State News

NJ Businesses Received $602 Million In SBA Loans In FY 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – With loan volume steadily increasing for the past six quarters, the U.S. Small Business Administration’s loan programs posted the second largest dollar volume ever in FY 2012, supporting $30.25 billion in loans to small businesses. That amount was surpassed only by FY 2011, which was heavily boosted by the loan incentives under the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010.

NJ Residents Largely Unaware Of $750 Million Bond Question

STATE — Garden State residents are poised to head to the polls in November knowing little about an important bond issue on the ballot. According to the most recent poll from Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind, 87 percent of registered voters have heard “little” or “nothing” about the bond on the November ballot that would allocate $750 million dollars for college and university infrastructure in New Jersey.

Poll Finds Garden State Quality Of Life Drops Again

STATE–In its regular tracking of residents’ satisfaction with life in New Jersey, the Monmouth University Poll finds the current Garden State Quality of Life Index at +24, which is the second straight drop off the prior high of +31 recorded in April 2012. This marks a return to its level of a year ago, but is still higher than the initial +21 reading in December 2010.

NJ Gas Prices Show Slight Decrease

STATE — Average retail gasoline prices in New Jersey have fallen 2.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.76 per gallon yesterday. This compares with the national average that has increased 0.6 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.80 per gallon, according to gasoline price website NewJerseyGasPrices.com.

Labor Eyes Mayoral Candidates

PERTH AMBOY – The Middlesex and Somerset Counties AFL-CIO Labor Council will be holding closed-door interviews on Thursday, Oct. 11, at 6 p.m. with candidates for the mayor of Perth Amboy for a possible endorsement in the upcoming election. Each…