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NJ SEED is a unique coalition of New Jersey’s most prominent labor and  usiness organizations. For more than 35 years, our diverse membership which includes labor and business groups, energy providers, environmental consultants, telecommunications firms, residential and commercial development interests, insurance firms, educators, police and firefighters, food manufacturers and retailers, water utilities, chemical industries,
pharmaceutical companies and health care advocates. We are committed to the belief that economic growth and environmental protection are not mutually exclusive.

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Design ‘Smart Cities’ Around People, Tech Day Panelists Suggest 

Design ‘Smart Cities’ Around People, Tech Day Panelists Suggest

November 9, 2018 | njbiz.com 

In New Jersey’s cities of tomorrow, kitchen appliances could alert homeowners they need to be replaced. Smart meters could tell them how to lower their electric bill. Commuters would be able to use ride-sharing apps to connect them from home or work to the nearest train station — via bicycles or electric scooters rather than cars. That was the vision laid out by panelists at the New Jersey Tech Council’s Tech Day event held November 8 at the Rutgers-New Brunswick campus.

NJ SEED finds futuristic forecasts to be both interesting and offering of helpful guidance but questions about costs to the consuming public and who controls the data are important considerations.

 

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Construction Forecast Bright With $45B in Projects Scheduled for NJ

Construction Forecast Bright With $45B in Projects Scheduled for NJ

November 9, 2018 | njbiz.com

Governmental and educational leaders recently outlined $45 billion in construction projects that are scheduled to take shape in New Jersey over the next two years, a nearly $1 billion increase over what was forecast last year. Michael McGuinness, CEO of the National Association of Industrial & Office Properties (NAIOP) and NJ SEED Trustee, stated, “Looking at trends for the next couple of years, much of what happens will be driven by the need to have a talented workforce and more collaboration between the public and private sector.”

NJ SEED welcomes the optimistic forecast and supports efforts for increased collaboration between the public and private sectors.

 

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NJ Voters Give Thumbs-Up to $500 Million Ballot Question

NJ Voters Give Thumbs-Up to $500 Million Ballot Question

November 7, 2018 | njspotlight.com 

On Tuesday, November 6, NJ voters narrowly approved incurring $500 million in new debt to pay for a wide range of initiatives aimed at upgrading educational facilities in New Jersey. Funds will go to expanding career-training facilities at high schools and county colleges, tightening school security, and getting lead out of drinking water at Garden State schools

NJ SEED recognizes the essential goals of expanding career-training facilities, improving school safety and assuring the quality of drinking water in our schools, but is concerned about adding a half-billion dollars to our state’s bonded indebtedness.

 

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Judge Delays Decision on PennEast Pipeline Proposal

Judge Delays Decision on PennEast Pipeline Proposal

November 6, 2018 | njspotlight.com

More than seven months after hearing arguments over whether to allow PennEast to use eminent domain to build the pipeline on the properties of uncooperative New Jersey landowners, U.S. District Judge Brian Martinotti said he had planned to issue the decision on Friday, November 2, but put it off to allow a bit more time for the parties to respond to two recent pro-pipeline decisions by other judges that could influence his decision. The proposed $1 billion pipeline would carry natural gas from northeastern Pennsylvania about 120 miles to Mercer County. The company says the new supply would mean lower gas prices for consumers.

NJ SEED supports the PennEast project as an important contribution toward a balanced mix of energy sources for NJ but expects environmentalists and the Murphy Administration to continue to oppose any project involving fossil fuels.

 

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11/07/18 -NJ’s Earned Sick Leave Law Not In Effect

NJ’s Earned Sick Leave Law Not In Effect

May 6, 2018 | nj.com

Last May when Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation to guarantee that people who work in the Garden State will be able to take a sick day without losing any pay, New Jersey became the 10th state in the nation to enact paid sick leave legislation. The law took effect on October 29 – 180 days after enactment. Here’s what you need to know:

NJ SEED did not take a position on this legislation but wants to be certain that all members, employers and union workers, are aware of their rights and responsibilities under this new law that is now in effect.

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