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