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After Dems’ plans fail to get past Christie, GOP proposes NJ jobs package

 New Jersey Republican leaders including Sen. Diane Allen, at podium, and Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean,second from right, discuss a 236-bill package they say will stimulate the state's economy. (Phil Gregory/WHYY)

New Jersey Republican leaders including Sen. Diane Allen, at podium, and Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean,second from right, discuss a 236-bill package they say will stimulate the state's economy. (Phil Gregory/WHYY)

As New Jersey continues to trail its neighbors in job growth and economic recovery, the state Senate’s Republican minority is offering a 36-bill package to accelerate the state’s progress.

 

Gov. Chris Christie has vetoed most of the jobs bills sponsored by Democrats who control the Legislature, but Senate Minority leader Tom Kean is hoping for a better outcome for the GOP proposals.

“These are innovative ideas, and these contrast to some of the other efforts in that these don’t cost any additional money,” said Kean, R-Union. “Many of the packages that were put forth before changed a lot of different tax policies between the budget cycle.”

One of the bills would make it easier for vocational technical schools to expand, said Sen. Diane Allen, R-Camden.”Nearly three students apply for every one position,” she said. “That is a huge problem. These are kids that are realizing that they need that sort of education for their future, but they can’t get into a program here in New Jersey.”

Kean says the GOP plan will foster innovation, develop the state’s workforce, improve economic development policies, lower excessive costs, and reduce burdensome regulations.

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