NJ Transit is going straight to its 500,000 daily riders and asking them to grade its performance and customer service. Not only that, it's posting the results online.
"We frankly are only as good as your last bus or train ride," said James Weinstein, executive director of NJ Transit, at a Dec.16 roundtable breakfast in Monroe presented by the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce.
Grow New Jersey Incentive Program - A-4306
(Coutinho/D-29; Conaway/D-7; Bucco/R-25; Chiusano/R-24):
Committee passed. This bill establishes a $200 million tax credit program. The program's cost would fall under the $1.5 billion cap established under the Urban Transit Hub Tax Credit program, and the initial allocation could be increased at the discretion of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority. An eligible business must have a minimum of 100 new or retained full-time employees and make a capital investment of at least $20 million. The credit is $5,000 per employee per year for up to ten years with the potential for a bonus award of an additional $3,000 per employee per year.
Assembly Appropriations Committee A-4306 Vote: Pou, Nellie (Chair) - Yes; Ramos, Ruben J., Jr. (Vice Chair) - Yes; Barnes, Peter J., III - Yes; Chivukula, Upendra J. - Yes; Conaway, Herb, Jr. - Yes; DiMaio, John - Yes; Greenwald, Louis D. - Yes; McKeon, John F. - Yes; Nardello, Gerry - Yes; Peterson, Erik - Yes; Stender, Linda - Yes; Thompson, Samuel D. - Yes
Business Action Center - A-4337
Assembly passed 47-29-2.This bill creates the New Jersey Business Action Center (BAC) within the Department of State and transfers the majority of responsibilities of the Business Retention and Attraction Division to the BAC, which will act as the state's liaison to the business community and provide information on incentives, permits, taxes, regulations and other key areas of concern to employers.The bill also requires the BAC to provide, upon request and free of charge, businesses within the state that have fewer than 99 employees with individualized competitive intelligence information.
Renewable Energy - S-2126
(Whelan/D-2; Haines/R-8; Quijano/D-20; DeAngelo/D-14; Ramos/D-33; Wagner/D-38):
Assembly passed 75-2-2 and sent to the Governor. This bill permits development of solar and wind facilities and structures on landfills and resource extraction operations under certain circumstances. This measure will assist the renewable energy industry by eliminating the need to obtain a use variance and will add certainty to the local land use approval process for solar or wind generation projects.
Renewable Energy Standards - A-4279
Committee passed. This bill would amend provisions of the Electric Discount and Energy Competition Act pertaining to renewable energy and energy efficiency. The State Chamber supports the reasonable and realistic goals contained in the final Energy Master Plan.
Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee A-4279 Vote: McKeon, John F. (Chair) - Yes; Gusciora, Reed (Vice Chair) - Yes; Barnes, Peter J., III - Yes; Coyle, Denise M. - No; Lampitt, Pamela R. - Yes; Mainor, Charles - Not Voting; Rudder, Scott - No
Hydraulic Fracturing - A-4231
(Wagner/D-38; Gusciora/D-15; Vainieri Huttle/D-3):
Committee passed. This bill prohibits the treatment, discharge, disposal or storage in New Jersey of any wastewater resulting from hydraulic fracturing for the purpose of natural gas exploration or production in any state.
Assembly Environment & Solid Waste Committee A-4231 Vote: McKeon, John F. (Chair) - Yes; Gusciora, Reed (Vice Chair) - Yes; Barnes, Peter J., III - Yes; Coyle, Denise M. - Abstain; Lampitt, Pamela R. - Yes; Mainor, Charles - Not Voting; Rudder, Scott - No
Mandated Benefits - S-1834
Committee passed. This bill requires health insurers to cover oral cancer medications on the same basis as intravenous cancer medications. The bill also prohibits a contract or policy from imposing an increase in patient cost sharing for either intravenous or oral cancer medications that are covered under the contract or policy as of the effective date of the bill. This mandate will increase health care costs for employers, who are already struggling to afford health insurance premiums.
Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee S-1834 Vote: Sarlo, Paul A. (Chair) - Yes; Stack, Brian P. (Vice Chair) - Yes; Beach, James - Yes; Bucco, Anthony R. - Not Voting; Buono, Barbara - Yes; Cunningham, Sandra B. - Yes; Doherty, Michael J. - No; Greenstein, Linda R. - Yes; O'Toole, Kevin J. - Yes; Oroho, Steven V. - Not Voting; Pennacchio, Joseph - Yes; Ruiz, M. Teresa - Yes; Van Drew, Jeff - Yes
Increased Workers Compensation Costs - S-676
(Oliver/D-34; Coughlin/D-19; Wisniewski/D-19; Moriarty/D-4; DeAngelo/D-14):
Assembly passed 59-15-4 and sent to the Governor. This bill increases workers' compensation for loss of hand or foot. This bill will raise the cost of workers' compensation, which will ultimately be passed on to employers in this difficult economic climate.
Back to Work NJ Program - A-4332
(Oliver/D-34; Coughlin/D-19; Wisniewski/D-19; Moriarty/D-4; DeAngelo/D-14):
Assembly passed 47-32. This bill establishes the Back to Work NJ Program within the Department of Labor and Workforce Development to provide workplace training to certain eligible unemployment insurance beneficiaries. The State Chamber is concerned that employers who participate in the program may inadvertently subject themselves to wage and hour violations due to confusion over what is considered training versus what is considered employment. Additionally, the State Chamber is concerned about the estimated $3 million cost of this program.
Small Business Regulatory Relief - A-2129
(Chivukula/D-17; McHose/R-24; Burzichelli/D-3):
Committee passed. This bill updates the NJ Regulatory Flexibility Act so that it substantially reflects all the provisions of the model regulatory flexibility legislation presented for consideration to all state legislatures by the Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Under the bill, an agency is required to conduct a review of rules that are up for re-adoption, ensuring that they have minimal impact on small businesses.
Senate Economic Growth Committee A-2129 Vote: Lesniak, Raymond J. (Chair) - Yes; Cunningham, Sandra B. (Vice Chair) - Yes; Codey, Richard J. - Yes; Kyrillos, Joseph M., Jr. - Yes; Oroho, Steven V. - Yes; Singer, Robert W. - Yes; Vitale, Joseph F. - Not Voting
Consumer Benefits - A-3133
(Riley/D-3; Coughlin/D-19; Burzichelli/D-3):
Committee passed. This bill permits the use of rebates, allowances, concessions, or benefits for motor fuel purchases on credit, debit or rewards cards. Currently New Jersey is the only the only state in the region that does not allow consumers to earn discounts on gasoline through frequent shopper cards or debit cards. This bill provides New Jersey consumers with the same access to these promotions as other states.
Senate Commerce Committee A-3133 Vote: Gill, Nia H. (Chair) - Yes; Lesniak, Raymond J. (Vice Chair) - Yes; Cardinale, Gerald - Not Voting; Kean, Thomas H., Jr. - Yes; Scutari, Nicholas P. - Yes
Getting the political parties to work together, reforming education and putting people back to work will be issues headlining the current lame-duck session and the next Legislative session, said Bill Caruso, executive director of the Assembly Democratic Office and Rick Wright, executive director of the Assembly Republican Office.
Gov. Chris Christie's chief counsel told a group of New Jersey Chamber of Commerce members on October 14 that the administration will press ahead with education reform this fall and "concrete steps" could be seen between the elections in November and the end of the Legislative session in January.
Most Would Back a Run for President by Christie Once He Finishes His Work in NJ
Most New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce members are optimistic about the state's business climate over the next 12 months, according to a recent survey conduct by the State Chamber.
- State Chamber Survey: Members Optimistic About New Jersey's Economy
- The Inaugural NJ Chamber Challenge is A Success
- Port Authority Chairman: 'Culture Shake-Up Follows Years of Insulation
- State Treasurer: 10% Income Tax Cut is Good Business
- Canadian Energy Executives to New Jersey Contractors: 'We Need Your Help'
- Hoboken Manufacturer Appointed Chair of N.J. Chamber's Health Care Reform Coalition
- Walk to Washington and Congressional Dinner Attracts 800
- N.J. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas Bracken's statement on Gov. Chris Christie's Budget Address
- NJ Transit Chief: 'We're Only As Good As Your Last Ride'
- Gov. Christie to Keynote N.J. Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner in Washington On January 26
- Next On the Agenda in Trenton: Education Reform and Putting People Back to Work
- New Jersey Chamber's 100th Birthday Party Raises The Roof at The Palace in Somerset
- New Jersey Chamber/Sovereign Bank Spot Survey: Most N.J. Executives Expect Business to Improve In Next 12 Months; More Than Half Plan to Hire
- Gov. Christie's Chief Counsel to N.J. Chamber Members: We Will Push Education Reform in Lame Duck Session
- N.J. Chamber's Legislative Awards Reception Is a Big Winner in Atlantic City
- The New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Honors Four Legislators and Three Business Advocates for Outstanding Economic Growth Work
- The New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce applauds passage of the Pension and Benefits reform bill
- Jeffrey C. Scheininger, Manufacturer, is New Chairman of the New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce; Six New Board Members Are Named
- The New Jersey Chamber Foundation Offers Free Camp For Students To Learn How To Prepare for College and Work
- Egenton is Named Head of Government Relations for NJ Chamber, Peppard is Promoted to Assistant Vice President
- State Chamber Sponsors Memorial Day Ceremony
- N.J. Chamber Foundation Career Day Attracts 4,000 Students
- State Chamber Survey: Members Optimistic About New Jersey's Economy
- State Chamber Applauds Signing of Tax Reform Bills
- NJ Chamber Supports Gov. Christie's Education Reform
- NJ Chamber Supports State DEP's Proposed Waiver Rule
- Labor Department to NJ Chamber Members: Help Us Fight Unemployment Insurance Fraud
- NJ State Chamber Applauds Gov. Christie's Higher Education Appointments
- NJ Chamber Supports State DEP's Proposed Public Access Regulations
- NJ Chamber Launches Radio Ads Supporting Gov. Christie's Bid to Lure Illinois Businesses
- State Treasurer to NJ Chamber Members: Income Tax Increase Has No Chance
- Chamber Applauds Gov. Christie’s Proposed Budget
- Governors Show Leadership on Budgets (chamberpost.com)
- NJ Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas Bracken's statement on Gov. Chris Christie's Budget Address
- Snowball Express. A Big Success. NJ Chamber Train Trip to D.C., Congressional Dinner Attracts 700 Despite Snow Storm
- Two NJ Chamber Of Commerce Executives Named To NJBIZ's "Most Powerful People in New Jersey Business"
- N.J. poll: Business leaders optimistic (Courier-Post)
- NJ chamber survey shows optimism from business heads (The (Bergen) Record)
- New Jersey businesses more optimistic about the state's economy (The Star-Ledger)
- NJ chamber survey shows optimism from business heads (Asbury Park Press)
- Chamber survey shows optimism from business heads (New Jersey Herald)
- Carefully reviewed waivers will expedite good projects (Asbury Park Press)
- N.J. Treasurer Says Low Earners Pay Less Than Neighbors (Bloomberg)
- N.J. State Chamber of Commerce supports TEACH NJ reform legislation (The Star-Ledger)
- NJ Minimum Wage Hike Inching Closer To Reality [POLL] (NJ 101.5)
- On business policies, N.J. holds winning hand: Bet the house (The Bergen Record)
- Advocates make case for NJ teacher tenure reform (The Bergen Record)
- Conflicting Views Over State's Strategic Growth Plan (NJ Spotlight)
- N.J. Assembly panel approves raising state minimum wage (The Star-Ledger)
- N.J. may bar credit reports as basis for turning down job applicants (WHYY)
- Gov. Christie leans on hopes of revved-up economy to fuel proposed income tax cut (The Star-Ledger)
- Chamber of Commerce Train Leaves N.J. for Annual Walk to Washington Event (The Star-Ledger)
- Christie appeals to business for support at chamber dinner (NJBIZ)
- Christie pushes tax-cut plan in Washington speech to N.J. business advocates (The Bergen Record)
- State Chamber of Commerce train ride marks 75th year (Asbury Park Press)
- Dems Distracting with 'social issues,' Christie says (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
- Christie Pushes Income-Tax Cut as Democrats Take Aim at Property Levies (Bloomberg)
- Christie touts jobs over social issues to New Jersey business leaders during annual dinner
(Press of Atlantic City)
- Chris Christie Speech to Cap Annual New Jersey Political Train Ride (Huffington Post)
- NJTV Report (At the Dinner)
- NJTV Report (On the Train)
- How to Repair the Economy: "Be Courageous"
- After end of ARC, NJ Transit focuses on privatizing parking, expanding rail lines (NJBIZ)
- The New Jersey Chamber's Guide to Buying Health Insurance (Enterprise Magazine)
- Telecom bill would boost economic climate (Gannett Newspapers)
- At chamber breakfast, business owners take upbeat tone (NJBIZ)
- N.J. business owners anticipate improving sales, more hires (WHYY)
- Rutgers economist predicts New Jersey won't post 2007 employment highs until 2016 (The Star-Ledger)
- NJ Business Leaders Optimistic (NJ 101.5)
- Video: Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno helps honor legislators & business advocates in A.C. (NBC40)
- N.J. chamber honors state lawmakers in Atlantic City (Press of Atlantic City)
- N.J. Chamber CEO Bracken says business climate not ideal, but 'better' (The Star-Ledger)
- Interview with the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce president (Star-Ledger Videos)
- Permanent fracking ban would hurt the NJ economy (The Star-Ledger)
- The New Jersey Chamber's Pledge:
Make N.J. a Great Place to Live, Work and Do Business (Enterprise Magazine)
- Chamber names 4 lawmakers “Legislators of the Year” (Gannett Newspapers)
- NJ renewable energy proposal debated in Toms River (Gannett Newspapers)
- Business groups have mixed reaction to Port Authority toll hikes (NJBIZ)
- NJTV announces chamber chief's debut on new program (NJBIZ)
- Remembering Frederick Westphal, Former N.J. Chamber, President and Chairman (Star-Ledger)
- More expensive energy stifles state economy (Courier-Post)
- N.J. Chamber names Westfield resident as chairman (Star-Ledger)
- Chamber's board chairman will bring small-business perspective to forefront (NJBIZ)
- Linden executive named chair of state Chamber of Commerce (Gannett Newspapers)
- Egenton named state chamber's top lobbyist (NJBIZ)
- The Next 100 Years: Tom Bracken Leads the Charge (Enterprise Magazine)
- State Chamber Sponsors Small Business Awards (The Courier News)
- Efforts to reduce shortage of nursing faculty good for business (Star-Ledger)
- New survey finds the Jersey economy is slowly getting better (NJ 101.5)
- Poll: NJ businesses say revenue, profits are increasing (The Record)
- State chamber poll shows support for Christie run, optimism on economy (NJBIZ)
- Survey finds economic optimism in NJ (Gannett)
- N.J. Chamber optimistic about profits, not jobs (Star-Ledger)
- Push for more conventions pays off: New Jersey Chamber of Commerce bringing event to Atlantic City in September (Press of Atlantic City)
- Business event focuses on positive outlooks (Gannett)
- At Bedminster forum, business leaders call for continued collaboration with state (Gannett)
- Labor Official Points to Business Advantage of New OT Rules at Chamber Event (NJBIZ)
- Opponents Ask Governor to Stop DEP Waiver Proposal (NJN News)
- Business groups show support for DEP's proposed rules on beach access (NJBIZ)
- State chamber enters fray in fight with Illinois (NJBIZ)
- Business-Friendly Legislation Up for Vote in NJ (Bergen Record)
- NJ Chamber President Thomas Bracken Comment on the Proposed Budget on NJN News (NJN News)
- Business leaders cheer Christie budget address (NJBIZ)
- Business groups say Christie is building a friendlier Atlantic City (Press of Atlantic City)
- Christie highlights education and benefits reform, fiscal discipline in Chamber of Commerce address (Star-Ledger)
- Washington Chamber Dinner (NJN News)
- In appointing new chief, state chamber looked to talent within (NJBIZ)