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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.

12/11/18-For 2019, Businesses Most Worried About Marijuana, Minimum Wage Increase

For 2019, Businesses Most Worried About Marijuana, Minimum Wage Increase

December 7, 2018 |njbiz.com 

As 2018 draws to a close many businesses are nervously eyeing a potential wage increase to $15 per hour, and the potential legalization of adult-use marijuana, according to the New Jersey Business and Industry Association’s 60th Business Outlook Survey.

NJ SEED rationally takes no position on minimum wage issues. We take note here of the NJBIA’s Business Outlook Survey because the attitude of business has consequences for the state’s economy and labor force. 

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12/11/18-Greenwald Introduces Legislation to Combat the Opioid Crisis

Greenwald Introduces Legislation to Combat the Opioid Crisis

November 29, 2018 |njbiz.com 

Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald, D-6th District, has introduced Assembly Bill 4744 intended to bring Medicaid plans in-line with commercial health plans.

NJ SEED commends Assemblyman Greenwald for introducing A-4744. Opioid addiction seriously impacts business and labor productivity. Reducing barriers for those who need help in braking opioid addiction is laudable.

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12/11/18- How Serious is New Jersey About Transportation Pollution?

How Serious is New Jersey About Transportation Pollution?

December 4, 2018 | enviropoliticsblog.blogspot.com  

Lawmakers consider a bill that would clamp down on short-term pollutants like methane but could charge state DEP to restrict CO2 pollution, most of which stems from the transportation sector.

NJ SEED urges careful consideration of economic impacts when additional regulations and more government control are pushed by environmental activists especially when computer models predict environmental disasters 80 to 100 years in the future when few living today will be able to attest to their accuracy.

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12/11/18-Industry and Environmental Groups in Rare Accord on Transmission for Offshore Wind

Industry and Environmental Groups in Rare Accord on Transmission for Offshore Wind

December 5, 2018 |politico.com  

Marking a rare alliance, business and environmental groups are pushing Gov. Phil Murphy to embrace an “open” transmission system for offshore wind. In a letter, the groups call on Governor Murphy and the Board of Public Utilities to open a separate, competitive process for the rights to build transmission.

NJ SEED applauds the effort on the part of business, labor, and environmental organizations to jointly urge the state to develop an independent, open-access transmission system for the power to be generated by offshore wind turbines.

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12/5/18-Garment Manufacturer Chooses NJ to Set Up Shop

  Garment Manufacturer Chooses NJ to Set Up Shop

 November 30, 2018 | njbiz.com  

With the promise of $37.2 million in tax credits as an incentive, technology and supply chain startup Suuchi Inc. announced it will set up shop in Kearny rather than Charlotte, N.C. The move is expected to create over 400 advanced manufacturing jobs in the state. Meanwhile, Honeywell International Inc. confirmed it will be moving its global headquarters to Charlotte, citing a more “business-and-family friendly” environment in the city. Honeywell, to whom New Jersey previously awarded $40 million in tax credits, says it will keep roughly 1,000 jobs in the state following reports that it would move its global headquarters and up to 800 jobs out of Morris Plains.

NJ SEED views the decisions of Suuchi Inc. and Honeywell Inc. as representing the ebb and flow of business in a market-based economy. However, NJ for many decades has had the reputation of being hostile to business and has been unable to shake that perception no matter what political party is in power.

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