Governor Murphy and Legislative Leadership Agree to Allocate $700 Million Towards Debt Avoidance and Investments in Health Care Institutions and Economic Growth
Building on his commitment to create a stronger, fairer, and more resilient post-pandemic New Jersey, Governor Phil Murphy and legislative leadership agreed to allocate nearly $700 million to stimulate economic growth and improve public health. The funding will allocate $435 million from the New Jersey Debt Defeasance and Prevention Fund (P.L.2021, c.125) and $262.6 million from the American Rescue Plan’s State Fiscal Recovery Fund. The proposals were sent from the Department of the Treasury to the Joint Budget Oversight Committee (JBOC) for their approval of the funds.
“This proposal will allow us to responsibly fund capital construction and continue using federal dollars for one-time, transformative investments in our residents, communities, and infrastructure,” said Governor Murphy. “I am grateful to my colleagues in the Legislature for their commitment to help us build a stronger, fairer, and more resilient post-pandemic New Jersey for all.”
Acting AG Bruck Leads Support for New Federal Rule Designed to Fortify and Ensure Future of DACA
Acting Attorney General Andrew J. Bruck co-led a multistate letter on behalf of 24 Attorneys General in support of a new rule aimed at fortifying Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the policy that enables young people who arrived in the United States as children to avoid deportation and build lives in the U.S.
“This rule is important because it will strengthen DACA — a federal policy that provides vital opportunities and protections for thousands of hard-working New Jerseyans who proudly call our state home – as well as hundreds of thousands of ‘Dreamers’ across the U.S. who have never known any other home country but this one,” said Governor Phil Murphy. “Our continuing commitment is to ensure that New Jersey remains a welcoming place for all who wish to be part of America’s story. In the face of repeated efforts to end DACA, we have been proud to fight successfully for its preservation, and we are proud to support this new rule.”
“For years, New Jersey has been a leader in defense of DACA, and I am proud to continue that strong tradition today,” said Acting Attorney General Bruck. “New Jersey’s Dreamers are key part of our community – they are our co-workers, friends, fellow students, and neighbors, and their contributions to our state are invaluable. I am grateful to the Biden Administration for fighting for DACA, and seeking to codify the policy, and we are proud to support that work.”
New Jersey Department of Agriculture Honors Winning Eat Right, Move More School During NY Jets Game
The New Jersey Department of Agriculture and New York Jets honored Stillwater Township Elementary School from Sussex County on Sunday, November 21 at the Jets/Miami Dolphins football game at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford for its nutrition and wellness achievements.
“The value of learning the importance of good nutrition and exercise at a young age is something that will have benefits for a lifetime,” NJDA Secretary Douglas Fisher said. “Congratulations to the students and staff at the Stillwater School for their participation in the program.”
NJDOL Announces $6.5M in Apprenticeship Grants
The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL) announced during National Apprenticeship Week a total of $6.5 million in available grant funding under the Growing Apprenticeship In Nontraditional Sectors (GAINS) and Pre-Apprenticeship in Career Education (PACE) programs.
“The GAINS and PACE programs have helped secure New Jersey’s place as a leader in apprenticeships nationwide,” said Governor Murphy. “These new grants will further our goal of ensuring that every New Jerseyan has a well-paying job, especially in many of our state’s fastest-growing and most dynamic fields.”
“Throughout Apprenticeship Week, I was able to see firsthand the impact apprenticeship programs are making to develop the talent of our workforce and strengthen our economy,” said Labor Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo. “Apprenticeship programs are developing the future of our industries, and this earn-while-you-learn model is affording people of all socioeconomic backgrounds the opportunity to find gainful careers that will carry them through the pandemic and beyond.”
NJBPU Receives 2021 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) has been selected as a 2021 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award winner by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
“On behalf of NJBPU, I am proud to receive the 2021 ENERGY STAR award because it is a symbol of our commitment to pursuing Governor Murphy’s goal of 100 percent clean energy,” said NJBPU President Joseph L. Fiordaliso. “Energy efficiency is clearly a critical component of our clean energy program and we have made tremendous strides in this area, particularly over the last year.”