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May 17, 2021

Get back

The worker shortage is a nationwide problem, with business and labor groups at odds over its causes, but it could be particularly acute in New Jersey as the state gears up for the summer tourism season. Economical health here depends on tens of millions of visitors flocking to the beaches, and serving and lodging those people requires a huge workforce.

Gov. Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy receive the first dose of the COVID-19 Vaccine on on April 9, 2021.
May 17, 2021

Hard to herd

In the first stages of the vaccine rollout, hundreds of millions of Americans struggled to get a shot, waiting in virtual and physical queues for weeks or months. Now, interest has plateaued with most of those who want a vaccine able to get one.

Street cafe with tables and chairs. Cozy outdoor cafe. Dinner plate setting.
May 14, 2021

Restaurants receive $2.7B in Revitalization Funds, so far

As of May 13, $2.7 billion has been distributed to 21,000 eateries since the fund opened on May 3.

Members of Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg's working group on sexual harassment ride the #ChamberTrain. From left, Patricia Teffenhart of NJCASA, Sabeen Masih of Capital Impact Group, Mark Magyar of the New Jersey Senate Democratic Majority Office, and former Assemblywoman Lisa Randell on the #ChamberTrain.
May 13, 2021

Teffenhart joins New Jersey Chamber as senior vice president

Patricia Teffenhart, who served as executive director of the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault for the past seven years, will primarily be responsible for ensuring that the objectives of the organization's diversity and inclusion strategic initiative are met.

May 12, 2021

1 million NJ adults remain to meet June 30 vaccination goal

The state is nearing a key metric that will help in rolling back COVID-19 restrictions put in place on businesses and public gatherings in order to control the pandemic spread.

May 12, 2021

EPA grants $1.9M to 3 municipalities, NJEDA for brownfields cleanup and assessment

This funding is part of an overall $66.5 million granted to 151 communities to support underserved and economically disadvantaged areas across the country in assessing and cleaning up contaminated and abandoned industrial and commercial properties.

The film set of Sanctioning Evil, due out sometime in 2021.. - SINCLAIR YOON PHOTOGRAPHY
May 12, 2021

NJEDA approves film tax breaks for 3 more producers filming during COVID

These latest awards total $1.6 million, following a round of $1.32 million in grants approved under the NJ Film and Digital Media Tax Credit Program in March.

The public hearing of the New Jersey Task Force on EDA Tax Incentives on May 2, 2019.
May 12, 2021

Rules adopted for $1.1B tax break program; May start seen for applications

“This is an important step that will support the recovery in New Jersey, especially as we get residents back to work in the aftermath of the pandemic," said NJEDA board chair Kevin Quinn.

PPP Paycheck Protection Program concept. Inscription on Keyboard Key
May 12, 2021

Murphy approves tax breaks for businesses that got COVID-relief loans

Under a newly signed bill, income from the federal Paycheck Protection Program will not be used to calculate how much in taxes a business owes to the state.

Shopkeeper running his business while wearing a mask, coronavirus pandemic concept
May 11, 2021

Lawmakers, business groups press for tax credits to alleviate labor shortage

A trio of bills are in various stages in Trenton, while trade organizations contend employers need some form of financial relief to help overcome the dearth in hiring.

May 11, 2021

Uber, Lyft to offer free rides for COVID vaccines

“People will be able to simply select a vaccination site near them, follow simple directions to redeem their ride, and then get a ride to take them to and from a nearby vaccination site free of charge,” the White House said.

The New Jersey statehouse in Trenton.
May 11, 2021

What NJ can – and can’t do – with $6.4B in federal COVID relief

Gov. Phil Murphy said state officials were reviewing the U.S. Treasury’s restrictions on the funds, and that it was too early to tell how the money would be spent. “We now need to get a very specific sense of the parameters,” the governor said.