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BATTLE BREWING OVER ‘MILLIONAIRES GIVEAWAY’ & OTHER TAX CUTS IN NEXT COVID-19 RELIEF BILL

Urban Uprisings Highlight Need to Focus COVID-19 Financial Aid on State & Local Public Services & Help for Unemployed Not Handouts to Wealthy & Corporations WASHINGTON—Emblematic of the racial and social injustice sparking protests across America, the first big COVID-19 relief act (the CARES Act) passed in March contained a huge tax cut for wealthy business owners Gloucestercitynews.net files and relatively meager funding of critical services provided by state and local governments. Since then state and local unemployment has spiked due to the economic crisis,... Read more →


New COVID-19 Relief Pennsylvania Statewide Small Business Assistance Program

The COVID-19 Relief Pennsylvania Statewide Small Business Assistance program is a new program from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania that will provide grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 to small businesses that have been economically impacted by COVID-19. More information about the program can be found on a new website set up for the grant program. The website includes important details for prospective applicants including: Application period for first round of funding. Eligibility requirements for businesses, including priority criteria. Potential grant amount for your business. What... Read more →


EPA Announces $77,000 to Fund Tribal Clean Air Act Grants

PHILADELPHIA (June 30, 2020) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of approximately $77,000 in grants today to fund Clean Air Act (CAA) projects for federally recognized tribes in Virginia. Gloucestercitynews.net files The CAA Amendments of 1990 established a funding mechanism to assist tribes in addressing air pollution and prevention activities within Bureau of Indian Affairs approved jurisdictional boundaries. This is the first time that the Region has been able to offer grant funding to tribes in the Mid-Atlantic region. In the... Read more →


Stopgap Budget Passed, But Now NJ Must Find Billions by October

This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com. JOHN REITMEYER | With more than $2 billion in funding obligations deferred until October, what now — tax hikes, spending cuts? After signing a stopgap budget into law Tuesday to keep the state open for another three months, Gov. Phil Murphy and lawmakers must now find funding for several big-ticket items they deferred into October... Read more →


To Stabilize New Jersey finances Murphy Seeks $5 Billion Now from the Feds

By Kim Jarrett | The Center Square (The Center Square)(June 30, 2020)-- – New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy urged the state Senate to pass a bill that will allow him to borrow at least $5 billion from the federal government to cover potential budget shortfalls due to the COVID-19 pandemic. IT'S YOUR MONEY Gloucestercitynews.net files The Assembly passed the bill earlier this month but it hasn’t come before the Senate for a vote. “We continue in our discussions with the Senate president, but time is... Read more →


Robert Peter, APWU Local 526 Treasurer (Blackwood) Sentenced to Home Detention for Stealing Union Funds

Camden City, NJ --On June 17, 2020, in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey (Camden), Robert Peter, former Secretary-Treasurer of American Postal Workers Union (APWU) Local 526 (located in Blackwood, N.J.), was sentenced to six months of home detention and three years of probation. Peter was also ordered to pay $34,500 in restitution and a $100 special assessment. On August 8, 2019, in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey (Camden), Peter, was charged in an... Read more →


Final Vote Coming Today on State's $7.7 Billion Budget; The Plan Funds the State for 3 Months

This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com. JOHN REITMEYER | JUNE 29, 2020 Key Points to Watch in the Bill Lawmakers plan final votes Monday on a three-month spending plan needed after COVID-19 lockdown stalled state economy A nearly $8 billion “mini budget” that covers state operations for another three months is slated for final approval in both houses of the Legislature... Read more →


Feds Charge 11 People with $6 Million Bank Fraud; Gang Operated in South Jersey and Pennsylvania

CAMDEN, N.J. – Eleven people have been charged for their alleged roles in a large-scale conspiracy to commit bank fraud over in southern New Jersey and southeastern Pennsylvania over the course of four years, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced today. Gloucestercitynews.net files The complaints unsealed today charge each of the defendants with bank fraud conspiracy in connection with a scheme that used hundreds of fraudulent accounts to defraud several major banks of $6 million and then launder that money and send it overseas to other... Read more →


Wall Street Rating of New Jersey School Districts Strikes a Cautious Tone

This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com. JOHN MOONEY | JUNE 26, 2020 S&P issues ratings report on districts’ credit during and after pandemic crisis Title: New Jersey’s $335 Million State Aid Revisions Could Weaken School Districts’ Credit Quality Author: S&P Global Gloucestercitynews.net files What it says: The ratings report dated June 20 from one of the main agencies specifically speaks to... Read more →


Philadelphia Taxpayers Can Partake in the New Water and Sewer Rate Proceeding

PHILADELPHIA PA (June 26, 2020)--On May 20, 2020, the City of Philadelphia Water Department filed with the Department of Records and the Water, Sewer and Storm Water Rate Board (Rate Board) an Advance Notice of proposed rates and charges to implement the mandated annual adjustment to the Tiered Assistance Program Rate Rider Surcharge Rates (TAP-R) and to revise related water, sewer, and fire service connection quantity Gloucestercitynews.net files charges. The Water Department proposes to make such changes to rates and charges effective October 1, 2020.... Read more →


NJ Legislators Add $7.7 Billion to State Spending Plan

This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com. JOHN REITMEYER | JUNE 27, 2020 [Updated: June 26, 2020] Lawmakers add money for higher ed, labor department tech problems, but keep Murphy cuts to property-tax programs; GOP members complain about rushed process Gloucestercitynews.net files Lawmakers are advancing a $7.7 billion supplemental spending bill that would fund state operations for another three months as New... Read more →


Down The Shore: Plastic Bags Cannot Be Part of Your Recycling Waste Stream

AVALON, NJ--The Avalon Department of Public Works reminds you that plastic bags cannot be part of the recycling trash stream in Cape May County. This County participates in single stream recycling, where all clean recyclables can go into one container. However, if your container contains plastic bags, it will not be collected by Avalon’s trash and recycling contractor. And, if you put a bag full of recyclables into the regular trash can, it creates two issues for the Borough. First, the Borough pays for additional... Read more →


Democrats Introduce the Moving Forward Act

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ-01) today joined House Democrats in releasing the text of H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act. The Moving Forward Act marks a transformational investment in American infrastructure that will create millions of jobs, take bold action on the climate crisis and address disparities in urban, suburban and rural communities across our country. The Moving Forward Act includes the Rebuild America’s Schools Act, a bill that Norcross introduced last year alongside Chairman Bobby Scott, which funds $130 billion in... Read more →


Your Money: $169,000 in Federal Funding for NJ Firemen and First Responders

Monday, June 22, 2020 NEWARK, N.J. – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker today announced $169,200 in U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development grants and loans to support firefighters and first responders in Cape May and Ocean counties. Gloucestercitynews.net files “New Jersey’s firefighters and first responders put their lives on the lines every single day to protect families and businesses in their communities,” said Sen. Menendez. “This critical funding will ensure our brave first responders have the equipment they need to stay safe... Read more →


Judicial Watch: Records Show FDA Paid for 'Fresh and Never Frozen’ Human Fetal Parts

for Use In ‘Humanized Mice’ Creation (Washington, DC) (Gloucestercitynews.net)(June 24, 2020)– Judicial Watch announced today it received 165 pages of records from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) showing the FDA between 2012 and 2018 entered into 8 contracts worth $96,370 with Advanced Bioscience Resources (ABR) to acquire “fresh and never frozen” tissue from 1st and 2nd trimester aborted fetuses for use in creating “humanized mice” for ongoing research. ABR is a non-profit firm which has been the subject of criminal referrals from House and... Read more →


NJ Receives $84 Million for Water Infrastructure Improvements

EPA Awards New Jersey $84 Million for Water Infrastructure Improvements NEW YORK (June 23, 2020) – As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) celebrates its 50th anniversary year and this month’s anniversary theme of “successful partnerships,” the agency is announcing today that it has awarded $84 million to New Jersey for State Revolving Funds (SRFs) to assist with water infrastructure projects that help protect surface water and provide safe drinking water to communities throughout the state. “EPA’s continued commitment to investing in our state and... Read more →


Natural Gas Impact Fees for Pennsylvania Communities Dramatically Down

By Dave Lemery | The Center Square (The Center Square) – A decline in the price of natural gas has forced a substantial decrease in the disbursement of impact fees to Pennsylvania municipalities, the Public Utilities Commission revealed this week. More than $200 million will be paid out to communities, counties and state agencies from 2019’s revenue, the PUC said. But that amount is tens of millions down about 20 percent from the 2018 numbers. “This year’s distribution is approximately $42.6 million lower than last... Read more →


Since Beginning of Pandemic America’s billionaires saw their wealth increase by 20%, or $584 billion

WASHINGTON—America’s billionaires saw their wealth increase by 20%, or $584 billion, roughly since the beginning of the pandemic, as 45.5 million Americans lost their jobs and the economy cratered, according to a new report by Americans for Tax Fairness (ATF) and the Institute for Policy Studies – Program on Inequality (IPS). Overall, between March 18—the rough start date of the pandemic shutdown, when most federal and state economic restrictions were in place—and June 17, the total net worth of the 640-plus U.S. billionaires jumped from... Read more →


AFSCME Official Says Bill to Provide $1 Trillion in Federal Aid Must Be Passed Now

Senate urged to pass Without immediate aid to states, cities and towns, the structural inequalities – which have exposed systemic racism, led to disproportionate deaths and economic catastrophe among black communities – will worsen. WASHINGTON – On a conference call Thursday afternoon, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries joined AFSCME President Lee Saunders, senior economist at the Center for American Progress, Gbenga Ajilore, and Gloucestercitynews.net files front-line nursing home worker Sandra Herbert to discuss the urgent need for state and local funding to beat this pandemic and safely... Read more →


Economic Outlook: An Uneven Economic Recovery

Presented by Patrick T. Harker, President and Chief Executive Officer Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia Philadelphia, PA (virtual) June 16, 2020 PDF version (315 KB, 5 pages) Good morning and thanks so much for that introduction, Andrea. It’s great to be back among friends and fellow chamber members … at least in some form. image courtesy of pixabay We may be meeting in unusual circumstances today, but I still need to give you the usual Fed disclaimer: The... Read more →


5 Subscription Gifts to Treat Yourself

(Gloucestercitynews.net)(June 18, 2020)--Subscription boxes are magical, aren’t they? It is like having a present delivered to yourself every month. They are fast becoming the standard way to get hold of high-end products to test, an easy way to sample new brands, brands you haven’t come across, or ones that you wouldn’t think to try in general. Subscription boxes started off slow, but we are now lucky enough to be able to get almost anything delivered straight through our door in a monthly subscription. So, let... Read more →


RJeffries, Saunders, Ajilore to Call for $1 Trillion in Federal Aid to Prevent Further Racial, Economic Divisions 

Without immediate aid to states, cities and towns in the next coronavirus relief bill, the structural inequalities – which have exposed systemic racism, led to disproportionate deaths and economic catastrophe among black communities – will worsen. WASHINGTON – Thursday, June 18, at 1 p.m. Eastern, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries will join AFSCME President Lee Saunders, senior economist at the Center for American Progress, Gbenga Ajilore, and front-line nursing home worker Sandra Herbert to discuss the urgent need for state and local funding to beat this pandemic... Read more →


Murphy Want $1.7 Million from Feds to Pay State Unemployment Benefits

This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com. Loan would cover unemployment fund — which has paid out more than $6 billion in recent weeks — through end of October TRENTON, NJ (June 16, 2020)--Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration is preparing to borrow nearly $2 billion in federal funding to ensure all out-of-work New Jersey residents will continue to receive unemployment benefits during the... Read more →


The Courts to Decide if PA Legislature Can Act to End Wolfe's COVID-19 Disaster Declaration

By Christen Smith | The Center Square (The Center Square) (June 11, 2020)--– The courts will now decide if Pennsylvania’s Legislature can act unilaterally to end Gov. Tom Wolf’s disaster declaration for COVID-19, the administration said Wednesday. Wolf told reporters he anticipates a brief legal battle that reaffirms what he already knows – only the governor can end the order, not the General Assembly. “I just don’t know any constitutional grounding for what they are doing,” he said, referring to a Republican-backed resolution terminating the... Read more →


Know What Lawyers Aren’t Telling You before Hiring One for Your Case

(Gloucestercitynews.net)(June 13, 2020)--Knowledge is power and the greatest tool that one can have at one’s disposal. Access to knowledge helps you make vital decisions, many of which might dictate the course of life. However, not many people use the strongest weapon that they can get their hands on to reap the best out of their lives, and many more remain ignorant due to lack of resources. For an individual to make educated decisions and take calculated risks, it is important that they are in the... Read more →


$2.6M from CARES Act for Public Housing Services in Camden County; City of Camden Receives $1.2M

CHERRY HILL, NJ – U.S. Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ-01) today announced that Camden County will receive $1,414,818 and the city of Camden will receive $1,226,497 for a total of $2,641,315 in funding to respond to the impacts of Gloucestercitynews.net files COVID-19 on individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of losing their housing. The funding for these grants is from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG)... Read more →


FEMA to Transfer an Additional 22,000 Pieces of Excess PPE

WASHINGTON (June 11, 2020) — Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it is working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to transfer an additional 22,000 pieces of excess personal protective equipment (PPE) to emergency and health professionals on the COVID-19 frontlines. The Agency maintains a supply of PPE for mission-critical work such as the laboratory work conducted at EPA’s Environmental Science Center at Fort Meade, Md., as well as responding to emergencies, including chemical, oil, radiological and biological incidents. “Having sufficient... Read more →


The State of NJ Files Lawsuit Against Asbury Park for Allowing Indoor Dining

By Kim Jarrett | The Center Square 4 hrs ago (The Center Square) – New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said the state is suing the city of Asbury Park over its decision to allow indoor dining. CNBNews graphics The Asbury Park City Council unanimously approved a measure allowed restaurants to open on Monday provided they follow guidelines Murphy set for other indoor businesses of a 25 percent capacity or up to 50 people. Murphy’s latest order allowed outdoor dining and the reopening of nonessential retailers,... Read more →


Guest Opinion: Murphy Okays Toll Hike and Destructive Hwy. Widening Plan

New Jersey Sierra Club Governor Murphy has officially approved the NJ Turnpike and Garden State expansion plan and the Atlantic City Expressway expansion in the Pinelands. He signed the meeting minutes on May 27 and sent confirmation letters to the NJ Turnpike Authority and South Jersey Transportation Authority. Earlier that day, the boards of both agencies held public hearings and approved the toll increases. “Governor Murphy just hit us in the wallets and lungs by signing off on these toll hikes and destructive widening plans.... Read more →


$19.4M in Clean Communities Grants Awarded to NJ Counties

TRENTON - The Department of Environmental Protection is awarding $19.4 million in annual Clean Communities grants to help municipalities and counties remove litter to beautify neighborhoods, improve water quality and enhance quality of life, Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today. In total, the DEP is awarding $17.3 million to eligible municipalities and $2.1 million to the state’s 21 counties. The program is funded by a legislated user-fee on manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors that produce litter-generating products. “Clean Communities grants help municipalities and counties with the... Read more →


HHS Gives Cooper Health Over $480,000 for Addiction Research

CHERRY HILL, NJ – U.S. Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ-01) today announced that Cooper Health System will receive $488,189 in grant funding from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for their Addiction Medicine Fellowship program. “As America faces a number of pandemics, this funding will help address the opioid epidemic and all who are struggling with addiction,” said Congressman Norcross, Vice-Chair of the Bipartisan Opioid Task Force. “Addiction has already taken the lives of far too many people, and these resources will assist Cooper... Read more →


How to transfer money from your EIP debit card to your bank account

by Cristina Miranda Division of Consumer and Business Education, FTC Recently, we wrote about the Economic Impact Payment debit cards some of you are getting. But we’ve heard that some people have had trouble getting money off the card and into your bank account, without visiting an ATM. Treasury heard you, too, so here are some clarified steps for how to do that. Activate your card by calling 1.800.240.8100 (TTY: 1.800.241.9100). Remember, you’ll have to give your Social Security, or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number. Then,... Read more →


Dog Dies After Being Attacked; Old ST. Maurice Church Auction; New Name for Proprietors Park?

CNBNews Tips and Snippets: William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNews DOG ATTACKED BY OTHER DOGS DIES—A dog in the Riverview Heights section of Gloucester City died last month after being attacked by two other dogs. According to the police the deceased dog died from shock, due to a combination of the being bitten in the face by the attacking dog (s) and the dog's underlying medical condition. The owner of the dog who died said his dog was a mixed German Shepherd and the attacking... Read more →


Trenton's Tax and Spend Plan to Borrow Billions Moves Forward; GOP Promises Legal Challenge

This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com. Lawmakers vote along party lines to permit at least $5 billion in new debt to deal with economic fallout of pandemic Legislation that would give Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration the authority to borrow billions of dollars to help offset projected revenue losses brought on by the ongoing pandemic cleared the Assembly Thursday in a party-line... Read more →


PNC BANK ALERT: Be alert to fraudulent emails, text messages and phone calls

Fraudsters are on attack, using malicious email, text message and telephone scams designed to steal tax refunds and government stimulus checks being distributed to eligible individuals. Don't fall for common scams: Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Checks No business/service can get you a check faster. No third party is being used by the IRS to "hold" or sort checks. Funds are issued directly from the IRS to you via direct deposit or U.S. Postal Service mail. Stimulus checks are issued based on how you filed your... Read more →