Economic Recovery & Reopening Update: 6/23/2022

NJ Chamber
Economic Recovery & Reopening Update
June 23, 2022
Content Curated By Scott Goldstein
  • NJ leaders announce a sales tax holiday on back-to-school items.
  • What a gas tax holiday would mean for New Jersey.
  • Some Jersey Shore towns scramble to fill lifeguard positions.
State Leaders Announce a Tax Holiday on Back-to-School Items
New Jersey is set to implement a 10-day sales tax holiday for school supplies, sports equipment, computers and certain computer accessories starting Aug. 27 as a means to offset inflation, Gov. Murphy and legislative leaders announced yesterday. Goods would be exempt from the state's 6.6% sales tax. (New Jersey Monitor)
What a 'Gas Tax Holiday’ Would Mean for New Jersey
President Biden’s proposal for a 3-month suspension of federal and state gas taxes would save 60 cents a gallon but also bring trade-offs. New Jersey and the federal governments rely on revenue generated by their gas taxes to fund key investments in transportation infrastructure, including roads and bridges. Analysts also warn there’s no guarantee the savings from a tax holiday would be passed along in full to motorists. (NJ Spotlight News)
Some Jersey Shore Towns Scramble to Fill Lifeguard Positions
Cape May, like other Jersey Shore towns, needs new lifeguards to keep all of its beaches open. On Tuesday, the city raised its lifeguard pay to at least $15 an hour to attract more candidates. It's not just the labor shortage causing the problem. The pandemic cut into training programs for the last two years, and rising rents have priced out some people who might want to live at the Jersey Shore. (NJ Spotlight News)
United Cuts Flights at Newark in an Effort to Reduce Delays
United Airlines will cut about 50 flights a day out of Newark to reduce long delays that the airline blames on airport construction and other issues. The cuts – about 12% of United flights in Newark – will start July 1 and last the rest of the summer. (The Associated Press)
WHO Considers Declaring Monkeypox a Global Health Emergency
It would mean the U.N. health agency considers the outbreak to be an “extraordinary event” and is at risk of spreading across even more borders, possibly requiring a global response. It would also give monkeypox the same distinction as the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing effort to eradicate polio. (The Associated Press)
We asked N.J. Chamber Members: How Do You Retain Employees these Days?
"Interview employees. Use 'stay interviews' to learn about what key performers value and what they would change or enhance about the company, product, service, or their role. Sometimes listening and being heard goes a long way." – Nick Malefyt, president, Master Search Solutions. Read more here. (N.J. Chamber of Commerce)
PHOTOS: Hundreds of N.J. Chamber Members Gather at the State Museum for our 25th Annual 'Open House'
Business and state government leaders filled the galleries and the outdoor mall of the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton on June 9 for the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce's 25th Annual Open House. See pictures here. (N.J. Chamber of Commerce)
Join the N.J. Chamber's Drive for Equality: Sign Up for Our 'Supplier Diversity Collaborative' and Work Towards Real Change
By signing your company's name to the N.J. Chamber's 'Supplier Diversity Collaborative,' you will strengthen the business community’s commitment to hiring a diverse group of suppliers and contractors. Expanding a commitment to working with New Jersey's minority-, women- and veteran-owned businesses is good for business on many levels. More information here. (N.J. Chamber of Commerce)
Looking to Get Vaccinated? Here's an Easy Way to Find COVID-19 Vaccines Near You.
Just punch in your area code. You can even search for a specific vaccine. (
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Business Resources
Vaccine Guide for Businesses (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)
Guide to Starting a Business in N.J. (New Jersey Business Action Center)
Jobs and Hiring Portal Job Seekers | Employers (State of N.J.)
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