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Republican Senators Want To Stop Public Employees From Collecting Pensions & Paychecks

TRENTON – Two Republican state Senators have submitted a bill to prevent public employees who have retired from returning to government service and collecting both a pension and a government paycheck.

EarthTalk®

Dear EarthTalk: Isn’t it a waste that we buy water in plastic bottles when it is basically free out of our taps? Even health food stores, which should know better, sell it like crazy. When did Earth’s most abundant and free natural resource become a commercial ‘beverage’? — A. Jacobs, via e-mail

American values, justice & opportunity at risk

The establishment of a system of universal public schools for all American children was a historic event for the world and the key to our Nation’s development and prosperity. It provided unmatched literacy levels for our citizens and a commitment to excellence as a national goal.

Christie’s Budget Provokes Mixed Reactions

STATE – Voters are fairly evenly split in their reactions to Gov. Chris Christie’s budget proposal, according to a Rutgers-Eagleton Poll released this week. Forty-eight percent are displeased with the governor’s budget, 45 percent are pleased and seven percent are undecided.

Report: Foreign-Born NJ Residents Generally Healthier, But Have Diverse Needs

NEW BRUNSWICK — More than 20 percent of New Jersey’s population is foreign-born, and health care providers must recognize this multicultural population’s diverse and changing health needs in order to provide the best health care, Health and Senior Services Commissioner Dr. Poonam Alaigh said Tuesday in releasing “The Health of the Newest New Jerseyans: A Resource Guide.”

IRS Has $36.5 Million for New Jerseyans Who Have Not Filed a 2007 Tax Return

MOUNTAINSIDE — Unclaimed refunds totaling approximately $36.5 million are awaiting about 31,000 New Jerseyans who did not file a federal income tax return for 2007. To collect the money, a return for 2007 must be filed with the IRS no later than April 18.

Libyan Unrest Causing Pain At The Pump

STATE – As crude oil prices surged because of unrest in Libya, New Jersey gas prices reached levels not seen since October 2008. On Monday, the average price of regular gasoline in New Jersey reached $3.195, according to NewJerseyGasPrices.com.