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The New Jersey Life Sciences Vendors Alliance (NJLSVA) is a coalition of businesses, individuals and academia who provide goods and services to New Jersey’s life sciences companies.

The NJLSVA was founded to educate suppliers on trends in industry procurement and public policy that affects the life sciences industry.

NJBIA Supports College Affordability Bills that Clear Committee

Students boy with glasses formulaTrenton, NJ, December 15, 2016 — Making college more affordable is an important business issue.  That’s why the New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA) is supporting four college-affordability bills that were released by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee today.

The bills are designed to ease the debt burden many students face upon graduation.

“An affordable college education is critical for the state economy, particularly in helping New Jersey maintain its competitive edge in having a highly educated workforce,” said NJBIA Director Andrew Musick.

“Education helps individuals become more likely to be employed and more productive employees, but the cost of a higher education and the debt students assume to pay for it is holding a lot of them back,” Musick continued.  “These bills will help make college more affordable in New Jersey, which will help us retain our best and brightest students.”

The measures supported by NJBIA are:

  • S-2484, which allows a gross income tax deduction for certain student loan interest;
  • S-2618, which requires institutions of higher education to enter into collective statewide reverse
  • transfer agreements;
  • S-2621, which allows students to use tuition assistance grant awards during summer session; and
  • SR-84, which urges establishment of additional bridge agreements between county colleges and four-year institutions.

“The New Jersey College Affordability Study Commission should be applauded, and we thank the legislators who have drafted legislation based on their recommendations,” Musick said.  “NJBIA takes great pride in our role in creating a highly educated, highly skilled workforce and we are committed to bridging the existing skills gap.”