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December 30, 2022
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A Message From Your Association
  A Message From Your Association  
  A Message From Your Association  

Oil Superfund Tax Returning Jan 1st

Minimum Wage to Increase January 1st

Happy New Year!

Oil Superfund Tax Returning Jan 1st

You may remember that in August, President Biden signed the “Inflation Reduction Act” (the slimmed down version of ‘Build Back Better’), which also brought back the Hazardous Substance Superfund Trust Fund tax on oil products. This is taxed at a rate of 16.4 cents per barrel of oil, on a per gallon basis for E10 gasoline, it comes out to about a third of a penny per gallon (0.352 cents). Technically, this fee is assessed much higher up the supply chain than us. However, some distributors may choose to just directly pass this cost on to retailers either as a separate line item or just by increasing the overall “taxes and fees” that are assessed when you buy gasoline and diesel wholesale. Other distributors absorb this as just the cost of doing business. You as a retailer don’t have any responsibility or need to collect or pay this to the government, but you should be aware that if starting January 1st, your per gallon rate from your distributor goes slightly up, this is the reason. You can read more about this HERE.

Minimum Wage Increase

We are officially at the “end of the year” again, and with that comes our annual reminder to you that promptly on January 1st the state minimum wage will rise again. This year it will come out to $14.13 an hour for businesses with six or more employees. Due to inflation this year an additional 13 cents were added on to the original planned amount. We know many of you are paying well over this amount to attract more employees, but if you are paying anyone less than $13 an hour you will need to make sure you explicitly authorize your payroll company to make that change. Some think this change is made automatically but generally payroll companies will not change the wages unless you explicitly tell them to do so. For businesses with five or fewer employees and/or seasonal employers, the minimum wage will rise to $12.93 on January 1st (up from $11.90). Seasonal employers are defined as those for whom last year at least two-thirds of their gross receipts were received in a continuous period of 16 weeks or less. 


Finally, we want to wish our members a very happy, healthy, and successful new year. Your association looks forward to continuing to assist you in 2023!


Be Well-

Your Association Staff



  Training Class Schedule  

All classes held at NJGCA HQ -- 615 Hope Road, Building 2, 1st Floor, Eatontown, NJ 07724

ASE Training Course - Reach Out Today!

Are you (or an employee) getting ready to take your A6, A8, or L1 in preparation to recertifying your Emission Repair Technician (ERT) credentials through the State's Emission Technician Education Program (ETEP)?  

We can help --- but we need to hear from you, first! 
NJGCA wants to hear from students interested in our ASE-prep training program, so we can gauge demand and schedule our next session series. 

As you know, the NJ Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) has always maintained a "dual-track" system to allow technicians to earn their Emission Repair Technician (ERT) credentials through New Jersey's Emission Technician Education Program (ETEP). In doing so, technicians were allowed to certify as ERTs through either an ASE-test track or an ETEP-educational class track. Starting on January 1, 2020, NJDEP amended the ETEP criteria, and the ETEP-educational class track was abolished.  

Today, only the ASE-test track remains, and all ERTs must certify or re-certify their credentials though ASE to remain in the Program. 

NJGCA has recently offered an ASE-prep class to help you get ready for the A6, A8, and L1. In doing so, students were welcome to participate in a ten-session preparatory class that covered material for all three ASE exams. We also had a handful of students who joined us only for the A8 or L1 sections.  

Once completed, students took their ASE exams with a local ASE-approved test proctor (NJGCA can train you to prepare for the ASE exams, but are not permitted to offer the actual exam - students must make these arrangements individually themselves). 

Building on that success, we are now seeking student participation in our next training series session. To make arrangements and organize a session, we need to hear from you! 

If you are interested, please email us at training@njgca.org ASAP. 

We'll record your interest, inquire on your availability, and schedule a class once we have a full complement of students.   

Only with your feedback can we gauge student headcount and participation.  

Please reach out to us today, and thank you for your interest! 

Contact Nick De Palma at Nick@njgca.org to inquire about potential trainings and class dates



  Energy Information Agency Weekly Retail Gasoline Prices  

Each week, the Energy Information Administration publishes a list of average gasoline prices for the previous three weeks. NJGCA will begin including this list with the Weekly Road Warrior. Remember, these prices are reflective of self-serve everywhere except NJ.



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