2013 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Section 34:1B-37 - Legislative findings and declaration

NJ Rev Stat § 34:1B-37 (2013) What's This?

34:1B-37. Legislative findings and declaration
The Legislature finds that there continue to exist in the State areas of high unemployment, low levels of new capital investment, depressed living and working conditions, and a deteriorating tax base; that vigorous action can halt the decline or threat of decline in economic activity and the underemployment of economic resources in these areas, avert economic losses, reverse the deterioration of the value of existing investment therein and the level of public revenue collections on that investment, and eliminate the disincentive to new investment; and that the improvement of these areas is vital to the safety, health and welfare of the residents thereof and of the State, and constitutes a major opportunity for enhancing the economic condition of the State, for augmenting the fiscal resources of government and for assisting private and public efforts on behalf of community development.

The Legislature determines that the development and redevelopment of these areas require substantial private capital spending; that the stimulation of that spending in turn requires the leadership of the State and of the citizens of the municipalities concerned as to financial commitment and as to public participation in the planning of the course of economic renewal; that many municipalities, counties, local development corporations and other entities engaged in economic development in these areas of the State have shown a willingness to cooperate with the private sector, the dynamism and discipline of which are essential to reviving all aspects of a community, and to help the private sector make the necessary financial commitment to undertake economic enterprises in older communities; that many entrepreneurs, and the public entities for economic development which work with them, have experienced difficulty in raising start-up money for projects of relative risk which are justified both on economic grounds and on grounds of their potential contribution to the welfare of the communities in which they are located; that expanded activity by entrepreneurs and these entities is necessary to the commercial and industrial redevelopment of these communities; and that the problems posed by the decline of these communities is beyond remedy solely through the exercise by government of its regulatory and police power and, because of the greater relative risk, have not been effectively addressed by the operations of private enterprise.

The Legislature, therefore, declares that in order to aid in remedying the aforesaid conditions of underemployment and underinvestment as they obtain in certain urban municipalities of the State, and to further the purposes of this act, there shall be created a State fund, under the supervision of the Department of Commerce and Economic Development, to provide direct State financial assistance to local commercial and industrial projects as provided in this act, that the authority and powers conferred hereunder and the expenditure of public moneys as provided herein are in service of a valid public purpose and that the enactment of the provisions hereinafter set forth is in the public interest and for the public benefit and good and is so declared as a matter of express legislative determination.

L.1983, c. 190, s. 2, May 23, 1983.

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