On Thursday February 4, the Chamber’s Director of Advocacy and Legislative Affairs, Bob Marshall testified before the Senate Labor Committee in support of Senate bill S889 (“New Jobs for New Jersey”).

The bill, sponsored by Senators Steve Sweeney, Bob Gordon and Paul Sarlo, would provide incentives for small businesses in the form of waiver of certain employer payroll taxes for hiring unemployed workers.

In his remarks supporting the use of incentives for employers of less than 100 employees, Marshall noted that a pilot Chamber jobs program has been actively placing displaced casino workers for the past year, using resources provided by the Federal government, the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development, CRDA and private sources. The program, being coordinated through Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian’s office, has placed over 400 workers in new positions, and focuses on educating employers about available incentives through the DOLWD.