Capitol Update: Pending Bills & Important News From Trenton
September 28th, 2018
From CIANJ’s Government Affairs team, here’s an update on pending legislation in Trenton that impacts New Jersey businesses:
Corporate Business Tax & Combined Reporting Amendments
This bill amends the way the corporate business tax is calculated and reported. CIANJ would like feedback on how these changes impact companies subject to the tax. CIANJ opposed the bill but it passed both houses yesterday.
Sales Tax on Internet-Based Businesses
This bill would provide for the collection of sales tax from certain remote sellers.
Ban Plastic Bags, Straws & Polystyrene
This bill would prohibit stores and food service businesses from giving plastic bags to their customers and would prohibit any food service business from providing a Styrofoam food service product or single-use plastic straws. CIANJ opposed the bill but it was passed out of committee.
Aviation Fuel Tax
This bill would subject all aviation fuel sales to the full four cents per gallon tax rate. It also allows for airport capital projects to be funded with this tax revenue in addition to the PATH rail service extension project. CIANJ opposed the bill.
Prohibits Excessive Charges for Drugs Developed by Publicly Funded Research
Under the bill, if a drug approved by the FDA was developed, partially or entirely, through research and development that is directly or indirectly supported by the federal or State government, it would be unlawful for anyone to sell, offer to sell, or advertise for sale the drug at a unit price that is greater than a benchmark unit price.
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Appropriates $250,000 to the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program
This bill would appropriate $250,000 to New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program which can be matched by federal dollars, allows them to provide worker training and assist those who are underemployed or unemployed to work in New Jersey’s manufacturing industry.
Paid Sick Leave Rules Proposed:
CIANJ to Form Workgroup
|New Jersey’s Department of Labor and Workforce Development released the proposed rules for paid/earned sick leave which was recently enacted.The law, which takes effect on October 29, will impact all employers in New Jersey. CIANJ is forming a group to examine the proposed rules and make recommendations back to the Department of Labor. The comments are due December 14, 2018.
A public hearing will be held on Tuesday, November 13 at 10 a.m. in Trenton. If you are interested in attending this meeting or you would like to send your comments on the rules, please e-mail: CIANJ Director of Government Affairs Tony Perry at [email protected]
Click here to review the proposed rules.