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Senator Michael Testa

Senator Michael Testa

Testa: Murphy’s Budget Doesn’t Get Job Done on Fixing Unemployment

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Senator Michael Testa (R-1), a member of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee, said Governor Phil Murphy’s Budget proposal for FY 2022 fails to address problems with the state’s unemployment system and a looming tax increase on struggling employers:

Sen. Michael Testa said Gov. Phil Murphy’s Budget proposal for next year fails to address problems with the state’s unemployment system and a looming tax increase on struggling employers. (©iStock)

“It’s clear that Governor Murphy’s budget doesn’t get the job done on fixing major problems with New Jersey’s unemployment system.

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Testa: Weakened Treatment of Underage Marijuana & Alcohol Possession Is Insanity

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Senator Michael Testa said a “clean-up” bill advanced by Democrats today to address underage possession in the scheme of marijuana legalization is insanity.

Parents wouldn’t be notified by police when children are found possessing or consuming marijuana or alcohol under a bill advanced by Democrats. Sen. Michael Testa called it “insanity.” (©iStock)

“Parents are hauled down to the police station if they let their 8-year-old walk to the park alone, but Democrats apparently think they shouldn’t even be notified if the same child is caught by police smoking pot or drinking alcohol,” said Testa (R-1). “It’s absolute insanity to say that parents don’t have a right to know.”

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Senate Advances Testa Bill that Would Allow Mobile Barbershops

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Shops-on-Wheels Could Bring Services to Customers’ Homes, Offices

Senator Michael Testa’s legislation that would allow barbershops and hair salons to bring their business to their customers was approved by the Senate today.

Barbershops and hair salons would be able to use mobile shops to bring their services to their customers under legislation sponsored by Sen. Michael Testa. (Pixabay)

“The pandemic has taught us that residents, schools and businesses must be adaptable,” said Testa (R-1). “Mobile service will open doors to new opportunities for hard-working professionals with ambitions to grow their business and serve more customers.”

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Testa: How Big Is John Kerry’s Carbon Footprint?

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As the Senate prepares to vote on legislation designating “Personal Carbon Footprint Awareness Day,” Senator Michael Testa (R-1) pondered the size of John Kerry’s carbon footprint.

As the Senate prepares to vote on ‘Personal Carbon Footprint Awareness Day,’ Sen. Michael Testa pondered the size of John Kerry’s carbon footprint. (©iStock)

“I’m inclined to support this measure because I believe we all have a role to play in protecting our environment,” said Testa (R-1). “All of us, apparently, except for John Kerry, Al Gore, Matt Damon, Leo DiCaprio and all the other rich liberal ‘environmentalists’ who lecture us from the doors of their private jets or the comfort of their mansions. This Republican’s carbon footprint is miniscule. Can John Kerry or any of his ilk say the same?”

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Bipartisan Bill Unveiled to Provide $300 Million in EDA Grants, Loans to Small Businesses, Nonprofits to Spur Economic Recovery, Job Growth in Wake of COVID-19

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Addiego, Sweeney, Gopal, O’Scanlon, Testa and Kean Team Up to Sponsor Legislation Expanding EDA Capacity to Help Small Business Bounce Back

Bipartisan legislation providing the state Economic Development Authority with $300 million for grants and loans to help small businesses and nonprofits rebound from the COVID-19 crisis was introduced today by Senator Dawn Addiego, Senate President Steve Sweeney, Senators Vin Gopal, Declan O’Scanlon, and Michael Testa, and Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean.

Bipartisan legislation providing the NJEDA with $300 million for grants and loans to help small businesses and nonprofits rebound from the COVID-19 crisis has been introduced. (Pixabay)

The bill would provide aid not only to small businesses and nonprofits that lost revenue during the economic shutdowns and slowdowns caused by the coronavirus crisis, but also to those whose business opening plans were disrupted by COVID-19 and those who fill vacant storefronts or under-utilized space with new operations.

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Testa, Simonsen & McClellan Deliver Pizzas to Individuals in Need for ‘Pizza Across America’ Campaign

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Senator Michael Testa, Assemblyman Erik Simonsen, and Assemblyman Antwan McClellan delivered 55 pizzas to Wesley by the Bay and the Cumberland Family Shelter as part of Slice Out Hunger’s “Pizza Across America” campaign.

Sen. Michael Testa, Asm. Erik Simonsen, and Asm. Antwan McClellan delivered 55 pizzas to Wesley by the Bay and the Cumberland Family Shelter as part of the “Pizza Across America” campaign. (SenateNJ.com)

“I would like to thank Mama Mia’s Ristorante in Marmora as well as Luca’s Pizza and Dominick’s Pizza in Vineland, for helping me to provide fresh pizzas to a number of local organizations, including Wesley by the Bay and the Cumberland Family Shelter,” said Testa (R-1). “This generous donation will help these organizations bring some joy to individuals and families in need.”

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Senate Republicans to Launch Independent Hearings on Murphy Administration’s Flawed COVID-19 Response

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Hearings Will Focus on Nursing & Veterans Home Deaths, MVC & Unemployment Failures, Destruction of Small Businesses

Senate Republicans will hold independent hearings into the Murphy Administration’s flawed response to the COVID-19 pandemic to provide impacted residents and families the opportunity to share their stories and ongoing concerns.

Senate Republicans will hold independent hearings into the Murphy Administration’s flawed response to the COVID-19 pandemic. (SenateNJ.com)

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean has appointed Sen. Joe Pennacchio (R-26) to lead the hearings, alongside Sen. Kristin Corrado (R-40), Sen. Declan O’Scanlon (R-13), and Sen. Michael Testa (R-1).

“Since May, Senate Republicans have sought a bipartisan investigation to understand the policy and management failures of the Murphy Administration that led to preventable deaths, destroyed businesses and jobs, and left millions of New Jerseyans without access to important services and support,” said Kean (R-21). “While the Senate Democratic Majority has blocked our efforts to form a select committee to investigate these failures using the full oversight powers of the Legislature, we will move forward with independent hearings to provide people the opportunity to tell their stories and share their concerns about the State’s failed response to COVID-19.”

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Testa on A.G.’s Filing of Criminal Charges in Edna Mahan Incident

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Senator Michael Testa (R-1) released the following statement after Governor Murphy revealed that the Attorney General’s office is filing criminal charges relating to an incident at the Edna Mahan correctional facility on Jan. 11:

Sen. Michael Testa asked: How much evidence does Governor Murphy need that Commissioner Hicks is unfit to lead the New Jersey Department of Corrections?(©iStock)

“We have federal reports of constitutional rights violations, unnecessary COVID deaths, evidence of widespread sexual and physical abuse, and now criminal charges related to the ongoing mismanagement of our prisons. How much evidence does Governor Murphy need that Commissioner Hicks is unfit to lead the New Jersey Department of Corrections? Does he really need an expensive report to tell him what is readily apparent?”

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Testa, Simonsen & McClellan: Time to Get Kids Back In the Classroom

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Too Many Students Falling Behind Under Remote Learning

As signs seem to suggest the State will be contending with the COVID pandemic well into the summer, the District 1 legislative team of Senator Michael Testa, Assemblyman Erik Simonsen, and Assemblyman Antwan McClellan today chided the Governor for delays in vaccinating teachers and getting students back to school.

As signs seem to suggest the State will be contending with the COVID pandemic well into the summer, the District 1 legislative team of Sen. Michael Testa, Asm. Erik Simonsen, and Asm. Antwan McClellan today chided the Governor for delays in vaccinating teachers and getting students back to school. (Pixabay)

“It is high time for our students and teachers to go back to the classroom,” said Senator Michael Testa. “Our children fall further behind with every day they are out of school, and for special needs students, the impact is that much more severe. Remote learning in this environment is anything but ideal, and for many students who need the daily reinforcement and encouragement of in-person instruction, the lost time can be educationally devastating.”

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LD1 Team: Legislative Social Media Helped Connect $100K in EDA Grants to Local Businesses

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Using Social Media, the LD1 Team Alerted Businesses about Nearly $100K Worth of Grants Pending Shrinking Deadline

Ensuring more than a dozen small businesses met the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) Small Business Grant Program deadline, Senator Michael Testa, Assemblyman Erik Simonsen, and Assemblyman Antwan McClellan used creative methods to guarantee local businesses received updates and confirmation of their rightful NJEDA grant funds totaling nearly $100,000.

The LD1 Team fought to secure nearly $100,000 in NJEDA Grants for local businesses, ultimately helping a kids swim club, a local restaurant, a boardwalk candy shop, and more. (©iStock)

“When I realized nearly $100,000 of NJEDA grants for in-district businesses might slip through the cracks, I knew our office had to take action,” Testa said. “Through countless calls, emails, and finally the use of Facebook Messenger, we were able to inform businesses that they received an NJEDA grant and needed to immediately sign for approval before the Feb. 1, 2021 deadline. Who would have thought that the easiest way to connect with so many businesses was through Facebook Messenger?”

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