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Senator Anthony Bucco

Senator Anthony Bucco

Bucco Warns Democrats’ New Wage Mandates Will Lead to Layoffs and Automation

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Says Minimum Wage for Unemployed Workers Replaced by Robots or Kiosks is Zero

Senator Anthony Bucco said that a minimum wage plan announced by Democrats yesterday will force small business owners to make tough choices about staffing levels and the adoption of labor-replacing technologies.

Sen. Anthony Bucco said a minimum wage plan announced by Democrats will force small business owners to make tough choices about staffing levels and the adoption of labor-replacing technologies. (Pixabay)

“As a small business owner, I understand how difficult it is to maintain employees’ jobs and benefits when we’re constantly faced with new taxes and expensive mandates from the State,” said Bucco (R-25). “I have no doubt that the huge costs being forced on employers by Governor Murphy and the Democratic legislature will lead to reduced hours for workers, layoffs, and the faster adoption of automation technologies that are already leading to workforce reductions in many industries.”

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Senator Anthony Bucco
Senator Steve Oroho

Bucco & Oroho: NJ’s High Business Taxes, Lax Oversight of Incentive Programs Has Created Environment for Abuse

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Call for Implementation of State Comptroller’s Tax Incentive Audit Recommendations

Senator Anthony Bucco and Senator Steven Oroho said New Jersey’s extremely high business tax burden and lax oversight of tax incentive programs have created an environment for the kinds of abuses that were identified in an audit released this week by the State Comptroller. Further, they called for the implementation of the recommendations offered by the Comptroller to address the deficiencies that were found in the State’s tax incentive programs.

Sen. Anthony Bucco and Sen. Steven Oroho said New Jersey’s extremely high business tax burden and lax oversight of tax incentive programs has created an environment for the kinds of abuses identified in an audit by the State Comptroller. (SenateNJ.com)

“With some of the highest business taxes in the nation, New Jersey provides a significant incentive for corporations to try to claim tax breaks they may not deserve,” said Bucco. “While that’s clearly wrong, it’s also incumbent upon the EDA as the organization that oversees tax incentive awards to ensure that tax credits aren’t claimed improperly. Stricter oversight of these programs is more important than ever following the imposition of $1 billion in new business tax surcharges by Governor Murphy last year.”

The Comptroller’s report highlighted a number of deficiencies at the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA), the agency responsible for managing the State’s various business tax incentive programs.

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Bucco: Murphy’s Interest in ‘Tax Fairness’ Really About Funding His Expensive Progressive Agenda

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Calls on Governor to Lift People Up, Not Pull Them Down

Senator Anthony Bucco (R-25) said Governor Phil Murphy’s talk of advancing “tax fairness” is really just an excuse to tax more to spend more.

Sen. Anthony Bucco said Gov. Phil Murphy’s talk of advancing tax fairness is really just an excuse to tax more to spend more. (SenateNJ.com)

“Governor Murphy’s interest in ‘tax fairness’ is just an excuse to tax more to fund an expensive progressive agenda that New Jersey will never be able to afford,” said Bucco, the Senate Republican Budget Officer. “If the governor were truly concerned about ‘fairness,’ he would find ways to lift struggling people up by cutting their taxes, instead of pulling down those who have managed to succeed in New Jersey by increasing tax burdens that are already excessive.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho/Bucco/Sarlo/Singleton Bill Would Help Small Businesses & Partnerships Preserve Tax Deductibility

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Legislation authored by Senators Paul Sarlo (D-Bergen), Steve Oroho (R-Sussex), Anthony Bucco (R-Morris), and Troy Singleton (D-Burlington) that will preserve the federal deductibility of an estimated $23 billion in state income taxes for small businesses and partnerships has passed the State Senate.

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Sens. Oroho, Sarlo, Bucco and Singleton will preserve the federal deductibility of an estimated $23 billion in state income taxes for small businesses and partnerships. (SenateNJ.com)

The bill is a product of the Economic and Fiscal Policy Workgroup, the blue-ribbon study group that made recommendations to improve New Jersey’s fiscal practices and economic strength. The legislation is part of the “Path To Progress” initiative.

“This legislation will save hundreds of millions of dollars for the many New Jersey small businesses that are registered as S Corporations and pay their corporate taxes through the state income tax, as well as all of the law firms, medical groups, accounting practices and other partnerships that were created as LLCs,” said Senator Oroho, who is a Certified Financial Planner. “This plan works because the federal tax plan allows businesses to continue to deduct all of their taxes.”
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Senator Anthony Bucco
Senator Steve Oroho

Senate Passes Bucco/Oroho/Singleton Bill to Let NJ Businesses Challenge State Regulations

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New Jersey business owners would finally have the ability to push back against State regulations, under bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senators Anthony Bucco, Steven Oroho, and Troy Singleton. The bill, S-2345, passed the State Senate today.

Bipartisan legislation by Sens. Anthony Bucco, Steven Oroho, and Troy Singleton giving New Jersey business owners the ability to push back against State regulations has passed the New Jersey Senate. (SenateNJ.com)

“We have seen a  mass exodus of small business owners in recent years, and many are leaving because of red tape,” Senator Bucco said. “Every business owner should have the opportunity to fight back against rules and regulations that keep them from growing a business here. The New Jersey Regulatory Flexibility Act is a great tool. I hope that this legislation will encourage business owners to speak out and help us cut red tape, so they can stay and prosper in New Jersey.”

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Senate Passes Bucco Bill Expanding Emergency Access to Lifesaving Prescriptions

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The New Jersey State Senate has passed legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-25) that would allow a pharmacist to dispense an emergency supply of chronic maintenance drugs, without a current prescription from a doctor.

Sen. Bucco’s bill would expand the supply limit of certain medications to 30 days, ensuring people with serious conditions, such as allergies or diabetes, have enough on hand to keep them safe. (Wikimedia Commons)

“In the time it takes to get a doctor to authorize refill,  a patient with a serious medical condition can end up hospitalized – or worse,” Senator Bucco said. “When a woman reached out to my office to share how her son almost died because of a dangerous over-regulation, I knew we had to pass this bill. By easing access to emergency medications, we can ensure that no mother ever has to go through the fear of losing her child like that ever again.”

Senator Bucco’s legislation aims to help patients and caregivers such as Debra Reinhart, a New Jersey woman whose son almost died when he was unable to get his insulin prescription, according to a report by NJ Spotlight.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Sarlo, Oroho, Bucco, Singleton Bill Would Help Small Businesses & Partnerships Preserve Tax Deductibility

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Plan is ‘IRS-proof’ because it returns tax law to entity-level payment system

Legislation authored by Senators Paul Sarlo, Steven Oroho , Anthony Bucco, and Troy Singleton that will preserve the federal deductibility of an estimated $23 billion in state income taxes for small businesses and partnerships was approved by a Senate committee today.

Sens. Paul Sarlo, Steven Oroho, Anthony Bucco, and Troy Singleton’s bill will preserve the federal deductibility of an estimated $23 billion in state income taxes for small businesses and partnerships. (SenateNJ.com)

The legislation, S-3246, will amend New Jersey’s state tax code to the system that was in place prior to 1993 under which S corporations, Limited Liability Corporations (LLC’s) and other business partnerships directly paid the state income tax liability of their owners and partners. Entitled the “Pass-Through Business Alternative Income Tax Act,” the bill would establish an elective entity-level tax to be paid by pass-through businesses and would provide an offsetting credit to taxpayers who receive income from a pass-through business.

“This legislation will save hundreds of millions of dollars for the many New Jersey small businesses that are registered as S Corporations and pay their corporate taxes through the state income tax, as well as all of the law firms, medical groups, accounting practices and other partnerships that were created as LLCs,” said Senator Oroho, who is a Certified Financial Planner. “This plan works because the federal tax plan allows businesses to continue to deduct all of their taxes.”

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Senator Kristin Corrado

Advanced: Bucco/Corrado Bill Package to Create American Legion License Plates

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Bills Inspired by Local Member Aim to Promote Patriotism & Raise Funds for Vets

Two pieces of legislation sponsored by Senate Republicans Anthony Bucco and Kristin Corrado that would authorize the creation of two separate special American Legion Auxiliary license plates have been approved by the Senate Transportation Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Sens. Anthony Bucco and Kristin Corrado authorizing American Legion Auxiliary license plates has been approved by the Senate Transportation Committee. (©iStock)

The bills would authorize the NJ Motor Vehicle Commission (NJ MVC) to issue “American Legion Auxiliary” and “Sons of the American Legion” license plates.

“American Legion members honorably answer the call of ‘Service Not Self.’ These proud men and women have been instrumental in our efforts to advocate for policies that protect and uplift our nation’s heroes,” Sen. Anthony Bucco said. “These license plate designations are a great way to honor the Legion’s strong traditions, and support their efforts to serve, educate, and give back to local veterans.”

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Senate Committees Advance Bucco and Lagana Bills to Increase School Security

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senators Anthony Bucco and Joseph Lagana to provide New Jersey law enforcement with the resources they need to protect local schools has passed the Senate Education Committee.

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senators Anthony Bucco and Joseph Lagana to provide New Jersey law enforcement with resources to protect local schools has passed the Senate Education Committee. (Flickr)

The Bucco/Lagana bill, S-2676, would require school boards to provide law enforcement with copies of blue prints and maps of schools and school grounds.

“Local police officers must have access to school blueprints to ensure they are never blind before entering the building during a crisis,” Bucco said. “In a true emergency, a 30-second delay could be the difference between a child making it out of the building alive, or dying inside. We have to make sure law enforcement officials have all of the information they need to protect students and teachers from harm. Giving them a map of the school is a commonsense way to do that. ”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Bucco/Oroho/Singleton Bill to Give Small Business Owners the Power to Cut Red Tape Passes Committee

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Bipartisan bill would allow employers to challenge State Regulations that make it difficult to run a business in NJ

The Senate Budget Committee has passed bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senators Anthony Bucco, Steven Oroho, and Troy Singleton that would cut red tape for small businesses.

S-2345 would expand the scope of the existing New Jersey Regulatory Flexibility Act.

Bipartisan bill would allow employers to challenge State Regulations that make it difficult to run a business in New Jersey. (SenateNJ)

“Statewide small business owners face so many unnecessary bureaucratic hurdles. There is no denying that red tape is forcing job creators to leave New Jersey,” Sen. Anthony Bucco (R-Morris and Somerset) said. “This legislation would allow employers to have greater control of their destiny, making government less burdensome, and the economy more competitive.”

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