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NJ SEED is a unique coalition of New Jersey’s most prominent labor and business 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.

1/15/19-Full Steam Ahead for Clean Energy as NJ and Other States Adopt New Policies

Full Steam Ahead for Clean Energy as NJ and Other States Adopt New Policies

January 11, 2019 |njspotlight.com

The boom in natural gas and renewable energy shows little sign of abating, according to new projections by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The utility-scale capacity additions consist primarily of wind (46 percent), natural gas (34 percent) and solar photovoltaics (18 percent), with the remaining 2 percent consisting primarily of other renewables and battery storage capacity, according to the agency.

NJ SEED recognizes that improved technologies help to make more renewable energy sources economically feasible. The private sector should continually be encouraged to seek innovation with respect to energy production.

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1/15/19-NJBIA Study Details How NJ Can Reclaim Title as the ‘Innovation State’

NJBIA Study Details How NJ Can Reclaim Title as the ‘Innovation State’

January 11, 2019 |njbiz.com

The NJBIA, in its Indicators of Innovation study released recently, compiled an “innovation score,” taking into account 12 factors broken into three areas: capital, talent, and business. “New Jersey’s path to regaining its stature as the ‘Innovation State’ cannot be forged without fixing what is structurally broken to address affordability in our great state,” NJBIA President and CEO Michele Siekerka said. “Those structural deficiencies,” he continued, “are the pension and health care obligations; the strained condition of New Jersey Transit and infrastructure in general; and taxes.”

NJ SEED agrees that in order to make NJ a more attractive place in which to live and work, serious attention must be given to “structural deficiencies”.

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1/15/19-More People Moved Out of New Jersey Than Any Other State in America

More People Moved Out of New Jersey Than Any Other State in America

January 2, 2019 |nypost.com

New Jersey residents are on the outs with their state. More people moved out of the Garden State in 2018 than any other state, according to a new study by United Van Lines – though New York wasn’t far behind. New Jersey, which topped the list of the “most moved from” states, was followed by Illinois, Connecticut and the New York, the moving company’s study found.

NJ SEED finds this a disappointing report as, according to economists, those most likely to leave are those who have the means to do so. Perhaps rather than looking to become a “Sanctuary State”, New Jersey ought to be seeking ways to attract more middle and upper-class residents.

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1/15/19-Federal Shutdown Already Hurting NJ Amid Fears of Growing Impact

Federal Shutdown Already Hurting NJ Amid Fears of Growing Impact

January 8, 2019 |njspotlight.com

 An ongoing partial shutdown of the federal government has already caused canceled meetings, delayed permitting and the closure of some facilities at national parks in New Jersey. But concerns are running high that the effects could be more serious and widespread if the political gridlock continues in Washington, D.C.

NJ SEED adds its voice to those who call on the Administration and the Congress to stop playing politics and disregarding the wellbeing not only of government workers but also the lives of those affected by inadequately protected borders. Politicians shouldn’t get away with saying they are for border security while at the same time opposing securing the border.

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1/1/19-NJ Transit Awarded $6.5 Million Grant to Install Positive Train Control

NJ Transit Awarded $6.5 Million Grant to Install Positive Train Control

December 28, 2018 |njbiz.com 

New Jersey Transit has received a federal grant of $6,542,353 from the Department of Transportation to install positive train control on a New Jersey Transit line that travels from New York Penn Station and Trenton to Hackettstown. The grant comes as part of the fiscal year 2018 Positive Train Control Grants under the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements Grant Program. Positive train control is a federally mandated emergency braking system that uses a series of sensors to automatically stop trains in the event of operator error. All rail agencies are installing positive train control as a safety precaution.

NJ SEED welcomes the news of receipt of the federal grant and urges prompt installation of positive train control mechanisms. NJ’s commuters deserve to ride NJ Transit with assured safety.

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