Today, every time a consumer swipes a debit card, the business pays a fee of 1 to 3 percent to the bank that issued the card. These fees average 44 cents per transaction — but on July 21, a new policy will go into effect limiting them to 12 cents for big banks.
Republicans in Congress are aggressively attacking the Clean Water Act – a landmark 1970 law created the year after Ohio’s horrifically polluted Cuyahoga River spontaneously burst into flame.
Just a few days after being named recipient of the 2011 “Guardian of Barnegat Bay” award, Governor Chris Christie vetoed a bill that would have given towns more options for fighting the main source of pollution choking the bay.
The militarization of American police—no doubt a blowback effect of the military empire—has become an unfortunate part of American life. In fact, it says something about our reliance on the military that federal agencies having nothing whatsoever to do with national defense now see the need for their own paramilitary units.
TRENTON – NJ Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-Gloucester) testified before the state Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee in support of a bill to alter the pensions and health care benefits offered to public employees.
TRENTON – A measure to make it illegal to possess or sell drugs disguised as “bath salts” cleared a key Assembly panel on Thursday.
TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie and legislative leaders from both parties have reached an agreement on public employee health and pension benefits reform.
STATE — The state Department of Environmental Protection and the League of Municipalities held a joint series of round tables on brownfields and site remediation this week, but an environmental group notes that the discussions won’t amount to much.
TRENTON – Fifty-six New Jersey libraries, including the ones in Clark, East Brunswick, Monroe, Piscataway, Rahway and Sayreville, have qualified to be designated as NJWorks Job Seeker Destination Libraries by the New Jersey State Library.