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NEWS
July 4, 2016 | By Maria Panaritis, Staff Writer
Spotting a Hollywood megastar on set anywhere in Southeastern Pennsylvania this year will take more than a telephoto lens or a lucky break. Because for the first time in a good decade, no major feature films are slotted to be shot in or around the nation's fifth-largest city this year. The grim milestone has film boosters on edge in a region once adept at luring big-money producers to its cobblestone alleys and tree-lined suburbs. Pennsylvania's film tax credit is no longer working the same big-screen magic here.
BUSINESS
July 3, 2016 | By Joel Naroff
We all like tax breaks, but fiscal responsibility requires more than just cutting taxes. Nothing shows that more than the budget implications of the fiscal policies of the two leading candidates for president. With the party conventions nearing, it's time to start thinking about the financial realities of the Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton economic proposals. Of course, the Republican is the fiscally responsible one while the Democrat will cause the deficit to soar, right? Not in this year of unpredictable politics.
NEWS
July 3, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
Gov. Christie is considering withdrawing from an agreement that exempts residents who live in Pennsylvania but work in New Jersey from paying income taxes on their salaries and wages to the Garden State, and vice versa. This would effectively amount to a tax hike for many of those who commute across the Delaware River for work - and would be highly unpopular in South Jersey, where tens of thousands of people could be affected. The proposal was included in an executive order that Christie signed Thursday night, placing millions of dollars in reserve in what he said was a response to a reckless spending proposal submitted by the Legislature, which is controlled by Democrats.
NEWS
July 2, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
TRENTON - Gov. Christie on Thursday shot back at a conservative New Jersey radio host critical of his new tax plan, accusing the host of deliberately misleading listeners to "try to make yourself famous" and boost ratings. The host, Bill Spadea of New Jersey 101.5's morning show, snapped back, "Governor, it's not any more about ratings for me than it is about a nice tax-cutting headline for you. " At issue is Christie's plan to raise the state's 14.5-cent-per-gallon tax on gasoline to 37.5 cents as part of legislation to replenish New Jersey's fund for the construction and maintenance of roads, bridges, and rail lines.
NEWS
July 2, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
TRENTON - New Jersey's gas tax isn't going up - at least for the holiday weekend. The Senate did not hold a vote Thursday on legislation to raise the tax to replenish the state's fund for roads and bridges, spurning a call by Gov. Christie to resolve the crisis before the fiscal year ended Thursday. Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester) said he didn't believe there was enough support in his chamber to advance legislation, backed by Christie, that the Assembly passed this week.
NEWS
July 1, 2016 | By Maddie Hanna and Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
TRENTON - Gov. Christie on Wednesday pressed the Senate to approve a deal to raise the state's gas tax in exchange for a sales-tax cut, ahead of a voting session Thursday. "They complained for months that I wasn't saying or doing anything. Now I have," the governor said at a Statehouse news conference as he promoted the Assembly version of a plan to replenish the state's depleted fund for road and bridge projects as helping "average New Jerseyans. " The Senate has been working on a different plan.
NEWS
July 1, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
EWING, N.J. - For a good three hours Tuesday morning, the conservative radio host was filling the airwaves with invective against the proposed gas-tax hike, ripping into a deal brokered in the "middle of the night" by Gov. Christie and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto. Then, during a commercial break from Bill Spadea's four-hour morning show on New Jersey 101.5 FM came some interesting news: The governor had reached out to the station's news director. "That was the first time in six years Christie has ever called me to say, 'What should I do about this?
NEWS
July 1, 2016
At some point during the early-morning hours Tuesday, Gov. Christie and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto walked into a Statehouse hallway for a public hug on a $34.8 billion budget deal that wasn't really a deal, because the hug was missing Senate President Steve Sweeney - as well as a requisite dose of fiscal sense. Christie and Prieto (D., Hudson) agreed to raise New Jersey's gas tax from the nation's second-lowest, 14.5 cents a gallon, to its seventh-highest, 37.5 cents. That would raise $16 billion over the next eight years to support badly needed road, bridge, and mass transit repairs.
NEWS
June 30, 2016 | By Maddie Hanna and Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
WALL, N.J. - Gov. Christie, back on the stump in New Jersey Tuesday for the first time since launching his unsuccessful presidential bid a year ago, found himself pitching an unfamiliar cause: a tax increase. But the Republican governor had potential tax cuts to promote, too. He told the crowd gathered for a town-hall-style meeting in a Monmouth County library about a deal that cleared the Assembly early Tuesday to hike the gas tax - to replenish the depleted fund for transportation projects - and shave a point off the sales tax. "I've never signed a tax increase in seven years as governor.
NEWS
June 30, 2016 | By Grace Toohey and Daniel Block, STAFF WRITERS
Liana Roadcloud lives in a town where homeowners pay some of the region's highest property tax rates, where the schools struggle academically, and where the fiscal year that begins Friday will bring exactly what she doesn't want: another tax hike. The William Penn School District insists it has squeezed every nickel to keep the increase on her tax bill at just under 2 percent. For Roadcloud, that means a $58 bump next year, to $3,091 for a Lansdowne home valued around $70,000. "People don't mind paying for something if they're getting something in return," said Roadcloud, whose son is a sophomore at Penn Wood High School.
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