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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

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

Senate Republicans Propose $8 Billion of New Tax Relief, Bolstering Surplus, Doubling Debt Repayment & Increasing Oversight in Budget Plan

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Republicans serving on the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee proposed $8 billion of new tax relief, increasing the state surplus to $5 billion, more than doubling proposed debt repayments, and increasing legislative oversight of Murphy administration spending in a detailed budget plan (click here for PDF) to amend Governor Murphy’s proposed FY 2023 State Budget.

Senate Republicans have proposed a comprehensive budget plan with $8 billion of new tax relief, including ‘Give It Back’ rebates totaling $1,500 for most New Jersey families. (www.GiveItBack.us)

“Senate Republicans have offered a detailed budget plan to make responsible use of an unprecedented $11 billion windfall of state and federal taxpayer funds to support struggling families, solve long-term problems, and ensure that New Jersey is well prepared for the next recession,” said Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-13), the Republican Budget Officer. “We’re leading the way in showing Governor Murphy and the Democrat legislative majorities how to give back billions to taxpayers while building a responsible surplus and paying down substantial additional debt. It’s no surprise that everyone else is suddenly rushing to find ways to ‘Give It Back’ as Senate Republicans have advocated for months.”

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Senator Michael Testa
Senator Sam Thompson
Senator Steve Oroho

Republican Budget Members: Governor’s Warmed Over ANCHOR Proposal is Pathetic Attempt at Tax Relief

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Again Call for ‘Give It Back’ Tax Rebates to Provide $4.5 Billion of Direct, Immediate Relief

The Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee called on Governor Phil Murphy and legislative leaders to commit to expanding tax relief in light of the Administration admitting to a total of more than $9 billion of tax overcollections in the current year and almost $7.8 billion more in revenue available for the upcoming budget year than projected just two months ago.

The Republican members of the Senate Budget Committee called on the Governor and legislative leaders to commit to expanding tax relief in light of the Administration admitting to a total of almost $7.8 billion more in tax revenue available for the upcoming budget year than projected just two months ago. (©iStock)

“The Murphy Administration finally admitted the obvious – that they are collecting $9 billion more out of the pockets of taxpayers than budgeted for the current year,” said Senate Republican Leader Steven Oroho (R-24). “New Jersey families are struggling with soaring prices and inflation, and Republicans have proposed $1,500 rebates to be returned to more than 4 million families this Spring. The Murphy Administration must commit to giving back at least this $1,500 to 4 million families this Spring.”

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Senator Michael Testa
Senator Sam Thompson
Senator Steve Oroho

Republican Budget Members Call for Murphy to Dedicate Billions for Tax Relief as State Revenues Soar

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Senate Republicans Have Already Proposed “Give It Back” Tax Rebates to Provide $4.5 Billion of Direct, Immediate Relief — More Planned

The Republican members of the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee called on Governor Phil Murphy to commit to expanding tax relief in the upcoming State Budget in advance of a revenue update from the Treasurer that is expected to show soaring tax collections that are $5 billion higher than the administration projected just two months ago.

The Republican members of the Senate Budget Committee called on Gov. Phil Murphy to expand tax relief in the upcoming State Budget as tax overcollection soar by billions. (©iStock)

“Tax collection reports make it clear that the Murphy administration must acknowledge on Thursday that his tax policies are taking at least $5 billion more out of the pockets of taxpayers than the governor projected in March, and possibly billions more,” said Senate Republican Leader Steven Oroho (R-24). “When New Jersey families are struggling with soaring prices and inflation, we believe Governor Murphy must commit to giving back these overcollections immediately to families that are suffering today. We plan on expanding the ‘Give It Back’ rebates that Senate Republicans have already proposed.”

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O’Scanlon: Plans Under Way to Stem Rash of Car Thefts

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During questioning of New Jersey Attorney General Matt Platkin during the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee hearing on Tuesday, Senator Declan O’Scanlon addressed the alarming spike in stolen cars in the state.

During questioning of New Jersey Attorney General Matt Platkin during the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee hearing this week, Sen. Declan O’Scanlon addressed the alarming spike in stolen cars in the state. (Flickr)

Noting that incidents of auto theft in Monmouth County are up 66 percent in the past four years, O’Scanlon told the A.G. that thieves recently targeted his own car.

“There was an attempt to steal my car out of my driveway a couple of months ago and it led to a limited ‘chase,’ but the guys got away. They didn’t get away with my car, thank goodness,” said O’Scanlon.

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O’Scanlon Calls for Curriculum Standards that Work for All – Especially Our Kids

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon released the following statement regarding growing public discontent with the new state curriculum standards set to debut in the fall:

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon said the controversy surrounding the State’s new curriculum standards is a clear indication that the standards must be reevaluated. (Pixabay)

“The fact that the State’s new curriculum standards fomented the recently released, rightfully controversial and unacceptable draft curriculum, is a clear indication that the standards must be reevaluated. As parents are learning more about the specific changes, resistance and anger is growing. Rightfully, people should have a voice in the education of their children, and all lessons, including sex education, should be age appropriate,” said Senator O’Scanlon. “Outrage and shock shouldn’t be what you get when what you need is buy-in.

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O’Scanlon: Murphy’s ANCHOR/Rebate Changes Cut Renters’ Rebates

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Murphy’s Claim of Helping Renters is Bogus

Senator Declan O’Scanlon is warning that Governor Murphy’s proposal to replace two tax rebate programs (the longstanding Homestead Rebate Program and the “middle class rebate program” created last year) with a new “ANCHOR” rebate will reduce existing renters’ rebates by up to 50 percent, meaninglessly increase total funding for rebates, and won’t be distributed for 13 months (until May of 2023).

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon said renters would have their rebates cut in half under Gov. Phil Murphy’s budget plans. (Pixabay)

Governor Murphy has been touting his new proposal which replaces and renames two existing rebate programs as his grand tax relief proposal after being ridiculed for raising $5 billion of taxes over four years. Murphy has promoted his new ANCHOR proposal as the main tax relief in his record-spending $49 billion budget.

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O’Scanlon: Time to Lift All Remaining COVID-19 Restrictions Statewide

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Citing unnecessary rules that continue to be enforced across New Jersey, Senator Declan O’Scanlon called for all remaining COVID-19 restrictions to be lifted statewide.

Citing unnecessary rules that continue to be enforced across New Jersey, Sen. Declan O’Scanlon called for all remaining pandemic restrictions to be lifted statewide. According to the CDC, New Jersey is experiencing low COVID-19 activity. (CDC)

“New Jersey’s public health emergency is over and there aren’t any recommended COVID-19 restrictions that should be imposed in New Jersey under new CDC guidelines,” said O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth). “That hasn’t stopped some schools, colleges, and government entities from continuing to impose unnecessary restrictions that do nothing from a public health perspective. It’s time for every organization to lift all of these unnecessary mandates statewide.”

In New Jersey, case counts, hospitalizations, and deaths have plummeted in recent months, leading to the state having the lowest level of risk where no restrictions are necessary, according to the CDC.

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O’Scanlon & Pennacchio Propose Savings for NJ’s Battered Property Taxpayers

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Bill Would Allow Deduction of All Property Taxes Paid from State Income Tax

Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Senator Joe Pennacchio re-introduced legislation that would provide relief for New Jersey’s over-burdened property taxpayers.

Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Senator Joe Pennacchio re-introduced legislation that would eliminate the current $15,000 cap and allow taxpayers to deduct the entire amount of property taxes paid on their income tax. (Pixabay)

The bill, S-2279, would allow taxpayers to deduct from state income tax the entire amount of property taxes paid on their principal residence, eliminating the current $15,000 cap.

“When New Jersey residents complain about the state being too expensive, they are often referring to our exorbitant property taxes,” said Senator O’Scanlon (R-13). “There are plenty of other taxes adding to the burden on taxpayers, but it is property taxes, the No. 1 highest property taxes in the nation, that pack the strongest punch. There’s absolutely no justification for stopping families from deducting every last cent from their income taxes.

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O’Scanlon Slams MVC’s Continued Absurd Deep Cleaning Closures

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) issued a statement today following reports that the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) is still closing facilities for deep cleaning in response to new positive cases of COVID-19 among staff:

Senator Declan O’Scanlon responded to reports that the NJMVC is still closing facilities for deep cleaning when staff members test positive for COVID-19. (SenateNJ.com)

“The absurd decision to close MVC locations for ‘deep cleaning’ is not only not in line with what science has said for more than a year, but it’s frankly harmful at this point. For nearly two years now residents have dealt with closures, inefficiencies, and a complete inability to easily handle and schedule regular business in person. That the administration is clinging to this outdated policy — months and months since the private sector and science abandoned it — is in line with their continued refusal to pivot when their policies are proven wrong.”

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Sarlo-O’Scanlon Bill Prohibiting Russian Investments Becomes Law

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The legislation sponsored by Senator Paul Sarlo and Senator Declan O’Scanlon that prohibits public investments with Russia or Belarus was signed into law today by Governor Phil Murphy.

The legislation sponsored by Senator Paul Sarlo and Senator Declan O’Scanlon that prohibits public investments with Russia or Belarus was signed into law by Governor Phil Murphy. (Pixabay)

“While Putin might be able to control the flow of information within Russia, he won’t be able to shield his nation from the economic impact of sanctions and divestment undertaken by governments across the world, including the State of New Jersey,” said Senator O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth). “These unified actions are not intended to hurt peaceful Russian citizens, but to send a strong message to the oligarchs and others in positions of power that their leader has crossed a line with his war in Ukraine that the international community will not tolerate.”

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