Source: Assembly Republican Press Release -
Assembly Republican BettyLou DeCroce has introduced legislation to strengthen New Jersey’s manufacturing sector and create desperately needed production jobs. DeCroce’s bill, A-4002, designates a state liaison to promote NJ manufacturers and their products nationally and globally.
“We are fortunate to have many successful and innovative manufacturers in our state. We need to do everything possible to promote the high-quality products produced by New Jersey workers,” said DeCroce, R – Morris, Essex and Passaic.
DeCroce stated that manufacturing contributed more than $41 billion to the state’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2013, and accounts for 90 percent of New Jersey’s exports.
DeCroce’s legislation, in addition, calls on the Commissioner of Education, in conjunction with the Secretary of Higher Education and the Business Action Center in the Department of State, to compile a list of industry recognized credentials in the manufacturing field to assist in the development of training programs for vocational and technical schools, colleges, and the workforce development system.
“By working together, the public and private sectors can bolster manufacturing growth, creating good jobs for trained and talented New Jersey men and women,” said DeCroce. “With the state’s help, we can increase demand for products made in New Jersey. We have the employers, and we have the talented employees to meet the demand.”