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Budget, weed top list of what lobbyists are working on

Brindle: ‘The bigger the stakes, the more vigorous the lobbying’

By David Wildstein, June 13 2019 10:31 am

The 2019 state budget,  the legalization of marijuana and increasing the surtax on the corporate business tax led the list of most lobbied bills in New Jersey, according to an analysis by the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission.

“The bigger the stakes, the more vigorous the lobbying,” said Jeff Brindle, ELEC’s Executive director. “Lobbying is an essential part of government. Special interest groups have a legitimate and integral role in helping to shape policies that affect the people of New Jersey.”

Other issues that have been money-makers for lobbyists: earned sick leave, out-of-network medical bills, a $15 minimum wage, offshore windmills and special ratepayer subsidies to keep the state’s three active nuclear plants in operation.

Among the interest groups weighing in on the budget: funeral directors, libraries and Uber drivers.

“The state budget touches every citizen’s life in one way or another,” said Brindle.

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