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Senator Michael Testa

Senator Michael Testa

Testa Bill Exempting Commercial Fisherman from State Unemployment Tax Now Law

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Michael Testa and signed today by the Governor exempts commercial fisherman from a portion of the state unemployment tax.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Michael Testa and signed by the Governor exempts commercial fisherman from a portion of the state unemployment tax. (Pixabay)

“Traditionally, New Jersey’s commercial fishermen have been 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 new law will have significant impact on the state’s vital fishing industry that has been extremely hard-hit by the ongoing pandemic.”

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Senator Michael Testa

Testa Bill to Provide Small Employers with Tax Benefits for COVID Expenses Advances

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Michael Testa that would help small businesses recoup some of the money invested to meet COVID requirements cleared the Senate today.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Michael Testa that would help small businesses recoup some of the money invested to meet COVID requirements cleared the Senate. (Pixabay)

Testa’s bill (S-4254) would allow businesses with fewer than 50 employees a tax benefit to help compensate them for the cost of complying with the Governor’s COVID-19 executive orders.

“The Governor’s orders forced thousands of enterprises to close their doors to customers while the ‘big box stores’ were able to continue with business as usual,” said Testa (R-1). “Small businesses across the state took a beating during the pandemic.

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Testa Calls for Legislators to Join Him in Voting Against Extending Murphy’s Emergency Powers

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Senator Michael L. Testa (R-1) today announced his strong opposition to the proposed legislation to extend the Governor’s emergency powers for another 90 days.

Sen. Michael Testa announced his strong opposition to the proposed legislation to extend the Governor’s emergency powers for another 90 days. (SenateNJ.com)

“I will vote against any measure to extend this Governor’s emergency powers for one more second much less for another 90 days. Phil Murphy’s unlimited power has damaged our state, shut the doors on a third of our small businesses and harmed our residents. It is well past time for the Legislature – Republicans and Democrats – to stand up on behalf of our constituents.  I opposed this same effort last summer and the Governor’s failures and missteps have proven the wisdom of that position.

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Testa Calls Labor Department ‘Victory Lap’ an Insult to New Jersey Residents

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Senator Michael Testa today lambasted New Jersey’s Department of Labor and Workforce Development after the beleaguered agency issued a self-congratulatory press release boasting of its accomplishments in 2021.

Sen. Michael Testa today lambasted the Department of Labor and Workforce Development after the beleaguered agency issued a self-congratulatory press release boasting of its accomplishments in 2021. (SenateNJ.com)

“With statewide unemployment sitting at 6.6 percent, tied with New York and better than only two other states, it is certainly inappropriate timing for a victory lap,” said Testa (R-1). “The department’s embarrassing failures in processing tens of thousands of unemployment claims during the pandemic turned New Jersey into a laughingstock in the eyes of other states, and too many families continue to struggle due to the financial fallout from long-delayed benefit payments.”

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Senator Michael Testa

In Virtual Hearing, Pennacchio and Testa Hear Medical Experts Espouse Effectiveness of Naturally Acquired Immunity Against Future Infection

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Antibodies in Those Who Have Been Infected Should Be Considered in NJ’s COVID Policies

Senator Joe Pennacchio and Senator Michael Testa, after listening to compelling testimony during a virtual hearing on naturally developed immunity, called on Governor Murphy to revise the state’s COVID policies.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio and Sen. Michael Testa, after listening to compelling testimony during a virtual hearing on naturally acquired immunity, called on Governor Murphy to revise the state’s COVID policies. (NJ Senate Republicans/Facebook)

“As the Governor hides behind useless mask orders and constitutionally questionable vaccine mandates, support for the benefits and effectiveness of natural immunity is growing in the medical and scientific communities,” said Pennacchio (R-24). “Murphy says he is following the science. He’s not following it, he is ignoring it, and the confusion and fear is causing the public to lose confidence in the leadership and messaging emanating from Trenton.”

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Panel Clears Testa Bill Allowing Small Businesses to Recoup COVID-Related Expenses

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Senator Michael Testa’s legislation that would provide a COVID-related tax benefit to the state’s small businesses was advanced today by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

Small businesses that invested money to remain open during the Governor’s COVID restrictions could qualify for a tax break under Sen. Michael Testa’s legislation. (©iStock)

Testa’s bill, S-4254, gives businesses with fewer than 50 employees a tax benefit to help compensate them for the cost of complying with the Governor’s COVID-19 executive orders.

“Small businesses across the state took a beating during the pandemic,” said Testa (R-1). “The Governor’s orders forced thousands of enterprises to close their doors to customers while the ‘big box stores’ were able to continue with business as usual. The expenses for meeting Murphy’s constantly changing restrictions crippled businesses that tried to do the right thing by investing in the equipment and guidelines ordered by Trenton, and subsequently struggled to remain solvent. This bill will provide badly needed relief for employers that have remained in business.”

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First District Legislators Note Need for Passage of ‘Fairness in Women’s Sports Act’

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Teammate of College Transgender Athlete Calls Out Practice as ‘Wrong Thing to Do’

A recent article on a University of Pennsylvania transgender swimmer and their recent record-smashing performance notes that at least one of her teammates feels extreme pressure to celebrate the accomplishments or suffer the societal consequences of any criticism.

Sen. Michael Testa and Assemblymen Erik Simonsen and Antwan McClellan called on the Legislature to pass the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act after published reports of the impact of transgender athletes participating in college athletics. (Pixabay)

In the article, a female teammate of Lia Thomas, who recently smashed pool, program, and meet records at the 2021 Zippy Invitational’s 200-meter women’s freestyle event held in Akron, Ohio (see pages 20-21), said she spoke anonymously because she “feared for her ability to find employment after graduating from college for sharing her honest opinion about a transgender teammate.”

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Senator Michael Testa

MEDIA ADVISORY (12/15): Pennacchio & Testa to Hold Independent Hearing on Vaccines & Natural Immunity

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Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) and Senator Michael Testa (R-1) will host an independent hearing on Wednesday, December 15 to discuss vaccines and natural immunity as they relate to New Jersey’s COVID-19 response. The virtual hearing will be livestreamed on Facebook Live.

WHO: Senator Joe Pennacchio, Senator Michael Testa, and invited guests, including doctors, nurses, and medical researchers.

WHAT: Virtual hearing to discuss vaccines, natural immunity, and New Jersey’s COVID-19 response.

WHEN: Wednesday, December 15 at 10 a.m.

WHERE: A video livestream of the hearing will be accessible to the public and press via Facebook Live from the Facebook page of the New Jersey Senate Republicans. You do not need a Facebook account to watch.

STREAMING LINK: https://www.facebook.com/senatenj/live_videos/

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Oroho, Testa Appalled by Murphy’s Latest Attack on Law-Abiding Gun Owners

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Senate Republicans Steve Oroho and Mike Testa chided Governor Phil Murphy for his assault on gun rights during a morning press event in Metuchen.

Noting that New Jersey’s firearms laws are already among the most strict in the nation, Senate Republicans Steve Oroho and Mike Testa chided Gov. Phil Murphy for his assault on gun rights during a morning press event in Metuchen. (Wikimedia Commons)

“Governor Murphy continues to disregard the constitutional rights of legal gun owners,” said Oroho (R-24). “The Governor’s rush to push through his anti-gun agenda in the lame duck session is a political ploy to curry favor with his progressive base. It’s a direct attack on responsible, registered firearms owners, sportsmen, and their constitutional rights.”

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Senator Joe Pennacchio
Senator Michael Testa

Pennacchio & Testa: Murphy Administration’s Vaccine Mandates Ignore Science of Natural Immunity

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Senators Point to New Analysis in The Lancet, Say Governor Continues to Cherry Pick Science to Support Overbearing Executive Orders & Mandates

Senator Joe Pennacchio and Senator Michael Testa said Governor Phil Murphy continues to ignore the science of natural immunity and of COVID-19 in general as his administration forges ahead with vaccine mandates and continues unnecessary pandemic restrictions.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio and Sen. Michael Testa said Gov. Phil Murphy continues to ignore the science of natural immunity and of COVID-19 in general as his administration forges ahead with vaccine mandates and continues unnecessary pandemic restrictions. (©iStock)

“Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Murphy administration has cherry-picked the science on COVID-19 to impose overbearing executive orders and a slew of unnecessary mandates on New Jerseyans,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “We’re now dealing with Governor Murphy’s sweeping vaccine mandates on hundreds of thousands of New Jerseyans that completely ignore the science of natural immunity, which we’re learning could result in a greater risk of adverse vaccine reactions for some who were already infected. It’s hard to trust the governor’s pandemic policies when he refuses to trust the science that should inform his decisions.”

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