2013 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 34 - LABOR AND WORKMEN'S COMPENSATION
Section 34:1B-244 - Grow New Jersey Assistance Program.
34:1B-244 Grow New Jersey Assistance Program.
3. a. The Grow New Jersey Assistance Program is hereby established as a program under the jurisdiction of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority and shall be administered by the authority. The purpose of the program is to encourage economic development and job creation and to preserve jobs that currently exist in New Jersey but which are in danger of being relocated outside of the State. To implement this purpose, and to the extent that funding for the program is available, the program may provide tax credits to eligible businesses. To be eligible for any tax credits pursuant to P.L.2011, c.149 (C.34:1B-242 et al.), a business's chief executive officer or equivalent officer shall demonstrate to the authority, at the time of application, that: (1) the business will make, acquire, or lease a capital investment of at least $20,000,000 at a qualified business facility at which it will (a) employ at least 100 full-time employees in retained full-time jobs, or (b) create at least 100 new full-time jobs in an industry identified by the authority as desirable for the State to maintain or attract; (2) the capital investment resultant from the award of tax credits and the resultant retention and creation of eligible positions will yield a net positive benefit to the State; and, except as provided in subsection d. of this section, (3) the award of tax credits will be a material factor in the business's decision to create or retain the minimum number of full-time jobs for eligibility under the program.
b.To assist the authority in determining whether a proposed capital investment will yield a net positive benefit, the business's chief executive officer, or equivalent officer, shall submit a certification to the authority indicating that any existing jobs are at risk of leaving the State, that any projected creation of new full-time jobs would not occur but for the provision of tax credits under the program, and that the business's chief executive officer, or equivalent officer, has reviewed the information submitted to the authority and that the representations contained therein are accurate. In the event that this certification by the business's chief executive officer, or equivalent officer, is found to be willfully false, the authority may revoke any award of tax credits in their entirety, which revocation shall be in addition to any other criminal or civil penalties that the business and the officer may be subject to. When considering an application involving intra-State job transfers, the authority shall require the business to submit the following information as part of its application: a full economic analysis of all locations under consideration by the business; all lease agreements, ownership documents, or substantially similar documentation for the business's current in-State locations; and all lease agreements, ownership documents, or substantially similar documentation for the potential out-of-State location alternatives, to the extent they exist. Based on this information, and any other information deemed relevant by the authority, the authority shall independently verify and confirm, by way of making a factual finding by separate vote of the authority's board, the business's assertion that the jobs are actually at risk of leaving the State, before a business may be awarded any tax credits under this section.
c.A project that consists solely of point-of-final-purchase retail facilities shall not be eligible for a grant of tax credits. If a project consists of both point-of-final-purchase retail facilities and non-retail facilities, only the portion of the project consisting of non-retail facilities shall be eligible for a grant of tax credits. If a warehouse facility is part of a point-of-final-purchase retail facility and supplies only that facility, the warehouse facility shall not be eligible for a grant of tax credits. For the purposes of this section, catalog distribution centers shall not be considered point-of-final-purchase retail facilities.
d.The authority may determine as eligible for tax credits under the program any business that is required to respond to a request for proposals and to fulfill a contract with the federal government although the business's chief executive officer or equivalent officer has not demonstrated to the authority that the award of tax credits will be a material factor in the business's decision to retain at least 100 full-time jobs, as otherwise required by paragraph (3) of subsection a. of this section. The authority may, in its discretion, consider the economic benefit of the retained jobs servicing the contract in conducting a net benefit analysis required by paragraph (2) of subsection a. of this section. For the purposes of this subsection, "retained jobs" includes jobs that are at risk of being eliminated. Applications to the authority for eligibility under the program pursuant to the criteria set forth in this subsection shall be completed by March 31, 2012. Submission of a proposal to the federal government prior to authority approval shall not disqualify a business from the program.
L.2011, c.149, s.3.
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