New Jersey's 13th Legislative District

Senator Declan O'Scanlon

  • Senator Declan O’Scanlon took the oath of office on January 9, 2018 to become the new senator of the 13th Legislative District. (Facebook)

Senator Declan O'Scanlon

O’Scanlon: Murphy Issuing Another $400 Million of State Debt Despite Having Billions in Cash

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Murphy’s New Debt Will Cost NJ Taxpayers Unnecessary Interest Payments for Decades

Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) questioned a decision by Governor Phil Murphy to increase State debt by $400 million to fund projects at New Jersey’s colleges and universities when his administration is sitting on billions in cash that could fully fund the proposed capital program.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon questioned a decision by Gov. Phil Murphy to increase State debt by $400 million to fund projects at New Jersey’s colleges and universities when his administration is sitting on billions in cash that could fully fund the proposed capital program. (Pixabay)

“State support for our institutions of higher education has long been lacking, but that doesn’t mean we should turn a blind eye to cost when we decide to make an important investment,” said O’Scanlon, a member of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee. “I don’t think it makes sense for Governor Murphy to propose increasing State debt when his administration is sitting on a windfall of billions upon billions in cash that remains untapped. His plan will stick taxpayers with unnecessary debt and interest payments for decades when he should be working to increase affordability.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho & O’Scanlon: Why Did Murphy Administration Cede $1 Billion of Federal Transportation Money to NY?

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Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) and Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-13) questioned why the Murphy administration would agree to give New York $1 billion of federal transportation aid that should have gone to New Jersey Transit.

Sen. Steven Oroho and Sen. Declan O’Scanlon questioned why the Murphy administration would agree to give New York $1 billion of federal transportation aid that should have gone to NJ Transit. (©iStock)

“How did the Murphy administration get bowled over so badly by our neighbor across the Hudson?” said Oroho, the Senate Republican Budget Officer and incoming Republican Leader. “Instead of refusing the premise of an outrageous proposal, the Murphy administration folded and agreed to give New York everything it wanted and more. NJ Transit farepayers and New Jersey taxpayers will suffer as a result.”

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O’Scanlon: Implement “Test and Stay” Protocols to Avoid Excessive Quarantines in Schools

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) called for Governor Murphy to join numerous states in utilizing new COVID-19 modified quarantine procedures which would allow exposed asymptomatic students to remain in the classroom and receive daily rapid tests in lieu of the at-home 14-day quarantine.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon called for Gov. Murphy to join other states and implement COVID-19 “Test and Stay” protocols which would allow exposed asymptomatic students to remain in the classroom and receive daily rapid tests instead of the at-home 14-day quarantine. (Pixabay)

“This is absolutely the direction that we need to be going in. We must balance the negative impact of massive quarantines on our children’s education, family disruption, and keeping people out of work,” said O’Scanlon. “It’s time for all of us to rally and time for the administration to be more dynamic. They must be ahead of the curve, not behind it, for a policy that has been shown to be demonstrably effective and safe.”

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O’Scanlon: Murphy’s Payroll Tax Increase Will Be the Next Disaster to Hit NJ Businesses

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Urges Democrat Legislators to Sign Petition to Force a Special Legislative Session to Prevent Unnecessary Harm to Employers

Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) warned that the looming payroll tax increase that Governor Phil Murphy will impose in October is the next disaster that will hit New Jersey’s struggling employers.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon warned that the looming payroll tax increase that Gov. Phil Murphy will impose in October is the next disaster that will hit New Jersey’s struggling employers. (©iStock)

“While Governor Murphy expressed sympathy for small businesses impacted by recent flooding and storm damage, he still plans on walloping them again next month with a big financial hit they can ill afford,” said O’Scanlon, a member of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee. “Unlike Hurricane Ida, the next disaster that will target New Jersey’s struggling employers is completely avoidable and preventable.”

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Senator Bob Singer
Senator Chris Connors
Senator Declan O'Scanlon
Senator Jim Holzapfel
Senator Sam Thompson

Singer/Connors/Holzapfel/Thompson/O’Scanlon Call on NJ Homeland Security to Vet Incoming Afghan Refugees

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Question Ability of Federal Officials in Kabul to Keep Local Communities Safe

Almost 10,000 Afghan refugees fleeing the turmoil in their homeland will be coming to New Jersey, and Senate Republicans are calling on New Jersey’s Department of Homeland Security and Preparedness to ensure they are thoroughly vetted.

In a letter to the director of New Jersey’s Homeland Security and Preparedness, Sens. Singer, Connors, Holzapfel, Thompson and O’Scanlon emphasized the need to vet and screen refugees coming to the state from Afghanistan. (Wikimedia Commons)

Senators Robert Singer, Chris Connors, Jim Holzapfel, Sam Thompson and Declan O’Scanlon today wrote to NJ Homeland Director Laurie R. Duran emphasizing the need to protect New Jersey residents from possible terrorists who may have circumvented checkpoints and federal screening on the ground in Kabul before boarding flights to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.

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O’Scanlon: Millions Will Be Wasted on UI Fund Interest Payments If Murphy Fails to Act

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon warned that New Jersey could waste tens of millions of dollars on interest payments for Unemployment Insurance (UI) Fund debt if Governor Phil Murphy fails to act by a looming September deadline.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon warned that New Jersey could waste tens of millions of dollars on interest payments for Unemployment Insurance Fund debt if Gov. Phil Murphy fails to act by a looming September deadline. (©iStock)

“It’s absolutely ludicrous that Governor Murphy might waste millions on unnecessary interest payments for UI Fund debt when we have billions in federal relief funds sitting in the bank that we could use to repay the debt in full before any interest is owed,” said O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth), a member of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee. “The governor has a short window of opportunity to work with the Legislature to allocate the necessary funds before interest accrues. It makes no sense for Governor Murphy to flush tens of millions of dollars down the toilet when we have the means to act responsibly.”

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Senator Michael Testa
Senator Sam Thompson
Senator Steve Oroho

Republican Budget Members to Gov: Why are You Sitting on ARP Money?

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The Administration Has Spent Almost None of Billions in Federal Funds Intended to Help Residents

On the three-month anniversary of the State receiving $6.2 billion in COVID relief funding from the federal government, the four Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee today called on the Murphy Administration to stop the foot-dragging and put the money to work helping residents, as it was intended.

The Murphy Administration is sitting on more than $6 billion in American Rescue Plan money and the four Republicans on the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee want the money put to work helping NJ residents and employers. (Pixabay)

In a letter to the Governor and the Senate Democrat co-chairs of the Joint Budget Oversight Committee (JBOC), 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) criticized the Administration for only spending $316,000 or .005% of the money since it was received in May.

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If Necessary, Legislature Should Reconvene to Stop Murphy’s Employer-Crushing Tax Increase

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Senator O’Scanlon and Republican Colleagues’ Plan to Restore Unemployment Fund with Federal ARP Money Would Spare Businesses and Save Jobs

As early as April of this year, Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee proposed using federal American Rescue Plan Act money to stabilize the Unemployment Insurance Fund and avoid massive tax increases on employers in the state.

Calling Murphy’s payroll tax increase on employers a job killer in a state with the 6th highest unemployment rate in the nation, Sen. Declan O’Scanlon called for the use of federal relief money as a better option. (Pixabay)

The fund had been drained by a record number of benefit claims during the pandemic and lockdowns mandated by the Governor as more than 2 million residents received benefits.

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Senate Gives Final Legislative Approval to Sweeney-Gopal-O’Scanlon School Regionalization Bill

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Legislation Includes Financial Incentives for Adjustment Aid Districts with Declining Enrollment to Pursue Regionalization

The Senate today gave final legislative approval to a bill sponsored by Senate President Steve Sweeney and Senators Vin Gopal and Declan O’Scanlon to encourage the creation of K-12 regional and countywide school districts in an effort to improve educational quality, equality and efficiency.

Legislation sponsored by Senate President Steve Sweeney and Senators Vin Gopal and Declan O’Scanlon to encourage the creation of K-12 regional and countywide school districts earned final legislative approval today. (Flickr)

The comprehensive legislation establishes criteria for state-funded regionalization studies, increases flexibility on regionalization cost apportionment, bars any regionalization that would have a segregative effect, protects accrued tenure and seniority, and provides significant financial incentives for districts losing state aid because of declining enrollment to regionalize by extending the schedule for their Adjustment Aid cuts from four years to eight years.

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Senator Michael Testa
Senator Sam Thompson
Senator Steve Oroho

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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