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Senator Michael Testa

Senator Michael Testa

Senate Endorses Testa Bill to Boost Business Investment in Urban Enterprise Zones

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Repeals Cap on Sales Tax Exemption for Capital Improvements

Legislation sponsored by Senator Michael Testa that would encourage business owners to invest in capital improvements on their facilities located in Urban Enterprise Zones was approved by the Senate today.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Michael Testa that would encourage business owners to invest in capital improvements on their facilities located in Urban Enterprise Zones was approved by the Senate. (Pixabay)

Testa’s bill, S-2080, would repeal the current $100,000 cap on sales tax for materials, supplies and services for building, improving, or repairing the real property of qualified businesses.

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco
Senator Declan O'Scanlon
Senator Michael Testa

Senate Republicans Call for Action to End Tax Bracket Creep After Treasury Estimates $543 Million Income Tax Increase Next Year

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Republican senators called for action on their plans to save New Jersey taxpayers from suffering state income tax increases next year due to inflation after the Treasury Department estimated the cost of “tax bracket creep” at $543 million in FY 2023.

Republican senators called for action on their plans to save New Jersey taxpayers from suffering state income tax increases due to inflation after the Treasury Department estimated the cost of ‘tax bracket creep’ at $543 million in FY 2023. (Pixabay)

“I’ve been pushing Democrats and the Murphy administration to work with us to index New Jersey’s income tax brackets for inflation, just like the federal government and dozens of other states,” said Senator Anthony M. Bucco (R-25). “We now know that failure to act will cost New Jersey families more than half-a-billion dollars in income tax increases next year. On top of record-high gas prices and rising costs for groceries, it’s yet another expense that people can’t afford.”

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Senator Michael Testa

Testa Lauds Supreme Court Decision in NYS Conceal Carry Case

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Senator Michael Testa today praised the United States Supreme Court’s decision to strike down a “proper-cause” requirement in New York law to obtain a concealed-carry license as unconstitutional for violating ordinary citizens’ Second Amendment rights. He also called for the reform of New Jersey gun laws to further respect the individual right to legally possess firearms.

Sen. Michael Testa praised the United States Supreme Court’s decision to strike down a “proper-cause” requirement in New York law to obtain a concealed-carry license as unconstitutional for violating ordinary citizens’ Second Amendment rights. (Wikipedia)

“The Court’s decision in this case is a welcome development for the case of constitutional rights and for the Second Amendment,” said Testa (R-1). “Law-abiding citizens have all the rights guaranteed to them by the Constitution and the Court has spoken clearly in this case. New Jersey needs to respect this decision and make changes in our current laws to conform to this ruling.”

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Senator Michael Testa

Testa and Barranco Unveil Parents’ Bill of Rights Legislation

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A pair of Republican legislators today unveiled their legislation to ensure that the parents of New Jersey public school children will be able to exercise their rights under the law to observe, comment, and direct their kids’ education and safeguard them against the increasingly radical agenda of leftist educators and administrators.

Sen. Michael Testa and Asm. Christian Barranco introduced their “Parents’ Bill of Rights” bill to fight back against incidents of New Jersey public school districts trying to hide some of the most controversial and shocking curricula from parents and taxpayers. (©iStock)

Senator Michael Testa (R-1) and Assemblyman Christian Barranco (R-26) introduced their “Parents’ Bill of Rights” bill to fight back against incidents of New Jersey public school districts trying to hide some of the most controversial and shocking curricula from parents and taxpayers.

“Parents are rightly upset about the stream of ultra-left indoctrination from some activist educators which seek to miseducate our students instead of preparing them for success in the real world,” said Sen. Testa. “As the spouse of a teacher, our focus should be on English, math, history, and science. Parents who pay the taxes to fund our schools need to have their rights respected and protected.”

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Senator Michael Testa
Senator Sam Thompson
Senator Steve Oroho

Senate Republican Budget Committee Members Say Treasurer Muoio Intentionally Misled Legislature to Hide Explosion of State Debt

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Senators Repeat Calls for Treasurer to Appear Before & Be Held Accountable by Budget Committee

Saying it’s clear that New Jersey Treasurer Elizabeth Maher Muoio intentionally misled legislators on behalf of the Murphy administration to hide the state’s rapidly increasing debt, the Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee repeated their calls for the Treasurer to be held accountable by the committee in a letter today (click here for PDF) to Senate Budget Chairman Paul Sarlo (D-36).

Saying it’s clear that New Jersey Treasurer Elizabeth Maher Muoio intentionally misled legislators to hide the state’s rapidly increasing debt, the Republican members of the Senate Budget Committee repeated their calls for the Treasurer to be held accountable by the committee. (Pixabay)

The Republican senators also said the Treasurer should be called to respond to serious allegations raised today by Bloomberg that the Murphy administration deliberately looked the other way as a state vendor took tens of millions of dollars from the state despite failing to meet its contractual obligations to help lower health care costs.

“At the same time that Treasurer Muoio was telling legislators that New Jersey’s debt had decreased to a seven-year low, her department was preparing to release the long-overdue state audit showing that debt actually climbed by $44 billion in a single year,” said Senate Republican Leader Steven Oroho (R-24), a member of the Budget Committee. “It’s clear the Treasurer knew her prepared testimony to our Budget Committee was grossly inaccurate. She must be called to appear before our committee to be held accountable for misleading the Legislature in what appears to be an intentional way and to address allegations of serious fiscal mismanagement by the Murphy administration.”

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Senate Approves Testa Bill Creating Information Literacy Learning Standards for School Students

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New Jersey school students will learn to evaluate the reliability and accuracy of online information under legislation sponsored by Senator Michael Testa and approved today by the Senate.

New Jersey school students will learn to evaluate the reliability and accuracy of online information under legislation sponsored by Sen. Michael Testa and approved by the Senate. (Pixabay)

Under Testa’s bill, S-588, the State Board of Education would adopt New Jersey Student Learning Standards in the separate content area of Information Literacy to better prepare students to find reliable, useful content online and avoid invalid and deceptive materials.

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Senate Clears Testa Bill that Would Increase Benefits for Veterans and Their Spouses

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Veterans with service-connected injuries, and spouses of veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice, may soon receive additional financial benefits from the State of New Jersey thanks to legislation sponsored by Senator Michael Testa and approved today by the New Jersey Senate.

Veterans with service-connected injuries may soon receive additional financial benefits from the State of New Jersey thanks to legislation sponsored by Sen. Michael Testa and approved today by the NJ Senate. (©iStock)

“I am proud this legislation was advanced today. It is our duty to ensure the well-being of New Jersey’s veterans and their spouses,” said Testa (R-1). “Some veterans have suffered significant disabilities in the line of duty including permanent paralysis and loss of sight. This bill will offer some much needed financial relief and stability to these injured veterans, and their loved ones, during their time of need.”

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Testa Bill to Create Historic Black Heritage Trail Moves to Governor’s Desk

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Michael Testa to promote appreciation and awareness of Black history in the state was endorsed by the Senate today and now moves to the Governor’s desk for consideration.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Michael Testa to promote appreciation and awareness of Black history in the state was endorsed by the Senate and now moves to the Governor’s desk for consideration. (SenateNJ.com)

The New Jersey Division of Travel and Tourism would be required to establish a Black Heritage Trail and create the New Jersey Black Cultural Heritage Commission under Testa’s bill, A-2677/S-1805.

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Testa: Democrats’ ANCHOR Proposal Is Underwhelming

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Republican “Give It Back” Rebates Would Provide Twice as Much Relief, Help Twice as Many People

Senator Michael Testa said the ANCHOR plan announced by Governor Phil Murphy and Democrat leaders today is underwhelming compared to the Give It Back rebates proposed by Senate Republicans.

Sen. Michael Testa said the ANCHOR plan announced by Gov. Phil Murphy and Democrat leaders today is underwhelming compared to the ‘Give It Back’ rebates proposed by Senate Republicans. (©iStock)

“The ANCHOR rebates that Governor Murphy and Democrats announced today are underwhelming to say the least,” said Testa (R-1), a member of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee. “The ‘Give It Back’ rebates proposed by Senate Republicans would provide double the relief and help twice as many people. This is likely a sign that Democrats are more focused on divvying up billions of pork in the budget than providing New Jersey families with real tax relief this year.”

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Testa Again Calls for Treasurer Muoio to Appear Before Senate Budget Committee to Address Misrepresentations & Illegal Appropriations

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Says Treasurer Must Address Inaccurate Comments on State Debt, Unauthorized Transfers of Pandemic Relief Funds for $2k checks to Illegal Immigrants

In a letter today to Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee Chairman Paul Sarlo, Senator Michael Testa urged the Senate Budget Committee to hold New Jersey Treasurer Elizabeth Maher Muoio accountable for misleading the committee and circumventing legislative oversight on spending that’s required by law.

Sen. Michael Testa urged the Senate Budget Committee to hold New Jersey Treasurer Elizabeth Maher Muoio accountable for misleading the committee and circumventing legislative oversight on spending that’s required by law. (©iStock)

“Treasurer Muoio provided grossly inaccurate testimony to our committee indicating State debt was shrinking when it actually was growing, and she transferred $10 million without required legislative approval to fund Governor Murphy’s plan to send $2,000 payments to illegal immigrants,” said Testa, (R-1) a member of the Budget Committee. “If the Budget Committee refuses to call Treasurer Muoio to appear to account for these clear abuses, the Murphy administration will only be emboldened to commit even greater transgressions at New Jersey taxpayer expense.”

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