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Senator Michael Testa

Senator Declan O'Scanlon
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Republican Budget Members Outline Responsible Plan for $6.5 Billion of ARP Federal Relief Funds

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The Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee outlined a proposed framework for the State of New Jersey to responsibly utilize $6.5 billion in new federal relief funds with legislative approval.

The Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee outlined a proposed framework for the State of New Jersey to responsibly utilize $6.5 billion in new federal relief funds with legislative approval. (Pixabay)

With more than $3 billion of the funds to be received by the State in the next 30 days, the legislators challenged the Murphy Administration and Democratic legislative majorities to propose their own plans, debate them publicly, and appropriate the funds in a transparent and open process that gives the public a chance to be heard.

“The Murphy Administration dropped the ball in its handling of the $2.4 billion of CARES Act funds that came to New Jersey last April,” said Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-13). “He sat on the money for months and then used it to pay for ordinary government expenses rather than helping people. With another $6.5 billion in federal relief coming to New Jersey, we can’t afford to let him make the same mistake on an even bigger scale. Our plan is the first step in reasserting the Legislature and public into the appropriations process.”

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Testa/Simonsen/McClellan Demand Prompt Reopening of Schools, Businesses; Cite Failure of Lockdowns to Tame Virus

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New Jersey continues to rank among the states reporting the most new COVID cases, and the LD1 lawmakers say the statistics prove that economy-killing lockdowns and quarantines are not the answer.

The LD1 lawmakers say statistics prove that economy-killing lockdowns and quarantines are not the answer, and renewed calls for Murphy to lift restrictions on business. (Pixabay)

“Enough businesses have been destroyed, enough jobs have been lost by the Governor’s defenseless edicts, and continuing on that same path only ensures more economic and emotional pain,” said Senator Michael Testa. “We must end the failed policies that have suppressed life in the state. It’s about time to learn from the Administration’s mistakes and open up the economy.

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Testa Tours Vineland Produce Giant as Part of Business Recovery Tour

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As part of the First Legislative District Team’s Business Recovery Tour, Senator Michael Testa visited F&S Produce Co., Inc. headquartered in the heart of Cumberland County.

Sen. Michael Testa (right) discusses the impact of the pandemic on New Jersey’s business environment with Sam Pipitone, CEO of F&S Produce at the company’s facility in Cumberland County. (SenateNJ.com)

“F&S is a powerhouse, a diamond in the rough which carries deep South Jersey roots,” said Testa. “I am so proud to represent a district fortunate enough to be the home of such an extraordinary company and operation.

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon
Senator Michael Testa
Senator Sam Thompson
Senator Steve Oroho

Republican Budget Members Say State Revenue Update Highlights Extent of Murphy’s False Projections

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The Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee said a State revenue update provided to legislators today demonstrates the extent of the Murphy Administration’s false revenue projections during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Republican members of the Senate Budget Committee said a State revenue update provided to legislators demonstrates the extent of the Murphy Administration’s false revenue projections during the coronavirus pandemic. (Pixabay)

“The Murphy Administration peddled outrageous claims about the State’s finances over the past year that have proven to be completely false,” said Senator Steven Oroho (R-24), the Republican Budget Officer. “Going back to last July, we had clear signs the State’s financial picture was better than expected despite the Murphy Administration’s measures that needlessly destroyed so many businesses. The governor stuck by his false projections to secure approval for unnecessary tax increases and an otherwise unconstitutional borrowing scheme to build a massive surplus that he could spend while he runs for reelection.”

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LD1 Lawmakers Call for Review of Landlord, Tenant Protections

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In a joint statement today, Senator Mike Testa, Assemblyman Erik Simonsen, and Assemblyman Antwan McClellan warned that landlords across the state are becoming the invisible victims of the pandemic as financial pressures from missed rent payments mount:

Sen. Mike Testa, Asm. Erik Simonsen, and Asm. Antwan McClellan warned that landlords across the state are becoming the invisible victims of the pandemic as financial pressures from missed rent payments mount. (©iStock)

“Right now, we are sitting on a time bomb when it comes to tenants and landlords, and if the government doesn’t take action soon, there’s going to be hell to pay. The state economy has been in shambles for more than a year. While the impact on small businesses, bars and restaurants and the resultant closing of almost 40 percent of establishments is a nightmare, the threat to residential and commercial landlords could be more devastating.

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DISTRICT ONE TEAM HOSTS MOBILE MVC TRUCK IN MIDDLE TOWNSHIP

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Veterans served by appointment prior to walk up service to the public

Over sixty Cape May County residents, including nearly two dozen veterans, were able to access New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission services from an MVC Mobile unit, which visited the Cape May County Court House parking area from 10 AM to 2 PM.

Over sixty Cape May County residents, including nearly two dozen veterans, were able to access New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission services from an MVC Mobile unit, which visited the Cape May County Court House.

Residents were able to access licensing services, process Real ID applications and speak face to face with MVC services agents on other pending issues and concerns.

“We were happy to host this event for our constituents, in an effort to bring some relief to the many residents struggling to access MVC services,” State Senator Michael Testa (R-D1) said. “While this is small help to some, we continue to advocate for the full restoration of all MVC services at every office in our District.”

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Testa: Heartbreaking, Compelling Testimony at Unemployment System Hearing Should Drive Fixes

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Senator Michael Testa said he hoped heartbreaking and compelling testimony provided at Friday’s independent hearing on New Jersey’s broken unemployment system would drive Governor Phil Murphy to invest in critical upgrades.

Sen. Michael Testa said he hoped heartbreaking and compelling testimony provided at the independent hearing on New Jersey’s broken unemployment system would drive Governor Phil Murphy to invest in critical upgrades. (YouTube/NJ Senate Republicans)

“We heard heartbreaking stories from real people who were failed and let down by New Jersey’s unemployment system,” said Testa (R-1). “”These unemployed workers told us about the frustration of busy signals, website errors, and rude agents when they finally got through to a live person to discuss their claims. They explained the challenges of trying to survive while waiting months to receive the unemployment benefits they earned. The single message they all had is that the New Jersey’s unemployment system is broken and needs to be fixed. I hope Governor Murphy was listening.”

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Testa & Gopal Unveil Bipartisan Bill Package Supporting Active Military Members and Veterans

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To make New Jersey more welcoming to military personnel and veterans, Senator Mike Testa and Senator Vin Gopal have introduced an extensive bipartisan package of six bills to help the men and women who serve our nation and their families.

To make New Jersey more welcoming to military personnel and veterans, Sen. Mike Testa and Sen. Vin Gopal introduced a bipartisan package of six bills to help the men and women who serve our nation and their families. (Flickr)

“The legislation in this bundle will provide assistance to New Jersey veterans in a myriad of categories, including educational opportunities, incentives for buying homes and settling in our state, and help with purchasing and starting  a business,” said Testa (R-1). “These benefits are hard-earned and well-deserved for those who put their lives on the line to serve the United States. The goal is to help make New Jersey the best place to live for veterans, and to thank them for their commitment and sacrifices.”

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LD1 Lawmakers to Murphy: Make Families a Priority

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Call for Eased COVID Restrictions so Expectant Mothers Can Have Support of Spouse at Prenatal Doctors’ Visits

Citing the benefit of promoting strong family bonds between mother, father and child, Senator Mike Testa and Assemblymen Erik Simonsen and Antwan McClellan today urged the Governor to relax COVID restrictions and allow expectant women to be joined by a spouse or partner at prenatal ultrasound and OBGYN appointments.

The LD1 lawmakers released the following statement:

Sen. Mike Testa, Asm. Erik Simonsen and Asm. Antwan McClellan are urging the Governor to relax COVID restrictions and allow expectant women to be joined by a spouse or partner at prenatal ultrasound and OBGYN appointments. (SenateNJ.com)

“Women can benefit from the presence and support of the father during emotional moments fraught with fear, anxiety, excitement and joy. Many obstetric professionals cite a link between the fraternal participation and improved outcomes for the expectant mother and her child.

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Testa: Paterson Superintendent Wants More Money Despite Nearly $200M Aid Boost from State & Feds

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Testa Asks $267K Superintendent, Where Is All the Money Going?

Senator Michael Testa (R-1) expressed shock that Superintendent Eileen Schafer of Paterson Schools appeared before the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee to ask for more money when her district is already expected to receive nearly $200 million in additional State and federal funding. Other districts, meanwhile, are planning for real cuts in aid next year.

Sen. Michael Testa expressed shock that Paterson Superintendent Eileen Schafer asked the Senate Budget Committee for more money when her district is already expected to receive nearly $200 million in additional state and federal funding. (Pixabay)

“Apparently a $200 million boost in funding isn’t enough for Paterson Schools or Superintendent Shafer,” said Testa, a member of the budget committee. “Our job is to protect school districts from being forced to cut teachers or programs, not to help Paterson build its pile of cash even higher. We have to ask, where is all of this money going? We know it’s not making it into the classrooms. How much is wasted on bloated administrative salaries and raises that they can do without?”

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