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logoThe New Jersey Society for Environmental, Economic Development (NJ SEED) was born during the recession of the early 1970s. The New Jersey business community was frustrated with a seemingly unending stream of environmental laws and regulations that stifled growth. New Jersey’s labor leaders were frustrated with the continuing decline of manufacturing and with the lack of incentives to create job growth, especially in the private sector.

Today, NJ SEED continues to be the leading voice in New Jersey for environmental balance and economic growth. Issues such as maintaining our state’s vital transportation infrastructure and its all-important port facilities, seeking to create a more efficient regulatory process, strengthening our essential telecommunications industry and providing for our security in these threatening times continue to be the focus of NJ SEED.

Transportation, Energy & Economic Development Committees Identify Policy Priorities

NJSEED Briefing Pic 1The Transportation Committee met Friday, April 8 and identified the following issues as the top policy priorities to be discussed at NJ SEED’s Congressional Briefing on May 17-18:

  • Recognition of the approved Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act
  • Gateway Tunnel Project with a focus on rail and transit
    Ports as they relate to freight, goods, security and infrastructure
  • Distracted Driving

The Energy Committee met today, April 11 and found the following policy areas toNJSEED Briefing Ad Pic 2 be the most important to speak with congressional members about:

  • Energy infrastructure – i.e. pipelines, electronic transmissions lines and grids
  • Reducing air emissions, clean power plants and the unique role of nuclear in New Jersey
  • Cost of energy and its effects on the NJSEED Briefing Ad Pic 3economy

Additionally, the Economic Development Committee met today and proposed the following policy priorities:

  • Technology infrastructure/innovation including cyber security and net neutrality
  • Tax reform
  • Resiliency Infrastructure
  • Economic and job growth investments such as workforce development

Thank you Teamsters Joint Council #73 for sponsoring the 2016 NJSEED Congressional Briefing

Thank you Teamsters Joint Council #73 for sponsoring the 2016 NJSEED Congressional Briefing Teamsters

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Deadlock Continues Over Transportation Funding in New Jersey

WNYC.org 07/15/16 Road and rail construction projects across New Jersey remain stalled as Gov. Chris Christie and state legislators continue a standoff over how to replenish the state’s nearly bankrupt Transportation Trust Fund. According to Robert Briant of the Utilities and Transportation Contractor’s Association of New Jersey, 800 workers have already been laid off due to … Continue reading “Deadlock Continues Over Transportation Funding in New Jersey”

Top N.J. Official Pitches Gradual Rise in Gas Tax

WSJ.com 07/15/16 The leader of the New Jersey Senate has recommended phasing in a proposed increase in the state’s gas tax, a shift from a previous plan to raise the tax by 23 cents immediately, a lawmaker familiar with the matter said Wednesday. Last week, Mr. Christie’s administration shut down work on ongoing transportation projects, valued at $3 … Continue reading “Top N.J. Official Pitches Gradual Rise in Gas Tax”

No solution in sight, all transportation work shutdowns likely to continue

NJ1015.com 07/15/16 New Jersey’s acting transportation commissioner said so far none of the roughly $650 million in suspended construction projects are slated to spring back into action following a one-week temporary shutdown initiated because there’s not a source of money for the Transportation Trust Fund. Acting Commissioner Richard Hammer said Department of Transportation, NJ Transit … Continue reading “No solution in sight, all transportation work shutdowns likely to continue”

Wisniewski: Christie holds N.J.’s roads hostage as he auditions for Trump job

NJ.com 07/13/16 As chairman of the Assembly’s Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee, I have advocated a hike in the gasoline tax as a fair way to fund our state’s depleted Transportation Trust Fund. It’s fair because drivers would pay in proportion to their use of the roads and because approximately one third of the tax … Continue reading “Wisniewski: Christie holds N.J.’s roads hostage as he auditions for Trump job”

Sweeney delivers Christie new gas tax plan to end N.J. road project shutdown

NJ.com 07/15/16 Gov. Chris Christie and state Senate President Stephen Sweeney met privately Tuesday in an attempt to broker a deal to fund transportation projects and bring an end to a statewide construction freeze. Sweeney presented Christie with a new proposal for replenishing the now-expired and soon-to-be-broke Transportation Trust Fund, according to a spokesman for the governor. “A proposal … Continue reading “Sweeney delivers Christie new gas tax plan to end N.J. road project shutdown”