Catholic Deacon William V. Norquist, age 81; Served in Several South Jersey Parishes
NJ Legislature increasing standardized testing requirements for graduation & eliminating opt out

NJ NEWS COMMONS: DISABILITY PAYMENTS RULING COULD HAVE RIPPLE EFFECTS

On Tuesday, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that emergency services workers can collect temporary disability benefits from the state even if they weren't working a full-time job when they were injured. The case followed a volunteer firefighter; she is one of over 30,000 such workers, according to one report. Attorney Jennifer Cottell represented the city of Bridgewater. She said the ruling will likely raise premium costs for municipalities, which often pay for worker’s compensation (max $921 per week) via insurance companies. “I think municipalities are going to drive the Legislature to fix it,” she said. (NJ Spotlight)

CHECK OUT THIS CHART: TAX CREDITS' IMPACT ON REVENUE

 

On Wednesday, the state Treasurer, Elizabeth Muoio, released data to ROI-NJ that expanded on a letter revealing the state should expect a $1 billion loss in revenue year after year for the next four years. Why? Tax credits — including major tax breaks approved by Gov. Phil Murphy's frenemy, the Economic Development Authority. Though the potential loss of revenue due to tax credits will hover around $1 billion from 2020 to 2023, the Grow NJ program (see chart: the blue bar) will account for a larger portion (nearly half). (ROI-NJ)

KEEGAN LANDFILL SAYS IT'S NOT TO BLAME FOR SMELL

Kearny Mayor Al Santos says an air quality meter installed at the Keegan Landfill has read "crazy bad" levels of hydrogen sulfide, a gas that can lead to a variety of negative health effects, depending on how close a person is to it, and for how long. Yet the landfill's owner, the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, claims its inspections haven't resulted in any violations. It also claims the landfill isn't what people are smelling. (Associated Press/Jersey Journal)

HEPATITIS A SPIKES IN GLOUCESTER COUNTY, OFFICIALS SAY

On Wednesday, Gloucester County's Health Department there has been a spike in Hepatitis A. In the last nine weeks, there have been been eight reported cases of the disease, which is typically spread via contaminated food or water. (The best prevention is vaccination.) One case was recently reported in Cape May County due to a Dunkin' Donuts worker contracting it. (NJ.com)

 

👀 Stories we're keeping an eye on...

$15 Minimum Wage
  • GOP senator introduces bill to exempt local school, government workers from $15 minimum wage (Burlington County Times)
Amazon
  • Booker: We want Amazon's 'HQ2' in Newark (The Hill
  • Amazon HQ2: Cities are trying to woo tech giant (USA Today)
Cannabis Gateway Project
  • Off the rails: Gateway chairman makes case for federal funding (NJBIZ)
LGBTQ
  • NJ public schools to teach LGBTQ history (WNYC News)
Marcal Fire
  • NJ insurers, regulated entities urged to assist Marcal employees affected by fire (Insurance Journal)
PennEast Pipeline Sandy Fraudsters Sen. Cory Booker
  • ...included on hit list of Coast Guard lieutenant (North Jersey.com)
  • ...shows his tough side to voters (Associated Press)
  • Trevor Noah mocks Fox News’ Hannity for urging viewers to stockpile meat because Cory Booker is vegan (The Daily Beast)
  • New Hampshire Democrats scope out 2020 hopefuls (CBS News)
  • Where the 2020 candidates stand on student debt (MarketWatch)
United Black Agenda / 94 Percent
  • Black voters propelled Phil Murphy to office in 2017. Now, they're pushing for change (The Record)
 

😜 Not everything is terrible...

🐣 'The Hatchery' introduces children to life on the farm (Lawrenceville Patch)
🏡 Home once on 'The Sopranos' sells for $2.3M (Parsippany Patch)
💰 Furloughed park ranger won lottery during shutdown (Hoboken Patch)
❤️ How two towns honored a veteran, a family and a public servant. (NJ.com)
🐶 Dog back home after rescue on NJ Transit tracks in Newark (Newark Patch)
🥫 Freeholders donate 500 pounds of food to food bank (TAPinto Camden)
✊🏿 'Essex Five' honored for for their civil rights contributions (Montclair Patch)
 

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