STATE — The Internal Revenue Service has awarded over $9 million in matching grants to Low Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITCs) for the 2012 grant cycle (Jan. 1, 2012, through Dec. 31, 2012).
TRENTON – In honor of those who lost their lives to impaired drivers, the Division of Highway Traffic Safety will host New Jersey Remembers, a commemoration, for the second consecutive year in April.
TRENTON – On Thursday, the Assembly Labor Committee will consider legislation to increase New Jersey’s hourly minimum wage to $8.50 and then adjust it annually based on the Consumer Price Index.
TRENTON—Saying, “Lower tax rates will relieve over-burdened middle class families,” Gov. Chris Christie proposed a ten-percent across the board personal income tax cut that will be phased in over three years during his budget speech today.
TRENTON – Assembly Democrats Albert Coutinho, Vincent Prieto, Troy Singleton and Lou Greenwald announced on Tuesday that they’ve introduced legislation to encourage internet retailer Amazon.com to locate two warehouses in New Jersey.
JERSEY CITY – Wednesday morning, members from more than two dozen faith based, community and immigrant rights groups, including members from Pax Christi NJ, IRATE & First Friends, American Friends Service Committee Immigrant Rights Program- Newark and NJ Advocates for Immigrant Detainees plan to make a 12-mile “pilgrimage” from Liberty State Park to the Elizabeth Detention Center to protest the detention of immigrants.
SANDY HOOK–New Jersey residents and beach lovers are once again asked to help rank the state’s favorite shore destinations in the 5th annual New Jersey Top Ten Beaches Poll. Visitors to njtoptenbeaches.org, which officially opens for vote collecting at noon, will also be invited to take part in a simple, single-question poll that asks them to select which issue they feel will have the biggest impact on the future of coastal New Jersey.
WESTFIELD – CONTACT We Care, a crisis intervention and suicide prevention hotline, has announced the “Save our Youth” campaign designed to raise awareness about teen suicide and increase resources to help teenagers in crisis.
TRENTON – Assembly Democrats John Wisniewski, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Linda Stender and Ruben Ramos, Jr. have introduced legislation that would grant the Assembly Transportation Committee rare subpoena power in order to obtain highly sought after answers into the record toll hikes approved in August by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
STATE – Gov. Chris Christie placed third in a new national poll of registered voters who were asked who should be the Republican nominee for Vice President. Florida’s Senator Marco Rubio topped the list in the poll conducted by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind™, followed by former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and Christie.