Linda Greenstein

A view of the Senate Chambers from the 2010-2011 Senate Reorganization.

09 May: Norcross/Greenstein Bill To Create Searchable Database For Public Bidding Opportunities Heads To Governor

TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senators Donald Norcross (D-Camden/Gloucester) and Linda Greenstein (D-Middlesex/Mercer) to help residents find work by creating a searchable Internet database listing all available government contracts today received final approved in the state Assembly. It now heads to the desk of Governor Chris Christie.

“This bill would create an online database to ensure that contractors, no matter where they are based, have access to bidding opportunities that are available in all school districts, municipalities and agencies in the state,” said Senator Norcross. “This will go a long way toward improving job prospects for contractors, large and small, who are still struggling in this economy to find work.”

“Bulletin NJ will provide an invaluable resource to contractors, giving them instant access to bidding opportunities available at public entities across the state,” said Senator Greenstein. “At a time when so many people are unemployed, this will ensure that those looking for contracting work have a wealth of information at their fingertips and, therefore, a greater probability of finding a job.”

A view of the Senate Chambers from the 2010-2011 Senate Reorganization.

28 Apr: Democratic Business Tax Cuts Become Law

TRENTON – Two Democratic business tax cut measures that will help make the state’s business climate more pro-jobs and pro-economic growth are now law.

The bills were a second attempt by Democrats to enact meaningful business tax cuts to spur economic growth and job creation across the state. Prior versions of the new laws were both vetoed by the governor, only to resurface four days later in his budget address.

“Democrats insisted on these ideas because they were the right thing to do for our state and our business community to rebuild confidence and create jobs,” said Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-Gloucester/Cumberland/Salem).

A view of the Senate Chambers from the 2010-2011 Senate Reorganization.

28 Apr: Norcross/Greenstein Bill To Create Searchable Database For Public Bidding Opportunities Gets Final Senate Approval

TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senators Donald Norcross (D-Camden/Gloucester) and Linda Greenstein (D-Middlesex/Mercer) to help residents find work by creating a searchable Internet database listing all available government contracts today received final approved in the state Senate.

“Job seekers shouldn’t have to search various locations to track down which public agencies have contracting opportunities available,” said Senator Norcross. “By creating an online one-stop shop for contractors looking for work, we will ensure that contract listings are easily accessible to all prospective bidders and, in effect, increase our residents’ chances of finding a job.”

“Bulletin NJ will provide an invaluable resource to contractors, giving them instant access to bidding opportunities available at public entities across the state,” said Senator Greenstein. “At a time when so many people are unemployed, this will ensure those looking for contracting work have a wealth of information at their fingertips and, therefore, a greater probability of finding a job.”

Senator Jim Beach, D-Camden, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, listens to testimony on a bill.

23 Mar: Beach, Greenstein, Vainieri Huttle Unveil Bill To Augment School Bus Safety Laws

 

 

TRENTON – Senators Jim Beach and Linda Greenstein and Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle have introduced legislation that would augment criminal background checks for school bus personnel to include all adults given responsibility for the safety of school children, closing a loophole that had left bus aides free from scrutiny.

 

The measure also would enhance penalties against any employee found tampering with a school bus’ on-board monitoring device.

 

Beach said the changes were spurred in part by last year’s arrest of a Waterford School District bus aide on allegations that he had repeatedly molested a young girl. While the accused did not have a criminal record, Beach said the incident highlighted the loophole that left bus aides out from the background check requirements.

 

 

A view of the Senate Chambers from the 2010-2011 Senate Reorganization.

03 Mar: Senate Re-Passes Democratic Business Tax Cuts

TRENTON – The Senate today passed two Democratic business tax cut measures that will help make the state’s business climate more pro-jobs and pro-economic growth.

The bills are a second attempt by Democrats to enact meaningful business tax cuts to spur economic growth and job creation across the state. Prior versions of the measures were recently vetoed by the governor, only to resurface four days later in his budget address.

31 Jan: Senate Panel Releases Greenstein Bill To Expand Reimbursement Options For Cable Tv Subscribers

TRENTON – Legislation Senator Linda R. Greenstein sponsored to give consumers greater choice when asking their cable television provider to reimburse them after a lengthy service outage was today released by a Senate committee.

“Wherever and whenever consumers can have greater choices, we should be doing everything possible to expand their options,” said Greenstein (D-Middlesex/Mercer). “Cable customers already have countless options when it comes to which channel to watch. They should have just as many options for receiving compensation when their service goes out.”

10 Jan: Sweeney/Madden/Greenstein Measure To Cut Income Taxes For Seniors, Retirees Clears Legislature

TRENTON – Legislation Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney and Senators Fred Madden and Linda R. Greenstein sponsored to provide New Jersey’s middle-class senior citizens and retirees with an income tax cut, allowing them to remain in New Jersey amidst the tide of rising property taxes, was today passed by the Legislature and sent to the Governor’s desk.

“Instead of simply giving the rich all the tax cuts in the hopes it will trickle down, we should be allowing seniors and retirees to keep money in their pockets so they can afford to stay in New Jersey,” said Sweeney (D-Gloucester/Cumberland/Salem). “We need to be allowing retirees to stay here for the long-term instead of taking their retirement savings elsewhere. It’s a smart move that will help small businesses and downtown New Jersey.”

10 Jan: Norcross/Greenstein Bill To Create Statewide Searchable Database Listing Public Job, Bidding Opportunities Sent To Governor

TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senators Donald Norcross (D-Camden/Gloucester) and Linda Greenstein (D-Middlesex/Mercer) to help residents find work by creating a searchable Internet database listing all available public jobs and government contracts was today approved by both houses of the Legislature.

“Job seekers shouldn’t have to search numerous locations to track down which public agencies are hiring,” said Senator Norcross. “Especially in this economy, we should be looking to make this information as easily accessible as possible. This bill will ensure that public job listings are posted in a central location, providing residents with information about openings, as well as bidding opportunities, with just the click of a mouse.”

“Bulletin NJ will provide an invaluable resource to job seekers, giving them instant access to public employment listings from up and down the state,” said Senator Greenstein. “At a time when so many people are unemployed, this will ensure that residents looking for work in the public sector have a wealth of information at their fingertips and a greater chance of finding a job.”

15 Dec: Greenstein / De Angelo: All-Aboard NJ Transit’s One-Way Trip To Enormous Fees For Riders

HAMILTON TWP. – Following today’s news reports about NJ Transit’s proposal to increase parking fees at up to 140 transit parking lots across the state, Senator Linda R. Greenstein and Assemblyman Wayne P. DeAngelo expressed outrage that commuters are going to be asked once again to spend more money to use mass transit.

According to news reports, fees for commuters parking at transit stops may increase by as much as $40 per month – an increase of almost $500 per year. Commuters already are paying more for transit fares as a result of large increases put in place by NJ Transit during the spring of 2010.

“Nearly every aspect of mass transit commuting is becoming more expensive for middle-class riders to get to and from work or travel around our state. Commuters simply can not afford more fee increases whether it’s to pay for a seat on a train or park their car at the bus stop,” said Greenstein (D-Plainsboro).

14 Dec: Weinberg-Greenstein Bill To Expand Loan Program For Small, Minority And Women-Owned Businesses Approved

TRENTON – A bill sponsored by Senators Loretta Weinberg and Linda Greenstein which would expand the eligibility for New Jersey-based small, women-owned, or minority-owned businesses to receive Economic Development Authority (EDA)-backed loans reserved for businesses in designated urban centers was unanimously approved by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee today.

“The urban center loan program has been a useful tool to encourage business growth in our most densely-populated communities,” said Senator Weinberg. “However, we shouldn’t restrict regional redevelopment and revitalization to our state’s urban core. By allowing small, women-owned and minority-owned businesses in regional planning areas to take advantage of the direct loans available to urban-based businesses, we can encourage job growth and investment in needed areas of the State from a more diverse group of business owners.”