TRENTON – The Assembly passed a bill championed by Democrats to raise New Jersey’s hourly minimum wage to $8.50 and require the rate to then be adjusted annually based on the Consumer Price Index received final legislative by a vote of 44-31-1 on Monday.
TRENTON – The Assembly approved a bill that would create a temporary program to allow the state to purchase foreclosed properties for use as affordable housing, while protecting municipalities from having to forfeit funds appropriated for affordable housing, giving it final legislative approval Monday. It now heads to the governor’s desk.
STATE — Average retail gasoline prices in New Jersey have fallen 4.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.43 per gallon yesterday, according to gasoline price website NewJerseyGasPrices.com.
My family and I live in Lower Manhattan. Hurricane Sandy left us, as it did so many other families and businesses, without power, heat, hot water and refrigeration. Out heartfelt best goes out to all who were affected. Recovery hasn’t been easy – not for any of us.
STATE — By a 46 to 38 percent margin, New Jersey voters support a bill that would allow physician-assisted suicide in New Jersey, according to the most recent results from Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind poll. Garden State Democrats and Republicans are about equally likely to support the measure, and the big split among voters seems to be based on religious grounds.
UNION — Liberty Hall Museum participated in Hurricane Sandy relief efforts by running a food drive for The Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Organized by museum educator and Kean University alumni Anna Cafasso, Liberty Hall collected items such as toothbrushes, cleaning supplies, non-perishable food, baby supplies and much more.