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(TRENTON) – Assembly Budget Chairman Louis D. Greenwald and Assembly Appropriations Chairwoman Nellie Pou released the following statements Thursday as a special Assembly committee hearing convened a hearing on ways to improve New Jersey’s economy and create jobs:
Greenwald (D-Camden):
“We all agree on the need to improve our economy and create jobs that will help make New Jersey more affordable, and we all know that sustainable jobs and strong economy will go a long way toward solving our structural budget problems.
“Two years ago we pushed forward with several key reforms to make New Jersey more business friendly, including corporate tax reform I sponsored to make it easier for businesses to retain and create new jobs. That was a step forward, but we must keep a vigilant watch on what else can be done to reinvigorate our economy.
“I was very disappointed that the plan to create jobs and economic activity through a state homebuyer tax credit did not receive enough support, but that makes our focus here today even more important as we look to find new and innovative ways to make New Jersey strong.”
Pou (D-Passaic/Bergen):
“Everyone here – no matter their philosophy or point of view or focus on the many other issues so important to our state – knows we have to all work together to seize this opportunity to create a vibrant economy for New Jersey that will create meaningful working class jobs.
“I look forward to everyone working collaboratively in the months ahead to build a package that will bring meaningful changes and effective incentives to create an environment that produces sustainable jobs for New Jerseyans.
“Coordination is vital if we’re to build a successful economic development plan, so it’s my hope that today’s hearing will be a first step toward an innovative economic development plan that makes New Jersey the economic force it should become.”