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Senator Declan O'Scanlon
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Senate Republicans Call on Gov. Murphy to Explain Pork Spending Before Budget Is Signed

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The Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee continued their push for transparency in the budget process with a new call for Governor Phil Murphy to fully explain the hundreds of millions of pork spending in the FY 2022 State Budget he will sign into law this morning.

The Republican members of the Senate Budget Committee continued their push for transparency in the budget process with a new call for Gov. Phil Murphy to fully explain the hundreds of millions of pork spending in the FY 2022 State Budget he will sign into law this morning. (Pixabay)

Senate Republican Budget Officer Steven Oroho (R-24), Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-13), Senator Michael Testa (R-1), and Senator Sam Thompson (R-12) sent a letter to Governor Murphy (click here for PDF) calling for the immediate release of budget resolutions and other materials that might explain the purpose for hundreds of millions of dollars of so-called pork spending that was added by Democratic legislators to the budget immediately before it was voted on and approved by the Legislature in party line votes last week.

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Senate Approves Testa Bill Exempting Commercial Fishermen from State Unemployment Tax

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Legislation approved today by the Senate and sponsored by Senator Michael Testa would exempt commercial fishermen from a portion of the state unemployment tax.

Legislation approved by the Senate and sponsored by Sen. Michael Testa would exempt commercial fishermen from state unemployment tax. (Pixabay)

“Currently, New Jersey’s commercial fishermen are on the hook for unemployment taxes, but they are not paid hourly wages and they have never been able to collect unemployment benefits,” said Testa (R-1). “This bill will have a significant impact on the state’s vital fishing industry that has been extremely hard-hit by the pandemic.”

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Senator Testa Visits Sprawling New Vineland Manufacturing Facility

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Senator Testa Visits Sprawling New Vineland Manufacturing Facility

Senator Michael Testa toured a new 159,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Vineland this week as part of the First Legislative District Team’s business Recovery Tour.

Senator Michael Testa, left, toured Comar’s new manufacturing facility in Vineland last week. Testa is the new co-chair of the Legislative Manufacturing Caucus of New Jersey. (SenateNJ.com)

The state-of-the-art plant was built for Comar, a premier supplier of specialty packaging solutions and custom molded medical devices and assemblies, and only recently went into production.

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Testa & Gopal Introduce Resolution Commemorating the 125th Anniversary of the Jewish War Veterans of the US

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Senator Michael Testa and Senator Vin Gopal have introduced a concurrent resolution commemorating the 125th anniversary of the Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America (JWV).

Sen. Michael Testa and Sen. Vin Gopal introduced a concurrent resolution commemorating the 125th anniversary of the Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America (JWV). (SenateNJ.com)

“Since its inception, the Jewish War Veterans of the United States has been fighting anti-Semitism, supporting our country during wartime, and taking care of our servicemen and women during their time of need,” said Senator Michael Testa (Atlantic/Cape May/Cumberland). “I am proud to introduce this resolution recognizing the JWV for their incredible work over the last 125 years. The critical programs and support they provide for our veterans and service members is immeasurable.”

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MEDIA ADVISORY (6/14): Testa, Simonsen & McClellan to Call for Full Reopening of Cape May MVC

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The First Legislative District team will be joined by local officials outside the Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) agency in North Cape May on Monday, June 14 at noon to call for a full reopening of the facility for all types of transactions.

Testa, Simonsen & McClellan of the First Legislative District will hold an event outside the North Cape May MVC on Monday, June 14 calling for a full reopening of the facility for all transactions. (NJMVC)

The Cape May County agency is currently operating as a “licensing center” that does not process vehicle transactions involving new registrations, titles, or license plates.

Senator Michael Testa and Assemblymen Erik Simonsen and Antwan McClellan say the nearest MVC “vehicle center” is a 60 to 90 minute drive for many Cape May County residents, which is too far for the county’s large population of senior citizens and veterans.

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

Senate Republicans Propose Returning $4 Billion to New Jersey Taxpayers

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The Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee called for a windfall of State tax revenues to be returned to New Jersey taxpayers after the State Treasury revealed billions in unexpected revenues that isn’t needed to balance the budget or meet important priorities.

The Republican members of the Senate Budget Committee called for a windfall of State tax revenues to be returned to New Jersey taxpayers. (Pixabay)

The following statement was released today by Senate Republican Budget Officer Steven Oroho (R-24), Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-13), Senator Sam Thompson (R-12), and Senator Michael Testa (R-1):

“On Monday, Senate Republicans put out a comprehensive plan for the budget and for effectively utilizing the nearly $6.5 billion of new federal relief funds at New Jersey’s disposal.

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Senator Michael Testa
Senator Sam Thompson
Senator Steve Oroho

Republican Budget Committee Members: Murphy Administration Has $11.5 Billion and No Plan to Help NJ

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Revenue Update Shows Massive $5 Billion Increase in State Revenues

The Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee responded to a revenue update from the Murphy administration showing a massive $5 billion increase in State revenues during FY 2021 and FY 2022, well beyond what legislators were told to expect. Combined with nearly $6.5 billion in federal relief funds sent to New Jersey, the Murphy administration now has $11.5 billion in cash and absolutely no plan to use it to help New Jersey.

The Republican members of the Senate Budget Committee responded to a revenue update from the Murphy administration showing a massive $5 billion increase in State revenues, well beyond what legislators were told to expect. (Pixabay)

“The updated revenue figures demonstrate yet again that the information provided by the Murphy administration to the Legislature in recent weeks was grossly inaccurate,” said Senate Republican Budget Officer Steven Oroho (R-24). “When she last testified before our committee in May, Treasurer Muoio suggested revenues might be adjusted upwards by a few hundred million dollars. We deserve the opportunity to ask the Treasurer why the Murphy Administration’s guidance was off by nearly $5 billion. Further, I believe we should form a special committee with subpoena power to investigate how the Murphy administration has misled lawmakers, the court, and taxpayers on our finances and the billions of dollars Governor Murphy borrowed unnecessarily last year.”

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Senator Michael Testa

Testa: Hick’s Resignation is a Year Overdue

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Responding to the resignation of embattled New Jersey Department of Corrections Commissioner Marcus Hicks, Senator Michael Testa (R-1) issued the following statement:

Senator Michael Testa today said the resignation of embattled New Jersey Department of Corrections Commissioner Marcus Hicks was long overdue and should have happened last year. (SenateNJ.com)

“Hicks’ departure will not solve the systemic problems within the Department of Corrections, but it is a necessary first step.

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

Senate Republicans Propose Budget Fixes & Reforms to Protect NJ Taxpayers

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Republicans serving on the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee detailed proposed changes to Governor Phil Murphy’s FY 2022 State Budget proposal in a letter (click here for PDF) to Senate President Stephen Sweeney and Budget Chairman Paul Sarlo.

Republicans on the Senate Budget Committee detailed proposed changes to Governor Phil Murphy’s FY 2022 State Budget proposal in a letter to Senate President Stephen Sweeney and Budget Chairman Paul Sarlo (Pixabay)

They recommended reforms that would protect New Jersey taxpayers, restore transparency to the appropriations process, and ensure billions in new federal relief funds are utilized effectively.

“We’re concerned that Governor Murphy’s budget plan misses important opportunities to provide tax relief to workers and businesses that are struggling to recover from the pandemic,” said Senator Steven Oroho (R-24), the Republican Budget Officer. “We offered detailed solutions to lower income taxes for telecommuters and prevent an avoidable payroll tax increase on small businesses, all while increasing state revenues. It’s a win-win that the Murphy administration would be wise to accept.”

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Senator Michael Testa

Testa: Governor’s Pandemic Prisoner Release to Blame for Double Murder

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Freed Early in November, Felon Faces Charges in Birthday Party Killings

A convicted criminal released early from prison during the pandemic has been charged with killing two people at a birthday party, and Senator Michael Testa said Governor Murphy’s bears the blame for his irresponsible COVID strategy.

Senator Michael Testa said Governor Murphy’s irresponsible COVID strategy bears the blame for the release of a convicted criminal charged with killing two people at a birthday party. (Flickr)

“The Governor has blood on his hands again,” said Testa (R-1). “Murphy’s handling of the COVID era has been an unmitigated sham. We warned the administration last year that releasing massive amounts of prisoners during a global pandemic would endanger the safety of New Jersey residents. Sadly, this tragic killing proves our point.

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