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O’Scanlon, Testa Introduce Plan to Rescue Floundering Employers

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Seek to Appropriate $100M of Federal CARES Funding to NJEDA for Small Business Grants and Loans

To provide crucial aid to businesses suffering after three months of strangling  COVID restrictions, Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Senator Michael Testa will introduce an act to appropriate $100 million of federal grant money to the state’s Economic Development Authority (EDA) to support small business programs.

Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Senator Michael Testa are seeking financial assistance for struggling New Jersey businesses from federal COVID funds distributed to the state. (SenateNJ.com)

“The state received the money from Washington six weeks ago, but Murphy is inexplicably sitting on it while our economy tanks and companies falter,” said O’Scanlon. “The business community is being crushed by the pandemic, and many companies are on the brink of failure. They need help, and committing a portion of the more than $2 billion in COVID relief funds to help rescue struggling employers will save thousands of jobs and help fuel a robust recovery for the state’s economy. Dedicating this federal money to small and mid-size companies is an investment in a stronger New Jersey.”

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Testa: Murphy’s Veto of Rent Relief Is a Slap in the Face to Small Businesses

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Senator Michael Testa slammed Governor Phil Murphy for vetoing legislation aimed at providing much-needed rent relief to small businesses during the shutdown.

Sen. Michael Testa slammed Gov. Murphy for vetoing legislation aimed at providing relief to small businesses. Pictured: Testa speaking at a press conference on May 9, 2020 to highlight the plight of small businesses. (SenateNJ.com)

“Governor Murphy hypocritically claims that small businesses are the lifeblood of the economy, yet he is solely responsible for bleeding them dry,” said Testa (R-1). “This commonsense bill received overwhelming bipartisan support in the State Legislature, yet the governor turned a blind eye as mom-and-pop stores face the grim reality of permanently closing their doors,” added Testa. “As our state’s most influential elected officials, we should work together to help small business owners attempt to salvage their livelihoods.”

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Testa/Rosenello: Open South Jersey Now

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State and Local Leaders Back Plan to Reopen New Jersey 

Senator Michael Testa is calling on Senate President Steve Sweeney to join forces and take the necessary steps to fully open the Garden State economy.

Sen. Michael Testa is calling on Sen. Pres. Steve Sweeney to join forces and take the necessary steps to fully open the Garden State economy. (Pixabay)

“Our South Jersey restaurants are barely making ends meet. Last week, the Mayor of North Wildwood created a well-organized plan to allow community restaurants to open up and enjoy the beautiful weather,” said Testa.

“What did our heavy handed Cape May County prosecutor do? He followed Gov. Murphy’s orders and shut down the plan. Then the governor’s administration had a helicopter monitor the city. Are we currently living in George Orwell’s 1984?”

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty & Testa Bill Would Limit Gov. Murphy’s Executive Authority

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Senator Michael Doherty and Senator Michael Testa have introduced legislation to place limits on Governor Phil Murphy’s executive orders and those of future governors.

Sen. Michael Doherty and Sen. Michael Testa have introduced legislation to place limits on Gov. Phil Murphy’s executive orders and those of future governors. (SenateNJ.com)

“Last I checked, the State of New Jersey had three branches of government, not one,” said Doherty (R-23). “The governor’s preference to lead via executive order rather than through collaboration with elected legislators has proven to be dangerous and deadly. Our proposal to place limits on executive authority will ensure that the administration is transparent about the continued need for any executive orders that it believes should be extended.”

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Testa and Gopal Applaud Return of Elective Surgeries

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Senator Michael Testa and Senator Vin Gopal introduced legislation that would allow the performance of elective surgeries during the COVID-19 crisis. This coincides with Gov. Murphy’s announcement that elective surgeries are set to resume.

Sen. Michael Testa and Sen. Vin Gopal introduced legislation that would allow the performance of elective surgeries during the COVID-19 crisis. (Flickr)

“COVID-19 has disrupted every aspect of our lives, including the mass cancellation of critical medical procedures and surgeries,” said Testa (R-1). “For those awaiting knee or hip replacements, there is nothing ‘elective’ about a life changing procedure that can reduce chronic pain and restore mobility.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Republican Budget Senators:  Governor’s Budget Solution Due May 22 Must Include Restraint of Budget Excesses and Creative Solutions Or It Will Be Dismissed

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The following was released today by Senator Steven Oroho (R-24), Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-13), Senator Michael Testa (R-1), and Senator Sam Thompson (R-12), the Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee:

In advance of the Governor’s May 22 budget report, the Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee issued a joint position statement. (Pixabay)

The State’s budget has been significantly impacted by COVID-19. Revenue losses through the end of FY 2021 will be severe and there is a need for additional relief for impacted people and businesses. There is broad and bipartisan recognition of this reality in the Legislature and among the public.

For the past two months, the Governor has provided no public accounting or explanation of the budgetary impacts of COVID-19. Despite holding daily press briefings attended by various cabinet officials, the Treasurer has not been invited to a single briefing to explain budget impacts for the public or, more importantly, to answer reporters’ questions about what steps, if any, are being taken to address these impacts.

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Senator Michael Testa

Testa Calls for More ‘Open’ Signs, No More Deliberation

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Senator Michael Testa issued the following statement after Governor Murphy announced plans to allow non-essential businesses to reopen curbside pickup, non-essential construction projects to resume, drive-in movies can resume, and people will be able to gather in cars for religious services:

Senator Testa called on the Governor to lift more restrictions on business so the state’s economic recovery can begin. (©iStock)

“I am beyond glad the State’s only drive-in movie theater can be open. However, this is a just a drop in the bucket, helping a few businesses when there are so many other dying small and mid-size enterprises desperate for relief,” said Senator Michael Testa. “The Governor’s actions announced today are long overdue. They should have been done three or four weeks ago.

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Media Advisory (Saturday, 5/16): Testa Hosting Radio Town Hall

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Senator Michael Testa (R-1) will be taking to the airwaves Saturday afternoon on Vineland’s Crusin’ 92.1 WVLT to discuss some of the pressing COVID related issues of the district with those that have been impacted the most.

Sen. Michael Testa will be on Vineland’s Crusin’ 92.1 WVLT to discuss some of the pressing COVID related issues of the district. (©iStock)

During the first hour of the discussion, Testa will be speaking with business owners from various sectors of the economy to explain the financial impact that the state mandated closures have had on them personally as well as the economic loss to the state. The second hour will be dedicated solely to unemployment.

WHO: Senator Michael Testa

WHAT: Radio Town Hall Discussing Business and Unemployment Matters

WHEN: Saturday, May 16th at 2:00pm-4:00pm

WHERE: Cruisin’ 92.1 WVLT Vineland

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Testa, Simonsen & McClellan Blast Murphy’s Refusal to Allow Regional Reopenings

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LD1 Team Says Governor’s Approach Will Cause Unnecessary Economic Harm to South Jersey

Legislators representing the 1st Legislative District blasted Governor Phil Murphy’s announcement that regions of New Jersey that have recovered from the coronavirus will not be allowed to reopen as soon as they are ready.

Testa, Simonsen & McClellan blasted Gov. Murphy’s announcement that regions of New Jersey that have recovered from the coronavirus will not be allowed to reopen as soon as they are ready. (©iStock)

Senator Michael Testa and Assemblymen Erik Simonsen and Antwan McClellan (all R-1) said the governor’s approach will lead to a longer lockdown than otherwise necessary in some parts of New Jersey, causing unnecessary economic harm to the South Jersey and Jersey Shore communities they represent.

“Governor Murphy may want to look at a calendar,” said Senator Michael Testa. “Memorial Day is almost here and our tourism dependent economy will be hit extra hard for every day beyond then that he forces our community to stay locked down. It’s absurd that his administration’s planning doesn’t account for regional differences in recovery trends and local planning. Cape May County, for example, has a thoughtful and detailed plan to allow for reopening around Exit 0 to happen safely once restrictions are lifted. Governor Murphy needs to recognize that the 1st Legislative District is not densely populated like much of North Jersey. We shouldn’t be treated the same. The harm he will cause our community by delaying reopening is completely unnecessary and will have life-altering, long-lasting effects.”

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Senator Mike Doherty

Testa & Doherty Call on Labor Department to Open In-Person Unemployment Service Centers

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Say If Business Workers Can Serve Customers from Behind Protective Screens, So Can Public Sector Workers

As New Jersey’s unemployment crisis closes in on two months, Senator Michael Testa and Senator Michael Doherty called for Governor Murphy to reopen New Jersey’s One-Stop Career Centers and staff them with idle workers from other State departments.

Sen. Michael Testa and Sen. Michael Doherty called for Gov. Murphy to reopen NJ’s One-Stop Career Centers and staff them with idle workers from other State departments. (SenateNJ.com)

“A functional unemployment office during an economic downtown is the the epitome of an essential public service, yet hundreds of thousands of New Jerseyans continue to go without the unemployment benefits they’ve earned for weeks on end,” said Testa (R-1). “We are calling for an end to busy signals, broken websites, and unanswered emails from the Department of Labor.”

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