STATE – Average retail gasoline prices in New Jersey have risen 2.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.61 per gallon yesterday.
TRENTON – New Jersey’s Treasury collected $54 million more in income taxes in July than in July 2011, a sign that the state’s economy will generate the revenue necessary to meet the needs of taxpayers in fiscal 2013, said Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff and Treasury Chief Economist Dr. Charles Steindel.
TRENTON – New Jersey’s economy lost 12,000 jobs in July, according to preliminary estimates released today by the state Department of Labor. The Garden State’s unemployment rate rose 0.2 percentage points to 9.8 percent, 1.5 percent higher than the nations’s 8.3 percent unemployment rate.
NEWARK – On June 15, President Barack Obama announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) would not deport certain DREAM Act–eligible undocumented youth. Under a directive from the secretary of DHS, these youth will be given a type of temporary permission to stay in the U.S. called “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).”
TRENTON – This weekend, more than 400 law enforcement agencies in New Jersey will be aggressively looking for all impaired drivers at sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols during the annual “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” drunk driving mobilization, the Division of Highway Traffic Safety announced today.
STATE – Double-dipping, the practice of hiring retired workers who receive government pensions for a new public job, is at work in the New Jersey State Comptroller’s Office according to New Jersey Watchdog investigative reporter Mark Lagerkvist.
STATE — In its regular tracking of residents’ satisfaction with life in New Jersey, the Monmouth University Poll found that the current Garden State Quality of Life Index has dipped to +27, from +31 in April. While this marks a decrease from the last result, it is still higher than all prior readings going back to December 2011.
NEWARK—Today, U.S. Senators Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) announced more than $2.2 million in federal funds for New Jersey families impacted by HIV/AIDS. This funding, through the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, will help low-income New Jersey families pay for primary health services related to HIV/AIDS.
RUTHERFORD – Ensuring that New Jersey’s more than one million mature drivers remain safely on the road is the focus of a new Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) mature driver program entitled, Wisdom Behind the Wheel.