TRENTON – The Assembly Education Committee has approved a bill that would require the design of all new public schools to follow industry recognized standards for green building practices.
STATE – The New Jersey Education Association says that the pension and benefit reform bill heading for final passage tomorrow would leave retirees facing “crippling” cuts to their pensions.
TRENTON – Whether you’re at the beach, pool or lake this summer, the Department of Health and Senior Services is advising residents to take safety precautions to be sure their time spent near water is accident free.
STATE – As a result of two disaster declarations approved by SBA’s Administrator Karen G. Mills, applicants in New Jersey may qualify for disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration with interest rates as low as: 2.563 percent for homeowners and renters; 3 percent for non-profit organizations and 4 percent for businesses.
WARREN—Ed Potosnak, a Democrat who’s planning to challenge Republican Rep. Leonard Lance next year, welcomed Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA) to Warren for a fund-raising event held in support of his upcoming campaign.
TRENTON – Members of several public employee unions marched on the State House again today, in the so-called “Second Battle of Trenton” organized by the New Jersey Education Association. However, the Revolutionary War-themed protest did little to deter the state Senate from passing the controversial pension and health care benefit reform bill.
TRENTON – An Englewood doctor with a medical office in Jersey City was indicted today on charges that he defrauded the Medicaid program, illegally distributed narcotic painkillers, and attempted to hire men to kill three people: his wife, his lover and a business partner, Attorney General Paula T. Dow and Criminal Justice Director Stephen J. Taylor announced.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) joined Senators Kirstin Gillibrand (D-NY), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Patty Murray (D-MI) to introduce legislation last week that would protect the reproductive rights of women in the military.
TRENTON – After an emotional hearing that saw two dozen union protesters arrested for disorderly conduct, the state Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee approved a bill to increase public workers’ contributions to their pension and health benefits by a 9-4 vote.
TRENTON – New Jersey’s job market showed little change in May; employment was down by 400 jobs while the unemployment rate went up by 0.1 percentage point to 9.4 percent.