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Bill To Boost New Jersey Businesses Now Law

Measure Provides $3,000 for Each New Job

(WOODBRIDGE) – Gov. Jon S. Corzine today signed into law a bill designed to help New Jersey businesses emerge stronger from the global economic crisis.

The bill is among about 40 advanced by the Assembly to help residents and businesses withstand the financial uncertainty.

The bill (A-3294) creates the “Invest New Jersey Business Grant Program” program that will help small and mid-size businesses by providing grants of $3,000 for each new job created.

Sponsored by Assembly members Nelson Albano (D-Cumberland), Matt Milam (D-Cumberland), Joseph Vas (D-Middlesex), Louis Greenwald (D-Camden) and Linda Greenstein (D-Middlesex/Mercer), the measure replaces and expands the state’s Business Retention & Relocation Assistance Grants.

“Employees and employers both need confidence that much-needed jobs will remain in New Jersey,” Albano said. “With this measure in place, we can ensure they will.”

“Businesses need this comprehensive program to both spur job development and help retain their employees here in the Garden State,” Milam said.

“This is wonderful economic stimulus legislation,” Greenstein said. “Obviously we have tremendous economic problems in this country and we have to do everything we can to make sure that we retain businesses and jobs here in New Jersey.”

Vitale, Greenwald: New Reforms Already Working To Decrease Number Of Kids Without Health Coverage

For Release: December 2, 2008

Contact: Brian McGinnis, 856-435-1247

Senator Vitale, 732-855-7441

VITALE, GREENWALD: NEW REFORMS ALREADY WORKING

TO DECREASE NUMBER OF KIDS WITHOUT HEALTH COVERAGE

(TRENTON) – Responding to a recent study that reported more than a quarter-million New Jersey children lack health coverage, Senator Joseph Vitale and Assemblyman Louis Greenwald noted that recent reforms to the NJ FamilyCare program already are cutting the number of uninsured kids in the state.

According to the national health care advocacy group Families USA, an average of 267,000 New Jersey children were without health coverage annually between 2005 and 2007. The 12.1 percent uninsured rating ranked ninth-highest in the nation.

But the lawmakers noted the number of children without coverage has since dropped to 210,000, with a further reduction expected from reforms enacted this past July that make it easier for the uninsured to be enrolled in NJ FamilyCare. Among the changes is a presumptive eligibility for all newborns.

NJ FamilyCare covers approximately 170,000 children. During the past five months, 20,000 previously uninsured parents have enrolled.

Assemblyman Greenwald talks about a group of 30 bills passed to jump-start New Jersey’s economy

Assemblyman Greenwald talks about a group of 30 bills passed to jump-start New Jersey’s economy

Assemblyman Greenwald, chairman of the Budget committee, comments on legislation to assist families in the economic downturn

Assemblyman Greenwald, chairman of the Budget committee, comments on legislation to assist families in the economic downturn

Assemblyman Greenwald discusses a legislative Joint Session to focus on stimulating the economy

Assemblyman Greenwald discusses a legislative Joint Session to focus on stimulating the economy