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Utilities plan infrastructure upgrades

February 22nd, 2013 — Two of New Jersey’s largest utilities, Public Service Electric & Gas and Jersey Central Power & Light, unveiled sweeping plans for extensive upgrades to their systems this week. The improvements are designed to protect the utilities from the effects of …

Christie to unveil budget

February 22nd, 2013 — Gov. Chris Christie will appear before a joint session of the state Senate and Assembly on Tuesday and propose his new budget for fiscal year 2014. CIANJ President John Galandak, a member of the governor’s Red Tape Review Commission, was …

Project Labor Agreements to expand

February 15th, 2013 — Business continued to get a shellacking in the Assembly this week as a bill expanding the scope of the Project Labor Agreements passed its final vote. CIANJ opposed the legislation sponsored by Senators Stephen Sweeney and Donald Norcross and Assemblymen …

Minimum wage goes on the ballot

February 15th, 2013 — Much to the dismay of the entire business community, the state Assembly voted to put a constitutional amendment on the November ballot that will ask voters to approve a $1 increase in the minimum wage, followed by yearly hikes determined …

New Jersey must rebuild from Superstorm Sandy

February 13th, 2013 — Our state suffered more than $36 billion in damages. When Superstorm Sandy carved a path of destruction across New Jersey, homes and businesses were lost to the massive flooding and severe winds. Since the storm struck, CIANJ has worked to …

Employers could get some relief

February 8th, 2013 — Employers should be breathing a little easier this morning since the Senate unanimously approved a measure to eliminate the 10 percent surcharge in the unemployment insurance taxes due in July. The bill was sponsored by Senators Fred Madden, the Democrat …

Minimum wage could be on the ballot

February 8th, 2013 — The Senate voted this week to allow a question on the November ballots, asking voters to approve a constitutional amendment, calling for an immediate $1 increase in the minimum wage, followed by annual adjustments tied to the consumer price index. …

Credit card surcharge quashed

February 1st, 2013 — News reports that New Jersey retailers would be adding on a surcharge every time they swiped a customer’s credit card set off alarm bells this week, as fears rose that our state’s competitiveness would be taking another hit. As it …

Action on minimum wage

February 1st, 2013 — Gov. Chris Christie issued a conditional veto earlier this week on the minimum wage bill sponsored by the leaders of the Legislature. The governor rejected the 17 percent wage increase outlined in the bill and, instead, recommended an alternative that …

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