Immigration Reform: Priority Issues – Fall 2011

At the Fall 2011 Issues Workshop, the Immigration Task Force agreed to take on the issue of Wage Theft this year, and to support A-3948 and S-3068.

Many workers in New Jersey, including undocumented workers, are being exploited by unscrupulous employers who fail to follow Wage and Hour Laws.  The Wage Protection Act, which is being introduced in the NJ Assembly (A 3948) by Annette Quijano, (D-20) and in the NJ Senate (S-3068) by Senator Loretta Weinberg (D-37), would strengthen the ...

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Health Care: Priority Issues – Fall 2011

At the Fall 2011 Issues Workshop, the Health Care Task Force agreed that the Health Insurance Exchanges would be their first priority, and discussed ways in which UU congregations can host forums, led by the NJ for Health Care Coalition, in order to educate the public on the future of Health Insurance Exchanges.

The Medicaid Waiver letter writing would be the task force’s second priority.

Women’s Health funding is a very important goal for the task force.  However, there is nothing happening ...

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Environment: Priority Issues – Fall 2011

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) was selected as the task force’s primary focus at Issues Workshop on October 29, 2011.  By Executive Order, Gov. Christie withdrew New Jersey from RGGI, a 10-state initiative to reduce greenhouse gasses through cap-and-trade. To override this Executive Order, the Legislature needs a simple majority in both houses.  See http://rggi.org for more info on RGGI.

Other possible focus issues included:

  • Fracking. There is a meeting of the Delaware River Basin Commission (a federal commission) ...
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