TRENTON – While New Jersey’s 580 public school districts received more state aid money than they were originally expecting, most taxpayers will not see any savings on their current year tax bills.
STATE – Following a Wednesday fire at a New York City wastewater treatment plant, raw sewerage has been being discharged into the Hudson River. Officials have declared the river off-limits for swimming and other recreational uses.
TRENTON – A New Jersey Superior Court judge has filed a lawsuit against the state challenging the constitutionality of a recently-enacted law that requires judges to pay more towards their pension and health benefits.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Donald Payne (D-Newark) signed a letter launched by the House Progressive Caucus opposing any deal that cuts Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid benefits in order to raise the debt ceiling.
TRENTON – Preliminary estimates showed that private sector employment in New Jersey continued an upward trend, with employers adding 6,400 jobs in June — the fifth consecutive month of private sector job gains. However, overall employment gains were more modest, thanks to a public sector decline of 4,700 jobs.
WEST TRENTON—Temperatures and heat indexes are estimated to build into the upper 90s, and possibly even reach 100 degrees or higher by Friday and into the weekend, according to the National Weather Service. The New Jersey Office of Emergency Management is monitoring the excessive heat and warns that older adults and people with disabilities are especially at risk.
TRENTON — The Department of Environmental Protection reminds state residents that harvesting blue claw crabs from the waters of the Lower Passaic River and Newark Bay is prohibited, as scientists have found that crabs from those waters continue to show harmful levels of cancer-causing dioxin and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), as well as other contaminants, including mercury.
TRENTON – After slashing $139 million in aid for New Jersey cities from the state’s Fiscal Year 2012 budget, Gov. Chris Christie signaled a willingness to restore the funding today. However, the money will come with a catch – the state Department of Community Affairs would oversee the aid program.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – After the Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed a bill that would shift $1 billion in federal money for high speed rail to fund Midwest flood relief, New Jersey’s senators called upon the Department of Transportation to thwart the move.
TRENTON – The controversial public worker pension reforms Gov. Chris Christie signed into law last month will allow local governments to save $43 million in Fiscal Year 2012, according to projections released by the governor’s office today.