New Jersey workforce officials blame federal red tape for department’s woes

All the money in the world may not ease New Jersey’s woes at the Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

That’s because the problems lie in red tape that comes from the federal government, Labor Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo told the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee on Tuesday.

The labor commissioner appeared on the last day of hearings on the $32.4 billion fiscal 2021 budget that begins Oct. 1 and ends June 30, 2021.

The Labor Department faced several challenges as about 1.5 million New Jersey residents filed for unemployment since the COVID-19 pandemic began
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