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January 14, 2015
ISSUE | N.J. ECONOMY U.S.-sourced goods, services smart move I am very happy to see that New Jersey is about to expand its buy-American rules, thanks to state Senate President Steve Sweeney's efforts. The government provides massive fiscal incentives to companies that still end up relocating production, so it is time to work on other solutions. It is a much more sound policy to use public contracts as a way to maintain jobs and production in this country. Critics contend that those contracts might cost more in the short-term, but we need to also think long-term.
NEWS
January 11, 2015 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - In another blow to the state's struggling horse racing industry, the owner of Atlantic City Race Course announced it will cease operations and close permanently after heavy losses the last eight years. The racetrack's last day of business for simulcasting will be Friday. The closure leaves New Jersey with three operating horse tracks - Meadowlands, Freehold, and Monmouth. "We regret to announce that we must close Atlantic City Race Course immediately due to continuous business decline in the industry, the current regional economic climate, and the absence of alternative revenue opportunities," Joe Wilson, president of Greenwood ACRA Inc., owner and operator of the track, said in a statement Friday.
SPORTS
January 10, 2015 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
La Salle quarterback Kyle Shurmur was selected as the Robert W. Maxwell Memorial Football Club's high school player of the year for Pennsylvania. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound senior received the award Thursday night at a banquet at Drexelbrook Caterers in Drexel Hill. It is given annually to a player who excels in both athletics and academics, and serves his school and community. Shurmur, who will continue his career at Vanderbilt, threw for 2,523 yards and 28 touchdowns this past season while helping the Explorers go 8-3 and advance to the Catholic League Class AAAA final.
NEWS
January 10, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
The U.S. Attorney's Office in Newark has issued a subpoena to the New Jersey legislative committee investigating the George Washington Bridge lane-closure scandal, seeking records related to the testimony of former Port Authority official Bill Baroni, a lawmaker said Thursday. Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D., Bergen), cochair of the New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigation, said the subpoena sought records of Baroni's November 2013 testimony to the Assembly Transportation Committee.
BUSINESS
January 9, 2015 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gov.-elect Tom Wolf's "Fresh Start for Pennsylvania" campaign promised better school funding, plus economic stimulus to create more jobs. Voters approved. But "Pennsylvania's tax base is not expanding at a fast-enough pace to maintain current levels," let alone fund more spending, warned Tom Kozlik , municipal credit analyst at Janney Capital Markets , the largest investment banking group based in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania's reputation among bond buyers is already low enough that the state has to pay a 0.3 percent surcharge over the interest rate charged for top-rated states such as Delaware, Virginia, and Utah, Kozlik noted in a report to clients Wednesday.
NEWS
January 7, 2015 | By Maddie Hanna and Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Of the five Dallas Cowboys games Gov. Christie has attended this season, team owner Jerry Jones supplied the tickets for three - along with a private plane ride for Christie and his family to attend Sunday's game in Texas, the governor's office said Monday. While New Jersey's rules allow the governor, a longtime Cowboys fan, to accept gifts from friends, two legal experts questioned whether the gifts gave the appearance of improper conduct. "We're going to see. This is a lot of money, being paid for by somebody who is an owner of a team in the NFL. The NFL has wanted a lot of things in New Jersey," said Larry Noble, former general counsel for the Federal Election Commission and now senior counsel with the Campaign Legal Center, a nonpartisan watchdog group in Washington.
SPORTS
January 5, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEWARK, N.J. - About two hours before the opening faceoff at the Prudential Center on Saturday night, Flyers coach Craig Berube said the availability of Claude Giroux hinged on how the captain felt during warm-ups. Giroux's absence from the 15-minute pregame skate offered a swift answer to that question. With the freaky lower left leg laceration he suffered the prior night keeping Giroux off the ice, the Flyers were tasked with trying to stop the bleeding of a four-game losing streak without their best player.
NEWS
January 2, 2015 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
My 2014 was a year of living powerfully. I demanded my first discounted movie ticket due to my - ahem - seasoned-filmgoer status, confirmed by a tousled lad who politely asked to see my ID. Being carded felt nostalgic, and seeing Birdman for a buck less than the flirting/texting millennials around me enhanced my enjoyment of one of the year's best movies. But because I'm a South Jersey columnist and not a Hollywood critic, this Year in Review will focus on local cast members whose performances lent 2014 such Transcendence . Beginning with three Transformers : George Norcross, Stephen Sweeney, and Chris Christie.
NEWS
January 1, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey hired a consulting firm for $1 million to help a panel convened by the states' two governors analyze the embattled agency. The contract with Promontory Financial Group L.L.C. raises the price tag of the George Washington Bridge lane-closure scandal, which already had saddled taxpayers and toll-payers with millions of dollars in legal fees. Gov. Christie of New Jersey and Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York released the panel's 103-page report on the future of the Port Authority late Saturday in a joint news release in which they announced they had vetoed a proposed legislative overhaul of the agency.
NEWS
December 30, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman and Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Since New Jersey expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, its efforts to enroll thousands of low-income residents have been hampered by low staffing and antiquated technology. Gov. Christie championed the expansion, and, indeed, 300,000 New Jersey adults have enrolled in Medicaid, the federal program for the poor and disabled, since President Obama's health-care law took effect in October 2013. Many gained coverage directly through online state and federal portals. Yet an estimated 11,000 others, whom experts describe as some of the state's most vulnerable citizens, have received no response to their applications.
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