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Assemblywoman Lampitt talks about Governor Corzine signing her bill to allow local governments to create “green” jobs

Assemblywoman Lampitt talks about Governor Corzine signing her bill to allow local governments to create “green” jobs and save tax dollars through energy efficiency projects

NJ STARS Program Will Still Shine Brightly

Bergen Record
December 31, 2008
By Pamela Lampitt

In just a few years, NJ STARS has been wildly successful — almost too much so.

Over the past decade, New Jersey has faced a real problem — "brain drain." Many of our top students, the cream of our academic crop, have been leaving the state in droves, deciding to attend colleges in neighboring Pennsylvania, Delaware or New York, if not even farther out of state.

The Garden State was left with two choices: act, or watch even more students put down roots in other states.

It was with this problem in mind that the Legislature established the NJ STARS program.

Created in 2004, NJ STARS gives our best and brightest students merit scholarships to cover tuition at New Jersey's county colleges, with the opportunity to work toward a bachelor's degree from one of the state's four-year public colleges if they continue to achieve academically.

Top 20 percent

Currently, students must rank in the top 20 percent of their high school class and maintain a 3.0 grade point average throughout their college studies to be eligible for a STARS scholarship. This truly is an opportunity-focused program, with merit-based aid to students kicking in only after a student has exhausted all options for need-based aid.

Electronic Reports Bill Goes to Senate Panel

Courier Post
December 30, 2008
By Courier Post Staff

A bill that would require state reports to be filed electronically, instead of being printed, has advanced in the state Legislature, a South Jersey assemblywoman said Monday.

The measure, recently approved by the Assembly, has been referred to a Senate committee for consideration, according to Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt, D-Camden, a co-sponsor.

"It's astonishing that in the age of electronic communications the state remains mired in a paper-and-ink mentality," Lampitt said in a statement. "The savings on postage alone could make this change pay for itself."

The measure would affect all periodic reports required by law to be presented to the governor or the Legislature.

 

Lampitt Applauds BPU For Protecting 'Green' Energy Rebates

For Release: December 23, 2008
Contact: Brian McGinnis, 856-435-1247

LAMPITT APPLAUDS BPU FOR PROTECTING 'GREEN' ENERGY REBATES

Calls Incentive Funding 'Critical' to State's Energy Future

(VOORHEES)— Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt (D-Camden) applauded the state Board of Public Utilities’ decision to maintain New Jersey Clean Energy Program’s CORE Rebate funding for all projects that have received a commitment letter. The CORE Rebates program provides funding to projects that develop alternative energy and has given a financial incentive to over 3,400 successful renewable energy projects by businesses and individuals statewide to date.

“The CORE Rebates have been a textbook example of a successful program of incentives and investment,” Lampitt said. “Without New Jersey continuing to offer its own incentives, the state runs the risk of losing the lead it holds over the majority of the nation in promoting alternative energy and seeing technology firms and green jobs leave the state." 

New Jersey has the nation’s second largest solar program, behind only California, largely because of state support and incentives. New Jersey’s Energy Master Plan calls for thirty percent of the state’s energy to come from renewable sources by 2020, which estimates suggest will create 20,000 “green” jobs in the state.

Greenwald, Lampitt Announce $150,000 In Home-Heating Assistance

For Release: December 17, 2008
Contact: Brian McGinnis, 856-435-1247

GREENWALD, LAMPITT ANNOUNCE $150,000 IN HOME-HEATING ASSISTANCE

Sunoco Foundation grant will cover 600 families’ home-heating bills

(PENNSAUKEN)— Assemblyman Louis Greenwald and Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt (both D-Camden) yesterday announced a $150,000 grant from the Sunoco Foundation to the Camden County Council on Economic Opportunity.  

The grant—given as part of the Foundation’s Low Income Energy Assistance Program—will cover the home-heating bills of approximately 600 low-income families in Camden County.

“I’m proud to stand with the Sunoco Foundation to present this critically needed assistance to South Jersey families,” said Greenwald. “The current economic crisis didn’t start in New Jersey, and it won’t end in New Jersey, but it’s hitting family budgets hard. This grant will provide important help to those who need it most—those who can’t afford their heating bills as we approach the heart of winter.”