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Prieto, Caride, Schaer & Eustace Bill to Boost Tax Savings & Economic Growth in the Meadowlands Region Approved by Assembly

Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto Bill Consolidates N.J. Meadowlands Commission into N.J. Sports and Exposition Authority While Also Revising Tax Sharing System to Provide Savings to Residents and Businesses

Legislation Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, Assemblywoman Marlene Caride, Assemblyman Gary Schaer and Assemblyman Tim Eustace sponsored to boost property tax savings, economic growth and job creation in the Meadowlands region by consolidating two major state agencies and improving the tax sharing system used by 14 northern New Jersey municipalities was approved 42-24-2 Thursday by the Assembly.

"Residents and businesses in the Meadowlands have long sacrificed amid the ecological and environmental challenges facing the area, but times change and common sense reform is sorely needed to ensure the region's future success," said Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen). "This bill takes into account the modern needs of these communities in Bergen and Hudson counties, including tax relief, transportation improvements and economic growth, all while providing certainty and savings to local governments. It's the right reform at the right moment in time..."

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Prieto, Mazzeo, Pintor Marin, Quijano & Schaer Bill to Boost Urban Enterprise Zones to Create Jobs & Economic Development Approved by Assembly

Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto Legislation Assembly Democrats Speaker Vincent Prieto, Vince Mazzeo, Eliana Pintor Marin, Annette Quijano and Gary Schaer sponsored to restore a portion of sales tax revenue to municipalities with Urban Enterprise Zones to spur urban economic development and create jobs was approved 46-19 Thursday by the Assembly.

"The Urban Enterprise Zone initiative is one of our state's most powerful economic drivers and this legislation would be a strong step toward once again revving the program up and helping our urban areas be more competitive," said Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen), who represents UEZ communities Guttenberg, Kearny, North Bergen and West New York. ""Our urban areas cannot succeed economically if we do not provide the proper investments into them, and the UEZ program is the single best way we can help these cities and their residents and businesses prosper..."

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Mazzeo & Andrzejczak Measure Seeking Help for Atlantic County Workers Displaced by Casino Closures Approved by General Assembly

By a vote of 67-1, the General Assembly on Thursday approved legislation sponsored by Assemblymen Vince Mazzeo and Bob Andrzejczak urging the federal government to expedite a grant that will help displaced workers in Atlantic County get the training and education needed to find gainful employment after the recent closure of numerous Atlantic City casinos.

The resolution (AR-192) urges the United States Department of Labor to approve the state's proposal for a National Emergency Grant submitted by the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development to fund employer-driven workforce training and education programs for employees in the Atlantic County region.

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Egan, Diegnan, Lagana, Mosquera & Eustace Bills to Bolster U.S. Economy Gain Assembly Approval

Asm. Joseph Egan Legislation Requires Exclusive Use of Materials Made in America

Legislation Assembly Democrats Joseph V. Egan, Patrick J. Diegnan, Joseph A. Lagana, Gabriela Mosquera and Tim Eustace sponsored to prohibit agencies from using imported materials to complete a job was approved by the full Assembly on Thursday.

"As we continue to rebound from the Great Recession and strengthen our economy, it's critical that we take advantage of all opportunities to keep jobs and dollars in America," said Egan (D-Middlesex/Somerset), Assembly Labor Committee chair. "This bill package is one of those opportunities, and we cannot afford to let it pass us by."

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Egan, Diegnan, Lagana, Mosquera & Eustace Bills to Bolster U.S. Economy Gain Assembly Approval

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THURSDAY - Expanded Tuition Equality, Veterans Tuition Assistance, UEZ Boost, Meadowlands Reform, Atlantic City Help & Rutgers Reform Top Assembly Session

Bills to expand tuition equality, provide tuition help for veterans, send more money back to Urban Enterprise Zones, reform Meadowlands tax sharing and governance, help Atlantic City's economy and reform the Rutgers board of trustees top Thursday's Assembly voting session.

Bills to reform New Jersey's expungement laws, create Gold Alerts for missing people with developmental disabilities, establish a motor vehicle surcharge payment plan, ban unsolicited text ads and checks, require ATM operators to disclose balance inquiry fees, expand use of DNA as crime evidence, eliminate consumer data collection requirements for gift cards and limit access to motor vehicle recording data are also to be considered...

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Eustace, Andrzejczak, DeAngelo & Sumter Bill to Allow Veterans to File for Unemployment Benefits Online OK'd by Assembly

Asm. Tim Eustace Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Tim Eustace, Bob Andrzejczak, Wayne DeAngelo and Shavonda Sumter to ensure that all claimants have the same access unemployment benefits online was approved 76-0 Monday by the Assembly. Currently, claimants who served in the military, worked in government or worked outside of the state can only apply over the telephone or in person.

"Currently policy neglects to provide veterans and others the same conveniences in filing for UI benefits as other residents," said Eustace (D-Bergen/Passaic). "All claimants in New Jersey should have equal access to all unemployment benefits filing options, especially those who have fought for this country..."

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Prieto, Mazzeo, Pintor Marin, Quijano & Schaer Bill to Boost Urban Enterprise Zones to Create Jobs & Economic Development Advanced by Assembly Panel

Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto Legislation Assembly Democrats Speaker Vincent Prieto, Vince Mazzeo, Eliana Pintor Marin, Annette Quijano and Gary Schaer sponsored to restore a portion of sales tax revenue to municipalities with Urban Enterprise Zones to spur urban economic development and create jobs was released Monday by an Assembly panel.

"The Urban Enterprise Zone initiative is one of our state's most powerful economic drivers and this legislation would be a strong step toward once again revving the program up and helping our urban areas be more competitive," said Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen), who represents UEZ communities Guttenberg, Kearny, North Bergen and West New York. ""Our urban areas cannot succeed economically if we do not provide the proper investments into them, and the UEZ program is the single best way we can help these cities and their residents and businesses prosper..."

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Lampitt & Mukherji Earned Sick Leave Bill Continues Advancing in Assembly

Bill Would Make N.J. 3rd State to Require Earned Sick Leave
Legislation Assembly Democrats Pamela Lampitt and Raj Mukherji sponsored to require employers to provide earned sick leave to workers in New Jersey was advanced Monday by the Assembly Budget Committee.

The bill (A-2354) would allow workers to accrue one hour of earned sick leave for every 30 hours worked.

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MONDAY - Assembly Panel to Consider 5-Bill Package to Help Atlantic City & Measures to Reduce Rutgers Board of Trustees & Allow More Use of DNA as Crime Evidence

The Assembly Appropriations Committee will meet Monday morning to consider, among other bills, legislation to help Atlantic City's struggling economy, reduce membership of the Rutgers board of trustees and allow more use of DNA as crime evidence...


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MONDAY - Assembly Budget Committee to Consider Earned Sick Leave, UEZ Improvements & Meadowlands Reform Bills

The Assembly Budget Committee will meet Monday morning to consider earned sick leave for all New Jersey workers, Urban Enterprise Zone improvements and Meadowlands region tax sharing and governance reform.

The meeting will take place at 9:30 a.m. in Committee Room 11 of the State House Annex in Trenton...


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Mazzeo & Andrzejczak Measure Seeking Help for Atlantic County Workers Displaced by Casino Closures Approved by Assembly Panel

Asm. Vince Mazzeo An Assembly panel on Thursday advanced legislation Assemblymen Vince Mazzeo and Bob Andrzejczak introduced urging the federal government to expedite a grant that will help displaced workers in Atlantic County get the training and education needed to find gainful employment after the recent closure of numerous Atlantic City casinos.

"The type of effective training that will be provided through this grant is necessary for the Atlantic County region to regain a strong economic footing," said Mazzeo (D-Atlantic). "While unemployment benefits are available to many of these displaced workers, these benefits are temporary, and ultimately these displaced workers will need training and education so that they match the knowledge and skills required for reemployment in today's workforce. It's crucial that consideration and approval of the state's grant application be expedited in order to help these workers as soon as possible..."

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Mazzeo Measure Urging Port Authority of NY/NJ & SJTA to Raise Minimum Wage for AC Airport Workers Released by Assembly Panel

Asm. Vince Mazzeo A measure sponsored by Assemblyman Vincent Mazzeo (D-Atlantic) calling on the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the South Jersey Transportation Authority to raise the minimum wage for workers at the Atlantic City International Airport was released Thursday by an Assembly panel.

"At the current state minimum wage of $8.25, many full-time airport workers are taking home about $17,000 a year. Considering New Jersey's high cost of living, how do we expect a family to afford the daily necessities and still thrive on so little?" asked Mazzeo. "I'm not asking the Port Authority & SJTA to make an exception for Atlantic City Airport workers. I'm asking that they extend the same courtesy that has been afforded to workers at the other airports. Increasing the pay for all airport workers instead of a select few is the fair and just thing to do..."

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Quijano & Vainieri Huttle Bill to Improve Whistleblower Protections for Public Workers Advanced by Assembly Panel

Assemblywoman Annette Quijano Legislation Assembly Democrats Annette Quijano and Valerie Vainieri Huttle sponsored to protect public workers who disclose wrongdoing or abuses by their employer was released Thursday by an Assembly committee.

"We've seen too many cases of corruption or mismanagement in New Jersey that could have gone unchecked if an employee felt safe coming forward," said Quijano (D-Union). "It's time to provide protection to employees who do the right thing and keep the public trust as their priority. Threats and intimidation have never been acceptable. This bill makes that clear..."

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