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The Real Maguire – Who Actually Invented Labor Day?

The Real Maguire – Who Actually Invented Labor Day?While most sources, even the Department of Labor, credit Peter McGuire with the origination of Labor Day, recent evidence suggests that the true father of Labor Day may in fact be another famous union leader of the 19th Century, Matthew Maguire.According to legend, Peter McGuire stood before […]

By |September 4th, 2017|Bergen County|0 Comments

Labor Day stems from deadly labor strike, but few Americans know the history

President Grover Cleveland

Labor Day stems from deadly labor strike, but few Americans know the historyA labor movement in Chicago in 1894 left 30 Pullman workers dead, and later spurred Congress and President Grover Cleveland to pass a bill creating Labor Day. But the history of this holiday is rarely taught in schools, and there are […]

By |September 4th, 2017|Bergen County|0 Comments

The Key Players Leaving the NJ Legislature

 

A sea change in New Jersey politics is coming next year, not only because Gov. Chris Christie will be leaving office, but because many prominent voices in the Legislature will be gone or are shuffling into other positions.

A string of departures announced this year in the Assembly and Senate and the death of state Sen. […]

By |September 2nd, 2017|Trenton|0 Comments

Fixing New Jersey’s failing pension system is an economic necessity

Erica JedynakPublished 11:28 a.m. ET Aug. 22, 2017 | Updated 1:54 p.m. ET Aug. 22, 2017

New Jersey’s pension system is failing, and it is going to take a lot of good people down with it.

That sad fact adds a touch of poignancy – along with a dash of frustration – to the latest bad news […]

By |August 23rd, 2017|Bergen County|1 Comment

N.J. lottery-pension plan “slightly positive,” Wall Street ratings agency says

Dustin Racioppi, State House Bureau, @dracioppiPublished 3:29 p.m. ET Aug. 15, 2017 | Updated 5:32 p.m. ET Aug. 15, 2017

Gov. Chris Christie’s new law shifting lottery revenue from education and social-service programs to the troubled public employee pension funds is being viewed as a “slightly positive” move by a Wall Street ratings agency, but not […]

By |August 16th, 2017|Bergen County|0 Comments

Reader says too late for New Jersey to make business-friendly changes

Even if one were to wave a magic wand and make these business-friendly changes, it’s way too late. NJ is operating in a state of virtual bankruptcy and servicing its debt is beyond anything changes like these could address. The world is changing, and location is no longer an issue. Businesses can be anywhere now […]

By |August 14th, 2017|Trenton|1 Comment

STATE’S NEW WAYS TO PAY INTO PUBLIC-PENSION SYSTEM ‘HUGE STEP IN RIGHT DIRECTION

JOHN REITMEYER | JULY 28, 2017

Starting this month, New Jersey’s chronically underfunded public pensions are going to benefit from Lottery funds as well as from more regular payments by the state

The New Jersey public-employee pension system traditionally has received cash contributions from the state in one lump sum — and only if the annual budget […]

By |July 29th, 2017|Trenton|2 Comments

Report: Solving NJ Pension Crisis Requires Tax Hikes, Benefit Cuts

By Christian Hetrick • 06/28/17 4:03pm

New Jersey’s next governor and Legislature must make cuts to retiree health care costs and raise several taxes to diffuse the “fiscal time bomb” created by inadequate payments to the public worker retirement system, according to a new policy report released Wednesday.

The report, “New Jersey’s Prosperity Depends on Immediate Fiscal […]

By |June 29th, 2017|Trenton|3 Comments

Looking for (Another) $1.1 Billion to Finish an Amusement Mall

By CHARLES V. BAGLIMAY 31, 2017

A $1.1 billion bond offering to help complete construction of the American Dream mall in the New Jersey Meadowlands went forward this week, nine months after the sale was originally planned.

In the story of the mall’s creation, the delay was a minor speed bump. Thirteen years after it was first […]

By |June 2nd, 2017|Bergen County|8 Comments

Judge: lawsuit over taxpayer-funded union jobs may proceed

Updated on May 29, 2017 at 1:53 PMPosted on May 29, 2017 at 11:02 AM

BY TERRENCE T. MCDONALD

The Jersey Journal

A lawsuit between a conservative group and the Jersey City teachers union will proceed after a judge denied the union’s bid to dismiss the suit on Friday.

The legal spat focuses on “release time,” a provision in […]

By |May 30th, 2017|Ridgewood Schools|0 Comments