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Senator Michael Testa

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

Senate Republican Budget Members Call for Open, Informed & Transparent Hearing Process on Murphy’s Revised FY21 Spending Plan

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Call for Governor to Immediately Release Detailed Budget Proposal for Legislators and Public to Review

The four Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee said a total lack of transparency from the Murphy Administration and a superficial budget hearing process announced by the Senate Majority will provide neither legislators nor the public the opportunity to vet Governor Phil Murphy’s revised FY 2021 State Budget proposal.

The Republican members of the Senate Budget Committee said a total lack of transparency from the Murphy Administration and a superficial budget hearing process announced by the Senate Majority will provide neither legislators nor the public the opportunity to vet Gov. Phil Murphy’s revised FY 2021 State Budget proposal. (Pixabay)

The members, Senate Republican Budget Officer Steven Oroho (R-24), Senator Sam Thompson (R-12), Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-13), and Senator Michael Testa (R-1), issued the following joint statement:

“We were willing to give Governor Murphy the benefit of the doubt when he said that extending the State’s fiscal year was necessary to respond to the financial challenges of COVID-19. Unfortunately, it does not look like he has made good use of this extra time.

“Despite the extra three months the governor was given, no detailed budget has been produced or made available for the public or legislators to review. That’s leading to a rushed and superficial budget hearing process that will have no actual budget to examine or provide any opportunity for direct public input or testimony.

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Senator Michael Testa

Testa, Simonsen & McClellan to Provide Constituents with Computer Access for Unemployment Claims

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LD1 Team Says It’s Unacceptable that Labor Department Still Hasn’t Opened In-Person Unemployment Offices

With too many South Jerseyans still out of work, Senator Michael Testa and Assemblymen Erik Simonsen and Antwan McClellan (all R-1) announced they will provide computer access in their district office for constituents to file and claim unemployment benefits.

Testa, Simonsen & McClellan announced they will provide computer access in their district office for constituents to file and claim unemployment benefits. (Pixabay)

“We still have constituents who have been unemployed since March as a result of Governor Phil Murphy’s overly restrictive executive orders,” said Testa. “Many of those who remain out of work are struggling financially and don’t have the computer, phone, or Internet access that’s needed to manage an unemployment claim remotely with the Department of Labor. In the absence of in-person support from the Murphy administration, our legislative office will step in to provide our constituents with the computer access they need to claim their unemployment benefits.”

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Senator Michael Testa

Testa: “Baby Bond” Recipients Will Be Close to Middle-Age When Murphy’s Billions in Budget Borrowing Finally Paid Off

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Says Any Benefit Is Sure to Be Offset by Higher Taxes to Repay $4 Billion of New Debt Proposed by Murphy to Fund Spending

Senator Michael Testa (R-1) highlighted the lunacy of Governor Phil Murphy’s plan to borrow $4 billion to pay for unnecessary new spending in his proposed FY 2021 spending plan, including a “baby bonds” program that would give newborns $1,000 to save for expenses later in life.

Sen. Michael Testa highlighted the lunacy of Gov. Phil Murphy’s plan to borrow $4 billion to pay for unnecessary new spending, including a “baby bonds” program that would give newborns $1,000 to save for expenses later in life. (Pixabay)

“In what world do you take a cash advance from your credit card to put money in your savings account?” asked Testa, a member of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee. “You would think a former Goldman Sachs guy like Governor Murphy would have better financial sense than that. Whatever benefit ‘baby bonds’ recipients get from the plan will be more than offset by the extra taxes they’ll pay over their lifetimes to repay billions of new debt. It’s lunacy.”

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Senator Michael Testa

Testa & McClellan Bill Designating Historic Cape May Home as NJ’s Harriet Tubman Museum Awaits Governor’s Signature

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The historic Howell House on Lafayette Street in Cape May would be recognized as the Harriet Tubman Museum in New Jersey under legislation approved today by the Senate and on its way to Governor Murphy’s desk for consideration.

The historic Howell House on Lafayette Street in Cape May would be recognized as the Harriet Tubman Museum in New Jersey under legislation sponsored by Senator Testa that is on its way to Governor Murphy’s desk for consideration. (SenateNJ.com)

Senator Michael Testa and Assemblyman Antwan McClellan sponsor the bill, A-3201/S-2585, to honor Tubman, a legendary abolitionist and advocate for women’s voting rights. The bill cleared the Assembly in June.

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

Senate Republican Budget Members: Murphy’s New Spending Plan Shows No Fiscal Restraint, Ignores Opportunities to Help Taxpayers & Get People Back to Work

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The four Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee said Governor Phil Murphy’s revised budget plan for FY 2021 is little changed from the pre-COVID budget he proposed in February, except for the addition of billions in borrowing.

The four Republican members of the Senate Budget Committee said Governor Phil Murphy’s revised budget plan for 2021 is little changed from the pre-COVID budget he proposed in February, except for the addition of billions in borrowing. (Pixabay)

They said he continues to oversell the fiscal impact of the coronavirus on the State’s finances, while ignoring opportunities to help taxpayers and get people back to work.

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

Senate Republican Budget Members Support Calls for Public Hearings on Murphy’s Spending Plan

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The four Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee expressed their support for calls by nearly two dozen interest groups for public hearings to be held on the revised budget plan for FY 2021 that Governor Phil Murphy is set to release next week.

The Republican members of the Senate Budget Committee expressed their support for calls by nearly two dozen interest groups for public hearings to be held on the revised budget plan for FY 2021 that Gov. Phil Murphy is set to release next week. (SenateNJ.com)

The members, Senate Republican Budget Officer Steven Oroho (R-24), Senator Sam Thompson (R-12), Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-13), and Senator Michael Testa (R-1), issued the following joint statement:

“The shortened time frame afforded to us by this year’s adjusted budget calendar shouldn’t be an excuse for the Legislature to forego a public hearing process on tens of billions of spending that Governor Murphy will propose for the upcoming fiscal year.

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Senator Michael Testa

LD1: South Jersey is Deprived – Make MVCs a Closer Drive

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South Jersey Residents Forced to Drive Hours to Access Basic MVC Services

Senator Michael Testa Jr. and Assemblymen Antwan McClellan and Erik K. Simonsen (all R-1) are calling for the Murphy administration to expand New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) services in Cumberland, Atlantic, and Cape May counties.

Testa, McClellan & Simonsen are calling for the Murphy administration to expand New Jersey MVC services in Cumberland, Atlantic, and Cape May counties. (SenateNJ.com)

“I have received call after call from constituents complaining they have to drive hours to take road tests, transfer titles, and return plates,” said Testa. “The nearest road test facility is in Salem County, a 90-minute drive from Cape May County. As always, South Jersey residents continue to get the short end of the stick under the Murphy administration. I am calling for the governor to restore all MVC services locally for Cumberland, Atlantic, and Cape May county residents.”

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Senator Michael Testa

Pennacchio/Testa Bill Opening Access to Government Records Related to the Pandemic Advances

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Bipartisan Measure Removes Limits on the Emergency Health Powers Act that Obscure Transparency

Legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Pennacchio and Senator Michael Testa that would remove limits on access to public and government records under the Emergency Health Powers Act was approved today by the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Senator Pennacchio and Senator Testa that would remove limits on access to public and government records under the Emergency Health Powers Act was advanced. (SenateNJ.com)

“The limitations in the Act help obscure government transparency during crises like the current coronavirus pandemic,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “The Act was never intended to conceal data and decisions impacting public health and fiscal stability from public and legislative scrutiny.”

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Senator Michael Testa

Testa: Murphy’s Vote-by-Mail Plan Will Cause Unnecessary Election Chaos in November

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Says People Should Be Allowed to Vote However They Feel Safe, Including in Person

Senator Michael Testa said Governor Phil Murphy’s plan to have voters cast their ballots almost exclusively by mail in the upcoming general election will cause unnecessary chaos in November.

Sen. Michael Testa said Gov. Phil Murphy’s plan to have voters cast their ballots almost exclusively by mail in the upcoming general election will cause unnecessary chaos in November. (SenateNJ.com)

“Governor Murphy’s plan to have everyone vote by mail will create unnecessary confusion in the upcoming general election when ballots will be cast for offices ranging from President of the United States to town council,” said Testa (R-1). “If our experience with the July vote-by-mail primary is any guide, New Jersey isn’t ready to pull off an election of such consequence by mail in a way that will ensure that every voter’s ballot is properly counted.”

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Senator Michael Testa

Governor Signs Testa/Simonsen Bill Supporting Fall Sports Athletes

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New Law Extends Deadlines for Sports Physicals into the Season

With the scholastic fall sports season rapidly approaching, legislation sponsored by Senator Michael Testa and Assemblyman Erik Simonsen to allow additional time for high school and middle school athletes to pass sports physicals was signed into law by Governor Phil Murphy.

With the scholastic fall sports season rapidly approaching, legislation sponsored by Senator Testa and Assemblyman Simonsen to allow additional time for high school and middle school athletes to pass sports physicals was signed into law by Governor Phil Murphy. (Pixabay)

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