STATE — The Garden State Green Awards, also known as the “Boggies,” honor individuals and organizations that have made a significant contribution to the environment, demonstrating that we can indeed “Save the Planet, One Person at a Time.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Seventeen senators – including Majority Leader Harry Reid — today asked Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell to support $250 in emergency relief to more than 50 million seniors and disabled Americans facing a second straight year with no increase in Social Security benefits.
STATE — The New Jersey Turnpike Authority squandered tens of millions of dollars on unnecessary perks, unjustified employee bonuses, inappropriate sick leave payouts and a poorly managed health benefits plan, according to an audit released today by the Office of the State Comptroller (OSC).
TRENTON – Former Assemblyman Neil Cohen pleaded guilty to viewing and printing child pornography images six months ago, but he is still awaiting his sentence. On Monday, Cohen’s sentencing was delayed because the judge handling the case was sick.
STATE — Gov. Christopher Christie’s 2009 tax returns show that he and his
wife, Mary Pat, reported $544,047 in income, a $97,193 increase over the
$446,854 they reported in 2008.
STATE — New Jerseyans continue to be gloomy about their household finances. According to the most recent consumer survey by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Silberman College of Business, just one in five New Jerseyans (21%) report they are better off than a year ago.
TRENTON – Attorney General Paula T. Dow announced today that the owner of several New Jersey loan modification companies has agreed to pay the state $805,000 and stay out of the foreclosure rescue business to resolve allegations he defrauded struggling homeowners who sought help in staving off foreclosure.
TRENTON – The Assembly Budget Committee will meet Monday to consider legislation to reform arbitration rules and limit sick leave payouts for public workers. The Assembly State Government Committee, meanwhile, will discuss civil service reform.
TRENTON– Legislation to tighten requirements for serving on boards of education was approved by the Senate Education Committee Thursday. The bill (A-444/S-295), which passed the Assembly unanimously in June, now heads to the full Senate for final legislative approval.
TRENTON – Two bills intended to make it easier for consumers and businesses to pay utility bills electronically continue advancing toward law.