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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

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

Senate Republican Budget Members to Vote Against $7.7 Billion Budget Extension Bill

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The four Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee will vote against a massive $7.7 billion spending bill (S-20) to extend the FY 2020 State Budget after the Murphy Administration refused to consider responsible options to achieve savings.

The four Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee will vote against a massive $7.7 billion spending bill to extend the FY 2020 State Budget after the Murphy Administration refused to consider responsible options to achieve savings. (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:

“Since the beginning of the public health emergency, Senate Republicans have sought to work collaboratively with Governor Murphy and our colleagues in the Legislature to address the many challenges facing New Jersey, including a State Budget shortfall resulting from significant tax revenue losses. We have offered thoughtful solutions to save money and increase revenues without raising taxes or resorting to unconstitutional borrowing.

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

Senate Republican Budget Members: Murphy’s CWA Deal Is 3 Months Late, $100 Million Short

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30,000+ State Employees Would Still Get 4 Percent Salary Increases

Senator Republican Budget Committee Members Steven Oroho, Sam Thompson, Declan O’Scanlon, and Michael Testa, said if a preliminary agreement announced by Governor Phil Murphy with the Communications Workers of America would continue giving out average 4 percent salary increases, then it falls far short of the savings that could be generated if the state’s public employee unions had been asked to agree to a simple wage freeze.

Senator Republican Budget Committee Members Steven Oroho, Sam Thompson, Declan O’Scanlon, and Michael Testa, said if a preliminary agreement announced by Governor Phil Murphy with the Communications Workers of America appears to fall far short of the savings that could be generated if the state’s public employee unions had been asked to agree to a simple wage freeze. (Pixabay)

State employees generally receive an approximately 4 percent salary increase annually on the anniversary date of their hire, known as a “step increase.” Additionally, they receive a 2 percent salary increase (called a cost of living adjustment, or COLA) once a year. Combined, the step increase and COLA result in typical salary increases of approximately 6 percent for most unionized State employees.

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O’Scanlon Commends Hiring of Public Health Services Deputy Commissioner

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) commended the hiring of Dr. David Adinaro as Deputy Commissioner of Public Health Services in the New Jersey Department of Health. The position is one of many within the Department that have been vacant for an extended period of time.

Senator O’Scanlon today welcomed the hiring of a new Deputy Commissioner of Public Health in the New Jersey Department of Health, calling it a step in the right direction. (Pixabay)

“NJDOH finally filling the statutorily required position of Deputy Commissioner of Public Health Services is welcome news. This is an extremely important position that should have been filled over a year ago. This is a role that requires laser focus and total attention to complex problems, particularly in the midst of a pandemic.

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O’Scanlon & DiMaso: DOH Ignoring Local Health Officials Is Dangerous and Arrogant

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (both R-Monmouth) commented on a highly concerning letter from the Public Health Associations Collaborative Effort (PHACE) which expressed their major concerns over the lack of coordination between the New Jersey Department of Health and local health officials on the pandemic response.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon and Asw. Serena DiMaso commented on a highly concerning letter which expressed major concerns over the lack of coordination between the NJ Department of Health and local health officials on pandemic response. (©iStock)

“This is yet another deafening warning siren blaring at the Department that something is horribly wrong,” said O’Scanlon. “It is staggering that the NJDOH would not consult with such esteemed institutions and not tap into our State’s vast and established network of local health experts that truly understand the needs of our individual communities.”

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O’Scanlon Statement on Need to Curtail Governor Murphy’s Emergency Powers

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon issued the following statement on the need to curtail Governor Phil Murphy’s emergency powers:

Statement from Sen. Declan O’Scanlon on the need to curtail Gov. Murphy’s emergency powers. (SenateNJ.com)

“Today, I signed onto a resolution that just strikes me as peculiar. Peculiar in the sense that I never would have imagined the need for this to exist in a democracy. SCR-117 is intended to curtail the Governor’s power to issue emergency executive orders without reapproval by the legislature every 15 days. It’s a proposed constitutional amendment that if passed, would create a ballot question potentially altering our State’s constitution and let the public decide whether a Governor needs to have their power more frequently checked by the Legislature.

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O’Scanlon Announces Restaurant Tour — “30 Days-30 Restaurants-30 lbs!*”

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To support and celebrate the survival of the restaurant industry and the reopening of in-person dining, Senator Declan O’Scanlon announced the start of a regional restaurant tour.

To support and celebrate the survival of the restaurant industry and the reopening of in-person dining, Sen. Declan O’Scanlon announced the start of a regional restaurant tour. (Facebook)

“The pandemic lockdown has been brutal for so many businesses,” said O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth). “None have been hit harder than restaurants. Some did well with takeout, but many took tremendous, potentially fatal hits to their bottom lines. Now is our chance to help them bounce back and survive.”

O’Scanlon has begun a “30 Days-30 Restaurants-30 lbs!*” tour.

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O’Scanlon & DiMaso Praise Extended School Year Reopening

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (both R-Monmouth) today praised Governor Murphy’s announcement that the Department of Education would be issuing guidance to allow for in-person Extended School year and special education services beginning July 6.

Senator O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman DiMaso lauded today’s announcement that the Department of Education would soon issue guidance allowing in-person education services, but said decision comes too late for many necessary summer programs.

“We commend the Governor for finally listening to parents and officials who have been asking for weeks to allow for special education students to have access to the crucial face-to-face services that they require.

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O’Scanlon & DiMaso: Local Governments ‘Defying’ Murphy have Higher Obligation to Residents

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (R-Monmouth) commented on the news that the City of Asbury Park had passed a resolution allowing limited indoor dining by June 15 in direct violation of the Governor’s executive order. At this time the administration has only allowed outdoor dining on June 15th.

Senator O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman DiMaso spoke out in support of Asbury Park’s decision to open restaurants for limited indoor dining on June 15 in direct violation of the Governor’s orders. (SenateNJ.com)

“I stand with Asbury and any other municipality that joins them. At some point, if a higher level of government attempts to force a lower one to turn on the very people both took an oath to serve, it becomes the right, in fact the obligation, of the lower level to refuse to comply,” said O’Scanlon. “Unless the governors of the 49 other states have abandoned science, it is now painfully obvious that the Murphy administration has abandoned common sense.”

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O’Scanlon & DiMaso: Reopening Excludes Critical Points

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (both R-Monmouth) stated that the Governor’s reopening announcements do not go far enough.

Senator O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman DiMaso said the Governor’s announcement about reopening businesses doesn’t go far enough and relies on arbitrary numbers and dates. (Pixabay)

“While we commend the Governor’s announcements yesterday there are several critical points that were not touched upon or were completely left out. While we will be “allowed” to have indoor gatherings up to 25% capacity or 50 people, the Governor is explicitly excluding indoor dining from this announcement. Indoor dining is inherently an indoor ‘gathering’ and it makes no sense not to include them in 25% capacity limits effective immediately.

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Senator Declan O'Scanlon
Senator Kristin Corrado
Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho, O’Scanlon & Corrado: $500K Report Does Not Absolve Murphy Admin for Nursing Home Deaths

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Senator Steven Oroho, Senator Declan O’Scanlon, and Senator Kristin Corrado said a superficial report commissioned by Governor Phil Murphy does not absolve his administration for its clear failures that led to the massive loss of life in New Jersey’s long-term care facilities due to COVID-19.

Sen. Steven Oroho, Sen. Declan O’Scanlon, and Sen. Kristin Corrado said a superficial report commissioned by Gov. Phil Murphy does not absolve his administration for its clear failures that led to the massive loss of life in New Jersey’s long-term care facilities due to COVID-19. (SenateNJ.com)

“The Murphy Administration paid a consulting firm $500,000 to rush a report that attempts to shift blame for thousands of nursing home deaths to anyone but the governor,” said Oroho (R-24). “What taxpayers received back is a glossy report that repackages the State’s data in colorful graphs and charts. The report glosses over the fact that the administration forced our LTC facilities to admit COVID-19 patients, which led to thousands of deaths. With that glaring deficiency, the entire report is suspect.”

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