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Committee Advances Kean’s Now Bipartisan Jobs Bill to Foster Innovation

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Legislation Is Key Part of Senate Republicans’ New Package of Jobs Bills

The Senate Labor Committee advanced legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean to create a post-doctoral fellowship program that will enhance cutting-edge industrial research and development in New Jersey.

More specifically, the bill, S-2442, uses existing, underutilized funds to create a fellowship program to attract the next generation of innovators to New Jersey, helping to develop an innovative ecosystem and creative network.

“This bill will help make New Jersey a beacon for innovation, technological ingenuity and development opportunities,” Kean said. “It will create greater opportunities for the workforce, develop this state’s future workforce pipeline and open new avenues for success with a top-notch innovation network. New Jersey needs all of these things to be a true economic force.”

S-2442 is among several “Fostering Innovation” bills announced by Senator Kean during a recent tour of one of New Jersey’s key innovation engines, Bell Labs. It quickly garnered bipartisan sponsorship from Senate Democrat Budget Committee Chairman Paul Sarlo.

Senator Kean’s “Fostering Innovation” event marked the beginning of Senate Republicans’ statewide rollout of a new six-tiered job creation and economic growth package, which will not cost taxpayers extra money and should easily attract more bipartisan sponsors and support.

This Wednesday, Deputy Senate Republican Leader Diane Allen is doing the next event to roll out the “Develop New Jersey’s Workforce” category of this new package of jobs bills. The media will be advised about Senator Allen’s event, and as Senate Republicans continue to tour the state to help create opportunities for people and growth the economy.

The aforementioned jobs package supplements Senate Republican Solutions to Make New Jersey the Place to Be.

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