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NJ News Commons: WHISTLEBLOWER' EXEC BLASTS CHRISTIE-ERA TAX BREAKS

 

Patch's massive write-up of the "ongoing financial fiasco" resulting from over a decade of state-approved corporate tax incentives$11 billion over 14 years, according to a key State Comptroller's report — begins with a Thursday task force meeting in Trenton, where activists alleged that former Gov. Chris Christie's administration "pressured officials to overlook rules and regulations" to green-light tax breaks quickly, even turning "a blind eye to fraudulentapplications," Patch editor Eric Kiefer notes. At the meeting, a Jackson Hewitt 'whistleblower' executive testified the company lied to get $2.7 million in tax credits from the state Economic Development Authority. WHYY's story includes an explainer by reporter Joe Hernandez. (Montclair Patch)

EVERY COUNTY TO HOST CAMPUS SEXUAL VIOLENCE FORUM

At the New Jersey Conference on Campus Sexual Violence on Thursday, state Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced the state plans to embed prosecutors in every county this fall in order to conduct forums on sexual assault at universities and colleges. As awareness of the issue has grown, the number of reported sexual assaults has risen, too, according to campus datacompiled by NJ.com (with 138 reported cases of rape in 2016). The state's task force on campus assault filed a report on the issue in June 2017. (Planet Princeton)

CAMDEN SCHOOL DISTRICT ASKS FOR $27M AID FROM STATE

At a school board meeting on Tuesday night, acting Superintendent of Camden City School District Katrina McCombs said unless the state provides $27 million in emergency aid, the district will face massive cuts. “It’s not the time to panic, it's just the time for us to be very much aware,” McCombs said. Camden is also waiting for the state to approve its $362 million preliminary budget. The decisions, George Woolston writes, "could be made any day now." (TAPinto Camden)

SUIT: GAY-TO-STRAIGHT THERAPY GROUP STILL OPERATING

On Wednesday, the Southern Poverty Law Center filed an injunction against the Jewish Institute for Global Awareness. The SPLC says the non-profit is essentially the same group as JONAH, which in 2015 was ordered to shut down (and attracted national headlines). When used on minors, 'conversion therapy' is illegal in New Jersey and 14 other states. A group recently asked the Supreme Court to reverse the state's ban on free speech grounds. (NJ.com)

 

👀 Stories we're keeping an eye on...

Cannabis
  • Murphy says he’s 'not gonna wait around' long for medical marijuana expansion now tied to legal weed. He sets a deadline. (NJ.com)
  • Why the nation is keeping a close eye on the vote (Asbury Park Press)
Education Health
  • No bans on unvaccinated kids in public, for now (Asbury Park Press)
  • Doctors are preparing to legally help patients end lives (NorthJersey.com)
  • 11 kids died at Wanaque. It can now resume admissions (The Record)
  • NJ senator joins call for criminal investigation into center where 11 kids died, saying hospital ‘had no idea how to deal with the situation’ (NJ.com)
Politics
  • Murphy enacts law for New Jersey to create automatic enrollment retirement plan for private-sector workers (NJ.com)
Public Safety
  • 122 young men were murdered in Newark in a 5-year period (NJ.com)
  • Mercer County battles credit card skimmers (Planet Princeton)
  • Morris jail will house female inmates from Sussex Co. (Morristown Patch)
  • Survivors’ group demands more names of priests released (NJ.com)

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