Archive for Tag: jobs & economy

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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DePhillips moves to make New Jersey America’s innovation leader

TRENTON, N.J. – New Jersey’s corporate business tax has led to an exodus of investment in the state once called the nation’s medicine chest. New Jersey is fifth out of seven states in the region for innovation, according to an NJBIA study, and experienced the largest loss of undergraduate...

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There are more important things than marijuana, says Bergen

TRENTON, N.J. – On Friday, Speaker Craig Coughlin announced the postponement of all Assembly business for 10 days, a move designed to allow the governor and Senate more time to come to an agreement on the details of marijuana legislation. “An internal political feud is not more important than...

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Rooney spotlights New Jersey’s small business health insurance crisis induced by the coronavirus

TRENTON, N.J. – New Jersey’s struggling small businesses have prioritized paying for employee health insurance premiums as the country faced its biggest public health crisis in modern history. Now small employers who purchase insurance through Members Health Plan NJ are looking at a 5.5 percent monthly Covid surcharge –...

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