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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

Senator Declan O'Scanlon

O’Scanlon Responds to Murphy’s Millionaire’s Tax Announcement

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, released the following statement on today’s announcement by Governor Murphy:

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon, a member of the Budget Committee, said Gov. Murphy’s millionaire’s tax is bad policy – calling it a relentless, rabid desire to appease the progressive base that will end up hurting everyone, including the people he is trying to help. (SenateNJ.com)

“Governor Murphy’s relentless, rabid desire to appease his progressive base will end up hurting everyone, including the people he is trying to help,” Senator O’Scanlon said.

“The top 1.4 percent of earners in New Jersey generate 41 percent of our total income tax revenue. Virtually all of those taxpayers can change their taxable residence – they don’t need to physically move. These people are also our job creators, capital investors, and charitable donors. When they take their income and investments out of state, who will be left to tax? What will happen to our economy?

“In the end, everyone, regardless of their means, will suffer because Governor Murphy would rather shut down the government than take his head out of the sand and acknowledge the dire need for real fiscal reform.

“We know what we need to do, and now we have the will to do it in the Legislature. The only thing standing in the way is a lack of executive leadership.

“Increasing taxes on anyone in New Jersey, including millionaires, is just bad policy. It’s also completely unnecessary. If the governor would work with us to advocate for Path to Progress solutions, such as pension and health benefit reform, we wouldn’t need any new taxes at all. Platinum-to-gold alone could save hundreds of millions of dollars a year – and even more over time.

“I am glad to hear Governor Murphy acknowledge the property tax crisis, but we can lower property taxes without asking families to pay more. It is time for the Governor to stop leaving voicemails and get in the room, so we can hammer out a compromise and finally get real fiscal reforms signed into law.”

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O’Scanlon Votes Yes on Medical Cannabis Expansion, Says Pursuit of Perfection Shouldn’t Delay Improvements

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) today voted ‘yes’ on a critical bill to expand New Jersey’s medical marijuana program. The bill passed the Senate by a vote of 33-4.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon voted yes on a critical bill to expand New Jersey’s medical marijuana program. The bill passed the Senate by a vote of 33-4. (Pixabay)

“I am proud to be a prime sponsor of this legislation and vote ‘yes’ on its passage. However, I do believe there are some areas of the bill we can improve upon,” O’Scanlon said. “I would like to see us phase out the tax on medical cannabis completely within two years – if not immediately – and certainly not add another tax. I don’t believe we should be taxing medication at all.”

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O’Scanlon Seeks to Elevate Conversation with New Medical Cannabis Bill

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) released details of his “wish list” medical marijuana program expansion legislation.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon released details of his “wish list” medical marijuana program expansion legislation. (Pixabay)

“I’ve worked with stakeholders over the last several months on this legislation. I included things I’d love to see in our final bill but realize, now that there is general agreement that we will quickly be moving something forward, that I won’t get everything I want. If this bill does nothing but spur conversation I’m fine with that,” said O’Scanlon “While I do support S-10, this is my wish list for the medical program revision. There are numerous policy changes in my legislation that we should consider now that we have several years of data on our existing program’s strengths and challenges.”

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O’Scanlon Applauds Sweeney’s Action on Medical Marijuana

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) today praised action by Senate President Steve Sweeney to move forward with legislation expanding the State’s medical marijuana program. Sweeney’s announcement comes after O’Scanlon held a press conference yesterday calling for this action.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon applauded Senate President Sweeney’s announcement that he will move forward with legislation to expand New Jersey’s medical marijuana program. (Pixabay)

“I want to applaud the Senate President on his announcement to move forward with expanding our medical marijuana program,” said O’Scanlon. “This was not me forcing the issue – it was all of us coming together to make the right move for patients. That’s who this is ultimately about – people suffering who we have the power to help.”

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MEDIA ADVISORY (TOMORROW): O’Scanlon Press Conference on Marijuana

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) will hold a press conference to discuss marijuana legislation on Tuesday, May 14th in Committee Room 6 of the State House Annex at approximately 12:15 p.m.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon will hold a press conference to discuss marijuana legislation on Tuesday, May 14th in Committee Room 6 of the State House Annex at approximately 12:15 p.m. (Pixabay)

WHO: Senator Declan O’Scanlon

WHAT: Press conference to discuss marijuana legislation.

WHEN: Tuesday, May 14 at 12:15 p.m. (time will coincide with break in Budget Committee)

WHERE: Committee Room 6, State House Annex

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O’Scanlon: Taking $33M Without Firefighter Engagement “Baffling”

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) issued a statement today following news that the Governor has proposed taking $33 million from the State Firefighters Relief Fund designed to pay for burials of fallen firefighters and financial assistance for firefighters in need:

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon called Gov. Murphy’s proposal to divert $33 million from the State Firefighters Relief Fund “baffling.” (Pixabay)

“It is beyond confusing, and frankly shocking, that the Administration was not more proactive in reaching out to stakeholders after the comptroller’s report on the status of the relief fund was released. Although the fund appears to be flush, it could quickly and easily be depleted if we were to mismanage any reallocation of funds and completely destroy the initial intent of the fund: to aid needy firefighters.

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O’Scanlon: Jersey City Teacher Contract Punishes Kids & Taxpayers Statewide; Lawsuit Indicates Stunning Lack of Self Awareness

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Senate Budget Committee member Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) released the following statement on the newly finalized teacher contract in Jersey City, and the lawsuit filed by the Jersey City School Board demanding more state aid.

In his statement, O’Scanlon calls the contract a shameful plan to skirt around critically-needed benefit reforms, at the expense of innocent kids and taxpayers in Jersey City, and across the state:

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon said Jersey City’s newly finalized teacher contract is a shameful plan to skirt around critically-needed benefit reforms, at the expense of innocent kids and taxpayers in Jersey City, and across New Jersey. (Wikimedia)

“It takes a lot of guts to sue the State for more school funding, and then finalize a teacher contract that amounts to a shameful give-away that could negatively impact kids statewide. The audacity of such hypocrisy is astounding. Every family and taxpayer in New Jersey should be appalled.

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O’Scanlon & DiMaso Bill Enhancing Public Property Investment Signed into Law

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (both R-Monmouth) to extend the length of certain public property leases, S3456/A4897, was signed today by Governor Phil Murphy.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso’s legislation to extend the length of certain public property leases and support commuters who use ferries was signed by Gov. Phil Murphy. (SenateNJ.com)

“This law will enable private infrastructure investment, adding massive value to public property which has been leased,” O’Scanlon said. “By enacting this law, we are clarifying that public property leases should be allowed to extend past the typical 24-month period, as long as the capital improvement has a life expectancy of more than 20 years, or is valued above $300,000. We are also encouraging private investment that will return long-lasting yields for public property and at the same time allow for increased services – such as additional ferry services. We’ve worked extensively with Senator Vitale and Monmouth County to ensure that we accomplished what was needed in this bill.”

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O’Scanlon: We’re Ready to Work with Education Commissioner to Modernize School Funding Formula

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Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) said Senate Republicans are ready to work with Education Commissioner Lamont Repollet who testified at a budget hearing today that the State school funding formula needs to be modernized.

Sen. O’Scanlon said Senate Republicans are ready to work with Education Commissioner Repollet who testified at a budget hearing today that the State school funding formula needs to be modernized. (Flickr)

“I was pleased to hear Commissioner Repollet acknowledge in his testimony today that the State school funding formula needs to be modernized,” said O’Scanlon. “He cited a number of serious problems with the current approach, including a process that hinders predictability in school aid, one day enrollment counts that skew aid calculations, and a broken system for funding special education. Senate Republicans agree, and we have a school funding plan that addresses all of these issues. We would be glad to work with the commissioner on the enactment of our legislation.”

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Senate Republican Budget Committee Members on State Treasurer & OLS Testimony

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The Republican members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee released the following statement highlighting their concerns after hearing testimony today from OLS and State Treasurer Elizabeth Muoio:

Senate Republican members of the Budget Committee react to testimony delivered on April 2, 2019 by OLS and the State Treasurer. (SenateNJ.com)

“When the Governor delivered his budget address, we had serious concerns that he was relying on savings that have yet to be determined, overly-optimistic revenue projections, and accounting gimmicks to disguise New Jersey’s financial problems,” Senate Republican Budget Officer Steven Oroho (R-24) said. “OLS can’t back up the administration’s revenue projections. Outmigration of income continues to be a major problem, equaling a loss of $3.5 billion, according to the most recent yearly data. A new income tax will only make it worse. This is insanity. There would be no need for any tax increases at all if the governor would come to the table and enact our bipartisan Path to Progress reforms.”

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