Now is time for Sustainable Green Jobs Recovery plan for N.J.
Governors’ State of the State addresses routinely highlight important new policy and economic opportunities, and Gov. Phil Murphy’s recent speech was no exception. We couldn’t agree more that a “clean energy economy is a once-in-a-generation opportunity,” and achieving that goal requires a “robust and equitable green jobs workforce development strategy.”
The hard part is making sure that happens. Words can get the job started, but we need adequate funding to get it done.
On behalf of the 16 organizations listed below, we offer a Sustainable Green Jobs Recovery plan of common-sense public investments to not only reverse the economic devastation from the COVID-19 pandemic, but build a stronger, healthier and more equitable state. We call upon Gov. Murphy and legislators to ensure that the state budget that takes effect July 1 promotes economic growth and job creation, reduces public health disparities in underserved communities, and builds a sustainable economy for our children and grandchildren. These five areas are priorities for reaching those goals:
Advance clean energy;
Improve water and community infrastructure;
Build resilience to climate disasters;
Fully support New Jersey Transit;
Fund parks and trails.