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Governor Murphy Vetoes Bipartisan Restaurant Assistance Legislation

219th Legislative Session Legislative Updates State Budget Updates
On October 19, Governor Phil Murphy vetoed S-2704/A-4413 (Sweeney, Gopal, A.M. Bucco, Cruz-Perez/Bramnick, Burzichelli, DeCroce), which would have appropriated $30 million to EDA from federal "Coronavirus Relief Fund" to assist food establishments impacted by Executive Order No. 158.

In his veto message, Governor Murphy cited the recent announcement of the additional $100 million in CARES Act funding, including $35 million dedicated to food establishments and funding for Phase 3 of the Authority’s Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program.

The CCSNJ supported this bill and was disappointed in the Governor's veto of this bill, which could have provided critical funding to struggling restaurants had it been signed when it passed unanimously both houses of the legislature on August 27.

Every day open is a struggle for small businesses to remain open and critical CARES Act funding that was available then should have been immediately allocated to help businesses.

To read the Governor's press release, click here.
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