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Senator Steve Oroho

Senator Oroho Commends Creation of “Choose New Jersey” Program

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Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Morris, Hunterdon) commended Governor Christie on establishing “Choose New Jersey,” a new privately funded nonprofit corporation that has been created to bring businesses and jobs back to New Jersey.

“Over the past ten years New Jersey has established a reputation for being one of the most anti-business states in the country. Our penchant for raising taxes, increasing debt and enacting unnecessary regulations have forced many businesses to close down or leave the state and cost many people their jobs.

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Pushing “Race to the Top” Application

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Grant Could Bring $400 Million to NJ Schools

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-Union) has been leading a bipartisan effort to support New Jersey’s Phase II federal Race to the Top Application. The Race to the Top Fund provides competitive grants to encourage and reward States that are creating the conditions for education innovation and reform. If successful, the grant could bring up to $400 million in federal funding to the state’s cash-strapped public schools over the next four years.

“I believe, especially in our current fiscal situation, it is imperative to make every effort to apply for all of the federal aid for which we are eligible,” Kean stated. “Applying for these funds will positively impact student performance, prevent teacher layoffs and give much needed reprieve to property taxpayers.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

NY Speaker Plans to Raise NY State Income Taxes

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Thanks to Governor Christie, NJ Will Be Attractive to NY Job Creators

Senator Steve Oroho, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement regarding New York’s proposal to raise the income tax on high income earners. The proposal was put forth by the Speaker of New York’s lower house, Sheldon Silver, according to published reports.

“Thanks to Governor Chris Christie’s rejection of higher income taxes in New Jersey, the Garden State could become attractive to New Yorkers fleeing from a proposed 13 percent surcharge on income over $1 million. While we still obviously have a long way to go reducing taxes in New Jersey, Governor Christies’ refusal to raise taxes would give us a competitive edge over New York in at least one important category.

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Statement on Super Bowl in New Jersey

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-Union) issued the following statement today after the NFL announced that New Jersey will be hosting its first Super Bowl in 2014. Kean was the original sponsor of a Senate Resolution encouraging the NFL to select New Jersey as the site of Super Bowl XLVIII.

“Today is a great day for New Jersey, our football fans and the numerous local businesses that will benefit from the game being held here. The Super Bowl will generate not only tremendous excitement, but also substantial economic activity that will benefit the people of New Jersey and the entire tri-state region.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio: Testimony Raises Questions About the Value of Any Income Tax Increase

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Was New Jersey’s Tax Increase New York’s Gain?

Senator Joe Pennacchio, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement regarding OLS Budget and Finance Director David Rosen’s testimony regarding the benefit to New Jersey from Jon Corzine’s temporary income tax hike.

“Last year then-Governor Jon Corzine imposed an income tax surcharge on New Jersey residents. The Division of Taxation estimated $300 million of the Corzine tax increase would be offset by credits to New Jerseyans who work in New York. Unfortunately, it seems that the estimate could be off by as much as $200 million under a theory suggested by OLS at today’s budget hearing. What sense does it make for New Jersey to increase taxes by $900 million only to lose a significant portion, if not a majority of it, to a neighboring state?

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Senator Anthony Bucco

Income Tax Hikes Have Not Solved Yearly Budget Crisis

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Time for a New Foundation that Encourages Small Business Job Growth

Senate Republican Budget Officer Anthony Bucco issued the following statement regarding the Senate passage of legislation that would increase New Jersey’s income tax—again:

“Continuing the Corzine and McGreevey decade of higher income taxes has failed to bring our budget into balance. Budget deficits have only gotten worse. We have a responsibility to fix the broken budget system with a new economic foundation.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio: UI Fund Needs Long Term Reform Not Short Term Fix

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Legislation Just Delays the Problem Another Year

Senator Joe Pennacchio, the senior Republican member of the Senate Labor Committee, issued the following comments regarding the passage of legislation that will merely delay the returning solvency for another year.

“The state UI Fund is drowning in red ink. To date we have already borrowed $1.6 billion in order to meet our current obligations to those who are out of work.

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Senator Jim Holzapfel

Ciesla, Wolfe & Holzapfel: Christie Restores PAAD Funding without Tax Hikes, Gimmicks

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State Sen. Andy Ciesla and Assemblymen Dave Wolfe and James Holzapfel, all R-Ocean and Monmouth, issued the following statement regarding the announcement today from the Christie administration that Governor Christie is going to restore funding for the PAAD and Senior Gold prescription drug assistance programs in the Fiscal Year 2011 budget as a result of increases in rebate collections from drug manufacturers, higher utilization of generic drugs, expanded eligibility for enrollment in Medicare Part D’s Low Income Subsidy program and manufacturer discounts in Medicare part D “donut hole”:

“For those who claim Governor Christie is making senior citizens bear more than their share of sacrifice, this announcement today proves quite the contrary,” said Ciesla. “All the Democrats have offered are more tax increases which will further damage our economy and job creation. Governor Christie, on the other hand, is restoring funding to programs for seniors in need through responsible, viable means that does not increase the State budget one cent.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Republican Leader Tom Kean Applauds Governor Christie for Restoring PAAD and Senior Gold without Tax Increases

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Senate Republican leader Tom Kean released the following statement regarding fully funding the PAAD and Senior gold prescription programs in the Fiscal Year 2011 budget:

“Governor Christie has shown we can take a balanced approach that ensures senior’s access to affordable prescription medicine without higher taxes. It’s time for the Legislature to move forward with a budget that makes New Jersey more affordable for the middle class, promotes small business job growth, and restores the fiscal discipline that has been missing from Trenton for a long time.”

Senator Anthony Bucco

Bucco: Christie Restores PAAD & Senior Gold Prescription Programs without a Tax Hike

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Prescription Co-Pays Restored to Last Year’s Levels

Senate Republican Budget Officer Anthony Bucco issued the following statement regarding Governor Christie’s announcement that the PAAD and Senior Gold prescription programs are being fully funded in the Fiscal Year 2011 budget:

“I commend Governor Christie for taking a balanced approach to restoring the PAAD and Senior Gold co-payments to last year’s levels, without the need for higher taxes. As we draw nearer to the June 30 budget deadline we must redouble our efforts to send the governor legislation that promotes job growth for all New Jerseyans.”

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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