People who oppose President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy on illegal immigration will be holding protests Saturday in Washington, D.C., and in more than 600 places around the country, including at least 16 locations in New Jersey, NJ.com says. The “Families Belong Together” rallies were organized to protest the Trump administration’s policy of separating migrant children from their parents. Trump reversed the policy last week but the marches will still be held. NJ.com lists 16 towns in New Jersey where the demonstrations will be held and what your need to know about them.
GOVERNOR WON’T RULE OUT USING LINE-ITEM VETO
As closed-door budget talks continued in Trenton on Monday, Gov. Phil Murphy said he would not rule out using the line-item veto, NJ Spotlight reports. With just days to go before a government shutdown if no budget is in place, both sides held competing news conferences to take their cases to the public. The shutdown deadline is June 30, and the key issue standing in the way of a possible budget deal continues to be Murphy’s proposal for a millionaires tax and the restoration of a 7 percent sales tax to help pay for increased spending on things like K-12 education, public-worker pensions, mass transit, and property tax relief.
OPIOID ADDICTS STEALING METALS TO PAY FOR DRUGS, STATE REPORT SAYS
Opioid addicts are stealing tens of millions of dollars worth of metals and selling them at scrap yards and thrift stores in order to pay for their drugs, the State Commission of Investigation says in a recent report. The Press of Atlantic City says the metals are taken from cellphone towers, power stations and cemeteries, among other places. The thefts are so widespread that they are causing breakdowns in cell service and electrical power, according to the report “Corrupt Commerce: Heroin, Thievery and the Underground Trade in Stolen Goods.”
MERGER OF SMALL NJ TOWNS UNLIKELY, LAWMAKERS SAY
A committee formed by Senate President Steve Sweeney is looking at ways to cut costs and lower taxes in New Jersey, which has the highest property taxes in the country, The Record reports. Among the things the committee has discussed in initial talks are adding toll roads, cutting benefits for public workers and forcing the merger of many small towns across the state. But one senior member of the committee called those ideas “pie in the sky” and said they were “never going to happen.” New Jersey has 565 municipalities.
ANTHONY BOURDAIN FOOD TRAIL IS PROPOSED FOR NJ
Anthony Bourdain grew up in New Jersey, and now there is a move afoot to honor the chef, author and television personality who died of suicide recently, Lonely Planet says. Assemblyman Paul Moriarty has proposed the creation of the Anthony Bourdain Food Trail. It would showcase restaurants that Bourdain visited when he did an episode about New Jersey on the CNN show “Parts Unknown.” Among the stops would be Hiram’s in Fort Lee, Donkey’s Place in Camden and the Knife and Fork Inn in Atlantic City.