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NJ task force to study effects of automation on state economy

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New Jersey Chief Innovation Officer Beth Noveck will chair the Future of Work Task Force.
New Jersey Chief Innovation Officer Beth Noveck will chair the Future of Work Task Force. - ()

The Murphy administration plans to explore how New Jersey can mitigate the effects automation might have on the state’s economy and workforce in the future, and how to potentially use that technology to the state’s advantage.

Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday issued executive order 41, creating the 25-member Future of Work Task Force.

Under the order, the task force would identify which technologies will shape the state’s economy in the future, which industries and populations would be the most impacted, and a policy framework the state can adopt.

“Building a stronger and fairer economy requires a laser focus on reclaiming New Jersey as the state of innovation,” said Murphy in a prepared statement. “However, we must not lose sight of the profound impacts that technological change will have on our workforce and economy. The insights provided by our Future of Work Task Force will ensure that all New Jersey workers share in the prosperity that innovation can deliver.”

The task force will also look at how the state could harness automaton and other future technologies to better its economy and create jobs. Beth Noveck, the state’s first chief innovation officer, will chair the task force.

"As technology continues to evolve faster than ever, it is essential for government to prepare for the inevitable challenges and opportunities that lie ahead," Noveck said in a statement. "We must ensure that our citizens, businesses and institutionsas well as our policies, laws and regulationsare equipped to thrive in the 21st century and beyond.”

The task force is part of Murphy’s economic “master plan,” which he unveiled Monday and includes approaches such as investment in people and communities, building the innovation economy and making government work better for small businesses by streamlining much of permitting, application processes and bureaucracies online.

Murphy said his goal is that by 2025 New Jersey will have added 300,000 new jobs, achieved a 4 percent wage growth or an increase of $1,500 in median wages, 40,000 more women and minorities working in STEM fields, $645 million in new venture capital investment and the employment of 42,000 more women and minorities.

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Daniel J. Munoz

Daniel J. Munoz

Daniel Munoz covers politics and state government for NJBIZ. You can contact him at dmunoz@njbiz.com.

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