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Senator Steve Oroho

Committee Passes Oroho Estate Tax Phase Out & Retirement Income Tax Cut

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A pair of tax-cut bills sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) was advanced by the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee.

Legislation by Sen. Steven Oroho would phase out the estate tax and cut taxes on retirement income. (SenateNJ.com)

Tax-cut legislation championed for years by Senator Oroho to phase out New Jersey’s “estate tax” was approved 9-0. That bill, bipartisan S-1728, would increase the tax exclusion from the current level of $675,000 to $1 million the first year and complete the elimination over five years.

“We are a big step closer to eliminating the nation’s highest death tax — a reform that would allow parents, grandparents, employers and farmers to stay in New Jersey and pass to future generations the assets that they’ve worked their whole lives to earn,” Oroho said. “This estate tax phase out would restore our competitive economic position by enticing capital back to New Jersey. Just as we enacted $2.3 billion in bipartisan business tax cuts in 2011 to increase financial resources and jobs, we should get this tax cut on the books now to retain more capital and opportunities for the people of this state.”

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Senator Bob Singer

Advanced: Singer Bill Expanding Access to Job Training to Prevent Recidivism of Released Drug Offenders

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Legislation would allow persons with drug convictions to participate in Work First New Jersey; expand access to job training to help families become self-sufficient

Legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean) to expand access to job training programs for those with drug convictions to prevent recidivism has been approved by the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee.

The state’s welfare reform program, WorkFirst NJ, emphasizes work as the first step toward building a new life and a brighter future. (WorkFirst NJ)

“For those who have been convicted of a drug crime, the road to recovery is long, treacherous and nearly impossible to traverse without help,” Senator Singer said. “Expanding access to job training and workforce education goes a long way to helping all families in need – not just some – become self-sufficient without having to rely on general assistance.”

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Senator Bob Singer

Singer Bill to Improve Access to Integrated Behavioral and Primary Healthcare Clears Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean) to improve coordination between primary and behavioral healthcare services has cleared the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee.

Sen. Robert Singer’s legislation allows for better coordinated and comprehensive primary and behavioral healthcare services. (©iStock)

Senator Singer’s bill, S-1710, allows ambulatory care facilities to provide primary health care and behavioral health services under a single license.

“To provide quality, comprehensive healthcare for all New Jerseyans, we must ease the process of integrating behavioral health and primary care services,” Senator Singer said. “Forcing facilities to obtain multiple licenses just so they can provide a full spectrum of health services is an unnecessary restriction that only serves in blocking patients from accessing the care they need.”

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Senator Mike Doherty

Bateman/Doherty Bill Establishing Hunterdon-Somerset Flood Advisory Task Force Advances

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Legislation sponsored by Senators Christopher “Kip” Bateman and Michael Doherty establishing a task force to address flooding in Somerset and Hunterdon counties was approved by the Senate Environment & Energy Committee.

Flooding in downtown Bound Brook on April 16, 2007. (Wikimedia Commons)

“Raritan River flooding has plagued homeowners and businesses in Somerset County for as long as I can remember,” said Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex). “It’s time there be an in depth review to determine what can be done to mitigate this continuing problem that’s caused havoc for so many families decade after decade. By establishing a regional task force we can hopefully find comprehensive solutions to address the problems in this unique area.”

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District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove Are ‘NO’ Votes on Gas Tax Increase

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Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove want their position to be known to legislative colleagues and special interests bent on increasing New Jersey’s gas tax to replenish the state’s Transportation Trust Fund.

Connors, Rumpf and Gove have vowed to vote ‘NO’ on efforts to increase New Jersey’s gas tax to replenish the state’s Transportation Trust Fund. (SenateNJ.com)

The 9th District delegation issued the following joint statement as deliberations on a gas tax increase intensify and residents brace for yet another financial burden imposed by government:

“Middle-class commuters and seniors stand to be hit hardest by a gas tax increase, not to mention the harsh financial impact for businesses. Seniors won’t be receiving a cost-of-living increase in Social Security, making a gas tax increase all the more unaffordable to them.

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District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove: Small Businesses & Seniors Will Be Hit Hard by Minimum Wage Increase

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Imposing more state mandates will have a chilling effect on New Jersey’s economy warned the 9th Legislative District delegation, following the announcement of what is the latest in a string of anti-small business policy proposals.

Connors, Rumpf and Gove noted that plans by Democrats to nearly double the minimum wage to $15/hour would result in price increases that hurt fixed-income seniors. (©iStock)

The statement from Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove comes in reaction to the recent announcement of a joint state-federal effort by New Jersey elected officials to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour.

The delegation questioned how the state could be considering nearly doubling the minimum wage, which could very well drive up the cost of goods, when seniors recently learned they won’t be receiving a cost-of-living increase in their social security checks this year.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Statement on Governor’s Budget Address

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Senator Steven Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) issued the following statement regarding the Governor’s budget address and the upcoming legislative budget season:

Sen. Steven Oroho said that in upcoming budgeting process the Legislature must prioritize creating a more competitive economic position for New Jersey. (SenateNJ.com)

“The Governor has again laid out a fiscally responsible spending plan that holds discretionary spending in line and makes a record pension payment without any new taxes,” said Oroho, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. “The continued improvement in New Jersey’s private-sector job growth is a testament to the success that can occur under this pattern of prudent budgeting and smart economic policies.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio: What About Reform for DRPA?

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Senator Joe Pennacchio (R—Morris, Passaic) issued the following statement today after Senate Democrats voted in favor of dead-end reforms for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, while continuing to ignore bipartisan, bi-state reforms for the equally troubled Delaware River Port Authority.

New Jersey State Senator Joe Pennacchio discusses bi-state DRPA reform legislation during a press conference in front of the Ben Franklin Bridge in Camden, NJ on April 24, 2014. (Press Release)

“Senate Democrats showed again today they are more interested in playing political games than securing real reforms for the taxpayers and commuters of New Jersey,” said Pennacchio. “Rather than acting on substantive reforms that New York’s legislature passed and its Democrat Governor signed, Democrats here continue to waste significant time and resources on a dead-end bill.

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Senator Jim Holzapfel

Senate Passes Holzapfel Bill to Prevent Children’s Access to Loaded Firearms

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Senator Jim Holzapfel’s (R-10) legislation to increase penalties for leaving a loaded firearm within easy access of a minor resulting in injury or death was approved by the New Jersey Senate in a 32-0 vote.

Sen. Jim Holzapfel’s legislation increases penalties for leaving a loaded firearm within easy access of a minor resulting in injury or death. (©iStock)

This bill was prompted by the tragic death of 6-year-old Brandon Holt, who was shot and killed by a 4-year-old friend with a gun that was left unsecured and accessible to the children in the house.

“As a former prosecutor, gun owner and supporter of the Second Amendment, I find it unconscionable that some gun owners could be so irresponsible,” said Holzapfel. “This legislation balances the rights of responsible gun owners with the public interest of reducing preventable deaths from planned and accidental shootings by children.”

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District 10 (2018)

Holzapfel, McGuckin & Wolfe Combat Rise in Fentanyl Deaths, Upping Penalties for Manufacturing, Dealing the Opioid

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Senator Jim Holzapfel (R-Ocean) has introduced legislation to increase criminal penalties for unlawfully manufacturing, distributing or dispensing fentanyl – a prescription opioid found to be up to 50 times more powerful than heroin. The lifesaving measure has received support in the Assembly, with fellow District 10 legislators Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and Dave Wolfe sponsoring the Assembly version of the bill.

Holzapfel, McGuckin and Wolfe’s legislation increasea criminal penalties for unlawfully manufacturing, distributing or dispensing fentanyl – a prescription opioid found to be up to 50 times more powerful than heroin. (Wikimedia Commons)

“The evidence is undeniable – fentanyl is so dangerously potent that even one use can be an instant death sentence,” Holzapfel, a former Ocean County Prosecutor, said. “As we continue to wage war against this crisis, we must ensure that those who unlawfully place this deadly drug in the hands of our loved ones and neighbors face the same criminal penalties as those who manufacture or dispense heroin.”

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Republican Senators

Steven Oroho

Steven Oroho

District 24 - Republican Leader

Jon Bramnick

Jon Bramnick

District 21

Anthony M. Bucco

Anthony M. Bucco

District 25

Chris Connors

Chris Connors

District 9

Kristin Corrado

Kristin Corrado

District 40

Michael Doherty

Michael Doherty

District 23

Edward Durr

Edward Durr

District 3

Jim Holzapfel

Jim Holzapfel

District 10

Declan O'Scanlon

Declan O'Scanlon

District 13

Joe Pennacchio

Joe Pennacchio

District 26

Vince Polistina

Vince Polistina

District 2

Holly Schepisi

Holly Schepisi

District 39

Robert Singer

Robert Singer

District 30

Jean Stanfield

Jean Stanfield

District 8

Michael Testa

Michael Testa

District 1

Samuel Thompson

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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