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Senator Michael Testa

Senator Michael Testa

Testa: Taxes are the Root of New Jersey’s Problem

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Progressive Groups Looking for More, More, More

Senator Michael Testa called the $3 billion tax increase plan promoted this week by a coalition of progressive organizations “a recipe for disaster.”

Sen. Michael Testa derided a plan to increase taxes by $3 billion, floated this week by liberal organizations. ‘Taxes are the problem, not the solution,’ he said. (Flickr)

“Trenton has tried and failed to tax our way out of trouble,” said Testa (R-1). “These liberal groups lust for billions in tax and spending increases that will do irreparable harm to the economy and the quality of life in our state. New Jersey is well known for having some of the highest taxes in the nation. Hard-working families are already stressed to the breaking point.”

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LD1 Team Encourages Retirees to Apply for “Senior Freeze” Property Tax Relief Program

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Senator Michael Testa, Assemblyman Erik Simonsen, and Assemblyman Antwan McClellan are reminding eligible New Jersey homeowners to file an application for the Senior Freeze Property Tax Relief Program.

Testa, Simonsen, and McClellan are reminding eligible New Jersey homeowners to file an application for the Senior Freeze Property Tax Relief Program. (©iStock)

“If you’re a New Jersey senior citizen and you own a home, you may be eligible for a property tax break that could save you a substantial amount of money,” said Testa (R-1). “If you’re living on a fixed income, the Senior Freeze Program can provide some extra peace of mind. This valuable form of property tax relief can help our retirees afford to stay in their homes right here in the Garden State.”

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Senator Michael Testa

Pennacchio/Testa Introduce a Series of Vaccine Bills to Support Parental Rights & Improve Legal Recourse for Adverse Reactions

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Senator Joe Pennacchio and Senator Michael Testa have introduced legislation that is designed to give parents more information about the vaccines offered to their children and provide improved legal recourse when adverse reactions to vaccinations occur.

Legislation by Sen. Joe Pennacchio and Sen. Michael Testa would give parents more information about the vaccines offered to their children and provide improved legal recourse when adverse reactions to vaccinations occur. (Pixabay)

“This legislation is intended to improve upon the haphazard approach to vaccinating our children, which often occurs with no warning to parents and little opportunity to make well-informed choices,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “Parents deserve to be told in advance of an appointment about vaccinations that will be recommended, and given information about vaccine ingredients, efficacy, and risk. Vaccines should be treated no differently than any other drugs. They deserve the same scientific scrutiny that we give to all medicines. A parent has a right to know what is being injected into their child’s body and that it has been properly tested.”

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Senator Michael Testa

Testa: Murphy Energy Plan Could Be Expensive Boondoggle for Families & Businesses

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Senator Michael Testa said Governor Phil Murphy’s plan to upend New Jersey’s energy supply could cost New Jersey tens of billions of dollars.

Sen. Michael Testa said Gov. Murphy’s plan to upend New Jersey’s energy supply could cost be an expensive boondoggle that costs families and businesses tens of billions of dollars. (Pixabay)

“The proposed Energy Master Plan that was recently unveiled by Governor Murphy could cost homeowners tens of thousands of dollars each to convert gas appliances to electric,” said Testa (R-1). “The governor’s plan could also force our utility companies to spend billions of dollars on new electric infrastructure which customers would ultimately pay through higher energy bills. What are we doing?”

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Testa Applauds Grant Funding to Combat Opioid Addiction in South Jersey

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Senator Michael Testa applauded more than $100,000 in state grant funding to help combat the opioid epidemic in Cumberland and Cape May counties.

Sen. Michael Testa applauded more than $100,000 in state grant funding to help combat the opioid epidemic in South Jersey. (Pixabay)

“The opioid crisis has hit South Jersey hard, and no family is immune to its devastating impact,” said Testa (R-1). “It’s so important for elected officials on a bipartisan basis to help our local communities tackle this crisis, providing those with substance abuse problems a second chance at life. While the road to recovery isn’t easy, this much-needed funding will assist in expanding and improving treatment services for our friends and family struggling with addiction in Cape May and Cumberland counties.”

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Senator Michael Testa

Editorial: Murphy’s Sanctuary State Policies Handcuff Law Enforcement & Set Criminal Aliens Free

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The following editorial by Senator Michael Testa (R-1) on the outrageous outcomes of Governor Phil Murphy’s sanctuary state policies was published by NJ.com on February 4, 2020:

The sanctuary state policies implemented by Gov. Phil Murphy and his administration have handcuffed the ability of New Jersey’s dedicated law enforcement officers to keep the Garden State safe.

In this NJ.com editorial, Sen. Michael Testa explains how Gov. Phil Murphy’s sanctuary state policies have handcuffed law enforcement and set dangerous criminal aliens free, including a fugitive accused of child rape. (ICE)

That was made clear by President Donald Trump during his visit to New Jersey several days ago, when he highlighted the disturbing case of Luciano Trejo-Dominguez, an illegal alien who was arrested and temporarily jailed last August for the alleged rape of a 13-year-old girl in Vineland.

Instead of honoring a request to hold Trejo-Dominguez for transfer to federal immigration officials for deportation proceedings, the accused child rapist was released by the Cumberland County jail back into the community.

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Testa to AG: Sanctuary State Policies Do Support Lawbreakers

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Senator Michael Testa responded to the New Jersey Attorney General’s comments that the Murphy Administration’s immigration policies do not provide “‘sanctuary’ to those who break the law.”

Sen. Michael Testa responded to the New Jersey Attorney General’s comments that the Murphy Administration’s immigration policies do not provide “‘sanctuary’ to those who break the law.” (©iStock)

“I have great respect for our Attorney General, but it’s surreal to hear New Jersey’s top law enforcement official suggest that people who have entered our country illegally and who live here without Lawful Permanent Resident status are not breaking the law,” said Testa. (R-1) “To most people, it doesn’t pass the smell test to suggest that the Murphy Administration is not providing those lawbreakers with ‘sanctuary’ by making them eligible for driver’s licenses, free college tuition, and assistance paying their legal fees with taxpayer dollars to fight deportation.”

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Testa Statement On International Holocaust Remembrance Day

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Senator Michael Testa (R-1) released the following statement to commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day:

Senator Michael Testa’s grandparents, Eva Flumen and Samuel Flumen, who met in a Nazi Concentration Camp. (SenateNJ.com)

“There is no greater evil than what the world witnessed during the Holocaust. More than a million lives were lost through the infamous Auschwitz gates.

“As we honor the memories of the souls that we lost, I reflect on the journey of my grandparents who met in a Nazi Concentration Camp, freed by the Allied Forces, and came to America.

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Kean/Testa Bill Legalizing Liquor Sales at Local Theaters Signed into Law

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Legislation Supports the Arts and Non-Profits

Legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senator Michael Testa to boost support for the arts by allowing alcohol sales at small, non-profit theaters has been signed into law.

Legislation by Sen. Tom Kean and Michael Testa to boost support for the arts by allowing alcohol sales at small, non-profit theaters has been signed into law. (Pixabay)

“This law will encourage more New Jerseyans to go their local theater where they can grab a drink, sit back, and enjoy the show,” said Kean (R-21). “Giving small theaters the opportunity to serve alcohol opens an untapped revenue stream to support plays and performances. This will increase foot traffic and ticket sales, and bolster non-profit theater’s bottom lines across the Garden State.”

“Local theaters give back to our communities in numerous ways,” said Testa (R-1). “This new law will help many local theaters in South Jersey continue to grow and succeed.”

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Testa Warns of Danger of “Code Blue” Freezing Weather

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Senator Michael Testa cautioned residents that “Code Blue” freezing weather is predicted for South Jersey shore points and inland towns on Tuesday, Jan. 7 through Thursday, Jan. 9.

Sen. Michael Testa cautioned residents that “Code Blue” freezing weather is predicted for South Jersey shore points and inland towns on Jan. 7 through Jan. 9. (©iStock)

A Code Blue is triggered when temperatures drop to 32 degrees with precipitation, or 25 degrees with no precipitation. Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland counties have issued Code Blue warnings.

“It is a disaster waiting to happen when vulnerable individuals, especially the homeless, are exposed to brutal weather conditions,” said Testa (R-1). “When the temperature drops below freezing, we want to ensure everyone has a warm, safe place to escape the cold and lay their heads at night. We don’t want people risking their lives, and urge them to take precautions and seek help when necessary.”

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