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.
2021 Mid-Year Economic Outlook, June 9th, 2021 at 1:30 pm
Featuring: James Hughes PH.D, Dean Emeritus of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy
Author of the groundbreaking new report: “Coronavirus Economic Impact Continues: THE YEAR OF CONTRACTION (2020) YIELDS TO THE YEAR OF REBOUND (2021)”.
Moderated by: NJSEED Economic Development Chair Chrissy Buteas, Chief Government Affairs Officer of NJBIA.
Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/143909839203
The Legislature continues to be in summer recess.
Governor Murphy Signs Package of Bills Advancing New Jersey as National Leader in Lead Poisoning Prevention
7/22/21: Legislation Will Require Regular Inspections for Lead Paint Hazards in Residential Rental Properties and Replacement of Lead Service Lines.
S1147/A1372 – Requires lead paint inspection on certain residential rental property, including upon tenant turnover; establishes lead-based paint hazard education program; appropriates $3,900,000.
A5343/SS3398 – Requires public community water systems to inventory and replace lead service lines within 10 years; provides for recoupment of costs by investor-owned public water systems.
A5407/S3459 – Removes restrictions on special assessments and bond issuances for replacement of residential lead service lines; revises budgetary requirements for operators of certain water systems.
NJ SEED: The presence of lead-based paint in older buildings, especially in inner-city apartments, has long been an issue of concern as has the use of lead pipes in municipal water systems. The package of bills signed by the governor is an important step toward addressing this issue.
U.S. Life Expectancy Sees Biggest Drop Since WWII. COVID, Drug Overdoses Fuel Decline.
July 27, 2021 | nj.com
Life expectancy fell by a year and a half in 2020, the largest one-year decline since World War II, public health officials said Wednesday.
The decrease for both Black Americans and Hispanic Americans was even worse: three years.
NJ SEED: Troubling news as life expectancy has been on a steady increase since WW II. Though COVID and drugs are not surprising contributors to the decline, observation suggests that morbid obesity in America might also be a factor.
Governor Murphy Signs Legislation to Expand Civics Instruction in Schools
July 23, 2021 | nj.gov
Civics Instruction Will Now Be Required at the Middle School Level
NJ SEED: The legislation that received bipartisan support is an important elevation of civics education to the middle-school level. Teaching young students the foundations of our constitutional government, the privilege of participating in our democratic process, and understanding that with rights go responsibilities, is essential to becoming constructive citizens.
New Jersey officials, US leaders aim to increase vaccine numbers as COVID-19 cases spike
July 26, 2021 | newjersey.news12.com
The number of people receiving a COVID-19 vaccine number is increasing, but New Jersey officials and other leaders around the country say it’s not fast enough.
NJ SEED: Since the arrival of COVID vaccines and FDA’s emergency approval, there have been many mixed messages from public officials resulting in confusion and even distrust about the potential for dangerous side-effects and long-term consequences. Many are reluctant to be vaccinated. How dangerous the variants are is unknown, but vaccinations are presently the best way to combat them. The public is continually urged to make the decision to get the shots. If the Spanish Flu is to serve as a guide, this pandemic would be expected to last about three years. We are currently in year two.