A budget has been introduced in Cumberland County to the tune of $158 million. The budget is again asking for $82 million to be raised in taxes, but no decision has been made as to whether taxes will have to go up. No word has been released on how much budget surplus would be used and some other details have not yet been released to the public. A public hearing will take place towards the end of June.
A new report says up to 23 people could be let go in Cumberland County. The News of Cumberland County reports that 23 people are on a list that has been submitted to the state’s civil service office. This follows the 11 lay offs that took place earlier this month. Officials say some moves could be made to save some of the jobs, but the plan gives the county the flexibility it might need. Employees will be given 45 day notice if their job is cut.
Gov. Chris Christie supports the medical marijuana legislation put on the books, but wants to delay when it gets rolled out. A spokesman said on Thursday that the Governor would like the implementation pushed back to January or July 2011. The law says medical marijuana should be available by this July. Christie’s office cited ensuring the process was handled in the right way. The spokesman said Christie wants to change nothing about the law, but simply wants an extension on putting it into effect.
An extension has been given to those who file under the “senior freeze” program. State Treasurer Andrew Eristoff said that the deadline has been pushed to Aug. 2, from June 1. To qualify, you must be disabled or at least 65-years-old and making less than $70,000 a year. The check is made up of the difference between the amount the person paid in property taxes when they applied for the program and what they pay today.
The New Jersey Education Association is supporting the state’s effort in the federal “Race to the Top” program. The union had not supported the state during its first application. The NJEA is the largest teachers union in New Jersey. Districts that participate and help the state would receive $100,000 each at least, if New Jersey was selected as a winner. Race to the Top is a federal program designed to reward schools with forward thinking plans and good results in the classroom.
A state agency is spending close to $1 million on football tickets in the new Meadowlands football stadium. The Bloomberg News reports that the New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority spent close to $1 million between licensing fees and actual tickets to both the Jets and Giants games. The report says the agency also paid $275,000 for a luxury suite. These seats will be used by clients of the agency and political figures. The report also says the agency is asking for just under $33 million from lawmakers to make up a shortfall in its budget.
Legislation aimed at prohibiting financial advisors from using misleading information to make it appear they have special certifications for advising senior citizens has received final legislative approval. The bill is co-sponsored by Assemblyman Matt Milam. The bill would prohibit financial advisors from advertising senior-specific certifications or professional designations which:
· Was not actually earned or that an advisor is otherwise ineligible to use;
· Is nonexistent or self-conferred; · Indicates or implies a level of occupational qualifications obtained through education, training or experience that the person does not have; and
· Is conferred by any organization that does not meet certain recognized professional criteria.
The bill was recently given final legislative approval by the Assembly by a 78-0 vote. It was approved by the Senate in March. It now heads to the governor.
A measure which would require insurance companies to provide individuals with disabilities access to services and facilities not accessible through in-network providers, was unanimously approved by the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee. Under the plan, insurance companies would have to develop a plan to provide consumers with in-network rates for accessible medical services, if there is not an in-network provider who is able to accommodate their needs. This measure now heads to the full Senate for approval.
A measure which would call for the annual review of former sex offenders was unanimously approved by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. The measure would call upon the Attorney General to conduct an annual review of all sex offenders who were released from prison or involuntary commitment within the previous calendar year. This measure now heads to the full Senate for approval.
The Wildwoods can boast of having the most popular beaches in the state of New Jersey heading into the Memorial Day weekend. A special event was held today to announce the winners of the New Jersey Top 10 Beaches contest. The Wildwoods entered collectively, and grabbed the top spot. Cape May County has six of the top ten beaches in the entire state, which include Ocean City, Sea Isle City, Avalon, Cape May, and Cape May Point.