2013 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 34 - LABOR AND WORKMEN'S COMPENSATION
Section 34:1B-7.29 - Findings, declarations
34:1B-7.29. Findings, declarations
2. The Legislature finds and declares that the regional and national economic downturn which began in late 1989 continues to negatively affect the State, resulting in an alarming number of layoffs in all sectors of the economy; that during this period, one of the hardest hit sectors of the New Jersey economy has been its boat building industry, especially that portion of the industry involved in the construction and distribution of luxury boats; that the reason for this slide in the luxury boat building industry, in addition to the slumping regional economy, has been the drastic fiscal impact of the 10% federal excise tax on the sale of new boats costing over $100,000, imposed in January 1991; that this federal excise tax has further exacerbated these negative economic effects, resulting in a 75% reduction in new boat sales and a similar reduction in the boat building labor force; that while the repeal of the federal excise tax on luxury boats is expected to provide New Jersey's boat building industry with a necessary spark, the industry will still need additional financial assistance to fully recover, having been drained over the past three years of the liquidity necessary to meet payrolls and purchase materials needed to substantially increase production and respond to a three year pent-up demand; that it is in the public interest to establish a program administered by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority designed to provide loan guarantees to manufacturers, assemblers and distributors of luxury boats in New Jersey; and that such a program should be developed through the use of moneys made available for such purposes pursuant to the "Economic Recovery Fund Act," P.L.1992, c.16 (C.34:1B-7.10 et seq.), and any other moneys made available to the authority.
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