Two bills focused on getting people back to work cleared the Senate Labor Committee Tuesday. One of the bills aims to give small companies a financial incentive for hiring a worker who is currently unemployed. Known as the New Jobs for New Jersey Act, the bill would provide tax credits to those smaller companies who offer full-time employment to someone currently collecting unemployment benefits. Another bill focuses on employment for people with disabilities. This legislation sets up a task force to study unemployment and underemployment for New Jersey residents with disabilities.
Newark Penn Station is about to get a facelift. The Murphy administration says the state will provide $190 million for renovation work at the station. At a news conference, Gov. Phil Murphy said the train station plays an important role in Newark’s economy. Some of the work will begin right away, but the planned upgrades will take a few years to complete.
As the state paves the way for a new recreational marijuana industry, what kind of jobs will become available? An event that starts Dec. 9 will provide some insight. Stockton University is partnering with two cannabis associations to put on a virtual cannabis career fair. Some of the companies taking part are looking to fill positions.
In Washington, talks continue on a COVID-19 relief bill, with lawmakers saying Tuesday that they hope to get a deal done by the end of the month. One point of disagreement is whether or not to send another round of stimulus checks.