SCR-62 / ACR-159

Creates a joint committee of the Legislature to be known as the Joint Committee on Economic Justice and Equal Employment Opportunity.

NJEA supports SCR-62 (Rice, Turner) ACR-159 (Wimberly, Mainor, Tucker, Jasey, Oliver, Sumter).  This concurrent resolution would create a new 10-member joint committee of the Legislature, which would be named, “Joint Committee on Economic Justice and Equal Employment Opportunity.”

The 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.  The impact is disproportionately felt by minority groups and female-headed households, who 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 re-aligning its economic development policies.

By enacting a joint committee, both houses of the Legislature will be represented on a committee that is entirely focused on addressing racial and gender employment and economic disparities.  This would be the seventh joint committee of the Legislature.

NJEA urges your support of SCR-62/ACR-159.