PUBLIC STATEMENT ON POLICE-INVOLVED SHOOTING ON DECEMBER 3, 2017
New Jersey Department of Health Reports Fourth Pediatric Flu Death This Season

REPORT: IMMIGRANT-OWNED BUSINESSES HAVE $4.4B IMPACT

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New Jersey should thank immigrant-owned businesses for contributing $4.4 billion to the state's economy, according to a report released Monday by New Jersey Policy Perspective. The survey found that 47 percent of businesses statewide are owned by immigrants. "This despite the fact that immigrants make up only 22 percent of the state’s population," Anjalee Khemlani writes. The report includes a few graphs and illustrations, too: 1, 2, 3, 4. (ROI-NJ)

TEDDY BEAR ACADEMY CHILDCARE BILL CLEARS SENATE

A bill named after a Burlington County child care center that is set to close in June has cleared the state Senate. Its next stop is the Assembly. The bill would give public school districts the opportunity to open daycare centers to serve children of school district employees. Advocates say the move would bring much-needed revenue to struggling districts. Still, the idea has proven to be "controversial," George Woolston writes. A representative for the New Jersey Child Care Association called the bill "ill-conceived." (TAPinto Camden)

HERE'S HOW NJ IS FIGHTING BACK AGAINST DATA BREACHES

Nicholas Pugliese has a great write-up about the state's efforts to tackle the difficult, technical mess of how to keep private information private — and safe from the prying eyes of hackers. One bill is currently just one signature away from becoming law. It would require businesses to come clean about more data breaches. Two other bills (1, 2) have cleared committees but face fierce industry opposition. Another has not been heard by a committee — yet. (Asbury Park Press)

MOST NJ STORES, RESTAURANTS MUST ACCEPT CASH NOW

On Monday, New Jersey became the second state to require businesses to accept cash payment at brick-and-mortar stores. (Massachusetts was the first, in 1978.) Advocates say the bill was inspired by communities whose access to credit or debit cards is not guaranteed: 17 percent of Black households and 14 percent of Latinx households did not have a banking account in 2017. The law applies to most stores: parking garages, car rental businesses, and select shops in airports may still operate as 'cashless' establishments. (NJ.com)

 

👀 Stories we're keeping an eye on...

Cannabis
  • NJ now very close to making it easier to get medical marijuana (NJ.com)
  • Approval clears way for key votes next Monday (The Record)
  • Group to fight marijuana sale near schools (Morristown Daily Record)
  • Newark mayor: automatically expunge weed-related crimes (The Record)
Environment Health
  • A deadly chemical common in paint removers has been banned. These are the brands to avoid. (NJ.com)
  • Measles alert at Newark Airport; traveler from Aruba (Newark Patch)
  • Plan to boost oversight of public-worker health benefits (NJ Spotlight)
  • Cancer Awareness Month: Walk through a giant colon (Livingston Patch)
Politics
  • Booker makes first cut for Democratic presidential debates (NJ.com)
  • Essex County GOP: Christie was 'beacon of hope' to gun owners (Montclair Patch)
 

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😜 Not everything is terrible...

 🍦 Rita's, Dairy Queen offering free deserts on March 20 (Long Valley Patch)
🐟 Fast-food fish sandwiches, ranked — for Lent, of course (NJ.com)
📸 Through lens, Paterson youth sees beauty amid the blight (The Record)
🧘 School creates sensory hallway for ADHD kids (TAPinto Passaic Valley)
💔 Newark grief support nonprofit founder featured on CNN (TAPinto Newark)
🎭 Here's what on offer for Paper Mill Playhouse’s ’19-’20 season (NJ Arts)
🎸 Long live the King: Down the Shore with Dick Dale (Morristown Green)
 

What's happening at the Center...

SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED FOR COLLABORATIVE JOURNALISM SUMMIT
We’ve got an amazing lineup coming together for the 2019 Collaborative Journalism Summit, and we hope you can join us! New at this year’s conference is a pre-Summit convening we’re coordinating in partnership with Solutions Journalism Network at Resolve Philadelphia. Register today!
NEW GRANTS: THE PEER LEARNING + COLLABORATION (PLAC) FUND
Is there a journalism colleague you'd love to learn from, but can't afford the trip to see them? Apply for a Peer Learning + Collaboration Fund grant! The new PLAC Fund is an initiative to accelerate peer learning, relationship building, and collaboration among journalists, media makers and communicators in the U.S. It is facilitated by the Center and supported by Democracy Fund. Apply today!
MEET OUR NEW 2019 DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION GRANTEES
We’re excited to introduce you to our third round of grantees! We expect to announce another round of grantees in the coming months. These awards provide stipends of up to $500 for New Jersey journalists to attend eligible events. The funding is made possible thanks to the New Jersey Local News Lab Fund, the Democracy Fund, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and the Community Foundation of New Jersey. Apply today!

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