TRENTON — The Department of Education today announced the formation of the College and Career Readiness Task Force, a group of K-12 and higher education practitioners and business community representatives that will have two main responsibilities: clearly articulating the knowledge and skills that students should master to be “college and career ready,” and ensuring that New Jersey has the appropriate graduation requirements and high school assessments in place to evaluate the mastery of these readiness standards.
TRENTON – State Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff recently reminded taxpayers to file their applications for the Homestead Benefit and the Senior Freeze property tax relief programs before the Monday, Oct. 31, deadline.
NEWARK–The U.S. Small Business Administration is searching for outstanding New Jersey small business owners and small business champions who will be honored during National Small Business Week May 20 – 26, 2012.
NEPTUNE – A Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) agreement with the Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association (ABA) provides free legal assistance to qualified survivors of disasters like Hurricane Irene.
TRENTON – Government and racing officials announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding that would bring an annual Formula 1 Grand Prix of America race to Port Imperial in Weehawken and West New York beginning in June 2013.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In recognition of National Anti-Bullying Month, U.S. Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and a bipartisan group of New Jersey Congressional delegation members today released a video message for the “It Gets Better Project” to encourage young people who are bullied in New Jersey and around the country that “it gets better.”
STATE – A New Jersey company is being offered a tax credit worth more than $80 million for building a new 600,000 square foot headquarters and distribution center a half mile from the Jersey City PATH station. Goya Foods Inc. would add 175 “new” jobs using the tax subsidy from the Urban Transit Hub Tax Credit program, but according to New Jersey Policy Perspective, only nine jobs are truly being created.
STATE — For the first time in seven years, more New Jersey voters say the state is headed in the right direction than say it’s on the wrong track. According to the most recent poll by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind, 46 percent say that “things in New Jersey are moving in the right direction” compared to 43 percent who say it’s “off on the wrong track.”
NEW BRUNSWICK – New Jersey residents say that economic issues top the list of problems facing the state, according to a new Rutgers-Eagleton Poll. Asked to name the two or three most important problems facing the state today, 27 percent name unemployment and jobs first, followed by 25 percent who cite taxes first, and 10 percent who express concern about the economy in general.
TRENTON – Governor Chris Christie met with Dr. Michael Oren, Ambassador of Israel to the United States in the governor’s office at the Statehouse in Trenton on Monday. After the meeting, Christie announced plans to travel to Israel next year.