Archive for Tag: jobs & economy

Bramnick: Reopen unemployment offices now

TRENTON, N.J. – New Jersey is almost reopened with a glaring exception: unemployment and career service offices. Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick is calling for the immediate reopening of the offices with extended hours to resolve outstanding unemployment claims and match people out of work with available job opportunities. “Thousands...

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Judge sides with GOP lawmaker, Murphy administration must hand over Covid data used to justify state shutdowns by June 11

TRENTON, N.J. – In a victory for greater transparency and in pursuit of the truth, Assemblyman Erik Peterson was granted access to the N.J. Department of Health N.J. Department of Health’s county-level Covid-19 data by state Superior Court Judge Mary C. Jacobson Tuesday. The state has until June 11...

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Hiding in plain sight, Murphy suppresses bad job numbers

TRENTON, N.J. – New Jersey did not release weekly unemployment claims last week for the first time since the unemployment skyrocketed at the beginning of the pandemic. Every Thursday the state Labor Department puts out a press release on weekly unemployment claims and how much recipients have been paid...

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Assembly approves expanding DeCroce’s barber pilot program to include more professionals

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce’s barber pilot program signed into law in 2019 would be expanded to professionals from states or countries that do not issue licenses under a bill passed by the Assembly today. Under current law, the three-year pilot program applies only to barbers and hairstylists...

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Dancer proposes legislation protecting business tax credits during pandemic

TRENTON, N.J. – Due to pandemic conditions and the major shift to remote work, businesses that received tax credits through the New Jersey Economic Opportunity Act of 2013 are struggling to meet a requirement that employees spend 80 percent of their work time on-site. To protect jobs and businesses,...

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Bramnick urges Murphy to pay down debt, help unemployed with federal aid money

TRENTON, N.J. – New Jersey is poised to receive $6.4 billion as part of the federal government’s recently enacted $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act. Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick is pushing the Murphy administration to make good on the promise to pay down some of the state’s debt,...

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GOP lawmakers warn ‘Healthy Terminals Act’ would jeopardize jobs

TRENTON, N.J. – Three state lawmakers slammed a bill creating special benefits for employees at Newark Liberty International Airport and the adjacent train station during a March 25 Assembly voting session. The bill (S989), which the Democrats call the “Healthy Terminals Act,” sets a prevailing wage schedule for any...

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Taking the best ideas across the county, Army-veteran lawmaker introduces sweeping veterans package

TRENTON, N.J. – In the past few years, New Jersey has honored its veterans with free beach access, hunting and fishing licenses, and hiring preferences for civil service jobs. A veteran lawmaker thinks it is time to quit what he calls the “soft-shoe” approach. Assemblyman Brian Bergen, who was...

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Bramnick reacts after hearing testimony Friday on the pandemic

TRENTON, N.J. – Friday’s Senate and Assembly Republican hearing on the impact of Covid restrictions on businesses revealed there was no opportunity for the public to be heard before state government. Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick plans to introduce a bill requiring the governor to hold public hearings during...

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