Volume 9/Issue 17

  • Governor Murphy Announces Statewide Plan to Address Lead Exposure
  • Senate President Sweeney to Lead Select Committee Focused on NJ Transit
  • Governor Murphy Touts Economic Plan Achievements, Outlines New Initiatives

 

Governor Murphy Announces Statewide Plan to Address Lead Exposure

Governor Murphy outlined a comprehensive plan to address the multiple sources of lead exposure in the state, including lead-based paint, lead service lines and plumbing, and contaminated soil. The Murphy plan includes:

  • Proposed $500 million bond to support the replacement of lead service lines and the remediation of lead-based paint in homes
  • Allow water utilities to spread the costs of lead line replacement for homeowners across service territories through rate adjustments
  • Reinstating the Department of Community Affairs’ Lead-Safe Housing Registry, as well as updating and enhancing the Department of Environmental Protection’s inventory of lead service lines
  • New regulations from the Department of Education to accelerate current lead-testing schedules for schools and to include blood lead level testing as a requirement for entry into public child care, preschool

Senate President Sweeney to Lead Select Committee Focused on NJ Transit

Senate President Sweeney announced the creation of a new select committee that will look into recurring train cancellations and issues with New Jersey Transit. The committee will hold public hearings and conduct site visits; however, it will not have subpoena power, “unless it becomes necessary,” according to a spokesperson for the Senate President. “NJ Transit’s record of service cancellations, delays and breakdowns is inexcusable, its long-term planning is non-existent, and it is already laying the groundwork for a fare hike next summer,” Sweeney said in a statement. Senator Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, Deputy Majority Leader Sandra Cunningham, and Senate Transportation Chairman Patrick Diegnan will serve on the committee along with Republicans selected by GOP leadership.

Governor Murphy Touts Economic Plan Achievements, Outlines New Initiatives

Governor Murphy recognized the one-year anniversary of the unveiling of his Economic Plan earlier this month at Rowan University. During the discussion, the Governor highlighted his administration’s achievements thus far, including advancing tuition-free community college, establishing the New Jersey Apprenticeship Network and grant program, and invigorating the offshore wind industry with a historic 1,100 MW award.

The Governor also outlined four new economic initiatives for the coming year:

  • Transit Development - New Jersey Transit and the Economic Development Authority will work together to develop under-utilized properties around train stations.
  • Marketing - Secretary of State Tahesha Way will launch a $3 million marketing campaign to attract businesses to the Garden State.
  • Reform Tax Incentives - The administration will work to enact its economic incentive programs, including expanding the Film Tax Credit.
  • Online Information Portal - The state will create Business First Stop portal where companies can access information to better navigate government and provide important feedback.