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Wednesday, January 15, 2020


´╗┐Governor Murphy Delivers State
of the State Address
Yesterday, Governor Phil Murphy delivered the State of the State Address, which detailed the Administration’s policy accomplishments from the first half of his term, as well as outlined his major priorities for the year ahead. 

During the speech, the Governor once again renewed his call for a millionaire’s tax, which would raise the gross income tax on those with incomes over $1 million from 8.97 percent to 10.75 percent, potentially raising the state $450 million in new revenue. The CCSNJ remains strongly opposed to this measure.

Governor Murphy also announced the creation of “Jobs NJ,” a new initiative he plans to unveil fully later today. Born out of the Governor’s “Jobs and Economic Opportunity Council” its mission is to better align the state’s education system and potential employees with New Jersey employers. The CCSNJ looks forward to learning more details about this proposal later today and will share that information with CCSNJ members.

As it relates to tax incentives, the Governor reconfirmed his desire to continuing working with the Legislature to identify a compromise that all parties can agree upon. The previous programs, Grow New Jersey and the Economic Redevelopment and Growth (ERG) Program, which helped see tremendous growth in Southern New Jersey, expired last June. 

Governor Murphy went on to repeat the administration’s goal of 7,500 MW of offshore wind energy by 2035 and announced that the new Energy Master Plan will be unveiled in two weeks’ time. The EMP will lay out the administration’s plans for achieving a 100 percent clean-energy economy by 2050. The CCSNJ weighed in on the Administration's proposal last September.

The Governor went on to discuss a variety of other new initiatives and priorities, including: the newly created “Office of Health Care Affordability and Transparency,” which will lead efforts to reduce consumer health care costs and make insurance more affordable; a 10-year strategic plan and a five-year capital plan for New Jersey Transit; and, an array of ethics reforms for the Legislature. He also announced new measures to address sexual harassment and abuse in Trenton, including new directives for law enforcement who investigate crimes of sexual assault, and updating the state’s discrimination and sexual harassment policies. 

In a statement, Christina M. Renna, President & CEO stated:

“The Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey was pleased to hear Governor Murphy commit to finding a workable solution as it relates to NJ’s tax incentive programs and unveil his “Jobs NJ” program, which clears a path to ongoing job growth and skills development. Unfortunately, the Governor neglected to address the states affordability crisis, which makes a business’s ability to succeed in NJ next to impossible, and renewed his call for a millionaires tax, which directly impacts residents and small businesses alike. The Chamber stands ready to work with the Administration on more innovative policies that will lower the tax burden and grow the economy for NJ’s residents and businesses.”

Reorganization of the 219th Legislature
Yesterday, Senate President Sweeney was sworn into his sixth term as Senate President. This makes him the longest serving Senate President in the state’s history. 

Additionally, Assembly Speaker Coughlin and Majority Leader Greenwald were sworn into their new terms, as well as several new legislators, four of which were from South Jersey. The full South Jersey Legislative Delegation is as follows: 

District 1
Senator Michael L. Testa Jr.* (R)
Assemblyman Antwan L. McClellan* (R)
Assemblyman Erik K. Simonsen* (R)
District 2
Senator Chris A. Brown (R)
Assemblyman Vincent Mazzeo (D)
Assemblyman John Armato (D)
District 3
Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney (D)
Assemblyman John J. Burzichelli (D)
Assemblyman Adam Taliaferro (D)
District 4
Senator Fred H. Madden, Jr. (D)
Assemblyman Paul D. Moriarty (D)
Assemblywoman Gabriela M. Mosquera (D)
District 5
Senator Nilsa Cruz-Perez (D)
Assemblyman William F. Moen, Jr.* (D)
Assemblyman William W. Spearman (D)
District 6
Senator James Beach (D)
Assembly Majority Leader Louis D. Greenwald (D)
Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt (D)
District 7
Senator Troy Singleton (D)
Assemblyman Herb Conaway, Jr. (D)
Assemblywoman Carol A. Murphy (D)
District 8
Senator Dawn Marie Addiego (D)
Assemblywoman Jean Stanfield* (R)
Assemblyman Ryan E. Peters, Esq. (R)
* indicates new member

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