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Senator Michael Testa

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LD1 Lawmakers: Murphy’s COVID Mandates Continue to Ravage Local Economy

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Following Governor Murphy’s announcement that he will expand indoor dining in the state to 50 percent capacity on March 19, Senator Mike Testa, Assemblyman Erik Simonsen and Assemblyman Antwan McClellan released the following statement:

Sen. Mike Testa, Asm. Erik Simonsen and Asm. Antwan McClellan are calling on the Governor to ‘put away the axe and take a surgical approach’ to restoring the economy. (Pixabay)

“It is extremely frustrating that the Governor still hasn’t learned that one size does not fit all when it comes to COVID restrictions in New Jersey.

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LD1 Team Introduces Legislation Preserving the Spirit of Women’s Sports and Title IX

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To preserve the integrity of women’s high school and collegiate sports, the First Legislative District lawmakers introduced a bill that would guarantee female athletes do not miss out on critical scholastic athletic opportunities and scholarships to universities and colleges.

The First Legislative District lawmakers introduced legislation that would preserve the integrity of women’s high school and collegiate sports and guarantee female athletes do not miss out on athletic opportunities and scholarships to universities and colleges. (Pixabay)

A landmark piece of legislation, Title IX was passed in 1972 to prohibit sex-based discrimination in any school or other education program that receives federal money. Currently, Title IX safeguards equality in sports at educational institutions that receive federal funds, from elementary schools to colleges and universities.

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Testa & Simonsen: School Reopening Meeting Postponed Because Murphy Administration Won’t Appear

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Health Commissioner Doesn’t Show Up for Meeting with Legislators, Again

Senator Michael Testa and Assemblyman Erik Simonsen (both R-1) said an important meeting of the Joint Committee on the Public Schools scheduled for today to discuss school reopenings was postponed because the Murphy administration wouldn’t make the Commissioner of Health available as planned.

Sen. Michael Testa and Asm. Erik Simonsen said an important meeting on school reopenings was postponed because the Murphy administration wouldn’t make the Commissioner of Health available as planned. (Pixabay)

“There’s a clear pattern of the Murphy Administration hiding Commissioner Persichilli from any exposure to legislative committees where she might have to answer difficult questions about pandemic response,” said Testa, a member of the joint committee. “This follows our nursing home hearing on Friday where family members of victims were livid that she and other members of the administration refused to show up and face them.”

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Testa/Gopal Bill to Increase Funding for Arts, Historical Heritage and Tourism Advances

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A bill sponsored by Senator Michael Testa and Senator Vin Gopal that would increase the allocation of revenues from the hotel and motel occupancy fee toward arts, historical heritage, and tourism purposes was passed out of the Senate Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee.

Sen. Michael Testa’s legislation allocating more revenue from the state hotel and motel occupancy tax to tourism is advancing in the Senate. (Wikimedia Commons)

Under the bill, S-2986, 100 percent of the hotel and motel occupancy fee revenues would be allocated, up from the current level of 40 percent.

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Testa Calls on Murphy to Cut the Hypocrisy and Follow the Rules on NJ Cannabis Regulatory Commission

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The glaring absence of a member of a social justice organization on New Jersey’s newly established Cannabis Regulatory Commission is a troubling oversight that should be remedied, Senator Mike Testa said today.

Sen. Mike Testa said the glaring absence of a member of a social justice organization on New Jersey’s newly established Cannabis Regulatory Commission is a troubling oversight that should be remedied by Gov. Murphy. (Pixabay)

The commission is charged with determining who can legally grow and sell marijuana in New Jersey.

“This is more than minor error, it is an embarrassing mistake by a Governor who doesn’t feel the need to follow his own rules,” said Testa (R-1). “It is difficult to respect Murphy’s legalization efforts when he can’t even honor the clear and unambiguous language within the law.”

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Testa, Simonsen & McClellan: Murphy Administration Sitting on $350 Million in Federal Rental Assistance Funds While People Suffer

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First District Legislators Say NJ Can’t Afford Repeat of Governor’s CARES Act Inaction

Senator Michael Testa, Assemblyman Erik Simonsen, and Assemblyman Antwan McClellan expressed concern that the Murphy Administration has not put $350 million of rental assistance funding to use more than a month after it was received from the federal government.

Testa, Simonsen & McClellan expressed concern that the Murphy Administration has not put $350 million of rental assistance funding to use more than a month after it was received from the federal government. (Pixabay)

“The Murphy Administration is sitting on millions of federal rental assistance funds that could be put to use today to help both tenants and landlords,” said Testa (R-1). “There’s been a total lack of urgency from the governor while all sides of the rental community are suffering. It’s unreal.”

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Testa/Simonsen/McClellan Kick Off Business Recovery Tour

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Sen. Michael Testa and Asm. Erik Simonsen tour Cape May Mall & Small Businesses

Nearly a year after the start of the COVID-19 Pandemic and state shutdown, the First Legislative District Team kicked off their Business Recovery Tour by visiting Cape Island Foods headed by business owner Carl Spatocco.

The First Legislative District Team kicked off their Business Recovery Tour by visiting Cape Island Foods headed by business owner Carl Spatocco. (SenateNJ.com)

“We take every opportunity we can to shop local and we encourage our residents to do the same,” said Testa. “These small businesses are the glue that holds our district together. We are fighting for the safe and sensible reopening of South Jersey. Supporting our small businesses is the first step towards making that happen.”

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Testa, Simonsen & McClellan Oppose Gov. Murphy’s School Funding Cuts

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The District 1 legislative team of Senator Michael Testa, Assemblyman Erik Simonsen, and Assemblyman Antwan McClellan criticized Governor Murphy’s proposed school funding cuts, highlighting the need for additional funds during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sen. Michael Testa, Asm. Erik Simonsen, and Asm. Antwan McClellan criticized Governor Murphy’s proposed school funding cuts, highlighting the need for additional funds during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Pixabay)

“Governor Murphy should not target South Jersey schools for big funding cuts while we are grappling with virtual education, technology costs, and planning for a safe return to our classrooms,” said Testa. “This absurd budget proposal put forth by the Governor would leave several of our schools facing a 20-30 percent reduction in aid. These proposed cuts are downright insulting to every student and parent in South Jersey.”

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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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