28 Jun: Rice/Turner Bill Would Shore Up Budget Funds For Minorities And Women In Construction And Engineering

TRENTON – A measure sponsored by Senators Ronald L. Rice and Shirley K. Turner, which would set aside five percent of all funds generated from local and State public construction contracts of $1 million or more for women and minority construction and engineering contracts, was approved today by the full Senate by a vote of 27 to 13.

The funding formula was established through the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

“This bill would put New Jersey in compliance with two existing laws that already set aside funding for training and outreach programs to help minorities and women who are involved or are looking to get involved in construction and engineering,” said Senator Rice, D-Essex. “We are not imposing a new tax or creating a new appropriation, but rather making sure that already-set-aside funds are put toward helping women and minorities in construction and engineering, while also setting up a system of checks and balances to ensure that the funds are used as they should be.”

05 May: Kenny-Doria Bill To Fund September 11 Memorial At Liberty State Park Signed Into Law

TRENTON – A bill sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Bernard F. Kenny, Jr. and Senator Joseph V. Doria which would make a supplemental appropriations of $7 million for the New Jersey September 11th Memorial at Liberty State Park was signed into law yesterday by Governor Codey.

“September 11, 2001, is a day that will be forever etched in the hearts and minds of Americans,” said Senator Kenny, D-Hudson. “On that day, we learned that the light of liberty can shine through the darkest of tragedies, and that even when faced with an unimaginable attack on U.S. soil, the best qualities of our country bond us together. Through our shared humanity, we proved that though you may attack us, the American ideologies of freedom and liberty can never be destroyed.”