In early morning vote, N.J. lawmakers OK sales tax cut, gas tax hike to fix roads

assetContent (2)TRENTON — The state Assembly hastily approved a plan after midnight Tuesday to cut the sales tax by a penny in exchange for raising the gas tax by 23 cents a gallon to rescue the near-broke… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: June 28th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey, News, NJ State Legislature | Tags: , , , , , | 2 Comments »

N.J. to businesses: You’ll have to wait longer for your reward for creating jobs

assetContent (28)TRENTON — The state Senate will vote Monday to put off paying overdue awards to businesses that created jobs in New Jersey as part of the governor’s plan to balance the budget for the coming year. Tax collections missed their mark this spring, and Gov. Chris Christie’s administration announced it would delay the bulk of the… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: June 27th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey, News | Tags: , , | 2 Comments »

Former N.J. Gov. Kean to Trump: Don’t pick Christie as VP

assetContentTRENTON — Former Gov. Tom Kean has some political advice for Donald Trump: Don’t pick Gov. Chris Christie as your running mate if you hope to become president, and start surrounding yourself with better advisers. “If I were to advise him politically, it’s not the way to win the election,” said Kean of talk about a… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: June 27th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, New Jersey | Tags: , , , | 3 Comments »

N.J. lawmakers move forward on $38.4B state budget

assetContentTRENTON — Senate and Assembly budget committees approved a $34.8 billion Democratic state budget plan for the coming fiscal year that tacks on about $275 million in spending to governor’s plan. With focus on a tax plan to rescue the Transportation Trust Fund, budget talks have been more bridled than in years past. Senate Budget and… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: June 24th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey, News | Tags: , | No Comments »

5 tips to protect you from Orlando charity scammers

scamTRENTON — With sympathy running high for victims of the Orlando night club massacre and their families, acting Attorney General Robert Lougy warned the public to investigate before making charitable donations. Tragedies often bring out scam artists who may use high-pressure tactics or mislead by claiming to create a fund with a similar-sounding name of reputable… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: June 17th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , | 3 Comments »

N.J. lawmakers vote to allow medical marijuana for PTSD

assetContentTRENTON — Responding to pleas from veterans, the state Assembly Thursday passed a bill that would add post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of illnesses that would qualify a person for New Jersey’s medical marijuana program. The Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee also approved the same legislation, sending it on to the full… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: June 17th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey, News | Tags: , , | No Comments »

No Proof $1+ Billion Gas Tax Increase Is Necessary

By Senator Mike Doherty (R-23)

Mike DohertyWith a $1.3 billion gas tax increase proposed by some in the Legislature, it’s more important than ever to understand New Jersey’s transportation spending.

More than a year ago, I called for the state to create a “State Transportation Cost Analysis Task Force” to conduct a methodical analysis of the factors that contribute to New Jersey’s road costs, compare our costs to those of other states, and provide recommendations to complete projects more cost-effectively.

While many would consider this legislation to be a matter of common sense, it has failed to advance in the Democrat-controlled Legislature.

I initially introduced S-1888 in response to a study by the Reason Foundation that found Garden State roads to be the nation’s most expensive to build, operate and maintain.

According to that report, New Jersey’s state-administered highways cost taxpayers $2 million per mile, which the Reason Foundation claims to be 12 times the national average, three times the cost in the next highest state and four times the cost in New York.

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Posted: June 14th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Gas Tax, Mike Doherty, New Jersey, Opinion | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

Farrokh Sekaleshfar, imam speaking in Orlando, said gays should be killed ‘out of compassion’

An Islamic scholar who spoke earlier this year at an Orlando mosque has previously said gay people should be killed according to Islamic law “out of compassion.” “Death is the sentence,” Sheikh Farrokh Sekaleshfar said at a speech at the Husseini Islamic Center in Orlando in 2013. “We know. There’s nothing to be embarrassed about this.… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: June 14th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

Mega Millions lottery jackpot now $293 million; next drawing Tuesday

money-500x250TRENTON — There was no winner in Friday night’s drawing of the Mega Millions lottery jackpot so the pot has grown to $293 million. The next drawing is Tuesday night. If the winner chooses the cash option, it would be $198.2 million before taxes. Friday night’s winning numbers were 34 61 66 67 68, megaball 07.… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: June 13th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, New Jersey | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Mega Millions lottery jackpot now $293 million; next drawing Tuesday

N.J. Supreme Court hands Christie big win on pension COLAs

assetContentTRENTON — The state Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a landmark 2011 law freezing cost-of-living adjustments for retired government workers, a decision that will slowly erode the value of pensions paid to 800,000 current and former public employees. The 6-1 ruling is a major legal victory for Gov. Chris Christie’s administration, which warned that restoring the… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: June 9th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey, News, NJ Judiciary, NJ Supreme Court | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on N.J. Supreme Court hands Christie big win on pension COLAs