Buono: “It’s All About Jobs”

TRENTON – Senate Majority Leader Barbara Buono (D-Middlesex) commented on the Legislature’s sweeping jobs creation and economic development agenda unveiled by Senate President Stephen Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver at a press conference today.

“It’s all about jobs,” said Buono. “Although some have said the economy has begun to improve, people are still hurting. This recovery is unique and unlike previous ones. It’s not only harder to start a business, but many that manage to do so are zero-employee ventures”

The Democrats announced a initial package of seven bills that would provide incentives for small businesses to expand, encourage companies to keep jobs in state, and create a program for unemployed workers to receive on-the-job training while continuing to get unemployment benefits. The leaders said that lawmakers would be meeting throughout December, and that substantially more bills would be considered.

“We need to change the climate in New Jersey so that businesses of all sizes have a reason to stay and expand or relocate here,” said Buono. “And we need to give our unemployed residents the resources they need to resume employment.”

“This multi-faceted agenda represents the culmination of months of work,” said Buono. “I look forward to aggressively advancing this agenda so we can get New Jersey back to work.”