QUIJANO, RAMOS, CHIVUKULA BILL TO BOOST SUPPORT OF BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS GAINS FINAL LEGISLATIVE OK

Legislation sponsored by Assembly members Annette Quijano, Ruben Ramos, Jr. and Upendra Chivukula to create a new fund to benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs in New Jersey through voluntary contributions on the state’s corporate and personal income tax returns has received final legislative approval.

The measure was approved 75-0 by the Assembly last month and 36-0 by the Senate this week. It now heads to the Governor’s desk.

“The Boys and Girls Clubs provide a safe, educational environment for disadvantaged youth in the otherwise unsupervised hours before and after school,” said Assemblywoman Annette Quijano (D-Union). “This is a simple way to boost support for their efforts.”

The bill (A-3267) would establish the “Boys and Girls Club in New Jersey Fund.” Under the bill, taxpayers would have the option to contribute to this new fund through a check-off box to be included on New Jersey’s corporate and personal income tax returns each year.

“Giving these kids a viable alternative to drug and gang violence is a worthy cause that deserves an easy option to support,” said Ramos (D-Hudson).

“Boys and Girls Clubs are a tremendous asset to our communities and it benefits us all to find ways to help increase support for their endeavors,” said Chivukula (D-Middlesex/Somerset).