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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Legislation Fulfilling State’s BEIP Obligations to Businesses Passes Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho to allow businesses that were due to receive grants under the state’s Business Employment Incentive Program to now receive an equal tax credit in value cleared the Senate with broad bipartisan support.

Sen. Steven Oroho’s legislation would allow businesses that were due to receive BEIP grants to instead receive a tax credit of equal value. (©iStock)

“It’s important the state stand true to its word and fulfill its commitment to businesses that signed deals with the state under BEIP to move to New Jersey or expand operations here,” said Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris). “Fulfilling the state’s obligations through the use of tax credits will allow these businesses to continue to hire more workers and spur economic growth in communities across New Jersey.”

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Senator Mike Doherty

Video: Beck & Doherty Oppose Gas Tax Increase, Present Alternatives

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Senator Jennifer Beck (R-11) and Senator Mike Doherty (R-23) held a State House press conference on December 14, 2015 to announce their opposition to a New Jersey gas tax increase.

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Sen. Beck presented a plan to fund New Jersey’s roads and bridges without increasing gas taxes, and Sen. Doherty explained how his legislative effort to reduce our highest-in-the-nation highway costs should be part of the solution.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Legislation Aiding Service Members Return to NJ Advanced

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The Senate Military and Veterans Affairs Committee advanced legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho establishing a task force to identify and address issues facing service members returning from Iraq or Afghanistan.

Sen. Steven Oroho’s legislation establishes a task force to identify and address issues facing service members returning from Iraq or Afghanistan. (Flickr)

As many as 44 percent of veterans returning from wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have reported having trouble returning to civilian life,” said Oroho. “From PTSD, to dealing with other injuries or medical conditions to finding employment to simply relating to everyday life and family relations these men and women face an array of formidable and long-lasting challenges and demand a strong network of supports.

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Senator Mike Doherty

Beck, Doherty Present Transportation, Pension Alternatives to Democrats’ Tax Hike Proposals

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On behalf of New Jersey’s overburdened taxpayers, Senate Republicans Jennifer Beck (R-11) and Michael Doherty (R-23) held a State House press conference today and presented transportation and pension system alternatives to Democrats’ gas tax and income tax hike proposals.

Sen. Jennifer Beck expressed her opposition to a gas tax increase and presented a transportation funding alternative. (SenateNJ.com)

“By tightening our belts during a long-term fiscal plan, we can finally give sorely needed relief, predictability and good news to overburdened New Jersey families, employers and prospective job creators,” Beck said. “After months of research with New Jersey’s nonpartisan Office of Legislative Services, it is clear that state government can implement a seven-year financial plan that annually funds a $1.6 billion Transportation Trust Fund program with no Democrat gas tax hike, and annually funds the state’s growing public pension system obligation without Democrat income or sales tax hikes.”

Senator Doherty addressed fundamental issues with how existing money taxpayers have paid the state for transportation programs. Doherty sponsors S-2811 to ultimately lower costs for drivers and taxpayers via the “State Transportation Cost Analysis Task Force.”

Sen. Michael Doherty expressed his opposition to a gas tax increase and discussed the need to reduce New Jersey’s highest-in-the-nation higway costs. (SenateNJ.com)

“It is repugnant for the state to demand more money from taxpayers for the Transportation Trust Fund, without first stopping all of the waste, abuse and lack of proper oversight that is clearly occurring with New Jersey road, bridge and other infrastructure projects,” Doherty said. “With alternatives to meet our transportation funding needs, including reducing our highest-in-the-nation highway costs, raising the gas tax should be the last option that the legislature considers. How can we justify asking more from drivers when it’s clear that the gas taxes they already pay aren’t spent wisely?”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Committee Adopts Oroho Legislation Fulfilling State’s BEIP Obligations to Businesses

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-24) to allow businesses that were due to receive grants under the state’s Business Employment Incentive Program to now receive an equal tax credit in value was advanced by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

Sen. Steven Oroho’s legislation would allow businesses that were due to receive BEIP grants to instead receive a tax credit of equal value. (SenateNJ.com)

“Many businesses that signed deals with the state under BEIP to move to New Jersey or expand operations here have never received the full amount of incentives the State committed to provide in order to stimulate job growth,” said Oroho. “It’s critical for the continued operation of these businesses and the reputation of the state’s economic incentive programs that these obligations be fulfilled. As in any transaction, you’re only as good as your word.”

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District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove on State Investigation of Towns for Violating State Property Tax Laws

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Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove of the 9th Legislative District remarked on the New Jersey Department of Treasury’s announcement that it will be conducting an investigation into municipalities which have been found to be “dramatically out of compliance” with required property tax assessments:

Connors, Rumpf and Gove respond to investigations of New Jersey towns that are ‘dramatically out of compliance’ with required property tax assessments. (SenateNJ.com)

“For decades, three municipalities in our state have been playing by their own set of rules by refusing to perform property reassessments while the rest of us have been required to pay their property taxes based on the current value of their homes.

“Property assessments and revaluations are politically unpopular and dreaded by both taxpayers and local officials. Neither wants to see property tax increases for homeowners. Moreover, the costs of performing the assessments can be expensive and the process arduous. Municipalities in our legislative district such as Little Egg Harbor, Lacey, Barnegat and Galloway have all gone through this difficult process over the last several years.

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Senator Bob Singer

Singer Introduces Hospital Community Payment Legislation

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Senator Robert Singer introduced bipartisan legislation that would have nonprofit hospitals with for-profit facilities make payments to host municipalities to compensate for blanket tax exemptions on their property.  The bill is also sponsored by Senate President Steve Sweeney and Senator Joseph Vitale.

Sen. Robert Singer’s legislation would have nonprofit hospitals with for-profit facilities make payments to host municipalities to compensate for property tax exemptions. (SenateNJ.com)

The bill, which would update tax laws that date back to 1913, would have acute-care hospitals make payments to their home communities to offset the cost of local services.

“These hospitals are an important part of the communities they serve, providing medical care, creating jobs and contributing to their local economies,” said Senator Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean). “We recognize and appreciate their value. These payments will help compensate for the services the hospitals receive from the municipalities, including law enforcement and firefighters. The hospitals have worked with us in a cooperative way to craft this legislation.”

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District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove: Rutgers Sells Out Taxpayers in Million-Dollar Buyout of Football Coach

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Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove of New Jersey’s 9th Legislative District issued the following statement in response to expensive payouts that reportedly will be made by Rutgers University to its recently terminated head football coach and athletic director:

Connors, Rumpf & Gove responded to expensive payouts that reportedly will be made by Rutgers to its recently terminated head football coach and athletic director. (SenateNJ.com)

“Once again, New Jersey’s taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars are being wasted to pay for Rutgers University’s costly and highly publicized mistakes.

“Recently, the State University fired its football coach, Kyle Flood. For failing to meet Rutgers’ standards, the former coach will reportedly be rewarded with a whopping $1.4 million buyout. Mind you, this coach was given a two-year contract extension in September 2014. And there’s more. Rutgers highly controversial and highly compensated Athletic Director, Julie Hermann, was also fired on the same day. News outlets are reporting that she is owned $1.6 million on her $465,000 yearly salary contact that runs through 2018.

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District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove Call for End to Seismic Blasting Near Barnegat Bay

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The New Jersey General Assembly passed a legislative resolution sponsored by Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove which urges the cancellation of seismic blasting plans in the Atlantic Ocean near Barnegat Bay. The resolution (AR-220) further urges the National Marine Fisheries Service to cancel any future plans relating to the performance of seismic testing in the Atlantic Ocean near Barnegat Bay.

A graphical depiction of a marine seismic testing array. (Hannes Grobe/Wikimedia Commons)

Assemblyman Rumpf, Assemblyman Gove and Senator Christopher J. Connors, representatives of the 9th Legislative District in the New Jersey Legislature, have vehemently opposed the seismic blasting program on account of environmental concerns raised by prominent environmental and fishing organizations.

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Senator Joe Pennacchio

Pennacchio Legislation to Prevent Students From Enrolling in NJ Schools Under Fake Addresses Now Law

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Pennacchio to help prevent families from lying about a child’s address in order to enroll the child in an out-of-district New Jersey school is now law.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio’s legislation to prevent families from lying about a child’s address in order to enroll the child in an out-of-district New Jersey school is now law. (SenateNJ.com)

“It is estimated that thousands of students across New Jersey are illicitly enrolled in a New Jersey school outside their home district,” said Pennacchio (R-Morris, Passaic, Essex). “This type of “boundary hopping” comes at a significant cost to the receiving school and it takes away valuable resources and opportunities from the students and families who live in the district and pay taxes to fund their local schools.  This legislation gives districts a valuable tool to help settle questions about where a student is really living when a residency dispute arises.”

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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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