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Senator Michael Testa

Senator Michael Testa

Testa Bill Excusing Commercial Fisherman from State Unemployment Tax Advances

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Current unemployment law has New Jersey’s commercial fishermen on the hook, and Senator Michael Testa’s legislation advanced today by the Senate Labor Committee would cut them loose.

Legislation sponsored by Senator Michael Testa and cleared by the Senate Labor Committee would exempt commercial fisherman from the state unemployment law and its costly tax on earnings. (Pixabay)

The bill, S-3501, would exempt commercial fisherman who are paid on the percentage of fish caught or a percentage of the selling price of those fish from the state unemployment law and its costly tax on earnings.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho/Testa Introduce Bill to Strip Murphy of Power to Spend Federal Relief Funds Unilaterally

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Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) and Senator Michael Testa (R-1) have introduced legislation to strip Governor Phil Murphy of the power to spend billions in federal stimulus and relief funds without legislative approval.

Sen. Steven Oroho and Sen. Michael Testa have introduced a bill to strip Gov. Phil Murphy of the power to spend billions in federal stimulus and relief funds without legislative approval. (Pixabay)

“Over the past year, we’ve learned why it’s so dangerous to give Governor Murphy, or any governor, the power to spend billions of dollars without legislative approval,” said Oroho, the Senate Republican Budget Officer. “Absent direct oversight, the governor has misused the authority entrusted to him through the budget to spend federal relief funds for the good of the state. He withheld billions in CARES Act funds from people who were desperate for help and diverted aid to subsidize his administration’s payroll instead of delivering relief. It’s clear the Legislature must reassert itself as the co-equal branch of government responsible for appropriating funds and take the checkbook out of Governor Murphy’s hands.”

The new legislation, S-3712, would eliminate language in the State budget that grants the executive branch the unilateral authority to appropriate any “emergency disaster aid” and “economic stimulus” funds the State receives from the federal government during the fiscal year.

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Testa/Simonsen/McClellan: Introduce Legislation Fully Opening MVCs and Call on Murphy to Restore Full Government In-Person Services

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Following the introduction of Senate Legislation that requires the Motor Vehicle Commission to provide all vehicle and licensing services in each of New Jersey’s 21 Counties, Senator Michael Testa, Assemblyman Erik Simonsen, and Assemblyman Antwan McClellan issued the following statement demanding that the South Jersey MVCs be open for all services:

For nearly a year, the North Cape May and Vineland MVC Centers are not open for registration and title services for residents of South Jersey. (SenateNJ.com)

“For nearly a year, the Murphy Administration and outgoing Commissioner Sue Fulton have left little but a trail of excuses on why the Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland County communities are without full services to the MVC. South Jersey families are forced to travel hours and miles away from their own local MVC to complete routine tasks; such as registration and titles which cannot be completed online. Too often, many make the drive only to be frustrated with office closures due to failures to contain the spread of COVID-19 within state-run centers.

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Senator Testa Introduces Legislation Barring Government Mandated ‘Vaccine Passport’

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Calls Vaccine Passports an Infringement on Constitutional Rights

Following New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s announcement of the Excelsior Pass program which will allow people to prove their vaccination or COVID-19 status, Senator Michael Testa introduced legislation that would bar such ‘Vaccine Passport’ from being mandated in New Jersey.

Following N.Y. Gov. Cuomo’s announcement of the Excelsior Pass program which will allow people to prove their vaccination or COVID-19 status, Sen. Michael Testa introduced legislation that would bar such ‘Vaccine Passport’ from being mandated in New Jersey. (SenateNJ.com)

“No Government entity should require their residents to carry a ‘Vaccine Passport’ around to gain access to schools, businesses, and their daily life,” Senator Testa stated. “These types of passports completely violate an individual’s right to personal freedoms, and they are a direct violation of HIPPA laws.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Testa & Oroho Blast Murphy for Taking Shot at Legal Gun Owners

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In response to broad-reaching gun control measures announced today by Governor Murphy, Senator Michael Testa and Senator Steve Oroho said the agenda is a smoke screen that fails to address violent crime in the state and instead targets the rights of law-abiding residents to legally own firearms.

Sen. Michael Testa and Sen. Steve Oroho criticized Gov. Murphy’s new gun agenda as an assault on the rights of hunters and legal gun owners. (SenateNJ.com)

Murphy’s proposals include prohibiting the purchase of rifles and shotguns by those younger than 21 years old, and requiring out-of-state gun-owners moving into the New Jersey to obtain firearm purchaser IDs and register guns.

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Testa/Simonsen/McClellan Launch ‘LD1 Back to Business’ Plan to Match Unemployed Residents with Job Openings

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In efforts to help residents get back to work, Senator Michael Testa and Assemblymen Erik Simonsen and Antwan McClellan launched “LD1 Back to Business,” a multifaceted plan to help residents find quality work opportunities, provide resume assistance to job candidates, and dispense beneficial re-employment information.

Senator Michael Testa and Assemblymen Erik Simonsen and Antwan McClellan launched ‘LD1 Back to Business,’ a multifaceted plan to help unemployed residents get back to work. (©iStock)

“Our office has fielded countless calls from business owners actively seeking residents in need of full- and part-time jobs,” Senator Testa stated. “Inexcusably, the Department of Labor continues to drag its feet on re-opening One-Stop Career Centers for in-person visits, so our office is once again stepping up to fill in the gaps and help South Jersey residents get back to work.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean Names Testa Co-Chair of Legislative Manufacturing Caucus

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean has appointed Senator Michael Testa (R-1) to serve as co-chair of the bipartisan legislative manufacturing caucus.

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean has appointed Sen. Michael Testa to serve as co-chair of the bipartisan legislative manufacturing caucus. (Pixabay)

“Senator Testa has been a leader on the legislative manufacturing caucus as it works to secure New Jersey’s future as the go-to destination for high-tech manufacturing,” said Kean (R-21). “He’s worked closely with Senator Oroho, who will continue to play an active role in the work of the caucus after serving honorably as co-chair. I’m proud that Senate Republicans have such a skilled and dedicated team that’s focused on improving the Garden State’s economy.”

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

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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