John Carty age 91, of Bellmawr
Lindenwold Food Pantry Tuesday

FIRMS GOT MILLIONS IN FEDERAL BAILOUT MONEY, DESPITE SIGNIFICANT LEGAL ISSUES

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This fascinating story by reporters Riley Yates and Payton Guion reveals how certain New Jersey-based companies managed to receive millions in federal bailout funding, via the Paycheck Protection Program. The program has supported over a dozen firms in our state that have faced lawsuits over alleged fraud — and many have paid settlements. That's according to the Treasury Department's database, which only tracks loans over $150,000. (NJ.com)

NYSE COULD PULL OPERATIONS FROM NJ OVER TRADING TAX


The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) signaled last week that it is seriously considering pulling its data center operations from North Jersey if Gov. Phil Murphy signs a bill that would place a tax on trading: $0.0025 per transaction. The NYSE will do a test run with a Chicago data center. (NJTV / Patch / WSJ)

GOV. MURPHY MIGHT RESTORE SCHOOL HEALTH PROGRAM 


Gov. Phil Murphy says he hopes to get back one program that was on the 2021 budget chopping block: the School Based Youth Services Program, which has been in the state's budget for over three decades. "God willing, assuming we can find the revenues, that's something that's a high priority," he said. (Patch)
  • This article explains why advocates have protested this budget cut.

HELPLINE LAUNCHES IN NJ TO TRACK ANTI-BLACK VIOLENCE


A Middlesex County pastor has created a helpline to serve Black people in these times of chaos and insecurity. The confidential Black Community Watchline is available for free, at (888) 300-8105, to track institutional racism, whistleblower complaints, racial profiling, and encounters with the police. One important thing: it is not a substitute for 911. (WHYY / TAPinto New Brunswick)
  • “Nothing’s going to change unless we’re actually able to document and draw attention to what’s happening on the ground every day in people’s lives. And it’s really invisible to most people who don’t experience it. They don’t know what’s happening, but it’s happening every day,” a dispatcher said. “One of the great things about the [watchline] is just being able to capture that information and support people to do something about it.”

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