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Legislation

New and revised legislations affect every type of OCNJ business. Stay current on the newest laws and regulations pertaining to OCNJ commerce with these legislation reports.

Friday, September 18, 2020

NJBIA Criticizes Decision to Raise Income Taxes as Policymakers Confirm They Weren't Needed to Fill Budget Gaps

This tax increase in exchange for suggested middle class relief is a gimmick that further verifies what we have said all along – increased taxes were always completely unnecessary as part of the FY2021 budget that already includes billions in bonding.

We note that the relief tied to this tax increase is undermined by other non-budget hikes for tolls and gas and other proposed taxes in the budget. Our taxpayers need real tax reform that includes property tax relief, while this does not really improve our overall affordability crisis or remove us from the edge of our fiscal cliff. 

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Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Fix This Irresponsible Budget!

The proposed $40.1 billion budget Governor Murphy announced Tuesday morning simply does not reflect the stark reality of our times. And we need your help to convince the Legislature to fix it.

Instead of keeping expenses low for our taxpayers, Governor Murphy is raising taxes and making New Jersey businesses less competitive. Instead of holding the line on spending, Governor Murphy has proposed spending $1.4 billion more than the prior year, a 3.6% increase, and $5.4 billion (15.6%) more than the budget three years ago before he took office.

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Monday, August 24, 2020

Action Alert - NJ Business Coalition Priorities for Congressional Delegation

Your action is requested.

We encourage you all to call our delegation members asap. DC and NJ contact info is below. Talking points are below and/or reference the letter (click here) when you reach out to our delegation members.

NJ Business Coalition Priorities for Congressional Delegation

·     Federal Assistance

·     New Jersey faces an unprecedented budget shortfall and, without federal assistance, the state will likely take action that would damage the state’s economic prospects including cutting costs by reducing expenditures on services our businesses rely on, increasing taxes on businesses and families, and borrowing billions of dollars.

·     Legislation such as the SMART Act, sponsored by our own Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ), which would allocate $500 billion to state and local governments, would help the state replace lost revenue and reduce the need for economically harmful measures.

·     We also urge your support on any legislation that would allocate federal funds to replenish state Unemployment Insurance Trust Funds, which will continue to be exhausted if high unemployment persists.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2020

NJBIA, NJ Chamber of Commerce Issue Joint Statement on Reopening of NJ Businesses

Michele Siekerka, president and CEO of the New Jersey Business & Industry Association, and Tom Bracken, president and CEO of the New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce, issued the following statement today regarding a regional approach to reopening New Jersey businesses.


“It appears that deferring to industry experts and local officials for COVID-19 reopening decisions is the proper process, except when it comes to the reopening of our businesses.


“On Monday, Governor Murphy deferred decisions on fall sports to the NJSIAA, saying that, as experts, they know best. And, last week, the governor and the state Department of Health released guidelines for school reopenings, using data from six regions to inform local decisions and deferring to local health officials and school districts as the experts because ‘no one size fits all.’

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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

NJ Business Coalition Urges Governor to Let New Jersey Reopen for Business  

With coronavirus numbers in the state declining, the New Jersey Business Coalition, a collection of more than 100 business and nonprofit groups, submitted a letter to Gov. Phil Murphy today urging him to end the “pause mode” of the reopening of New Jersey’s businesses.
The coalition’s Recovery and Reinvention Framework 2.0, a comprehensive update to the original framework issued in early May, points to improving numbers in reported cases, decreased hospitalizations and better capacity in the state’s healthcare facilities and strongly encourages a broader or regional reopening of New Jersey’s economy.
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Monday, August 10, 2020

Days of Action - TODAY and TOMORROW

Good Morning Chamber Members:

Over the weekend, the US Chamber sent us some information and guidance for two Days of Action, asking us to reach out to our congressional representatives and push for liability protections and 501(c)(6) eligibility for PPP. Please join us in reaching out today and tomorrow.

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Monday, August 10, 2020

Take Action: Tell Gov. Murphy to Veto Workers Comp Bill

We are reaching out to you once again with two asks related to the Workers Compensation legislation currently on Governor Murphy’s desk. This is a significant issue and we really need each individual organization to send a note to the front office opposing this bill. It is imperative that they hear from everyone individually.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

NJ Health Benefits Premium Tax - URGENT ACTION NEEDED!

Businesses in New Jersey could face higher health insurance premiums under legislation introduced July 6 that would impose a new state tax on fully insured health insurance premiums. Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce opposes the bill.
S-2676 (Vitale, D-19) / A-4389 (McKeon, D-27), would impose a new 2.75% state excise tax on fully insured health insurance premiums for health benefits plans, MEWAs and dental and vision coverage. The bill is similar to a health insurance tax Gov. Phil Murphy proposed in his original FY 2021 budget proposal, which he put forth before the pandemic began in the U.S.
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Friday, June 12, 2020

Return to Work Guidelines by NJDOL

Dear Chamber Colleagues: We just received the below information from the NJ Department of Labor regarding guidance for returning to work. The Commissioner will be unveiling this at the Governor’s press conference today. Return to Work Guidelines https://www.nj.gov/labor/assets/PDFs/returntowork_guidelines.pdf FAQs for Employers https://www.nj.gov/labor/employer-services/business/covid.shtml General FAQs: https://www.nj.gov/labor/worker-protections/covid_returntowork.shtml
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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Governor Murphy - Open our Amusements, NOW!

Please Help Us Urge Governor Phil Murphy to Fully Open Amusements! During the reopening of the state, this business segment has been overlooked and discriminated against – Amusements, Attractions, and Recreational Activities. It is safe and practical to begin reopening commercial recreational attractions. Help us urge Governor Phil Murphy to OPEN OUR Amusements! Strength comes in numbers! Please take a few seconds to support this petition. Thank you! Sign the Petition
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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Governor Murphy - Open our Businesses

Please Help Us Urge Governor Phil Murphy to Fully Open Boardwalk Businesses! We are working with Ocean City Boardwalk Merchants Association to urge the Governor to fully open Ocean City businesses. Strength comes in numbers! Please take a few seconds to support this petition.
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Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Update - Reopening & Recovery Plan

The Chamber previously released the Ocean City, NJ Reopening and Recovery Plan, which was derived from the comprehensive feedback of more than 100 Ocean City business owners.
The plan has been updated with survey results.
Please click the button below to read the plan.
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Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Governor Murphy - Open our Amusements!

Help us persuade Governor Murphy to open our amusements and attractions. Please share on your social media pages and tag Governor Murphy.
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Monday, June 8, 2020

Our view: SJ businesses grow desperate as summer season starts without them

Our view: SJ businesses grow desperate as summer season starts without them
Press of Atlantic City 6/8/20
South Jersey business organizations have been trying hard to get Gov. Phil Murphy to see that the region is different than the COVID hotspot North Jersey shares with New York and deserves its own reopening plan.
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Thursday, June 4, 2020

Help us urge Governor Murphy to Open Swimming Pools

Please Help Us Urge Governor Phil Murphy
to Open Swimming Pools!
Hello,
We are working with Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce to urge the Governor to open public swimming pools. Strength comes in numbers! Please take a few seconds to support this petition.
Thank you!
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Thursday, June 4, 2020

A Note from the Chamber

We are all eagerly waiting to return to regular business and realize it will not be a “normal” summer season. Our business community is strong, and working together, we will get through this.
As we move forward to Stage II of opening, the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce maintains a strong working relationship with NJBIA and the NJ State Chamber of Commerce. We have been, and continue to, participate in more than a dozen meetings a week to lobby for a safe reopening for our members and all small businesses. We will continue to push for the support our businesses need.
On Wednesday, June 3rd, Michele Gillian, Executive Director of Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce, testified for a hearing on New Jersey's reopening process hosted by Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick and Assemblymen Antwan McClellan and Erik Simonsen.
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Thursday, June 4, 2020

Update on PPP

We are very pleased to report that by unanimous consent (no debate, no roll-call vote), the Senate just approved H.R. 7010, the Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act. As you know, this bill will make a number of retroactive improvements to the PPP, including:
  • 24-week covered period (instead of 8)
  • 60/40 split (instead of 75/25)
  • Loan forgiveness still possible if FTEs won’t come back, or if revenue in December is below Feb 2020 levels.
  • Five year loan-repayment terms for future PPP loans
  • Payroll tax deferment restored
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Monday, June 1, 2020

NJ's "Safe Play" Reopening Guidelines for Amusements and Attractions

NJ's "Safe Play" Reopening Guidelines for Amusements and Attractions

For the Amusement/Attractions Industry, safety has always been and will continue be our #1 priority. It is the foundation upon which our businesses are built. While COVID-19 presents an unprecedented challenge with regard to both guest and employee safety, we believe our historic focus on safety positions us well to deal with and execute protocols to create and maintain a safe environment for all. 

Please Click Her to Read  NJ's "Safe Play" Reopening Guidelilnes for Amusements and Attractions

 

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Monday, June 1, 2020

Restaurants and retail owners struggled with PPP loans. But a fix may be on the way. 

Restaurants and retail owners struggled with PPP loans. But a fix may be on the way. 

By Andy Medici
 – Senior Staff Reporter, Washington Business Journal

May 27, 2020, 1:59pm EDT
Updated May 28, 2020, 2:46pm EDT

Legislation to overhaul the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program — and make its numerous provisions friendlier to restaurants and retail shops in particular — passed the House of Representatives Thursday.

The bipartisan Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act, introduced last week by Reps. Chip Roy, R-Texas, and Dean Phillips, D-Minn., would extend the eight-week period under which loan recipients could spend the PPP money while helping fix other details that continue to bedevil small businesses in the hospitality realm. Some of those businesses, which often entail higher overhead costs and lower salaries, have struggled to rehire employees because their operations are still far from resumed or former employees are seeing more income from enhanced unemployment benefits.

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Monday, June 1, 2020

Help persuade Governor Murphy to open our attractions!

Help us persuade Governor Murphy to open our attractions. Here are the photos for the digital campaign. Please choose one to post on your social media pages and tag Governor Murphy. We want this to go viral! 
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