“We Do Everything So Well, Why Not Health Insurance?”

Well, to be honest, we all knew it would come to this at some point, didn’t we?  New Jersey Assemblyman Reed Gusciora, a democratic lawmaker from Trenton who is currently a Deputy Majority Leader in the NJ Assembly is proposing that the state of New Jersey operate a health insurance system to compete with private…

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New Jersey Sends Wage Hike To Christie

On a party line vote of 21 -18, the New Jersey Senate last week followed the lead of the state Assembly and sent a new minimum wage bill to Governor Christie for his signature.  He is expected to veto the legislation as he has in the past.  The bill (S.15) will hike the state minimum…

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Miscellaneous

The latest issue of Chief Executive magazine surveyed over 500 CEOs across the country to determine which states were considered most business-friendly from a tax and regulatory perspective and which were the least favored by the business community.  The top four states (Texas, Florida, North Carolina and Tennessee) favorably perceived held the same position as…

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Christie Vetoes Equal Pay Bill in NJ

Last week, we advised that the US Senate had blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would provide many more opportunities to sue employers.  This week, we can advise you that this past Monday, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie conditionally vetoed a similar bill (S.992) at the state level.  Primarily, he objected to a particular provision…

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New Jersey Passes Pay Parity

Although it hasn’t garnered too much attention against the backdrop of presidential politics, minimum wage hikes and sick leave mandates, the New Jersey legislature has given final approval to a pay parity bill that will require that men and women employed in the same position, be paid at the same pay rate.  The bill will…

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New Jersey Sick Leave Bill Advances

Fortunately, it hasn’t cleared all the requisite hurdles yet, but a bill to mandate paid sick leave for all employees in New Jersey was passed by the critical Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee early this week by a razor-thin 7 – 6 vote.  One democratic senator joined the 5 republicans to oppose SB.799 in the…

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Minimum Wage Heading to Ballots

Often going hand-in-hand with paid sick leave, the push for increased minimum wages across the country continues unabated.  San Diego City Councilors voted last week to put an incremental minimum wage increase, including a mandated 5 days annual sick leave for all employees, on the ballot for the June 7 presidential primary election.  The increase…

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New Jersey Next for $15/Hour?

According to reports this week, leaders in the New Jersey legislature hope to make New Jersey the next state to adopt a $15 an hour minimum wage.  Several lawmakers, including Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, are pushing legislation to raise the state’s current $8.38 hourly minimum to $15, an astounding 79% increase!  Prieto is quoted as…

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Tax Burdens

It is a few years behind real-time, but always interesting to read when the US Tax Foundation annually releases its report on the State – Local Tax Burdens.  This week, the Washington DC based Think Tank released its report on FY 2012.  New York continued to maintain a death-grip on the highest tax burden in…

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