NJ’s Proposed Professional License Fee Change Is Worrying

This is another example of New Jersey government mismanagement and bureaucracy working hard for Garden State taxpayers.

Each year, the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs collects more than $100 million in licensing fees from hundreds of thousands of professionals in a variety of fields, including home health aides, social workers, nurses, pumps funeral homes and dentists.

New Jersey’s proposed state budget for this year, which must be finalized and approved by the end of June, calls for $38.5 million in licensing fees collected by DCA to be transferred to the general fund, where they can be used for anything.

It is a proposition that the state business community is not happy with.

What are they doing?

Chrissy Buteas, director of government affairs for the New Jersey Business & Industry Association, said that made no sense.

“Licensing fees should stay where they are paid, which is the Consumer Division, to process licensing for all of these professionals,” she said.

Buteas said the money should stay in DCA to ensure there are no delays in licensing, for necessary technology upgrades and to pay for any additional staff.

Some people are delayed for months

Buteas said that right now some New Jersey professionals are waiting months for their licenses to be processed, at a time when the labor shortage continues to worsen.

“What we want to do is be able to make sure they get into the workforce as soon as possible, get their licenses processed as soon as possible,” she said.

Buteas said the problem affects thousands of different types of professionals in different industries each year, adding that “if someone’s request is not dealt with in a timely manner, it prevents them from working and really creates difficulties. economic”.

This is not a new problem

Buteas said the problem is not new and is unfortunately widespread.

“Whether it’s a licensing board or another, it’s a constant theme that comes up. It happened in the past and it still continues today. »

She said the NJBIA was campaigning with a simple goal — to get the fees to stay in the DCA.

“The DCA and other agencies that are licensed in New Jersey must be fully supported. We look forward to working with the Treasury, Legislature and DCA to see that more licensing fees charged to our businesses and nonprofits go to their intended use,” Buteas said.

David Matthau is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at david.matthau@townsquaremedia.com

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