|COVID-19 Press Information
June 8 – August 31, 2020
Montvale Chamber Gift Card Program to Support Local Business
The Montvale Chamber of Commerce would like to support our local businesses during these uncertain times by matching any gift card or certificate purchase made to a small or mid-sized business in Montvale or any Montvale Chamber member. Here’s how it works, if a gift card or certificate is purchased from a small or mid-sized business in Montvale or from a business belonging to a current Montvale Chamber member, we will also purchase a gift card or certificate of equal value and donate it to our first responders (Montvale PD, Montvale Fire, and Tri-Boro Ambulance).
To our corporate members,
If you would like to participate and donate to the Gift Card program , please contact either Scott or Steve. 100% of the donation will go to the program and your company will be listed.
We look forward to your support and participation!
Coronavirus & Economic Recovery
An intelligence briefing for Montvale Chamber of Commerce members on how coronavirus is impacting your business, the economy and health in New Jersey.
Brother, Can You Spare $10 Billion? – The state Senate budget committee on Tuesday approved a massive $9.9 billion borrowing proposal that Republicans argued would saddle generations of New Jerseyans with tens of billions of dollars in financing costs but that Democrats said was necessary to avoid agonizing cuts to local school aid amid the economic fallout of the pandemic. Each borrowing request would require the approval of a special four-person legislative panel. The bill passed the committee 8-3, and is scheduled to be voted on by the full state Senate and Assembly on Thursday. (nj.com)
NJ Chamber Weighs In – In testimony before the Senate Budget & Appropriations committee, Laura Gunn, the director of government relations for the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce said borrowing would have a devastating impact for years to come and said it should only be used as a last resort. “We must strongly suggest that the state do everything in its power to make cuts, and approach the upcoming fiscal process with a bare-bones budget before digging New Jersey into a deeper hole of debt,” she said. (ROI-NJ)
Four States Added to Quarantine Advisory – The Murphy administration added four more states to its list of COVID-19 hotspots – Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio and Wisconsin – from which travelers should self-quarantine. That makes for a total of 22 states, representing more than half the population of the United States, where the virus has surged. Delaware had previously been a part of the list but was removed. (NJBIZ)
The Show Must Not Go On – A federal judge on Tuesday denied a request by New Jersey theater owners that would have stopped Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration from enforcing an executive order keeping cinemas dark in the Garden State during the coronavirus pandemic. In his ruling, U.S. District Judge Brian R. Martinotti rejected a bid from the AMC movie theater chain challenging the ongoing shutdown of theaters while churches and similar venues have reopened. (nj.com)
Online Gambling Soars – The state’s sprawling online casino market shattered previous online gambling records for the third month in a row according to data from the state’s gaming regulators. Internet casino revenue was nearly $85 million this past June, compared to more than $38 million in June 2019 – or a 123 percent increase. (NJBIZ)
A.C. Working Group – Yesterday, Gov. Phil Murphy and Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver convened the first meeting of the Atlantic City Restart and Recovery Working Group. The group, comprised of members of the existing Atlantic City Executive Council and other regional stakeholders, will be divided into two main groups – Economic & Workforce Development and Health & Community Wellness – to examine the post-COVID-19 recovery of Atlantic City.
School Rules – New Jersey teachers have developed what may be considered a strict set of possible ground rules for getting kids back to school in the fall. The “draft” proposal calls for requiring students to wear face coverings “door-to-door” and districts to conduct weekly testing of students. (Patch.com)
Buy From New Jersey Businesses – To promote the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce’s ‘Buy NJ’ campaign, put this ‘postcard’ on your website and share it on social media with the hashtags #BuyNJ and #BuyLocalNJ.
Get Counted – New Jersey residents can respond to the 2020 Census to ensure the state gets its fair share of federal funding. The Census provides valuable data for businesses, including population trends, growth projections and demographic information. Spread the word! Respond to the Census.
Source: NJ Chamber of Commerce
Scott L. Forman