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: $54 Million Increase in Subsidies Shows Cost of Murphy’s Minimum Wage Hike to Families & Taxpayers

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Calls it a “textbook lesson” of the ripple effects caused by minimum wage hikes on the economy

Senator Declan O’Scanlon said that $54 million of new subsidies announced by Governor Phil Murphy to cover the rising cost of childcare due to an increased minimum wage highlights the pain caused by government mandated wage policies to both families and taxpayers.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon said ‘Increasing taxpayer-funded subsidies to cover higher costs associated with Murphy’s minimum wage hike is like putting a Band-Aid on a gushing wound.’ (Pixabay)

“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – raising the minimum wage sounds lovely in theory but stings in reality,” O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) said. “While this $54 million childcare subsidy may seem great for a few qualifying families that are struggling to afford childcare, there are many other low- and middle-income families that won’t get a penny of help as their cost of living rises as a direct result of Governor Murphy’s minimum wage increases. The simple fact is that most New Jersey families will be stuck shelling out more of their hard-earned money for a variety of services, including childcare, which have become less affordable as costs have been driven higher by expensive government mandates.”

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O’Scanlon & DiMaso: Frustrations High With COAH, Past Time for Reform

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (both R-Monmouth) issued a statement following Middletown’s decision to withdraw from affordable housing negotiations:

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon and Asw. Serena DiMaso expressed support for Middletown’s decision to withdraw from affordable housing negotiations. (©iStock)

“We stand behind Middletown’s decision to pull out of COAH discussions,” said O’Scanlon. “They’re tired of trying to play by the rules for years and years only to be told the hundreds of units they’ve built are never enough, and I completely understand their frustrations. For people to claim Middletown doesn’t want working-class families in their town is completely misguided.”

“I have been a vocal advocate for affordable housing reform for years, from my time as Holmdel mayor on through to my term in the Assembly. Senator O’Scanlon and I have worked with our Republican colleagues to call for these necessary changes to be made to the way we deal with affordable housing obligations,” DiMaso continued.

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O’Scanlon & DiMaso: Shore Rental Tax Repeal Too Little, Too Late

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso issued a statement following Governor Murphy’s announcement that he would repeal the misguided short-term rental tax:

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon and Asw. Serena DiMaso said that Gov. Murphy’s announcement that he would repeal his misguided Shore rental tax is too little, too late. (Bing Maps)

“The Governor made the right call in repealing this short-term rental tax–and we acknowledge that–however it comes way too late,” said O’Scanlon. “We are in August at this point, summer is nearly over and most of the damage of this ill-conceived aspect of this tax has been done. The Governor and his policy folks need to recognize when something is emergent and do their homework up front, so they’re ready to take action the minute such bills land on his desk. This was a total failure of administrative planning and it likely, needlessly, cost the New Jersey economy millions of dollars.”

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O’Scanlon & DiMaso: Focus on Power Restoration Now, Criticism Later

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (both R-Monmouth) issued a statement following Monday night’s severe storm which caused widespread power outages for residents across Monmouth County:

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon and Asw. Serena DiMaso on widespread power outages across Monmouth County following severe storms Monday night. (Pixabay)

“We have had years of experience working closely with JCP&L on power restoration events between severe storms and following Sandy,” said O’Scanlon. “They have been extremely responsive to our office. We’ve visited their headquarters yesterday and we are at it again today on the ground working with residents and leadership.”

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O’Scanlon Calls for Removal of Monmouth County Judge After ‘Disturbing’ Position on Rape Case

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) is calling for the resignation of Monmouth County Superior Court Judge James Troiano, who recently ruled that a 16-year-old rape survivor was not truly raped since she was not held at gunpoint. Judge Troiano also reportedly urged the survivor to consider that her attacker came from a “good family” before “ruining his life” with assault charges.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon is calling for Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Troiano’s resignation, in light of the judge’s recent conduct and ruling on a case involving a 16-year-old sexual assault survivor. (©iStock)

“Judge Troiano’s comments are truly abhorrent and clearly highlight the fact that he needs to be removed immediately by the Supreme Court,” O’Scanlon said. “We simply cannot stand by and allow a sitting judge to tell a 16-year-old sexual assault survivor that she doesn’t deserve justice because her attacker might get into a ‘good college.’”

“The Supreme Court has the ability to remove a judge for misconduct in office, or conduct evidencing unfitness for judicial office. Judge Troiano’s disturbing and biased comments from the bench are a glaringly obvious display of his unfitness for judicial office.”

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O’Scanlon: Murphy’s Tax Rhetoric Helping Other States to Lure Residents, Jobs from NJ

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Says New Jerseyans Understand “Tax Fairness” Means “Tax Increase”

Senator Declan O’Scanlon said that Governor Phil Murphy’s continued demand for higher taxes under the guise of “tax fairness” is only helping the efforts of low- and no-tax states like Florida that are actively working to lure residents, employers, and jobs from high-tax New Jersey.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon said Gov. Phil Murphy’s continued demand for higher taxes is only helping the efforts of low- and no-tax states like Florida that are actively working to lure residents, employers, and jobs from New Jersey. (Pixabay)

“Florida is already running compelling advertising campaigns that are targeting both families and employers in our area who are fed up with paying some of the highest tax bills in the nation,” said O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth). “The data shows that people are paying attention to those sales pitches, and they’re packing up and leaving New Jersey for more affordable places that promise a significant tax savings.”

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O’Scanlon Responds to Gov. Murphy’s Press Conference on Budget & Tax Hikes

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Senate Budget Committeemember Slams Gov & Invited Guests for Calling for Unnecessary Tax Increases

Following Governor Phil Murphy’s press conference on yesterday’s Legislative passage of the State budget, Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) slammed Governor Murphy for calling for unnecessary tax increases.

Following Gov. Murphy’s press conference on yesterday’s Legislative passage of the State budget, Sen. Declan O’Scanlon slammed Gov. Murphy for calling for unnecessary tax increases. (SenateNJ.com)

At the presser, the Governor reiterated his call for an income tax increase, and his invited guests also called for increases to the estate tax and the sales tax.

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Health Committee Approves O’Scanlon Measure to Address Shortage of Advanced Life Support Units

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Bill Would Boost Availability of Paramedics and Modernize Care

Legislation sponsored by Senator Declan O’Scanlon that would help address an acute shortage of Advanced Life Support (ALS) units statewide has been approved by the Senate Health, Human Services & Senior Citizens Committee.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon’s legislation addressing an acute shortage of Advanced Life Support units statewide has been approved by the Senate Health Committee. (SenateNJ.com)

“We need to update the decades-old rules that prohibit us from utilizing our paramedic safety net in the most efficient way possible,” said O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth). “We’ve spent years examining the best practices from other states in consultation with our first responders to develop a modern plan to improve emergency medical care and response in our communities. We have developed a plan that will put more units into service, while maintaining the quality of care, and creating career advancement opportunities for paramedics and other medical first responders.”

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O’Scanlon Responds to Murphy’s Millionaire’s Tax Announcement

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, released the following statement on today’s announcement by Governor Murphy:

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon, a member of the Budget Committee, said Gov. Murphy’s millionaire’s tax is bad policy – calling it a relentless, rabid desire to appease the progressive base that will end up hurting everyone, including the people he is trying to help. (SenateNJ.com)

“Governor Murphy’s relentless, rabid desire to appease his progressive base will end up hurting everyone, including the people he is trying to help,” Senator O’Scanlon said.

“The top 1.4 percent of earners in New Jersey generate 41 percent of our total income tax revenue. Virtually all of those taxpayers can change their taxable residence – they don’t need to physically move. These people are also our job creators, capital investors, and charitable donors. When they take their income and investments out of state, who will be left to tax? What will happen to our economy?

“In the end, everyone, regardless of their means, will suffer because Governor Murphy would rather shut down the government than take his head out of the sand and acknowledge the dire need for real fiscal reform.

“We know what we need to do, and now we have the will to do it in the Legislature. The only thing standing in the way is a lack of executive leadership.

“Increasing taxes on anyone in New Jersey, including millionaires, is just bad policy. It’s also completely unnecessary. If the governor would work with us to advocate for Path to Progress solutions, such as pension and health benefit reform, we wouldn’t need any new taxes at all. Platinum-to-gold alone could save hundreds of millions of dollars a year – and even more over time.

“I am glad to hear Governor Murphy acknowledge the property tax crisis, but we can lower property taxes without asking families to pay more. It is time for the Governor to stop leaving voicemails and get in the room, so we can hammer out a compromise and finally get real fiscal reforms signed into law.”

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O’Scanlon Votes Yes on Medical Cannabis Expansion, Says Pursuit of Perfection Shouldn’t Delay Improvements

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) today voted ‘yes’ on a critical bill to expand New Jersey’s medical marijuana program. The bill passed the Senate by a vote of 33-4.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon voted yes on a critical bill to expand New Jersey’s medical marijuana program. The bill passed the Senate by a vote of 33-4. (Pixabay)

“I am proud to be a prime sponsor of this legislation and vote ‘yes’ on its passage. However, I do believe there are some areas of the bill we can improve upon,” O’Scanlon said. “I would like to see us phase out the tax on medical cannabis completely within two years – if not immediately – and certainly not add another tax. I don’t believe we should be taxing medication at all.”

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