12/18/18-Senator Booker Is a Leading Sponsor of the Nuclear Energy Leadership Act – S 3422

Senator Booker Is a Leading Sponsor of the Nuclear Energy Leadership Act – S 3422

September 6, 2018 |energy.senate.gov

S. 3422, the Nuclear Energy Leadership Act (NELA), will help reestablish U.S. leadership in nuclear energy by launching robust public-private partnerships between (sic) the federal government, leading research institutions, and the best industry innovators. The bill also promotes education initiatives, workforce development, and training in nuclear science.

NJ SEED has long supported nuclear energy as an important part of our total energy mix and appreciates Senator Booker’s sponsorship of S 3422.

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12/18/18-Could Advisory Board Help NJ Avoid Last-Minute Budget Shortfalls? 

Could Advisory Board Help NJ Avoid Last-Minute Budget Shortfalls? 

December 13, 2018 |njspotlight.com

The General Assembly Budget committee has given its blessing to a bill that would establish a revenue-advisory board. Its purpose: bring together forecasting experts from the executive and legislative branches, as well as a voice from outside government. The proposed legislation would bring the state closer to adopting the consensus-forecasting model preferred by fiscal-policy groups. Even if adopted, the governor would still retain sole authority to sign off on revenues for the state budget.

NJ SEED is pleased that the legislation responds to a serious for greater fiscal responsibility and includes drawing on expertise from outside of government such as the nonprofit Volker Alliance to act in an advisory role on revenue forecasting.

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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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