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Drinking-Water Panel to Renew Call for Regulation of Toxic Chemical
Panel collecting new evidence on 1,2,3-TCP, a substance know to cause cancer in humans
A scientific panel that recommends safe drinking-water standards will issue a new recommendation on the regulation of a carcinogenic chemical in coming months. That measure is likely to be adopted by New Jersey officials, the panel’s chairman said on Wednesday.
Public meeting on Centerton Road Bridge attracts crowd
WESTAMPTON — The Centerton Road bridge closure has continued to draw criticism from area residents, including more than 100 who turned out to a public meeting Wednesday.
The Burlington County Board of Freeholders, sitting on the county engineer's firm recommendation to demolish the 112-year-old bridge that spans the Rancocas Creek and go after $21 million in state funding to replace it, held the meeting to seek input from area residents.
Lower Returns on State’s Pension Investments Raise Questions, Concerns
Officials say 4 percent gain is still better than most similar plans, but state workers worry about impact on severely underfunded system
After seeing investment returns swell into the double digits for several years in a row thanks to a booming stock market, New Jersey public-employee pension system’s gains have come back down to earth.
Analysis: Average property tax bill in Burlington County up 4.6 percent
New Jersey's dreaded property taxes are on the rise again in Burlington County. An analysis of data released this month by the Burlington County Tax Board revealed that the average tax bill in the county grew this year by 4.6 percent to $6,327, about $278 more than the average bill in 2014.
Nearly 1M people live in poverty in N.J., new Census data shows
Nearly one million people live in poverty in New Jersey, an increase of just short of 250,000 people in the past 10 years, according to 2014 Census data released today.
The rate of state residents living in poverty dropped slightly between 2013 and 2014, from 11.4 percent to 11.1 percent, though an estimated 973,000 people live below the federal poverty line.
In the past decade, the poverty rate in New Jersey has jumped from 8.7 percent to 11.1 percent, according to the Census data. There were about 739,000 New Jersey residents living in poverty in 2005.
AARP poll shows support for state-administered retirement plans
TRENTON — Most New Jersey voters are anxious about their retirement savings, and a majority of them support the idea of the state administering retirement accounts for private workers who don't have them through their jobs, according to a new AARP poll.
Christie Administration Stands Firm on Less-Detailed Tax-Revenue Reports
As Gov. Chris Christie took on a staggering $1 billion budget shortfall last year by delaying property tax relief and slashing funding for public-worker retirements, his administration also made a subtle shift in how the state discloses monthly tax-collection data.