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Senate committee pushes for New Jersey to bar public investments to Russia

(The Center Square) – The New Jersey Senate Budget Committee has advanced legislation to bar public investments with Russia. The bipartisan measure, S-1889, would stop public investments and other financial agreements with Russia and businesses or individuals with Russian interests. The ban also applies to Belarus. “We need to target Russia’s economic pressure points to make them pay a price for launching a war of aggression against a free people and the democratically-elected government of

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New Jersey releases recommendations for the workforce of the future

(The Center Square) – New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has released a series of recommendations aimed at helping prepare workers for the future. The New Jersey State Future of Work Task Force handed down 19 core recommendations include a range of initiatives, from modernizing the New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development (NJDOL) Unemployment Insurance (UI) website to increasing the enforcement of worker misclassification laws in the state. Murphy, a Democrat, proposed and received

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NJPP: State-level child tax credit would make New Jersey a more affordable place to raise a family

(The Center Square) – A state-level child tax credit would make New Jersey a more affordable place to raise a family, according to a new report from the New Jersey Policy Perspective (NJPP). In its report, “Making New Jersey Affordable for Families: The Case for a State-Level Child Tax Credit,” NJPP examined two possible models for a state-level child tax credit. Both are inspired by a similar credit at the federal level and target families

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New Jersey politicians call for action against Russia, warn of cyber risks to the state

(The Center Square) – New Jersey politicians continue to call for action following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and as well warn of potential Russian cyber threats to the state. U.S. Rep. Jeff Van Drew, R-New Jersey, said the nation must focus on energy production and stop the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline between Russia and Germany. “We must get American energy back to full production and lead the world in energy independence,” Van Drew

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Sarlo plans legislation to bar public investments, business dealings with Russia and Russian businesses

(The Center Square) – New Jersey Senate Budget Chair Paul Sarlo said he plans to introduce legislation to bar public investments and financial agreements with Russia or businesses with Russian interests following its invasion of Ukraine. “Russia’s unjustified attack of Ukraine is an assault on democracy that demands a response that sends a clear message that these actions will have consequences,” Sarlo, D-Bergen, said in a statement. “They violated the sovereignty of another country with

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Report: More than 7% of New Jersey bridges are ‘structurally deficient’

(The Center Square) – Roughly 7.1% of bridges in New Jersey are “structurally deficient,” meaning critical elements are in poor – or worse – condition. The finding is included in a recent report from the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA). To compile its findings, the group analyzed the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) 2021 National Bridge Inventory (NBI) data. Of New Jersey’s 6,798 bridges, 482 are structurally deficient, including 32 on the interstate

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Commission agrees to relax COVID protocols at New Jersey statehouse

(The Center Square) – The New Jersey State Capitol Joint Management Commission (JMC) agreed to end most COVID-19 protocols at the statehouse in Trenton, except for a mask mandate, and state Republicans say it also needs to go. The eight-member JMC voted Tuesday to loosen the restrictions, according to a Republican news release. Under the relaxed requirements, which take effect on Friday, everyone entering the state capitol must wear a face mask. “While I’m pleased

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Amtrak needs a ‘comprehensive’ plan to manage Gateway Program, inspector general report finds

(The Center Square) – Amtrak needs a “comprehensive” plan to properly manage the multibillion-dollar Gateway Program. The finding was included in a new report from the Amtrak Office of Inspector General (OIG). The Gateway Program is an extensive project aimed at improving a section of the busy Northeast Corridor between Newark Penn Station and New York Penn Station. It includes a new Portal North Bridge over the Hackensack River and a new tunnel beneath the