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Fred Madden and the Camden County Dems Continue to Kill Jobs in New Jersey

December 15, 2010

Fred Madden

Monday in a full Senate voting session, various members of the Senate Republican caucus moved a total of seven pieces of legislation designed to open New Jerseys job market for small business and private sector growth.  Each was brought directly to the Senate floor for an up or down vote using the rules of Senate.  Before debate on the merits of each piece of legislation, Senate Majority Leader Barbara Buono motioned to table each bill from consideration.  All seven times, Senator Madden voted with the Democratic majority to block good ideas to create jobs.

Calling unemployment in New Jersey a ‘problem that knows no partisan bounds’, Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Westfield) was joined by his Republican colleagues in calling on Democrats to bring seven additional job creation bills up for consideration in the Senate. The measures, left untouched by the Majority since the beginning of the legislative year, would complement the Democrats’ stated desire to pass jobs focused legislation in the next two months:

“From the beginning of this legislative session, Republicans submitted countless job creation bills,”

said Senator Kean.

“We are encouraged that the Democrats have joined us this month in recognizing the unemployment problem in New Jersey. The proposals taken up by the Senate to address this issue should not be dictated by politics or the partisan affiliation of the sponsor. Today, Republicans will move that nine additional bills complementary to the Majority’s package but excluded from the agenda be brought to the floor for consideration. Unemployed workers deserve a government that works across party lines to consider every responsible proposal to create jobs and improve our economy.”

Senator Kean said that sponsors will make use of a procedural tool called “motion to relieve” to bring bills to the floor aimed at:

  • Overhauling the state’s economic development agencies, statutes, and permitting
  • Providing financial incentives for businesses to stay and expand in New Jersey
  • Provide retraining to workers displaced by the recession
  • Educate lawmakers on policies that have contributed to job loss

From the bills’ sponsors:

Sen. Joe Kyrillos (R- Monmouth):

“My proposals to streamline permitting for businesses and provide tax credits for manufacturing will help make New Jersey a more affordable and hospitable place to do business. Most importantly, commissioning a comprehensive study through the Division of Taxation to educate legislators on which tax policies cause jobs to leave our state will help legislators understand the consequences of what we do here in Trenton.”

Sen. Jennifer Beck (R- Monmouth/Middlesex):

“The Business Employment Incentive Program has been very successful in helping employers overcome the financial obstacles to hiring presented by the current recession. Expanding this program makes sense when nearly ten percent of New Jersey workers are looking for a job.”

Sen. Diane Allen (R- Burlington/Camden):

“Workers who have lost their jobs in declining industries need to be given the tools to improve their skill sets and thus, their prospects of finding stable employment in the long term.”

Sen. Sean Kean (R- Monmouth):

“Many seniors find it a financial necessity to return to the workforce in order to make ends meet. The State of New Jersey should lend a hand to seniors so that they can find gainful employment and financial stability in a challenging economy.”

The bills for which Republican Senators will ask for consideration are:

S-543 (Kean, T., Submitted 1/12/10) — Economic Development Promotion Act

Goal: Seeks to promote economic development by: overhauling an inefficient economic development bureaucracy, eliminating antiquated statutes, providing low-cost assistance to prospective employers and entrepreneurs, and revamping New Jersey’s tourism marketing strategy.

S-1850 (Kyrillos, Submitted 3/22/10) — Requires the Director of the Division of Taxation to study impact of State business income taxes on business out-migration, business formation, and employment.

Goal: To provide legislators an understanding of which policies, past and present, contribute to job losses in New Jersey.

S-1865 (Kyrillos, Submitted 3/22/10) — Provides a corporation business tax credit for certain investments in manufacturing equipment and manufacturing facility renovation, modernization, and expansion.

Goal: To stop the manufacturing job losses, and encourage the cutting edge companies to stay and expand in New Jersey.

S-1914 (Kyrillos, Submitted 5/10/10) — Streamlines state and local permitting for businesses.

Goal: To make New Jersey a more hospitable place to open and operate a business.

S-761 (Beck/Kyrillos, Submitted 1/12/10) — Revise Business Employment Incentive Program (BEIP) to remove grant caps for each new employee hired and give equal treatment to all businesses under the program.

Goal: Provide strong incentives for employers to hire new workers.

S-976 (Allen, Submitted 2/1/10) — Allows free access to certain job training courses for employees affected by plant closings, mass layoffs, or transfer of operations.

Goal: To help improve the employment prospects of workers laid off in declining industries.

S-2117 (Kean, S., /Allen, Submitted 6/21/10) — Creates New Jersey Senior Labor Task Force

Goal: With many seniors finding re-entry to the workforce a financial necessity, the state must understand how it can best help seniors find gainful employment in a difficult economy

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    December 21, 2010 11:20 pm

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