Sunday, April 26, 2015

Majority favor raising taxes on wealthy to fund N.J. pensions, poll finds


Two-thirds of New Jerseyans support raising income taxes on millionaires to pump more money into the state's troubled pension system, according to a poll released Tuesday morning.

Lawmakers have tried turning to the state's wealthiest but come up against Gov. Chris Christie's pledge to not raise income taxes — a pledge he most recently reinforced when he vetoed a tax hike on people making more than $1 million last summer.
Christie may not like a millionaire's tax, but the majority of the 1,428 registered voters polled by Quinnipiac University do, according to the poll.

The Legislature's plan to institute a millionaire's tax for three years would have generated an estimated $723.5 million. The state is scheduled to make a $681 million payment into the pension system this year, though unions have sued for a higher contribution.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Ridgewood Supports Earth Day Projects

This year for the first time, the Conservancy for Ridgewood Public Lands (CRPL) and the Ridgewood Environmental Advisory Committee (REAC) have teamed up to create a joint event.

The theme of the event is "Ridgewood Grows Green and Yellow." Attendees are encouraged to wear green and yellow attire to the event.

CRPL organized last year's first ever Daffodil Festival; REAC organizes the village's annual Earth Day celebration.

"The yellow symbolizes the daffodils and the green symbolizes trees for Earth Day," said Councilman Michael Sedon.