Tag Archive for economy

Answering The Call For Help

by Assemblyman Joseph Vas In my years of public service, one thing always remains the same: When times are good, the public generally asks government to limit its influence, but when rough economic times hit the public often turns to…

County Announces Permanent Closure Of Oak Ridge Golf Course

CLARK—The Union County Freeholders officially announced the closure of Oak Ridge Golf Course in Clark last week. The move had been proposed in January to help close a $24 million budget gap, but it was opposed by a number of…

Poll: 70% Have Cut Back On Entertainment Due to Weak Economy

UTICA, N.Y.—The nation’s current economic conditions have caused many Americans to rethink their spending habits, with 70 percent saying they have cut back on entertainment, recreation and eating out at restaurants in the past year, a new Zogby Interactive poll…

Rebates On The Chopping Block, Tax Increases Loom As Corzine Tries To Balance Budget

TRENTON – Don’t look for a property tax rebate check this year. Unless you’re a senior citizen, it’s probably not coming. In a meeting with the Legislature’s top Democrats next week, Gov. Jon Corzine suggested that curtailing the popular property…

Green Stimulus

By Kathleen Rogers A massive stimulus package of nearly $600 billion holds promise for the economy, and could mean more federal spending on infrastructure and energy efficiency projects. An estimated $400 billion in that bill will repair lots of bridges…

New Jersey Lost 6,200 Jobs in November

STATE—New Jersey employers shed jobs for the fourth consecutive month in November while the state’s unemployment rate moved higher. Employment was lower by 6,200 over the month. The state’s unemployment rate rose to 6.1 percent, the highest rate since August…

Voice of the People: Disgraceful Politicians

By James J. Devine New Jersey lost 6,200 jobs in November, the fourth consecutive month that the state’s unemployment rate moved higher. In Elizabeth, Mayor Chris Bollwage and the City Council decided that something had to be done, so they…

Politician Pay Hikes Pass

ELIZABETH—Mayor J. Christian Bollwage signed into law a measure that raises salaries for himself and the City Council members who enacted the pay hike ordinance. Only Councilman Carlos Cedeño voted against the politicians’ pay hike, while eight other members of…