Economic Opportunity Act II withdrawn

Seen as the follow-up bill to the Economic Opportunity Act, the state’s business incentives overhaul signed into law in September, the new legislation was released from the Senate Economic Growth Committee last month and advanced to the Senate Budget Committee. But Lesniak says the bill hit a wall in committee due to a lack of ...

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NJIT professor More economic growth, less unemployment in 2014

More real economic growth and less unemployment, he says. In 2014, Rapp predicts growth will rise to 3.1 percent in addition to unemployment falling to 6.9 percent by December. Though his numbers aren’t far off from his 2013 projections, they still represent a positive outlook. “My predictions last year were 3 percent real growth, 2 ...

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Legislation delaying employers’ ability to conduct background checks until a job offer advances by Assembly panel

Also known as “ban the box,” the bill would require employers to obtain consent from qualified applicants before conducting the background checks and must provide written notice of their intentions to do so. The bill also provides provisions for what an employer can take into consideration during the background check process according to the degree ...

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Bill to reinstate nonresidential construction fee moratorium advances

The original moratorium on the fees, which are designated to fund affordable housing projects, had expired in July. The new bill would extend it through the end of 2014. Under the bill, municipalities which collected the affordable housing fees after the moratorium’s expiration must return them to developers. However, municipalities that have already been spent ...

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Experts ACA not a cure-all for patients with rare diseases

Better diagnosis and affordability top the list. “It’s a really good starting point, but there are so many issues we still need to tackle,” Julie Raskin, co-chair of NJ Rare, an advocacy network for New Jersey’s rare disease population, said at a panel Wednesday at Forsgate Country Club in Monroe Township. The panel was organized ...

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