Reconstitutes the “Joint Committee on Economic Justice and Equal Employment Opportunity”
SCR15 (Rice, Brown) This new joint committee would study issues concerning economic justice and equal employment opportunity in New Jersey. According to a 2012 report by New Jersey Legal Services, income inequality sored over the last decade. The top 20 percent of income earners increased their income share, while the bottom 80 percent lost income share. Minority groups and female-headed households faced the brunt of this impact, and now make up a greater percentage of lower income earners. Studies have also demonstrated that racial employment disparities place additional challenges on regional economic development. The new joint committee could play a significant role in addressing these challenges at a time when the state is realigning its economic development policies. By enacting a joint committee, both houses of the Legislature will be represented on a committee focused solely on addressing the critical issues surrounding racial and gender employment and economic disparities.
NJEA urges your support of SCR15.