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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

Senator Declan O'Scanlon

O’Scanlon: Stop the Madness. No More Throwing Taxpayer Money in the Street

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After seeing salt covering New Jersey roads today, despite the fact that temperature is not supposed to drop below 37 degrees Fahrenheit over the next few days, Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) said that “enough is enough” and demanded that the State put an end to the practice of unnecessary brining.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon demanded that the State put an end to the practice of unnecessary brining New Jersey roads. (WikimediaCommons)

“It’s time for someone to challenge Governor Murphy’s assertion that this is a pennies per mile cost: it’s not. There was simply no way that a .17 per mile number was an accurate reflection of the cost to brine our roads when you account for labor, gas, and equipment. After speaking with a few of local officials we were able to confirm that the actual cost in totality is in excess of $12 or $13 per mile locally – and that is for areas that are more conservative with their usage of salt and brine,” O’Scanlon said.

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Editorial: NJ Can’t Tax Its Way to Prosperity

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The following editorial by Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) was published by the Asbury Park Press on March 6, 2019:

Gov. Phil Murphy’s second annual budget message to a joint session of the state Legislature this week outlined his plans to raise taxes, unnecessarily, yet again.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon said mention of cost-saving structural reforms that would lower the cost of government was noticeably absent from Gov. Phil Murphy’s tax-hiking budget proposal. (Pixabay)

Absent from his message was any mention of support for “Path to Progress” reforms recommended by the Legislature’s bipartisan Economic and Fiscal Policy Workgroup, which have the potential to significantly lower the cost of New Jersey’s many layers of government.

That absence was especially noticeable considering Murphy’s prior chairmanship of the Benefits Review Task Force under Acting Gov. Richard Codey. The task force, under Murphy’s leadership, examined the state’s significant fiscal challenges and proposed bold reforms.

Sadly, none of the courage demonstrated when the so-called “Murphy Commission” issued its final report in 2005 has carried through into the current administration’s proposals.

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O’Scanlon Response to Murphy’s Budget Address

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 Senate Budget Committee Member Urges Gov to Compromise & Save NJ by Enacting Major Fiscal Reforms 

O’Scanlon responds to Gov’s budget: We can’t tax our way out of this mess. (SenateNJ.com)

“This budget won’t lift up the middle class. It will leave generations of New Jersey residents with no hope for a prosperous future.

“Even if the Governor’s rosy projections – of both revenue and savings – are accurate, we are still only a fraction of the way out of the hole we’re in.

“We can’t tax our way out of this mess. Without major reforms, it is a very real possibility that young public workers won’t even have a pension by the time they retire.

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O’Scanlon, Rice Bill to Update Landlord and Tenant Laws Clears Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Senator Ronald L. Rice, which would bolster protections for tenants to prevent being taken advantage of by landlords, cleared the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Declan O’Scanlon and Sen. Ronald Rice, which would bolster protections for tenants to prevent being taken advantage of by landlords, passed the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee. (SenateNJ.com)

“Unscrupulous slumlords and unsanitary rental properties will not be tolerated in New Jersey,” said Senator O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth). “Tenants deserve to live in clean and secure homes with their families, not the rat infested properties we saw in the Asbury Park Press’ ‘Renters Hell’ investigative series. The ‘Landlord Registration and Tenant Protection Act’ will protect tenants, and their right to safe housing. Together we will ensure landlords are responsive to tenant concerns and can be held accountable when problems arise.”
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O’Scanlon Spearheads Legislation to Stop Taxpayer Theft

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Says not requiring full restitution in civil settlements is ‘ludicrous’

Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) announced his plans to introduce legislation designed to eliminate loopholes in certain civil settlement deals. The legislation comes as a direct result of recent investigations into Medicaid fraud settlements in Lakewood.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon announced his plans to introduce legislation designed to eliminate loopholes in certain civil settlement deals. (SenateNJ.com)

“When I heard about details of the civil settlement agreements in the Medicaid fraud cases I was concerned,” O’Scanlon stated “I immediately called my staff to get legislation started.”
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O’Scanlon ‘River’s Law’ Formally Introduced

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) formally introduced legislation designated as ‘River’s Law’ which would allow prosecutors to charge certain animal abusers with an escalated second degree crime.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon formally introduced legislation designated as ‘River’s Law’ which would allow prosecutors to charge certain animal abusers with an escalated second degree crime. (SenateNJ.com)

“We’ve been working on this legislation for months behind the scenes to make sure that it does exactly what we want it to do: create an accurate punishment for abhorrent, malicious treatment of animals,” said O’Scanlon. “
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O’Scanlon Condemns Murphy Signing ‘Disastrous’ Minimum Wage Law

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Says this is simply too much too fast

Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) today condemned Governor Murphy’s signature of a bill which would rapidly raise the minimum wage to $15 and have widespread negative impacts for New Jersey.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon condemned Gov. Murphy’s signature of a bill which would rapidly raise the minimum wage to $15 and have widespread negative impacts for New Jersey. (WikiMedia)

“This law will have disastrous consequences for our business community and minimum wage workers. It simply goes too far too fast,” O’Scanlon stated. “I serve on the bipartisan manufacturing caucus and we heard from every single manufacturer that it was impossible for them to absorb this increase without losing jobs.”
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O’Scanlon & DiMaso Warn of Net Losses to Low-Income Earners from Minimum Wage Increase

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman DiMaso (both R-Monmouth) warned fellow lawmakers today that efforts to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour currently being pushed through the legislature might have severe, unintended consequences.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman DiMaso warned fellow lawmakers today that efforts to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour might have severe, unintended consequences. (SenateNJ.com)

“The impact this minimum wage legislation could have on the State budget, and further, the entire State economy, cannot be understated here. The Senate President confirmed today that the cost is anywhere from $300 to $600 million on the budget. How can we possibly talk about adding that kind of expense to our budget when we already have a massive budget hole? It’s irresponsible,” O’Scanlon said.

“A large number of these residents are reliant on programs like Medicaid, food stamps, and utility assistance. If you rapidly increase someone’s pay to $10 an hour in the next year and assume there isn’t any impact to their number of hours or job safety, something we know will happen due to the devastating impact on small businesses, then those workers won’t be eligible for lower cost health benefits through the Medicaid expansion,” DiMaso added.

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O’Scanlon & DiMaso Call for Immediate Action on NJ Transit Issues

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Legislators: Governor Must Take ‘Whatever Action is Necessary’

Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (both R-Monmouth) today called for immediate action to resolve NJ Transit’s ongoing issues:

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso are calling for immediate action to resolve NJ Transit’s ongoing issues. (SenateNJ.com)

“Governor Murphy must take expeditious action to address the major issues plaguing NJ Transit,” Senator O’Scanlon said. “I’m calling on the Governor to take whatever action is necessary, whether it’s declaring a State of Emergency, bringing in out-of-state engineers, or any other solution. We must treat this exigent situation with the seriousness that it demands.”

“We have been hearing from numerous constituents about their never-ending arduous encounters with NJ Transit: delays, safety concerns, and the lack of service entirely,” DiMaso continued. “They should not have to pay for a service that fails to meet basic operation standards on a consistent basis.”

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O’Scanlon Warns of Dangerous Arbitrary Speed Limit Bill

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) today warned his fellow legislators to apply science when considering a piece of legislation which would have legislators set the speed limit at 25 mph along certain stretches of Route 130 in Burlington at all times of the day and night, not just school hours.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon warns his fellow legislators to apply science when considering A-3576, legislation that would set the speed limit at 25 mph along certain stretches of Route 130 in Burlington at all times of the day and night, not just during school hours. (SenateNJ.com)

The legislation, also known as “Antwan’s Law,” (A-3576) is scheduled for a final legislative vote on Monday, Dec. 17 in the New Jersey General Assembly.

“The bill sponsors and community advocates most certainly have good intentions here. But we have science that is used to set speed limits. Allowing legislators to randomly set speed limits is not the scientific way to do it,” Senator O’Scanlon said. “You don’t alter the speed limit by randomly changing signs on the side of the road. In fact, that could make things more hazardous if those speed limits aren’t backed up by data.”

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