3/5/19 Water Issue – Critics: NJ Slow to Remove Lead from School Water 

Critics: NJ Slow to Remove Lead from School Water

 February 27, 2019 | enviropoliticsblog.blogspot.com

Despite lead in drinking water supplies having been detected in hundreds of New Jersey’s public school buildings, advocates say there appears to be no rush to figure out how to divvy up $100 million in new money among districts eager to fix the problem.

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3/5/19-Energy Suppliers Ordered to Stop Passing on Higher Costs to Customers 

Energy Suppliers Ordered to Stop Passing on Higher Costs to Customers 

 March 4, 2019 | njspotlight.com 

In a dispute arising out of the state’s new clean-energy law, independent energy suppliers have been ordered to stop passing on higher costs to customers as a result of expanded requirements to supply solar energy. The New Jersey Board of Utilities ordered so-called third-party suppliers to halt the practice and to refund customers, a step that could run into tens of millions of dollars, according to representatives of the Retail Energy Supply Association, which is contesting the order.

NJ SEED recognizes that the issue involves only customers who have switched from their incumbent electric utility to third-party suppliers with fixed-price contracts, but more importantly will be a resolution over whether opinions of the BPU staff override subsequent law enacted by the legislature.

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3/5/19-Murphy-signed Commuter Benefits Bill Could Cause Trouble With Fed Employee Laws 

Murphy-signed Commuter Benefits Bill Could Cause Trouble With Fed Employee Laws

 March 2, 2019 | njbiz.com 

A new bill Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law last week requiring employers to provide commuting benefits could enter legally testy grounds because the legislation imposes the requirement on federal employers, which the state has no authority to do, Murphy said. The law takes effect immediately but will remain “inoperative” for a year while the Department of Labor and Workforce Development hashes out the rules and regulations for the new benefit, and undertakes a promotional campaign along with New Jersey Transit.

NJ SEED foresees that the new law while sounding like another well-intentioned mandate on the private sector, may have a bumpy road ahead where it conflicts with federal authority.

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2/26/19-Are Somerset County and Amazon perfect together? This local official thinks so.

Are Somerset County and Amazon perfect together? This local official thinks so.

 February 25, 2019 | njbiz.com 

Somerset County is still open for business if Amazon plans to continue its search for a place to open the other half of its second North American headquarters. Last Friday, Somerset County Freeholder Director Brian Levine announced the county’s willingness to host the e-commerce company at a meeting of the Somerset County Employers Legislative Committee.

NJ SEED says that if the state is still under consideration by Amazon, the Somerset proposal deserves to be considered. Notwithstanding its historic hostility toward business, NJ remains ideally situated to serve major markets.

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2/26/19-Princeton to Host First Public Meeting for Suspended-Line NJ Transit Commuters

Princeton to Host First Public Meeting for Suspended-Line NJ Transit Commuters

 February 19, 2019 | njbiz.com 

 Beginning Tuesday evening, (Feb.26) New Jersey Transit riders on the state’s suspended lines will have the chance to vent their frustrations to the statewide transit agency.  At the request of several top transportation lawmakers, NJ Transit will hold a series of six hearings at all stations along lines where the agency suspended or curtailed service for repairs, mainly for the installation of the positive train control emergency braking system.

NJ SEED agrees with the statement of Assembly Transportation Chair Dan Benson, (D-14 LD) who stated, “We hope the commissioner and NJ Transit use these opportunities to not only truly listen to riders experience but use them to inform their action to resolve the continuing problems facing this agency.”

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