Senator Bucco sent the following information in his newsletter which we wanted to pass onto you. You can visit the Senate Republican page for the latest updates and breaking news: https://www.senatenj.com/
Important State News:
- The Numbers: New Jersey reported 3,649 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday, bringing the state total to 22,255 cases. There have been 355 deaths since the start of the coronavirus crisis, including 91 fatalities reported yesterday.
- Daily Briefing: Gov. Murphy will deliver a coronavirus briefing at 1 p.m. in Trenton. Click here to watch the livestream.
- Help for Small Businesses: The NJEDA will launch the application for its Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program tomorrow — Friday, April 3, 2020 at 9:00 am. A link to the grant program application will be posted on the State’s COVID-19 Business Information Hub. NJEDA has released a PDF detailing the program and application process. Use the NJ COVID-19 Business Support Eligibility Wizard to see if you qualify. The U.S. SBA also has federal disaster loans available.
- Supplies: New Jersey has secured an additional 350 ventilators from the National Strategic Stockpile, for a total of 850 additional ventilators. Additionally, the State has procured nearly 10 million pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers.
- Student Financial Aid Deadline Extended: The FAFSA deadline for eligible college students to apply for a renewal of state tuition aid for the 2020-2021 academic year has been extended from April 15th to June 1st. Students who receive aid through New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (NJ HESAA) will have until June 1st to get their forms in.
- State Tax Filing Deadline Extended: The tax filing deadline for individual income taxes and corporate business taxes has been moved from April 15th to July 15th.
- Emergency Child Care Centers: To further assist families utilizing emergency day care services during the COVID-19 pandemic, the State is launching an Emergency Child Care Assistance Program (ECCAP) to help support childcare costs when a parent or guardian is an essential employee, regardless of income. Visit here for more information.
- Adding Healthcare Workers: Governor Murphy signed Executive Order 112 yesterday, authorizing the Division of Consumer Affairs to temporarily reactivate the licenses of recently retired health care professionals and grant temporary licenses to foreign doctors. The executive order also temporarily permits certain health care professionals to perform acts outside of their ordinary scope of practice and grants broad civil immunity to health care professionals and facilities providing services in support of New Jersey’s COVID-19 response efforts.
- Volunteers: The State continues to look for qualified health, mental health, and related professionals to bolster our medical ranks. As of yesterday, 5,200 volunteers have come forward. Sign up here.
- Donations: If you or your organization have personal protective equipment or medical equipment that healthcare workers can use, visit this website to fill out the donation form.
- Unemployment Claims: A total of 10 million unemployment claims were reported nationally over the last two weeks — 6.6 million last week, and 3.3 million the week before — both shattering the previous weekly record of 695,000 claims set in October 1982. A record 206,253 new unemployment claims were filed in New Jersey last week. The NJ Department of Labor & Workforce Development is working to make sure employers are aware of a dollar-for-dollar payroll tax credit made available through the federal stimulus package to keep employees on payroll.
- Stimulus Payments: Federal stimulus payments of up to $1,200 per individual, $2,400 per married couple, and $500 per child should be delivered to those who qualify by April 17th. Additionally, the U.S. Treasury Department has clarified that Social Security recipients will automatically receive stimulus payments.
- The latest data on coronavirus infections in New Jersey are available on the New Jersey COVID-19 Dashboard.
- New Jersey’s COVID-19 Information Hub includes valuable resources and information for families, workers, and employers who have questions or needs arising from the current crisis.
- Information for workers impacted by sickness, loss of employment, or reduction in hours.
- Information for businesses impacted by COVID-19.
- Need work? Visit the State’s Jobs and Hiring Portal to connect with employers hiring today.