(TRENTON) — Legislation sponsored by Assembly members Annette Quijano, Ruben J. Ramos, Jr., and Upendra J. 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 was signed into law Wednesday.
The measure was approved 75-0 by the Assembly in February and 36-0 by the Senate in March.
“The Boys and Girls Clubs provide a safe, educational environment for disadvantaged youth in the otherwise unsupervised hours before and after school,” said Quijano (D-Union). “This is a simple way to boost support for their efforts.”
The new law (formerly A-3267) establishes the “Boys and Girls Club in New Jersey Fund.” Under the law, taxpayers will have the option to contribute to this new fund through a check-off box 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 deserved 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 help increase support for their endeavors,” said Chivukula (D-Middlesex/Somerset).