Take Action Now to Ensure Passage on Monday
The Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee met today to consider A-12 and S-2411, regarding a sustainable funding method for the state’s Transportation Trust Fund. Committee members adopted several amendments to reconcile the differences between the Senate and Assembly bills. The amended legislation was released from committee by a vote of 8 to 4 with one abstention. The full Senate is expected to consider the bill on Monday, August 1, 2016.
With thousands of jobs on the line and millions of dollars in construction projects at stake, it is imperative that the full Senate and Assembly move immediately to pass this legislation. CLICK HERE to send a message to your Senator urging him or her to vote yes on the amended bill.Read more
One of the core functions of our state government is to ensure the safety, efficiency and dependability of our transportation systems. Unfortunately due to the current situation regarding inaction in funding the Transportation Trust Fund, this core function is not only at risk today, but that risk is getting worse each and every day we continue to delay.Read more
With Transportation Trust Fund legislation (S-2111/A-11 & S-2412/A-10) being released from Committee with bipartisan support on Thursday, we now look to Monday when we anticipate the bills being posted in both houses.
We respectfully ask all affiliates to come to the State House on Monday, June 27, 2016, to personally speak with legislators and urge them to support these important bills. Caucuses begin at 10:00 a.m. and the first voting session begins at 1:00 p.m.Read more
New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech issued the following statement on the bipartisan, long-term funding plans for the Transportation Trust Fund announced Friday:
“The New Jersey State AFL-CIO has been working for many years with leadership of both houses of the Legislature, our building and construction trade unions, transit unions, coalition partners and stakeholders to advance a long-term solution to funding our state’s transportation and infrastructure needs. Today, we are pleased to finally see progress being made on long-term transportation funding.”
“On behalf of one million working men and women and their families who live and work in our state, we urge the governor to engage in a substantive discussion on these proposals immediately and to take action as soon as possible to replenish the Transportation Trust Fund.”
“Our infrastructure is a key driver of our economic prosperity, and is vital to creating family sustaining jobs and a good quality of life for our residents. The citizens of this state have been in limbo for too long on how our roads, rails and bridges are going to be paid for – it’s time for a bipartisan solution to be enacted.”
Legislature OKs Ballot Questions to Fund Pensions, Transportation; Senate Approves Casino Expansion Proposal
The Legislature wrapped up the session on Monday by approving ballot questions asking voters to dedicate additional funds to transportation projects and require the state to make full pension payments. The Senate also OK’d a ballot question allowing the expansion of casino gaming. The Assembly is set to vote on the question in the next session, which starts Tuesday.
Here is a rundown of legislative activity:Read more
Public hearings on ballot questions to dedicate additional funds to meet our transportation needs, fully fund pensions and expand casino gaming were held on Thursday, and the full Senate was in session for floor votes in the afternoon. Here is a rundown of the day’s legislative activity:
Motor Fuel Tax Dedication (ACR-1). The Assembly Judiciary Committee held a public hearing on this resolution, sponsored by Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, to amend the constitution to dedicate more money to the Transportation Trust Fund without raising the 10.5-cent gas tax or the 13.5-cent tax on diesel fuels. The amendment asks voters to dedicate all revenues from the motor fuels and petroleum products gross receipts tax to fund the state’s transportation needs. The New Jersey State AFL-CIO supported the resolution in committee.Read more
Statewide Earned Sick Leave Passed by Senate, Resolution to Fund Pensions Advanced by Assembly Committee
The New Jersey Senate and Assembly were in session on Thursday afternoon following committee meetings earlier in the day. Here is a summary of the day’s legislative action:
Statewide Earned Sick Leave (S-785/A-4103). The New Jersey State AFL-CIO and its coalition partner, Working Families United for New Jersey (WFUNJ), have been leading the campaign for statewide earned sick leave legislation that would benefit all workers.
The bill allows workers to earn sick time for hours worked, and is a common-sense measure that is good for workers, good for public health and good for business. After all, who wants a sick employee preparing our food in a restaurant, handing us change in a store or fearing being fired for staying home to care for a sick child?
The Senate vote was 22 to 17. To see how your senator voted, CLICK HERE.
A similar bill is making its way through the Assembly.Read more
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO emphasized the pressing need for long-term funding for the state’s vital transportation network of roads, bridges, rails, tunnels and mass transit in testimony to a Senate Legislative Oversight Committee on Monday, August 10, 2015.
Our state’s economic vitality and the well-being of our residents depend on a safe, reliable transportation network. Yet, here in New Jersey, one in four of our bridges is structurally deficient, there is no money for new projects and commuting times are growing due to deficient roads, decrepit tunnels and inadequate rail and bus service.Read more
In his budget address, Gov. Christie took yet another swipe at his favorite target – public-sector workers – while remaining silent on some of the most serious problems facing our state. Roads and bridges are crumbling and the state is out of money to fix them. Our state ranks 49th out of 50 in job growth and a quarter of casino workers have been laid off, yet the state lacks a comprehensive plan to create jobs. Atlantic City has been devastated by casino closings, soaring property taxes and home foreclosures, but there is no plan to save this vital economic engine. Many of our largest cities and poorest communities continue to struggle without any revitalization plan. College costs are unaffordable for many, yet the governor has not addressed this inequity. It costs taxpayers more when the state borrows money, but Gov. Christie has taken no concrete steps to stop the record number of credit downgrades that have occurred on his watch.Read more