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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

Senator Declan O'Scanlon

O’Scanlon: NFL’s Tyreek Hill Demonstrates How NJ’s High Taxes Impact Behavior

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon said NFL star wide receiver Tyreek Hill perfectly demonstrated New Jersey’s tax problem when he explained why he chose to be traded to the Miami Dolphins instead of the New York Jets: “It was very close to happening, but it was just those state taxes, man.”

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon said NFL star wide receiver Tyreek Hill perfectly demonstrated New Jersey’s tax problem when he explained why he chose to be traded to the Miami Dolphins instead of the New York Jets. (Instagram/Sports Illustrated)

“If a professional athlete like Tyreek Hill is making a major career decision to avoid New Jersey’s ludicrously high taxes, you can be sure that financial professionals, entrepreneurs, and other high earners are doing so as well,” said O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth), who serves as the Senate Republican Budget Officer. “It’s undeniable that our high taxes impact behavior, which costs the New Jersey economy billions in income, countless jobs, lost productivity, and unrealized revenue. For teams like the Jets and Giants and their fans, New Jersey’s uncompetitive tax rates limit their access to the best talent who could save millions by playing almost anywhere else.”

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O’Scanlon Blasts Dimwitted NY Politician for Threatening NJ Drivers with Extra $50 Fee for Entering NYC

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NY Assemblyman Dinowitz Outraged NJ Might Refuse to Help Enforce City’s Scam Red Light & Speed Camera Tix

Senator Declan O’Scanlon blasted a dimwitted proposal by a New York lawmaker that would charge every New Jersey driver entering New York City a $50 fee as punishment for pending legislation that would prohibit the NJMVC from helping other states enforce automated camera tickets on Garden State motorists.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon blasted a dimwitted proposal by a New York lawmaker that would charge every New Jersey driver entering New York City a $50 fee as punishment for pending legislation that would prohibit the NJMVC from helping other states enforce automated camera tickets on Garden State motorists. (SenateNJ.com)

“New Jersey got rid of our red light camera program because we learned it was a scam that enriched corrupt tech companies at the expense of drivers without improving public safety,” said O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth). “Automated red light and speed camera systems are engineered to entrap drivers by shady operators that have been caught bribing politicians all over the country. The only way these systems make money is if proper yellow light and speed setting engineering criteria are ignored. Every competent, unbiased study of these systems demonstrates they have no overall safety benefit — and that’s the only measure that counts. Automated camera enforcement is a policing for profit racket that New Jersey rightfully banned. These camera systems have nothing to do with making roads safer and everything to do with making money. New Jersey doesn’t inflict these scams on our drivers or anyone else’s, and we should not be complicit in helping other states to perpetuate their automated injustice on New Jerseyans. The sooner all of these abusive programs end everywhere, the better.”

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Senator Kristin Corrado

O’Scanlon/Corrado Bill that Raises Awareness of Menstrual Toxic Shock Syndrome Clears Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senators Declan O’Scanlon and Kristin Corrado requiring school districts to incorporate age-appropriate instruction on menstrual toxic shock syndrome (mTSS) was approved today by the Senate Education Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Sens. Declan O’Scanlon and Kristin Corrado requiring school districts to incorporate age-appropriate instruction on mTSS was approved today by the Senate Education Committee. (Pixabay)

“Toxic shock syndrome is a serious, potentially fatal, infection that can spread rapidly. This legislation was inspired by one of my residents, Madalyn Massabni, who we lost far too young due to mTSS. The bill will raise awareness for this rarely talked about, but nonetheless, serious condition by incorporating basic knowledge of mTSS into our school curriculum,” said Senator O’Scanlon (R-13). “By doing this, students can learn about ways to prevent toxic shock and how to spot the signs and symptoms if the infection has already started.”

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O’Scanlon Attacks Example of Trenton’s “Outrageous, Arrogant, Anti-Science Overreach”

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Introduces Bill Eliminating Certain COVID Sanitization Guidelines for Hotels

Following the implementation of a 2020 law that establishes sanitization guidelines for hotels in New Jersey, forcing them to do things such as change sheets in rooms every day, Senator Declan O’Scanlon introduced legislation that would revise certain sanitization protocols for all hotels.

Following the implementation of a 2020 law establishing sanitization guidelines for hotels, forcing them to do things such as change sheets in rooms every day, Sen. Declan O’Scanlon introduced legislation that would revise certain sanitization protocols for all hotels. (Pixabay)

“The current law requiring daily sanitization of every hotel room is so completely ludicrous and unnecessary, one has to wonder if anyone actually read the bill before they came out in support of it,” said Senator O’Scanlon (R-13). “No one will catch COVID from their own, used pillowcases or sheets. Sanitizing a room during your own, continued use of it will accomplish nothing…except to INCREASE your, and hotel staff, exposure to more potentially COVID positive people. And, what about the environmental impact? The countless gallons of water that will be needed to wash millions of sheets, pillowcases, etc. across the state every day, combined with the electricity and gas needed to dry them. My bill will undo this costly and wasteful legislation that should have never been implemented in the first place.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho & O’Scanlon Blast Secretive Health Benefits Deal

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Senate Republican Leader Steven Oroho and Senate Republican Budget Officer Declan O’Scanlon released the following statement chiding the Murphy Administration for its handling of the sizeable increase in public employee health benefits costs:

Senators Steven Oroho and Declan O’Scanlon criticized the Murphy Administration’s backroom deal to spare some state workers from costly health benefits increases, but ignored the impact on towns, counties and their employees who will see costs skyrocket. (SenateNJ.com)

“We find the Murphy Administration’s complete lack of transparency regarding higher health care premiums that will result in massive property tax increases to be disconcerting, though it has been a pattern and comes as no surprise.

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O’Scanlon Slams Law Establishing COVID Sanitization Guidelines for Hotels as “Nonsensical Insanity”

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Following the proposed implementation of a 2020 law that would establish sanitization guidelines for hotels in New Jersey, forcing them to do things such as change sheets in hotel rooms every day, Senator Declan O’Scanlon called the measure an overreaction to COVID and the clearest example yet of democrats’ proclivity for micromanagement.

Following the proposed implementation of a 2020 law that would establish sanitization guidelines for hotels in New Jersey, forcing them to do things such as change sheets in hotel rooms every day, Sen. Declan O’Scanlon called the measure the clearest example yet of democrats’ proclivity for micromanagement. (Pixabay)

“This law is a ridiculous overreaction to COVID. It is in fact counter-productive, more regularly exposing more people to more people—both workers and residents. Throw in that it’s a bizarre, blatant example of government overreach that will needlessly increase costs while negatively impacting the environment and you get a hat-trick of incompetent, nonsensical insanity! Oh, and those increased costs? They’ll be passed on to YOU dear weary and beleaguered consumers! This cost will come at a time when people are still hurting financially because of other absurd pandemic policies pushed by the democrats in Trenton—combined with record-high levels of inflation caused by democrats in Washington,” said O’Scanlon (R-13). “Democrats in general seem to have a habit of advancing legislation designed to micromanage people’s lives. This law is the latest example of that.”

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O’Scanlon Calls for Investigation into Rutgers Athletics $450K DoorDash Bill

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Paired with outdated covid mandates leads to larger concerns

Following news that Rutgers University football players racked up more than $450,000 in DoorDash orders paid for with taxpayer funds since May of last year, Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) called for an investigation into the program.

Following news that Rutgers University football players racked up more than $450,000 in DoorDash orders paid for with taxpayer funds, Sen. Declan O’Scanlon called for an investigation into the program. (SenateNJ.com)

“We saw two stories in two days depicting what amounts to indictments of flagrant incompetence on the part of those charged with overseeing this university,” said O’Scanlon. “It is absolutely mind-blowing that this was allowed to happen without the notice of someone overseeing the accumulating invoices. The person responsible for that lack of oversight needs to be held accountable. Between financial scandals and completely ignoring the newest CDC guidance on outrageous masking mandates, vaccination, and testing policies—and virtually the rest of the science-following-world’s long overdue removal of those mandates—it paints a concerning picture to taxpayers. And to anyone who had faith in those running the institution.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho, O’Scanlon Blame Murphy for Deserting New Jersey Businesses

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Avoidable Payroll Tax Strikes Employers for $300M

In a state notorious for its worst-in-the-nation business climate, the Murphy Administration timidly unveiled a $300 million tax increase for employers this week, a move Senate Republicans are calling unforgiveable.

In a state notorious for its worst-in-the-nation business climate, the Murphy Administration timidly unveiled a $300 million tax increase for employers this week, a move Senate Republicans are calling unforgiveable. (Pixabay)

Senate Republican Leader Steven Oroho and Senate Republican Budget Officer Declan O’Scanlon criticized Murphy for failing to utilize some of the state’s federal COVID funds to avoid the 20 percent increase.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Senate Republicans Propose Special Committee to Investigate Massive Increase in Public Employee Health Benefit Costs

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Proposed Premium Hikes Up to 24% Will Squeeze Local Budgets, Drive Property Taxes Higher

Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) and Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-13) have introduced legislation to form a special legislative committee with subpoena power to investigate massive proposed premium increases for the health plans that cover state government, local government, and school employees.

Sen. Steven Oroho and Sen. Declan O’Scanlon have introduced legislation to form a special legislative committee with subpoena power to investigate massive proposed premium increases for the health plans that cover state government, local government, and school employees. (©iStock)

“The proposed premium increases will impact hundreds of thousands of state and local government workers, teachers, and retirees who will see their health care costs soar if the proposal is adopted,” said Oroho, the Senate Republican Leader. “These higher premiums will also have a huge impact on school districts and local governments that pay a large portion of the total premiums for their employees. Any higher costs they pay will translate directly into higher property taxes for our families. We must investigate the failures that led to these catastrophic premium increases to develop an effective plan going forward.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Republican Leadership Calls for Investigation of Murphy Administration’s Failure to Control Health Care Costs for Public Employees, Retirees & Taxpayers

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Notification of 24% Premium Increase Follows News that Governor’s Office Squashed Attempts to Recover Tens of Millions for Failed Cost-Saving Program from Horizon

Republican leadership in the New Jersey Senate and General Assembly called for the formation of a special legislative committee to investigate massive health care premium increases that will be paid by active and retired public employees and taxpayers.

Republican leadership in the N.J. Legislature called for the formation of a special legislative committee to investigate massive health care premium increases that will be paid by active and retired public employees and taxpayers. (©iStock.com)

“Governor Murphy has completely failed to control health care premiums paid by the state, local governments, and active and retired public employees,” said Senate Republican Leader Steven Oroho (R-Sussex). “The 24% premium increase proposed for most active employees will take thousands more out of their paychecks annually and lead to huge costs for local governments that will translate into higher property tax bills for struggling families. We must investigate the failures that led to these catastrophic premium increases to develop an effective plan going forward.”

Premiums for active employees covered by the State Health Benefits Plan (SHBP) are set to increase by 24%, while those for school employees and teachers covered by the School Employees’ Health Benefits Program (SEHBP) are set to rise by 15.6%

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