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Prieto, Muoio, Oliver, Schaer, Holley, Mukherji & Quijano Bill to Increase Assistance to Low-Income Families to Help Ease Poverty Heads to Governor

Bill Boosts Work First New Jersey Benefits by 30 Percent Over Three Years; Then Ties It to Social Security

Legislation Assembly Democrats Speaker Vincent Prieto, Elizabeth Muoio, Sheila Oliver, Gary Schaer, Jamel Holley, Raj Mukherji and Annette Quijano sponsored to increase the maximum cash assistance benefit for families participating in the Work First New Jersey program by 30 percent over three years, then tying it to Social Security gained final legislative approval Monday in the Senate.

"As I've said, as part of the Assembly's ongoing effort to combat poverty and rebuild the middle-class, fixing this problem isn't just about social responsibility. It's also about fiscal responsibility," said Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen). "It's appalling that New Jersey has the lowest grant level in the Northeast and that we've accepted this as child poverty increases steadily, along with all the costly problems that come along with it. If we're going to help lift people out of poverty by increasing access to work and job training, then we need to do the right thing and reform and modernize this system."

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Schaer, Lampitt & Benson Bill to Encourage Greater Collaboration between Business and Higher Education Communities Clears Assembly Panel

(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gary Schaer (D-Bergen/Passaic), Pamela Lampitt (D-Camden/Burlington) and Dan Benson (D-Mercer/Middlesex) to encourage more collaboration between New Jersey's businesses and institutions of higher education to help spur job creation and boost the economy was released Monday by an Assembly panel.

"Fostering collaboration between our higher education institutions and our business community is vital to encourage innovation," said Schaer. "By using existing assets we are learning from what other states have done successfully. We should invest in our future."

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Assembly Democratic Bill to Promote Equal Pay for Women Heads to Governorís Desk

Bill Sponsored by Downey, Lampitt, Schaer, Houghtaling, Benson, Singleton, Muoio & DeAngelo
Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Joann Downey, Pamela Lampitt, Gary Schaer, Eric Houghtaling, Dan Benson, Troy Singleton, Elizabeth Maher Muoio and Wayne DeAngelo to promote equal pay for women received final legislative approval from the Senate on Monday.

The bill, which was approved by the Assembly last month, now heads to the Governor's desk.

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Prieto, Oliver, Quijano, Pintor Marin, Schaer, Vainieri Huttle & Eustace Bill to Boost Wages for Service Workers at Newark Liberty, Newark Penn & Hoboken Terminal Goes to Governor

Bill Addresses Income Inequality & Requires Prevailing Wages for Service Workers Struggling to Make Ends Meet

Legislation Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, Speaker Emeritus Sheila Oliver and Assembly Democrats Annette Quijano, Eliana Pintor Marin, Gary Schaer, Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Tim Eustace sponsored to require prevailing wages be paid to all subcontracted transportation service workers at Newark Liberty International Airport, Newark Penn Station and the Hoboken Terminal was approved 23-15 Monday by the Senate, giving it final legislative approval...

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Caride, Schaer & Holley Bill to Facilitate Upgrades to Aging Energy Infrastructure Clears Assembly Committee

Measure Would Allow Use of P3s for Energy-Related Projects

Legislation Assembly Democrats Marlene Caride, Gary S. Schaer and Jamel Holley sponsored to facilitate upgrades to energy infrastructure in New Jersey and make the state more resilient in the face of severe weather events was advanced Monday by an Assembly committee.

"New Jersey's aging state and local government-owned energy infrastructure demands significant investments to replace and upgrade obsolete facilities," said Caride (D-Bergen/Passaic). "Ultimately, this is a public safety issue. Enabling governmental entities to develop needed state-of-the-art energy-related projects to improve the reliability and efficiency of the energy service provided to critical governmental facilities will prevent power outages during extreme weather and keep the state's residents safe."

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Prieto, Oliver, Quijano, Pintor Marin, Schaer, Vainieri Huttle & Eustace Bill to Boost Wages for Service Workers at Newark Liberty, Newark Penn & Hoboken Terminal Clears Assembly

Bill Addresses Income Inequality & Requires Prevailing Wages for Service Workers Struggling to Make Ends Meet

Legislation Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, Speaker Emeritus Sheila Oliver and Assembly Democrats Annette Quijano, Eliana Pintor Marin, Gary Schaer, Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Tim Eustace sponsored to require prevailing wages be paid to all subcontracted transportation service workers at Newark Liberty International Airport, Newark Penn Station and the Hoboken Terminal was approved Thursday by the Assembly.

"Airlines are making billions in profits while the workers who keep the industry running each and every day are struggling to make ends meet with little to no benefits," said Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen). "Sadly, many of these workers earning meager wages likely live in poverty, which is unacceptable and offensive. The time has come to right this wrong."

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Singleton & Schaer Legislation to Conduct Pension System 'Stress Tests,' Monitor Investment Management Fees Passes Assembly

(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assemblymen Troy Singleton and Gary Schaer to monitor the long-term health of the state's numerous public employee pension systems and track fees paid to outside investment managers was approved by the full Assembly, 75-0, on Thursday.

"There are many obvious reasons why we should be performing routine 'health' checks on our pension systems," said Singleton (D-Burlington). "The record number of credit downgrades we've received over the last eight years was due in no small part to the insolvency of our pension systems. Fees paid to outside investment managers have also skyrocketed in that time. A stress test analysis, particularly one that is forward-looking, is a wise move and will prove enormously beneficial in detecting potential crises on the horizon that we may need to address."

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Prieto, Muoio, Oliver, Schaer, Holley, Mukherji & Quijano Bill to Increase Assistance to Low-Income Families to Help Ease Poverty Approved by Assembly

Bill Boosts Work First New Jersey Benefits by 30 Percent Over Three Years; Then Ties it to Social Security

Legislation Assembly Democrats Speaker Vincent Prieto, Elizabeth Muoio, Sheila Oliver, Gary Schaer, Jamel Holley, Raj Mukherji and Annette Quijano sponsored to increase the maximum cash assistance benefit for families participating in the Work First New Jersey program by 30 percent over three years, then tying it to Social Security, was approved XX-XX Thursday by the Assembly.

"As I've said as part of the Assembly's ongoing effort to combat poverty and rebuild the middle-class, fixing this problem isn't just about social responsibility. It's also about fiscal responsibility," said Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen)...

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Singleton, Schaer, Benson, Eustace, Mosquera & Houghtaling Bill to Improve Reporting and Disclosure of State Tax Expenditures Gains Assembly OK

Legislation Assembly Democrats Troy Singleton, Gary Schaer, Daniel R. Benson, Tim Eustace, Gabriela Mosquera and Eric Houghtaling sponsored to improve reporting and disclosure requirements on state tax expenditures to help better ensure that tax incentives yield the impact desired gained approval from the General Assembly on Thursday.

"The state does not authorize these tax expenditures lightly," said Singleton (D-Burlington). "They're authorized for specific goals, such as creating jobs or boosting economic growth, so we need to make certain these benefits are working as intended. It's common sense to examine whether these expenditures are working. It's what the taxpayers deserve."

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