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Will N.J. voter anger over gas tax hike sink transportation ballot question?

By Samantha Marcus | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
on November 02, 2016 at 11:30 AM, updated November 02, 2016 at 4:23 PM

TRENTON — Now that New Jersey’s new 23-cent gas tax increase is on the books, a ballot question asking voters to dedicate the billions of dollars in new revenue to transportation projects is suddenly […]

By |November 3rd, 2016|2016|4 Comments

New Jersey Senate Passes Prop up Unions, anti-business ,anti-Icahn casino shutdown bill

Updated: OCTOBER 20, 2016 — 3:39 PM EDT

by WAYNE PARRY, The Associated Press

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) – The New Jersey Senate approved a measure Thursday that would punish billionaire Carl Icahn for shutting down the Trump Taj Mahal casino by prohibiting him from holding a casino license for it for five years.

The bill would only […]

By |October 24th, 2016|Trenton|0 Comments

DESPITE TTF DEAL, IT’S STILL UNCLEAR WHEN ROADWORK WILL RESUME IN NEW JERSEY

file photo by Boyd Loving
JOHN REITMEYER | OCTOBER 4, 2016

Christie’s executive order idled some 3,000 construction workers during the warm weather. Can it be lifted in time to make a dent in outstanding projects?

With the political impasse over transportation funding that has gripped Trenton for the past three months now settled, New Jersey lawmakers are […]

By |October 5th, 2016|Bergen County|0 Comments

Governor Christie, Senate President Sweeney and Speaker Prieto reached a tentative agreement to finance the Transportation Trust Fund

September 30,2016

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, late Friday while all eyes were on the Hoboken Train tragedy and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Governor Christie, Senate President Sweeney and Speaker Prieto reached a tentative agreement to finance the Transportation Trust Fund (TTF).A special legislative session will be called next week to ratify […]

By |October 1st, 2016|Bergen County|1 Comment

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 5th, 2016|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 5th, 2016|Bergen County|0 Comments

Governor Christie Takes Steps to Safeguard New Jersey’s Economic Future

Vetoes Legislation That Would Impede Economic Gains and Hinder Garden State Businesses

August 30, 2016
the Staff of the Ridgewood blog

Trenton, NJ , Taking action to protect New Jersey’s economic future, Governor Chris Christie today vetoed Assembly Bill No. 15, which would have raised the minimum wage to $15 per hour by the year 2021. Three years […]

By |August 31st, 2016|Trenton|1 Comment

Governor Christie Announces Trio of Fiscally Responsible Public Employee Contract Agreements

August 29, 2016

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

IFPTE & IBEW Financial Terms Protect Taxpayers, Ensure Public Services

Trenton, NJ , Governor Chris Christie today announced a key public employee contract agreement with the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE), as well as two agreements with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). These state […]

By |August 29th, 2016|Trenton|1 Comment

Ridgewood trustees, teachers remain at odds as school year looms

BY STEVE JANOSKI
STAFF WRITER |
THE RECORD

RIDGEWOOD — The failure of a state-appointed super-conciliator to resolve a 19-month-long labor dispute between the Board of Education and district teachers union has left local officials and union heads considering their next move.

Disagreements over several issues — including salaries, proposed changes in the union insurance plan and how much […]

By |August 28th, 2016|Ridgewood Schools|11 Comments

N.J. public pension system still among worst-funded in U.S.

file photo Sweeney & Prieto
By Samantha Marcus | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
on August 25, 2016 at 5:11 PM

TRENTON — New Jersey’s public pension fund is shakier than all but two U.S. states also known for their notoriously underfunded retirement systems, according to a new comparison by the Pew Charitable Trusts.

The pension fund was just […]

By |August 26th, 2016|Trenton|8 Comments