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new jersey governor phil murphy recently delivered his state of the state address in trenton for the governor discuss the attack on the u.s. capitol send democracy works best when people have more power at the ballot box. >> my fellow new jerseyans, i do not need to tell you these are different times. so this is a different kind of speech. instead of delivering the address in a crowded statehouse, i am standing in an emptyn theater. yet for all of the changes, the most important things remain constant. our values. our priorities, our vision and that we are all new jerseyans. the stories we heard have echoed across our state for the better part of the past year. they are stories that show or grit and reveal our heart. they echo the pain of 2020 and they preview the hope of 2021. they are tied with a common
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thread that we are all in this together. most of all, these new j jerseyans reflect the state of our state. although deeply wounded, we enter 2021 top for that ever, wiser than before, and ready to move forward together. we have lived this truth together. new jersey was on the first and hardest hit states. our communities of color have disproportionately impacted.d. that we are currentlyly battling a second way which is just as brutal as the first. every single day as we have for nearly a year we face the challenge head on. every single day we wrestle with the tough yet necessary decisions and we know there are more to come. the right decisions for the long-term public health and vitality of our families. we weigh every pro and con to ensure that every decision is not only effective but
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equitable. the typical jersey style, we are leveling with each other in making that no one is left behind. we are facing this pandemic not with a dismissive wave or partisan pandering, but with a full scale counter attack. we are making the fight against covid-19 oh one that and.es every new jersey three years ago, i took office the pledge to rebuild new jersey from the middle out and from the bottom up. to change the way trenton works, not simply for the sake of change but for the sake of people. to put working and middle-class families first. and that mission is now even more urgent. over these three years we have laid a foundation to support a stronger and fairer new jersey that works for every family played these for the right things to do before the pandemic. and they turned out to be some of thee best decisions to get us through the pandemic.
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raising the minimum wage, passing earned sick leave in expanding paid medical leave. making us the very top pay their fair share with a millionaires tax. while at the same time cutting taxes for working families with either a larger earned income tax credit or a direct rebate, or both. protecting healthcare from a tax from washington and reducing premiums for hundreds of thousands of new jerseyans. expanding pre-k education, making record investments inim public education will at the same time stabilizing property taxes. aching community college tuition free for thousands of new jerseyans and expanding job training programs. these are real accomplishments that help people acrossis our state. we made these strides by working with people off new jersey and with my partners in the legislature. especially senate president sweeney and speaker of the general assembly greg kaufman and their colleagues on both
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sides of the aisle. together we will continue moving forward, grounded in our shared everyday reality yet propelled by her optimism about tomorrow. we all sense the promise with the arrival of an approved, safe, effective code vaccines for the tremendous work and her team of medical and scientific experts and despite many obstacles we have in place a plan to vaccinate n every willing new jersey and adult resident. and hundreds of thousands have already rolled up their sleeves. six vaccine mega- sites are opening across the state sprayed and vaccinations will be available and hundreds more places statewide. we've already streamlined the fox nation process to enhance efficiency and ensure that if you choose to receive your first vaccine dose, you will get the proper follow-up
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shot. i hope you'll take a moment to visit covid-19.nj.gov/taxing to learn about the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines available to us. and, by the way you can preregister for your own fox nation. and as our statewide fox nation program continues to grow, we are beginning to see the light on the horizon get a little bit brighter. be assured, we will get back to being able to gather and celebrate with our families and friends. we will be able to see all of her children back in the schools they love it. you'll see economy recover and flourish. you have heard me say that public health creates economic health. our commitment to this ideal is unwavering. the pandemic is slammed small businesses across america so our economic focus has been squarely where it should be on helping our hard-hit small businesses in encouraging new ones to grow.
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we've been consistent in our decisions and have protected businesses, especially by the way restaurants, from the revolving door of openings and closings that have occurred in so many places across america. for the new jersey economic development authority, nearly 55000 small businesses, by the way many of them owned by women, people of color and veterans have received a truly lifesaving grant or loan. some of our nation started to receive guarantees for vital new capitol. these proactive steps have allowed businesses to keep employees on the payroll and to pay their bills. their determination, creativity, and plain old hard work and that of the people who work with them has been extraordinary and inspiring. our small business community is the backbone. not only of our local economies but of our state's economy. these are theps shops and restaurants at turn a town into a community.
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this is why i am so excited about the prospects for the new business and job creating recovery plan i signed five days ago. a package which i was proud to on, alongside numerous lawmakers, progressive advocates, private sector leaders, union leaders, tech entrepreneurs, and indeed small business owners. long before i became government called for sweeping and fundamental reforms to or set of system. you always work for too few and left too many behind. so we set out to create a new system that is transparent and fair which focuses not on huge corporations, but on job creating small businesses and innovative startups. a system that most of all promotes good paying future focused jobs. a system that is sensible caps in spending and safeguard every penny of taxpayer money.
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we set out to lift up the new jersey-based innovative companies of tomorrow through a venture fund, encouraging public/private investments. by the way there's no other fund like it in america. we set out to brownfields and other neglected areas into new walkable and inviting communities. we set out to ensure workforce and affordable housing options into eliminate food deserts. we set out to create the state first historic preservation tax credit our future can be built by repurposed thing the buildings that made us an economic power in the firstst place. and we set out to ensure our incentives come with strong protection for our union workers. everything i just mentioned, everything we initially set out to do is d now reflected in our ground breaking new incentives program. this is what change looks like. this is what putting people ahead of the powerful looks like. this is what focusing on main
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street looks like. this is whatt protecting today and planning for tomorrow looks like. the current economic emergency something we have not faced since the great depression 90 years ago. in the old ways of doing business work going to build us back stronger or more resilient. new jersey now has a new model that sets the standard for inclusive and statewide economic growth and job creation. growth powered by women, minority and veteran owned small businesses. but innovative entrepreneurs in the vision for the future preserves our history. as new jersey starts to get back to work commuters will find nj transit is safer and more accountable. we prove the naysayers wrong by beating the deadline for federally mandated train safety technology, completing 11 years worth of work in less
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than three. at the new portal bridge prices along the northeast corridor, they will see our efforts to eliminate one of the most frustrating points for this new commuter rail bridge of not only improve the commutes for hundreds of thousands of new jerseyans, but it will also stimulate local economies and provide thousands of new union jobs. commuters will also see our efforts multiple classes at the new rail engineers also on-time operations. we inherited a system with depleted ranks. today i'm proud to say we've added 94 new engineers with another 282 entraining. i will present like joe biden takes office next week, we are going to begin working alongside him and his team to see the full gateway program fulfilled. including the new tunnels under the hudson river. we are leading for the next generation a rail system wholly different than the one
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we had inherited. we are making historic investment center roads and bridges. we are reimagining our airports and seaports. put that together we are l embarking on the largest infrastructure investment program in the history of our state. these transformative investments will reap tremendous returns for our economy, create good paying new jersey jobs and attract new and innovative companies at the state that one a world-class infrastructure system. and to ensure the infrastructure investments live up to their promises, we are demanding more from new levels of transparency and accountability. this commitment to transparency and honesty must be a standard reset across the whole of government. just as we cannot go back to economic policies that put the wealthy and the well-connected first, we can't lean on the broken politics that put special interest first.
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last year i was proud to propose the first comprehensivefi set of ethics reform and a decade with bipartisan support i might add it we were made committed to them. you jerseyans need to know, not just believe, that their government has their backs. with all of theer turmoil in washington let set new jersey sas an example for moving forward. this is how our future will be powered, by bold ideas, real oversight in a commitment to the task ahead. it will also be powered by clean energy, using our natural resources and talent pool to reach our goal of one 100% clean energy economy by the 2050. just this year we cemented our place thee countries leader in offshore wind. announcing in south jerseyy both the new jersey wind port and a new manufacturing facility at the marine terminal. these key first investments in offshore wind manufacturing
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will bring up to 2000 good paying union jobs to our state along with hundreds of millions of dollars in new investments and make us the nations offshore wind energy leader. the clean energy economy as a once in a generation opportunity. so, we are bringing together stakeholders. it's our needs and develop a robust green jobs workforce development strategy. our strategy will ensure that these new jobs are developed and designed equitably. centering labor unions, and buyer, people of color and women's are green economy is as diverse and dynamic as new jersey. and it is the first state in the nation to incorporate climate change their k-12 education standards, we are laying the groundwork for tomorrow's workforce. now just as a public health
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creates economic health, in inclusive and equitable economy must mean healthier families and safer communities. perhaps one of the best examples of this principle at work is our effort to make our overall healthcare system more transparent, more accessible, and more affordable. we ended the drama of unexpected costs by prohibiting surprise medical bills. we created the office of healthcare affordability and transparency to empower aar consumers. in the midst of the pandemic or making sure people are not saddled on their expenses for covid test is if access to the provider via telemedicine. we are putting government to work to keep costs in check. and because we took the o initiative right now, hundreds of thousands are purchasing healthcare at premiums cheaper than the affordable care act first came online in 2014. after years of willful neglect
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we are funding women's healthcare family planning services. no matter what happens in washington were working to protect a woman's full reproductive rights as a matter of state r law. at the same time if not lost sight of the maternal and infant health crisis that threaten the lives of the mothers and babies, especially mothers and babies in color long before the covid-19 pandemic. no mother should ever endure the pain of losing her baby. and no child should ever feel he deep loss growing up without a mother. from day one, this belief has driven the first lady, our administration, and countless stakeholders to implement immediate solutions. we are determined to make new jersey the safest place in the nation to deliver and raise a baby. and as we are fighting the coronavirus pandemic, we are keeping our focus on fighting
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the opioid epidemic. we are working to improve our healthcare system because we know that a healthier new jersey is a stronger new jersey. and a stronger new jersey is one that ensures and protects justice forns all. a fair new jersey recognizes the powerful truth of the words black lives matter. we are attacking and ripping up the root causes of systemic racism. given the national moment we can, we must choose to make our state a model of moving forward. as no more important step to reforming our communities and law enforcement work together. that's where implementing the firstoa broad skill reforms to work policy making it more transparent and fair, not just for our sake but to make new jersey a national modern for
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positive transformation and policing and ending racial inequities pretty also remain committed mandatory sentences for non- violent drug and property crimes for these reforms are long overdue. as the reverend doctor martin luther king junior noted and i quote them, justice delayed is justice denied. we must get this done. together with the legislature we are on the verge of passing innovative and groundbreaking set of laws to reform our historic just approach to marijuana and cannabis. two months ago you and begin the process of the racial imbalance that disproportionally penalizes black and brown people arrested for marijuana offenses but were setting up a cannabis industry that promotes the growth of new small businesses, many of which will be owned by women, minorities, and veterans.
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this is not been an easy fight, nor has it happened as quickly as i would have liked. but we are in a better place, a smarter place, and a more just place than ever before. we will continue to strengthen new jersey's position as the best place in america to raise a family. i'm to do this we are building a future where housing is more affordable and accessible for everyone. as the pandemic literally hit people where they live, we instituted strong prohibitions against evictions and utility cutoffs to protect our families. we provide a rental assistance nearly 20000 individuals and families facing immediate challenges. i once again urge the legislature to send to my desk legislation for impacted renters to make up for back rent. we work with mortgage lenders to provide sensible and fair forbearance for homeowners struggling under the weight of coverts economic
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uncertainties. we will continue to provide assistance to those he faced eviction or foreclosure and support for those who can't make rent or mortgage payments due toay covid. yet many of our fellow residents were struggling before covid and will continue struggle without our help. to the work of lieutenant governor sheila oliver we are taking much-needed steps to expand opportunities for safe and affordable housing. this means making more downab payment assistance available to would-be homebuyers. building more affordable housing units and battling homelessness. anytime progress threatened, or put in the country with the nation's strongest laws for environmental justice. for come fighting senseless gun bountifully thee rights and the ever lgbtq plus community. and for welcoming her immigrant communities into our inclusive and diverse family.
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and we are insuring these broad and diverse voices areer heard and honored. across the nation we have seen multiple attempts by some to diminish our democratic institutions whory turn baseless conspiracy theories into the basis for court challenges. and to silence the voices and throw out the votes of the many americans. we were all shocked to witness a mob incited and supported by politicians at the highest levels of government, shamefully tried to invalidate the votes of 158 million americans their insurrection. way to combat this contagion bain our democracy is to further strengthen that very democracy. one way to fight back is to do it i was sent here to do, give more power back to the peopleur by expanding democracy. we know that our democracy works best when more people not fewer, are given access to
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the ballot box. and through our efforts and those of local and county officials. and those election workers more new jersey and cast a ballot and the year 2020 than in any other year and historic history. nasa time to take the next step i'm arty working to enact a true in person early voting law among other measures to further open up our democracy. your vote is your voice and this country is better off when orvis are heard. these are all important for our shared future. but perhaps nothing will have the long-term impact of upholding new jersey's reputation for having the best public schools in america. we know we have room to do better and to bring more schools, more students and more communities under that banner. just as he pandemic has been a stress test on the fabric of
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ourri state, nowhere is it more true than our schools brits put strain on cool leaders.i then of this have been easyas for us at that as your governor and as a parent. and i also safe in the bottom of my heart, thank you for all that you are doing. the digital divide was real long before covid hit our statement came even clear as the pandemic took hold. in 2021 no child should be denied access to all of the exceptional educational opportunities of the online world. estimated 230,000 students, almost entirely by the way from disadvantage households, black laptops, or internet accessibility for remote learning. we got to work close that digital divide. antedate 95% of those students have the tools they need and we are close to getting the
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outstanding gap to zero. i wish i could tell you that no child is falling behind in this destructive school year. but i can't. that is why our focus must turn to ensuring our students have the academic and social/emotional support needed as a rebound from the stresses of the pandemic. we've already begun to direct funding to school districtsge that need the most help in getting students back on track. so please know this, we are the number one state for public education, precisely because of our strong support for attending to the educational social, emotional, needs of our entire education community. we won't let our students or our educators down now. that effort matters today and will pay further dividends as we move forward to close the remaining educational gaps among our students such as
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protecting funding and access to pre-k, by the way one of the smartest investments we can make. since we took office working with senate president steveco sweeney and speaker craig claflin, we have added more than $750 million in direct classroom funding. and we have protected this investment despite the pandemics fiscal impacts. this has been goodness for our educational communities and our property taxpayers. as we've noted noted before, the pandemic further exposed every existing fault line in our society. nowhere has that been more clear than in the balancing act between work and family. as covid-19 rage, we made childcare more affordable for countless families. especially our essential workers who face themp impossible task of serving their community in a time of i crisis while caring for their children. but in truth this is not a real problem.
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working families needed help in covering the cost of childcare before the pandemic. and they continue to need support after. let's be very clear, even in the year 2021, these burdens too often fall on women. with schools and work both remote, it is women and imagining demands both seen and unseen. i see this tug-of-war again and again, mothers struggling to be fully present at work, and as parents. this is one fundamental reason we created our states child dependent tax credit, we cannot afford to miss out on the contributions of half our population harnessing the full economic power of all of our people requires real affordable options for childcare that work for all families. we remain committed to easing the burden of working parents,
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especially moms that create a robust childcare support system. with more new jerseyans facing food insecurity because of the pandemics impacts, would double down on our commitment to the food banks helping families to put food on their tables. we continued our commitment to put a college education within reach of all who wanted and wanted a community college education tuition free for tsstudents with families with income under $65000 per there are good options for further education we continueol creating exciting public private partnerships to train more people for the jobs of the future with a particular emphasis on good paying union jobs. every point in this difficult year, the grace, ingenuity, compassion shown by so many has brightened some dark
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days. that is the light as we begin this new year. better days are coming. in 2020 the pandemic touched every corner of our lives and challenged every state. some chose to deny covid. we chose to fight it. we told the hard truths, made the hard choices, and never played partisan politics with people's lives. yet some and new jersey are suggesting the same old failed policies of decades past where they forget that after the last economic downturn, the prior administration cut taxes for millionaires. cut vital programs. left middle working class residents behind. and as a result we had the slowest recovery of any state in the nation. our long-standing inequities have never been felt more sharply than during the past ten months. to blunt them we must accept the fact week can grow andro
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strengthen the middle class by pulling the rug out from under it. we can't cut and/our way to growth and opportunity. : : : eaning in to smart investments and forward-looking principled ideas. there is no excuse for doing less or leaving more behind. everything together shows the promise of the new postcode the day that is just beginning to dawn. it is the day we will enter not fearing what is next but knowing where we are headed. that direction is forward. 12 days ago we welcomed a new year about why the calendar has changed our mission has not. when i first asked for the privilege to serve as your governor i pledged to do what is right, not for my next election but for the next generation. and that is how we have governed. we are who we said we would be, we stand with new jersey's
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hard-working middle-class families and everyone working to get there. we have not sugarcoated our problems and we have not followed the same old dominic raab playbook of checking them down the road with someone else to dealla with. a year ago we had no idea of what 2020 would throw at us. as a poet lincoln hughes wrote, a dream deferred is a dream denied. for so many 2020 was a year of deferred dreams, we stuck together even in the darkest of days as a new jersey family we are. out of shared pain we forged shared purpose because all we did together in new jersey 2021 can beog the year where dreams e once again possible in the wind is at her back. when we emerge from the darkness of the pandemic together we will be stronger, fairer and more resilient than before and we will be prepared to move forward
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as one state and onete family. after all this is new jersey, no state has our character, our backbone, our attitude, our fight we've always thought because we but we spin the underdog and we've been counted out over and wog over again but we've never been bowed and would never ever failed. may god bless you and your family with a healthy new year and may god continue to bless the great state of new jersey in the united states of america. [silence] >> this week the senate continues work on president biden's cabinet nominations. a confirmation vote for alejandro mayorkas to be the security secretary was moved from monday to tuesday due to winter storms in the northeast other confirmation votes are
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expected later in the week. in the house of the first vote of the week is expected tuesday they plan to take up a budget resolution that could set the stage for passage of a new round of covid relief. the boat is also possible on a rules change to impose fines on members who do not comply with new screening measures to enter the house floor, watch the house live on c-span in the senate on c-span2. a discussion on social media and free speech with harold, the senior vice president of public knowledge and randolph may the president of the free state foundation. >> they used to say in journalism if it bleeds it leads and therefore the headlines were always dramatic stories and that sort of thing when people spoke disparaging about traditional media the same thing is true with social media in place if it
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bleeds it leads, it's more if it enrages and engages, we have the algorithms that are weighted towards giving us the most extreme views first. >> i disagree with a lot of actions that twitter takes facebook, google and for my own perspective someone that is right of center free-market conservative to my way of thinking, there is a barge in their actions against those that have that perspective. but nevertheless that said, i have always said that these companies have a first amendment right to put up on their platforms what they wish and they have a first amendment right to take down what they
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wish. >> social media and free speech tonight at 8:00 p.m. eastern on the communicators on c-span2. >> you're watching c-span2 your unfiltered view of government. c-span2 is created by america's television company. today were brought to you by these television companies who provide c-span2 to viewers in the public service. in the state of the state address massachusetts governor charlie baker think healthcare provider, law enforcement interminable organizations for their response to the coronavirus pandemic. he outlined the state vaccine distribution plan. >> good evening thank you for joining me for a very different state of the commonwealth address. in a normal year i would be delivering the speech in the house chamber

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