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SWEENEY'S PLAN: 274 DISTRICTS WOULD MERGE, DISAPPEAR

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So Tom Davis again has news you can use: here's the list of all of the K-6 and K-8 school districts that would be merged or eliminated under Sen. Pres. Steve Sweeney's "Path to Progress" plan. The controversial plan would dramatically downsize the state's districts from 600 to 320, and it could "save probably close to about a billion dollars," Sweeney told the New Jersey Business and Industry Association when he pitched the plan in Trenton on Tuesday. (Princeton Patch)

 

NJ LAWMAKERS RATCHET UP OPPO TO CONGESTION PRICING

"Jersey tough talk" — that's how Michael Hill describes Reps. Josh Gottheimer and Bill Pascrell's approach to New York's congestion pricing — and a potential solution in what Gottheimer calls the "Manhattan Moocher Prevention Act.” The Anti-Congestion Tax Act would freeze federal funding for New York's MTA, which could strong-arm the city to allow Jersey commuters to cross the George Washington Bridge and drive below 60th Street with exemptions for the two tolls. Read their letter to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo here. (NJTV News)

 

NJ JOINS OTHER STATES TO DEFEND CLEAN WATER ACT

The Trump administration's federal Environmental Protection Agency acted to limit the scope of the Clean Water Act in January — and if it passes, over half of the streams in the Delaware River Watershed would be affected, according to the nonprofit Environment America. New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal has signed on with attorneys general of 13 other states to fight the  attempted rollback. The comment period closed this week. (NJ Spotlight)

NJ RANKS DEAD LAST FOR PAY GAP: LATINAS VS. WHITE MEN

According to recently released data from the National Women’s Law Center, New Jersey has the worst — that is, widest — wage gap for Latinas, who are paid only $0.42 for every dollar paid to white men. Our neighbors aren't much better: New York pays Latinas on average $.56; Pennsylvania, $0.57. For Black women, that number is only $.57. Though Gov. Phil Murphy signed the Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act last year, our state ranks near the bottom for Black women (42nd) and white women (42nd), and below the nationwide average for Native American women (36th) —yet it ranks 6th for Asian women. (The Daily Targum)

 

👀 Stories we're keeping an eye on...

Atlantic City
  • AC social services begin breaking down silos (Press of Atlantic City)
  • NJ Transit resuming service to Atlantic City, Princeton May 12 (WHYY)
Education
  • New contract for Jersey City teachers nearing final vote (Jersey Journal
  • Will Rutgers raise tuition to cover new faculty contracts? (The Record)
  • Rutgers professors celebrate contract deal while adjuncts wait (WHYY)
  • Op-Ed: 'Well-meaning but deeply-flawed Title IX policies': NJ's opposition to changing campus-assault rules is misguided (NJ Spotlight)
Policing & Public Safety Politics
  • EDA board mostly ignores Murphy's calls for resignation (NJ.com)
  • GOP's George Gilmore guilty on three of six counts (Asbury Park Press)
  • Christie lashes out at Murphy, defends tax incentives (NorthJersey.com)
  • I don’t know ‘the real story’ behind Bridgegate, Christie says, adding that we’ll probably never know (NJ.com)

 

published gloucestercitynews.net | April 18, 2019

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