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Senator Michael Testa

Senator Michael Testa

Testa: Murphy’s Pandemic Prison Policies Putting Communities, Corrections Officers at Risk

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Senator Michael Testa warned that a new round of prisoner releases and pandemic mandates by the Murphy administration will make New Jersey less safe and put corrections officers at risk.

Sen. Michael Testa warned that a new round of prisoner releases and pandemic mandates by the Murphy administration will make New Jersey less safe and put corrections officers at risk. (Pixabay)

“Governor Murphy used the cover of the pandemic to release 40% of the inmates from New Jersey’s prisons over the last two years,” said Testa (R-1). “With thousands of inmates set free without effective oversight or support, it’s no surprise that some of our cities are struggling with record levels of violent crimes.”

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Testa Says Murphy Wrong to Compare Being Unvaccinated to Drunk Driving

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Senator Michael Testa said Governor Phil Murphy was wrong to say that being unvaccinated is “akin to drunk driving.”

Sen. Michael Testa said Gov. Phil Murphy was wrong to say that being unvaccinated is “akin to drunk driving.” (SenateNJ.com)

“Governor Murphy is absolutely wrong to compare being unvaccinated to driving drunk, especially when Omicron is both infecting and being transmitted by vaccinated people at high rates,” said Testa (R-1). “It’s telling that he’s now resorting to increasingly extreme rhetoric to try to justify his unpopular and unscientific vaccine mandates. Republicans are constantly accused of not following the science, yet it’s the governor who repeatedly refuses to accept data that doesn’t support his executive orders.”

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Testa Blasts Rutgers for Forcing Students & Taxpayers to Pay for Athletics’ $73M Deficit

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Senator Michael Testa blasted Rutgers University for forcing overburdened students and New Jersey taxpayers to pick up the tab for a $73 million deficit after spending on athletics reached a record high of $118 million during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sen. Michael Testa blasted Rutgers University for forcing overburdened students and New Jersey taxpayers to pick up the tab for a $73 million deficit after spending on athletics reached a record high of $118 million. (SenateNJ.com)

“Once again, taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars are being wasted to pay for Rutgers’ costly and highly publicized financial woes,” said Testa (R-1). “Here we have an athletics department that spends so much money, it rang up a $73 million deficit for the second consecutive year while increasing overall spending to an all-time high. Adding insult to injury, all of this irresponsible spending occurred during a time when so many New Jerseyans and our small businesses were suffering financially.”

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Testa Calls Out Murphy for Promises of No More Tax Increases

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Pledge Has Been Violated Several Times, and is Set to be Broken in the Future

Senator Michael Testa today chided Governor Murphy for his often repeated “no new taxes” statements.

Sen. Michael Testa today chided Governor Murphy for his often repeated “no new taxes” statements, calling the promise laughable in light of the facts. (Pixabay)

“Starting during his reelection campaign and for the past several months, the Governor has insisted he is done with tax increases. It’s a laughable promise he repeated just days ago in his State of the State address,” said Testa (R-1).

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Testa Bill Exempting Commercial Fisherman from State Unemployment Tax Now Law

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Michael Testa and signed today by the Governor exempts commercial fisherman from a portion of the state unemployment tax.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Michael Testa and signed by the Governor exempts commercial fisherman from a portion of the state unemployment tax. (Pixabay)

“Traditionally, New Jersey’s commercial fishermen have been on the hook for unemployment taxes, but they are not paid hourly wages and they have never been able to collect unemployment benefits,” said Testa (R-1). “This new law will have significant impact on the state’s vital fishing industry that has been extremely hard-hit by the ongoing pandemic.”

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Testa Bill to Provide Small Employers with Tax Benefits for COVID Expenses Advances

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Michael Testa that would help small businesses recoup some of the money invested to meet COVID requirements cleared the Senate today.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Michael Testa that would help small businesses recoup some of the money invested to meet COVID requirements cleared the Senate. (Pixabay)

Testa’s bill (S-4254) would allow businesses with fewer than 50 employees a tax benefit to help compensate them for the cost of complying with the Governor’s COVID-19 executive orders.

“The Governor’s orders forced thousands of enterprises to close their doors to customers while the ‘big box stores’ were able to continue with business as usual,” said Testa (R-1). “Small businesses across the state took a beating during the pandemic.

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Testa Calls for Legislators to Join Him in Voting Against Extending Murphy’s Emergency Powers

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Senator Michael L. Testa (R-1) today announced his strong opposition to the proposed legislation to extend the Governor’s emergency powers for another 90 days.

Sen. Michael Testa announced his strong opposition to the proposed legislation to extend the Governor’s emergency powers for another 90 days. (SenateNJ.com)

“I will vote against any measure to extend this Governor’s emergency powers for one more second much less for another 90 days. Phil Murphy’s unlimited power has damaged our state, shut the doors on a third of our small businesses and harmed our residents. It is well past time for the Legislature – Republicans and Democrats – to stand up on behalf of our constituents.  I opposed this same effort last summer and the Governor’s failures and missteps have proven the wisdom of that position.

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Testa Calls Labor Department ‘Victory Lap’ an Insult to New Jersey Residents

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Senator Michael Testa today lambasted New Jersey’s Department of Labor and Workforce Development after the beleaguered agency issued a self-congratulatory press release boasting of its accomplishments in 2021.

Sen. Michael Testa today lambasted the Department of Labor and Workforce Development after the beleaguered agency issued a self-congratulatory press release boasting of its accomplishments in 2021. (SenateNJ.com)

“With statewide unemployment sitting at 6.6 percent, tied with New York and better than only two other states, it is certainly inappropriate timing for a victory lap,” said Testa (R-1). “The department’s embarrassing failures in processing tens of thousands of unemployment claims during the pandemic turned New Jersey into a laughingstock in the eyes of other states, and too many families continue to struggle due to the financial fallout from long-delayed benefit payments.”

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In Virtual Hearing, Pennacchio and Testa Hear Medical Experts Espouse Effectiveness of Naturally Acquired Immunity Against Future Infection

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Antibodies in Those Who Have Been Infected Should Be Considered in NJ’s COVID Policies

Senator Joe Pennacchio and Senator Michael Testa, after listening to compelling testimony during a virtual hearing on naturally developed immunity, called on Governor Murphy to revise the state’s COVID policies.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio and Sen. Michael Testa, after listening to compelling testimony during a virtual hearing on naturally acquired immunity, called on Governor Murphy to revise the state’s COVID policies. (NJ Senate Republicans/Facebook)

“As the Governor hides behind useless mask orders and constitutionally questionable vaccine mandates, support for the benefits and effectiveness of natural immunity is growing in the medical and scientific communities,” said Pennacchio (R-24). “Murphy says he is following the science. He’s not following it, he is ignoring it, and the confusion and fear is causing the public to lose confidence in the leadership and messaging emanating from Trenton.”

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Panel Clears Testa Bill Allowing Small Businesses to Recoup COVID-Related Expenses

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Senator Michael Testa’s legislation that would provide a COVID-related tax benefit to the state’s small businesses was advanced today by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

Small businesses that invested money to remain open during the Governor’s COVID restrictions could qualify for a tax break under Sen. Michael Testa’s legislation. (©iStock)

Testa’s bill, S-4254, gives businesses with fewer than 50 employees a tax benefit to help compensate them for the cost of complying with the Governor’s COVID-19 executive orders.

“Small businesses across the state took a beating during the pandemic,” said Testa (R-1). “The Governor’s orders forced thousands of enterprises to close their doors to customers while the ‘big box stores’ were able to continue with business as usual. The expenses for meeting Murphy’s constantly changing restrictions crippled businesses that tried to do the right thing by investing in the equipment and guidelines ordered by Trenton, and subsequently struggled to remain solvent. This bill will provide badly needed relief for employers that have remained in business.”

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