Booker, others draft federal cannabis legalization bill
“For decades, our federal government has waged a 'War on Drugs' that has unfairly impacted low-income communities and communities of color,” said Sen. Cory Booker.
23 NJ businesses finish program to steer public contracts to minority-owned firms
The Small Business Bonding Readiness Assistance Program, which aims to help "small business owners compete for city, county, and state contracts and expand their portfolios of projects,” launched in 2018 as a joint venture between the NJEDA and the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey.
Lobbyist joins NJBIA government affairs team
Alexis Bailey comes on as director of the department, where she will work alongside other known presences in New Jersey politics: Chief Government Affairs Officer Chrissy Buteas and Vice Presidents of Government Affairs Ray Cantor and Christopher Emigholz.
New poll shows most in NJ want $10K SALT cap lifted
The limit on state and local property tax deductions was passed as part of the 2017 federal tax law signed by then-President Donald Trump, a Republican. According to FDU's survey, however: “In a rare instance of bipartisanship, equal proportions of Democrats and Republicans say the SALT cap should be removed."
4 new laws aim to bolster NJ’s clean energy agenda
“We are on our way to putting New Jersey firmly back in our rightful place as a world leader of innovation,” the governor said July 9. “This modernization of our energy sector isn’t just going to be good for cleaner air and our longtime fight against climate change - which it will be - it’s going to be good for our economy.”
Raising the curtain: How NJ theaters, live venues fared with SVOG relief
$3.2 billion was awarded to more than 4,000 venues nationwide by the U.S. Small Business Administration under its Shuttered Venue Operator Grant program, set up to assist theaters, museums, concert halls, performing arts centers and the like that had to close their doors during the pandemic. In New Jersey, 91 entities benefited from the program.
Voters wary about wagers on NJ collegiate sports, poll finds
Don't place your bets on Rutgers football just yet, a new poll shows just 25% of residents would be in favor of gambling on the Garden State's teams or home games.
Murphy signs laws cracking down on worker misclassification
At a remotely held event Thursday, the governor said that a 2018 audit of just 1% of employers showed that a combined 12,300 workers were cheated out of $460 million in wages, and the state out of $14 million of taxes because of the practice.
Camden Special Services District gives workers a raise – and looks to hire more
The “yellow jacket” employees are set to earn up to 25% more beginning this month, while a Second Chance program for new employees is also available.
NJ rolling out applications for $10M of COVID-relief biz loans
As part of the Murphy administration’s Small Business Emergency Assistance Loan Program, businesses and nonprofits hit by the pandemic can apply for this latest round of funds, which last 10 years with a 0% interest rate and deferred payments for the first two years.
New business taxes pushed back to Oct. 30, prompting confusion
Under a law Gov. Phil Murphy signed in January, businesses were set to begin paying a higher levy in July to replenish the state's unemployment fund, with increases spaced over a three-year period.
Jersey City mayor seeks waterfront high-rise inspections after Surfside collapse
As part of the proposal, any building above six stories would need an exterior assessment every five years and a structural one every 10 years for features including foundations and balconies.