July 31, 2012 |
That New Jersey ranks highly as a good place to raise children isn't surprising. After all, its residents are among the wealthiest per capita in America. But the makers of public policy in the state must address shortcomings in combating child poverty that the Annie E. Casey Foundation's annual Kid's Count report says have gotten worse since the recession. New Jersey ranked fourth overall in the report — below New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Vermont. Pennsylvania was 14th.
December 13, 1993 |
New Jersey is in the news again and whenever New Jersey is in the news it's not good. The election of a woman governor, Christie Todd Whitman, should have brought us some positive media coverage as a progressive state. Instead, Ed Rollins, her political strategist, bragged that he suppressed the turnout of African American voters. If such political chicanery had happened in any other state, I suspect it wouldn't have been the lead story of the MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour. Of course, Rollins later said he was lying, but the damage was done.
December 6, 2011 |
After their youngest child finished high school in June, destined for college, Janice and John Potts lost no time bolting from New Jersey. By the end of July, the longtime Haddonfield residents were cheerfully ensconced in a three-bedroom rowhouse near Philadelphia's Washington Square. Their new abode is much smaller than the 4,500-square-foot home (with swimming pool) that they sold, but it comes with a huge plus. "We downsized in terms of space, but cut our property-tax bill in half," said Janice Potts, 52, an outsource-services manager for a Center City firm.
November 7, 2012
(94% of vote) *Bob Menendez (D) . . . 1,705,501 Joe Kyrillos (R) . . . 1,139,696 Kenneth Kaplan (I) . . . 13,807 Ken Wolski (I) . . . 13,562 Gwen Diakos (I) . . . 7,827 David Dranikoff (I) . . . 3,066 Inder Soni (I) . . . 2,980 Robert Turkavage (I) . . . 2,829 Eugene Lavergne (I) . . . 1,909 Gregory Pason (I) . . . 1,808 Daryl Brooks (I) . . . 1,761 *Incumbent D-Democratic; I-Independent; R-Republican
August 8, 2015 |
It's official: Amoroso's Baking Co. will close its longtime Southwest Philadelphia bakery this fall and make bread and rolls at a new plant in Bellmawr, the company told employees starting with the production shift Wednesday night. About 200 employees will be laid off. The layoffs will start Oct. 6, with the closure expected no later than Dec. 4, the company said. "It's a sad thing," said Hank McKay, president of Local 6 of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union, which represents many Amoroso's employees.
January 28, 2016 |
New Jersey's Department of Environmental Protection has shut down the harvesting of a coastal turtle due to its declining numbers and a rise in demand from overseas markets for food products. The season for commercial harvesting of the northern diamondback terrapin began Nov. 1 and was scheduled to continue until March 31, but DEP Commissioner Bob Martin signed an order Tuesday ending it immediately. "The diamondback terrapin has long been special to many people who live in or visit our coastal communities," said Commissioner Martin in a statement.
February 29, 2016 |
New Jersey lawmakers are considering several changes to tax policy that could affect residents across the income spectrum. The five-year plan Gov. Christie implemented in 2011 to fund the state's roads, bridges, and rail expires when the fiscal year ends June 30. With the Transportation Trust Fund set to run out of money then, lawmakers widely expect to raise New Jersey's 14.5-cent-per-gallon tax on gasoline, which is the second lowest in the...
March 19, 2016 |
As Pennsylvania moves closer to adopting a medical marijuana program, New Jersey has released a report on its six-year-old program that says its dispensaries charge the highest price for an ounce of marijuana on average, compared with other states with similar programs. The Department of Health report said the five dispensaries operating statewide charge an average of $489 per ounce, about 37 percent more than the average price in Arizona, New Mexico, Vermont, Maine, and Rhode Island.
October 18, 2013
A TWEAK in New Jersey beer regs is paying immediate dividends for Garden State beer drinkers. Under longstanding rules, breweries had been prevented from selling beer for consumption on their own premises. That meant no tasting rooms, which are a significant source of revenue for breweries in practically every other state. The law was changed last year, however, to allow breweries to sell pints to those who tour their facilities. As a result, small brewers are opening what amount to quasi-brewpubs that sell only house beer (no food)