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
Senator Michael Testa
Senator Sam Thompson
Senator Steve Oroho

As State Tax Collections Improve, Republican Budget Members Call on Treasurer to Update Financial Disclosures

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Gov. Murphy Continues to Claim $10 Billion Revenue Loss, Which Is Misleading and Exaggerated

The Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee wrote a letter (click here for PDF) to New Jersey Treasurer Elizabeth Maher Muoio urging the State to file new disclosure statements with financial markets to correct grossly pessimistic revenue forecasts. They said an estimated $10 billion revenue loss that Governor Murphy continues to reference is “misleading and exaggerated.”

The Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee urged N.J. Treasurer Elizabeth Maher Muoio to file new disclosure statements with financial markets to correct grossly pessimistic revenue forecasts, saying an estimated $10 billion revenue loss that Gov. Murphy continues to reference is “misleading and exaggerated.” (©iStock)

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), noted that actual sales tax collections for June were down just 4.6% compared to the same period last year, while the Murphy Administration had estimated a 30% loss. Similarly, they said non-partisan revenue forecasters believe both the Gross Income Tax and Corporate Business Tax have meaningfully exceeded May projections.

They warned: “If an ordinary citizen were to knowingly exaggerate their financial condition and need for money in an effort to secure federal loans and grants, they would risk charges of fraud and prosecution.”

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O’Scanlon Warns of Impending Fiscal Disaster If Governor Gets His Way

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Borrowing Plan Would Cost Taxpayers $40 Billion Over 35 Years

Senator Declan O’Scanlon again sounded the alarm warning of the dire fiscal consequences of the Governor’s plan to borrow $10 billion to fill shortfalls in the State budget.

Senator O’Scanlon said borrowing $10 billion will produce a bill for taxpayers of more than $40 billion over the next 35 years, and if the State’s credit rating is downgraded, which is likely, the cost could be tens of billions more. (Pixabay)

“This devastating scheme is fiscally indefensible and unconstitutional. There’s a legal opinion that says we cannot borrow without voter approval to fill a hole in our budget,” said O’Scanlon. “In the most unaffordable state in the nation, it is unfathomable the Governor and Democrats would propose a ‘solution’ of this magnitude.

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Senator Michael Testa
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Senator Steve Oroho

Statements from Senate Republican Budget Members on Democrats’ $10 Billion Borrowing Scheme

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The Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee issued the following statements in response to a private, partisan agreement between Governor Phil Murphy and Democrat legislative leaders to borrow $10 billion to fund State spending next year.

Statements from Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee in response to a private, partisan agreement between Gov. Phil Murphy and Democrat legislative leaders to borrow $10 billion to fund State spending next year. (Pixabay)

Senate Republican Budget Officer Steven Oroho (R-24): “My predecessor, Senator Bob Littell, called a debt issuance one-quarter this size in 1997 ‘wacko.’ Today, taxpayers are still paying off that debt. This debt issuance is ‘wacko’ on steroids. It’s billions of debt for operating expenses with tens of billions of interest more, and won’t be paid off for decades. It’s unbelievably irresponsible. I appreciate the magnitude of the fiscal crisis we are in, but we haven’t even exhausted other fiscal management practices. This borrowing scheme is reckless behavior that will only exacerbate our problems long term.”

Senator Michael Testa (R-1): “The Governor and Democrats agreeing to issue $10 billion of debt for operating expenses isn’t just unconstitutional, it’s insane. Taxpayers will be paying for this madness for the next 35 years.”

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O’Scanlon: Democrats’ Partisan Agreement to Borrow Nearly $10 Billion Still Unconstitutional

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Debt & Interest Payments Could Cost NJ Taxpayers More than $40 Billion Over Next 35 Years

Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-13), a member of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement following the announcement of an agreement today by Governor Murphy and Democrat legislative leaders to borrow nearly $10 billion without voter approval:

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon said a record-setting, unconstitutional $10 billion borrowing scheme announced by Gov. Murphy and Democrat legislative leaders could cost NJ taxpayers $40 billion in debt and interest payments over the next 35 years. (©iStock)

“We learned by press release that Democrat leaders have come to a private agreement to fast-track the largest borrowing scheme in New Jersey history and likely the largest that any state has ever issued. Within the next week, they plan to give Governor Murphy the ability to borrow nearly $10 billion to cover State spending, without demanding any real attempts to achieve savings.

“This plan represents fiscal irresponsibility on a scale that is unprecedented even by Trenton standards.

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O’Scanlon & DiMaso Call MVC Reopening ‘Insanity’

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (both R-Monmouth) criticized the chaotic reopening of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission following continued reports of massive lines and fighting.

The chaos that marred the reopening of Motor Vehicle Agencies across the state was predictable and avoidable, Senator O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman DiMaso said, and reflects a lack of preparation at the NJMVC. (Wikimedia Commons)

“This sort of insanity is just another example of the broad, administrative failures we’ve seen during the reopenings,” said O’Scanlon. “Local officials reached out to us with serious safety and traffic concerns over the volume of people wrapped around the building at multiple locations and serious traffic overflow. Happy to see today that the Governor decided to exempt MVC workers from furloughs but that wouldn’t have been an issue if the administration hadn’t dragged their feet months ago when the proposal came up. On top of that roll back there needs to be a more concrete plan in place here; have people in alphabetically on certain days but also we clearly need longer evening hours to be restored as well.”

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O’Scanlon & DiMaso: Masks Requirement Should be Cautious, Not Draconian

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (both R-Monmouth) today commented on news that the Governor signed an executive order requiring face masks in certain situations outdoors:

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon and Aswm. Serena DiMaso commented on news that the Governor signed an executive order requiring face masks in certain situations outdoors. (Pixabay)

“We have to be reasonable, cautious, but not draconian,” said O’Scanlon. “The Governor’s statements today have indicated that masks could be required for people congregating in large groups and cannot social distance; which is pretty much in line with what has been said from the beginning. We have to see what the actual executive order says first to ensure it’s not overreaching. If you are outside jogging avoiding people you shouldn’t be mandated to wear a mask, but if you’re crowded together–like we saw with the government made disaster of the MVC reopening–then we should be smart and cautious and throw on a mask.”

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Senate Republicans Pan Murphy’s Watered Down Furlough Bill

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Entire Caucus to Vote “NO” on Murphy’s Conditional Veto of S-2350/A-4132

The four Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee panned Governor Phil Murphy’s recommended changes to legislation approved by the Legislature with broad bipartisan support in mid-May that would have allowed the State to more easily and quickly furlough non-essential public employees while they were unable to work with the federal government picking up all of the tab of unemployment benefits.

Senate Republicans panned Gov. Murphy’s furlough plan as ‘too little, too late,’ saying his delayed action has left hundreds of millions of federal dollars on the table, and will leave State government offices understaffed just as they begin to reopen facing a backlog in citizen needs. (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 prior to today’s Senate session when the entire Senate Republican caucus will vote “NO” on accepting the the governor’s recommendations in his conditional veto of S-2350/A-4132:

“Like many aspects of Governor Murphy’s response to the coronavirus crisis, his delayed action on furloughs is too little, too late. By failing to enact the original legislation when it passed the Legislature in May with overwhelming bipartisan support, he left hundreds of millions of federal dollars on the table. Even worse, the cost of furloughing workers going forward will be paid almost 100% by New Jersey taxpayers, when the cost of the original bill would have been picked up entirely by the federal government. To say the governor’s inaction represents a missed opportunity would be an understatement.

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Governor Signs O’Scanlon Bill Saving Money on Health Benefits Coverage for Taxpayers, Teachers

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Declan O’Scanlon and signed today by the Governor promises to save New Jersey taxpayers more than $600 million.

Legislation sponsored by Senator O’Scanlon and signed into law today could save New Jersey taxpayers more than $600 million. (SenateNJ)

“This has been a long time coming,” said O’Scanlon (R-13). “It has taken almost 10 years of discussion and fighting, desk-pounding and compromise. The result is reform we can all live with that will benefit property taxpayers, teachers, and our students.”

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O’Scanlon & DiMaso: Double Barrel Blasting of Restaurant Industry by Governor Today

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (both R-Monmouth) criticized Governor Murphy’s double whammy today when he rescinded his announcement that restaurants will be able to open up indoors at 25% capacity this Thursday and he issued an absolute veto of a sensible piece of legislation that appropriated $100M of the $2.4B in CARES ACT money that New Jersey received from the Federal Government. This bill would have created a loan program for small restaurants that are in desperate need of financial aid.

Senator O’Scanlon, shown during his 30-day tour in support of local eateries, and Assmeblywoman DiMaso chastised Governor Murphy for turning his back on struggling restaurants and businesses. (Facebook)

The legislators issued the following statement:

“It’s a real slap in the face to the restaurant and hospital industry. This bipartisan bill has been sitting on his desk for a month now as restaurants cling to life. Now with this removal of indoor dining hundreds of thousands of restaurants will need even more money as they laid out supplies, staff, and cleaning in anticipation of a reopening. We are killing them with this crushing decision only three days before reopening.

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O’Scanlon Bill Reforming Taxpayer Costs of Teacher Health Benefits Coverage Awaits Governor’s Signature

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The Assembly today approved bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Declan O’Scanlon that could save New Jersey taxpayers more than $600 million. Endorsed by the Senate in March, the measure now moves to the Governor’s desk for consideration.

Senator O’Scanlon’s bill that could save New Jersey taxpayers more than $600 million by reforming teacher health benefits is headed to the Governor’s desk. (SenateNJ.com)

“This has been a long time coming,” said O’Scanlon (R-13). “It has taken almost 10 years of discussion and fighting, desk-pounding and compromise. The result is reform that we can all live with that will benefit property taxpayers, teachers, and our students. I’m hopeful the Governor will quickly sign it into law.”

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