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By Eva Loayza | December 18th, 2012 - 11:35am
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Assembly Democrats News Release

Fuentes, Wilson, Conaway & Tucker Bill to Boost Veteran-Owned Businesses or Businesses that Employ Veterans Clears Assembly

(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Angel Fuentes, Gilbert L. "Whip" Wilson, Herb Conaway, M.D. and Cleopatra Tucker to authorize a local public contract set-aside program for business enterprises that are owned by or that employ veterans was approved Monday by the Assembly.

"Let's do what we can to help our veterans stay in business and keep their jobs," said Fuentes (D-Camden/Gloucester). "We've seen shocking levels of unemployment among our veterans, so this is a simple and sensible step toward ensuring we do what we can to honor the sacrifices they've made to us."

The bill (A-1133), which is part of the Assembly Democratic job creation initiative, authorizes the governing body of a county or municipality to establish a qualified veteran business enterprise set-aside program. In authorizing the program, the governing body of a county or municipality would have to establish a goal for its contracting agencies of setting aside a certain percentage of the dollar value of total procurements to be awarded as set-aside contracts to qualified veteran business enterprises.

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