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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.

 

 

 

9/17/19-Court Rejects PennEast’s Bid to Access Government Lands to Build Gas Pipeline

Court Rejects PennEast’s Bid to Access Government Lands to Build Gas Pipeline

September 10, 2019 |njbiz.com 

A federal appeals court ruled Sept. 10 that PennEast Pipeline Co. cannot condemn government-owned lands to build part of its planned 116-mile natural gas pipeline across the Garden State/

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit reversed an earlier district court ruling that had allowed PennEast to condemn about 40 parcels previously and permanently preserved, using state tax dollars, for recreational, conservation and/or agricultural uses. The Third Circuit held that under the Eleventh Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, the State of New Jersey is immune from condemnation lawsuits by private parties, including pipeline companies.

NJ SEED Another set back to PennEast’s plan to bring clean energy to NJ through a 116-mile interstate pipeline.

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9/17/19-As Corporate Tax Break Talks Sall, Lawmakers Look to ‘Ceasefire’ With Neighboring States

 As Corporate Tax Break Talks Sall, Lawmakers Look to ‘Ceasefire’ With Neighboring States

September 13, 2019 |njbiz.com 

A Union County state senator dropped a resolution pushing the governors of Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania to enter a so-called tax break truce and not poach business from one another, similar to an agreement Missouri and Kansas announced last month, as talks stall on replacing the state’s controversial and now-expired corporate tax break program.

NJ SEED: While Senator Cryan’s olive branch approach to competing states is an interesting idea, it is questionable if neighboring competitor states would see much incentive to cooperate. Whatever incentives the state may develop need to be in place sooner rather than later because business looks to stability and predictability as being essential to tax structures.

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9/17/19-Public Utilities Board Presses for More Teeth to Enforce Water Standards

Public Utilities Board Presses for More Teeth to Enforce Water Standards

September 10, 2019 |njbiz.com 

The state’s public utilities board wants more teeth in its ability to enforce water quality regulations, including the capability to compel the merger of smaller, inefficient water utilities with larger ones, and to levy harsher fines on companies that violate regulations.

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9/17/19-SLOW PROGRESS ON NJ’S WATER QUALITY MANAGEMENT LAW FRUSTRATES LEGISLATORS

SLOW PROGRESS ON NJ’S WATER QUALITY MANAGEMENT LAW FRUSTRATES LEGISLATORS

September 11, 2019 |njspotlight.com 

The 2017 Water Quality Accountability Act established new requirements for 287 of the state’s public water systems to improve the safety, reliability and administrative oversight of their infrastructure. But compliance thus far has been uneven, members of the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee found out.

NJ SEED: Guaranteeing safe drinking water is one on NJ SEED’s highest priorities but compliance requirements are often unnecessarily burdensome. The BPU’s threat of forced consolidation might not be the best approached. Bigger government is not always better government. 

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