult Day Care Programs is Harming NJ’s Most Vulnerable Residents

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The lack of access to full adult day care programs is taking a growing toll on thousands of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and today Senator Steve Oroho called on the Governor to authorize the reopening of facilities statewide, including congregate day programs.

Senator Steve Oroho called on Governor Murphy to authorize the reopening of adult day care facilities statewide, including congregate day programs. (SenateNJ.com)

“The young men and women who rely on these programs in their everyday lives have suffered greatly during the pandemic,” said Oroho. “The inability to participate in comfortable, calming activities and to interact daily with others in a productive environment has done unimaginable harm to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The sooner we can open these vital facilities, the better. I hope the Governor understands how important this is.”

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Senator Michael Testa
Senator Tom Kean

Kean Names Testa Co-Chair of Legislative Manufacturing Caucus

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean has appointed Senator Michael Testa (R-1) to serve as co-chair of the bipartisan legislative manufacturing caucus.

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean has appointed Sen. Michael Testa to serve as co-chair of the bipartisan legislative manufacturing caucus. (Pixabay)

“Senator Testa has been a leader on the legislative manufacturing caucus as it works to secure New Jersey’s future as the go-to destination for high-tech manufacturing,” said Kean (R-21). “He’s worked closely with Senator Oroho, who will continue to play an active role in the work of the caucus after serving honorably as co-chair. I’m proud that Senate Republicans have such a skilled and dedicated team that’s focused on improving the Garden State’s economy.”

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon
Senator Michael Testa
Senator Sam Thompson
Senator Steve Oroho

Republican Budget Members Outline Responsible Plan for $6.5 Billion of ARP Federal Relief Funds

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The Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee outlined a proposed framework for the State of New Jersey to responsibly utilize $6.5 billion in new federal relief funds with legislative approval.

The Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee outlined a proposed framework for the State of New Jersey to responsibly utilize $6.5 billion in new federal relief funds with legislative approval. (Pixabay)

With more than $3 billion of the funds to be received by the State in the next 30 days, the legislators challenged the Murphy Administration and Democratic legislative majorities to propose their own plans, debate them publicly, and appropriate the funds in a transparent and open process that gives the public a chance to be heard.

“The Murphy Administration dropped the ball in its handling of the $2.4 billion of CARES Act funds that came to New Jersey last April,” said Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-13). “He sat on the money for months and then used it to pay for ordinary government expenses rather than helping people. With another $6.5 billion in federal relief coming to New Jersey, we can’t afford to let him make the same mistake on an even bigger scale. Our plan is the first step in reasserting the Legislature and public into the appropriations process.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Urges Education Commissioner to Support Plan to Prevent State School Aid Cuts

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Says Districts Shouldn’t Contend With Funding Losses While Impacted by Pandemic

During a budget hearing today, Senator Steven Oroho urged Acting Education Commissioner Angelica Allen-McMillan to support his plan to use federal stimulus funds to prevent funding cuts to 200 school districts that have been proposed as part of the Murphy Administration’s FY 2021 State Budget.

Sen. Steven Oroho urged Acting Education Commissioner Angelica Allen-McMillan during a budget hearing to support his plan to use federal stimulus funds to prevent funding cuts to 200 school districts that have been proposed as part of the Murphy Administration’s FY 2021 State Budget. (©iStock)

“Every school district across New Jersey is struggling with the financial challenges associated with remote education and ensuring a safe reopening of our children’s classrooms,” said Oroho (R-24). “The public deserves to know if the NJDOE supports the governor’s proposal to cut school aid during this difficult time or if they will support our responsible plan to maintain funding using a small portion of the billions in federal relief coming to New Jersey.”

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District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove to Governor: Senior Communities Need Clarification on Opening Clubhouses and Swimming Pools

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Senator Christopher Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf, and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove are calling on Governor Murphy’s administration to improve communications with age-restricted communities regarding the easing of COVID-related restrictions.

Connors, Rumpf & Gove are calling on Governor Murphy’s administration to improve communications with age-restricted communities regarding the easing of COVID-related restrictions. (SenateNJ.com)

The 9th District legislators are responding to inquiries from residents of age-restricted communities who want answers on when their community club houses and pools can open.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho’s Remarks at Start of State Budget Hearing Process

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As the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee began hearings into Governor Phil Murphy’s FY 2022 State Budget proposal today, Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) said the Murphy Administration hasn’t been transparent about the State’s finances, hasn’t helped New Jerseyans during the pandemic, and is setting the stage for tax increases next year.

At the start of the budget hearing process, Sen. Steven Oroho said the Murphy Administration hasn’t been transparent about the State’s finances, hasn’t helped New Jerseyans during the pandemic, and is setting the stage for tax increases next year. (Pixabay)

Oroho, the Senate Republican Budget Officer, delivered the following remarks at the first budget hearing:

Thank you, Chairman Sarlo.

It’s good to be back to a somewhat regular budget hearing process after all of the disruption over the past year.

It’s my hope that we don’t give the Murphy administration another free pass like they got with the current budget. We simply can’t afford it.

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon
Senator Michael Testa
Senator Sam Thompson
Senator Steve Oroho

Republican Budget Members Say State Revenue Update Highlights Extent of Murphy’s False Projections

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The Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee said a State revenue update provided to legislators today demonstrates the extent of the Murphy Administration’s false revenue projections during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Republican members of the Senate Budget Committee said a State revenue update provided to legislators demonstrates the extent of the Murphy Administration’s false revenue projections during the coronavirus pandemic. (Pixabay)

“The Murphy Administration peddled outrageous claims about the State’s finances over the past year that have proven to be completely false,” said Senator Steven Oroho (R-24), the Republican Budget Officer. “Going back to last July, we had clear signs the State’s financial picture was better than expected despite the Murphy Administration’s measures that needlessly destroyed so many businesses. The governor stuck by his false projections to secure approval for unnecessary tax increases and an otherwise unconstitutional borrowing scheme to build a massive surplus that he could spend while he runs for reelection.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Governor Evading COVID Questions is Nothing New

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Pennacchio Credits Media for Finally Demanding Answers

After the Governor repeatedly dodged media questions about the reporting of new positive COVID cases, Senator Joe Pennacchio said it was not unexpected.

After the Governor repeatedly dodged media questions about the reporting of new positive COVID cases, Sen. Joe Pennacchio said the Administration has demonstrated a total disregard for transparency. (SenateNJ.com)

“The Governor has been disingenuous to New Jersey residents,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “He holds his press conference, and he does his usual routine, but he isn’t forthcoming with information the public deserves to hear. Too many questions remain unanswered.

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District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove Oppose Bill Prohibiting Law Enforcement at Polling Places

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9th District Delegation Calls Legislation an Affront to Law Enforcement

Senator Christopher Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf, and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove stand opposed to controversial legislation that would prohibit law enforcement from standing within 100 feet of a polling place or drop box during an election—even if off-duty.

Sen. Christopher Connors, Asm. Brian Rumpf, and Asw. DiAnne Gove oppose controversial legislation that would prohibit law enforcement from standing within 100 feet of a polling place or drop box during an election. (©iStock)

Assemblyman Rumpf and Assemblywoman Gove voted against the Assembly version, A-4655, when the legislation was voted on and passed by the Assembly on March 25. Senator Connors intended to vote against the Senate version, S-2923, which was amended on the Senate floor on the same day and remains on Second Reading.

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Bill Protecting Patients of Rare Diseases Clears Senate

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Medical Conditions Can Increase Vulnerability to COVID

The Senate approved legislation (S-2682) sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean that would establish the New Jersey Rare Disease Advisory Council to ensure those suffering from unusual conditions receive suitable care.

The Senate approved legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean that would establish the New Jersey Rare Disease Advisory Council to ensure those suffering from unusual conditions receive suitable care. (Flickr)

Doctors have identified more than 7,000 relatively unknown and difficult to diagnose rare diseases, and there is increasing concern that many of these relatively unknown illnesses can make victims more susceptible to the coronavirus.

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Republican Senators

Tom Kean

District 21 - Republican Leader

Kip Bateman

District 16

Chris Brown

District 2

Anthony M. Bucco

District 25

Chris Connors

District 9

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

Holly Schepisi

District 39

Robert Singer

District 30

Michael Testa

District 1

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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