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NJ Marijuana Legalization Bills Now Law

NJ NEWS COMMONS: $1.2B OF COVID-19 SUPPORT IS COMING TO NJ SCHOOLS

The Murphy administration will devote over $1 billion from federal COVID funds for school districts, with a major focus on mental health and learning supports for students. Grants will also be available for tutoring and summer programs.

"Providing our school communities with increased flexibility and support is essential to move our education system forward. The additional federal funds will allow districts to best meet the individual needs of their students during this challenging time," Gov. Phil Murphy said. (Patch / NJ Spotlight)

WEED DEAL: LAWMAKERS WHIP VOTES, DEADLINE LOOMS


On Friday, after a week of touch-and-go, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed a new cannabis cleanup bill, with a detailed penalty structure:
  • For youth ages 18 to 21, a $50 fine for cannabis use or possession
  • For youth under age 18, a three-step warning system
  • For "minors," a $250 fine for alcohol use or possession
(WHYY / NJ Spotlight)

PROPERTY TAXES IN NJ: BIG IMPACT ON AVERAGE INCOMES


Reporter Susanne Cervenka has compiled property tax data to answer an important question: which counties are the least affordable for someone living on an average income? According to this data, many households earning an average income — that is, average for their town/city — are spending over 10% on property taxes, if they live in an average home. About 50 towns fall into this category, from Orange (#1) to West Orange (#48). (Asbury Park Press)

FINE PRINT: STATE'S REQUEST TO WAIVE STUDENT TESTING


This "fine print" format is a fantastic way to structure this story: easy to read, easy to understand. Here's the latest: For the second year in a row, state officials are requesting a testing waiver. They recently submitted a draft letter to the U.S. Department of Education. The draft requests a student testing waiver for language arts and math, plus a waiver for students with "significant intellectual disabilities," as well as English language learners. (NJ Spotlight)
 

😷 Coronavirus—

  • 230K vaccine doses bound for NJ delayed by winter weather (WHYY)
  • Here’s why you should double-mask, and how to do it right (NJ Spotlight)
  • South African variant found in Long Island resident, Cuomo says (AP)
  • A decrease in U.S. life expectancy due to COVID-19 (NJ Spotlight)
  • Pfizer shots and education: Cooper opens site for Camden (TAPinto)
  • What’s the vaccination timeline? Depends on who’s talking (NJ Spotlight)
  • NJ's COVID vaccine glitches, 'crashes' to be fixed: Gov. Murphy (Patch)
  • Pfizer to study COVID-19 vaccine on pregnant women (NJ Spotlight)
  • Murphy assures NJ: 'Everyone who wants to be vaccinated will be vaccinated' (TAPinto)
  • Meet the 'quiet warrior' helping Black, Latinx communities fight COVID (Asbury Park Press)

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