Bill aims to mitigate gas price hikes through tax refunds – POLITICO

A new bill tabled in the Assembly would offer tax breaks non-commercial vehicle owners up to $800, reports Nikita Biryukov of the New Jersey Monitor.

Introduced by Assembly Member Raj Mukherji (D-Hudson), the bill aims to offset rising gasoline prices — 68% higher in New Jersey than this time last year at $4.38 a gallon — spurred by the ongoing war that the Russia led against Ukraine. The Kremlin’s invasion of its neighbor was met with a series of fierce US sanctions aimed at crippling the country’s economy, including a ban on Russian oil and gas imports.

“Our motorists and commuters are recovering from the pandemic. They’re facing high inflation, and with gas prices, they just need a break,” Mukherji told the New Jersey Monitor in an interview.

New Jersey residents should own non-commercial vehicles registered in their name be eligible for tax refunds, which range from $400 to $800. The amount residents would receive would be tied to the number of months they lived in the state in a given tax year, and repayments would be funded by $1.65 billion set aside in the project. of law.

This dollar amount would also partially reimburse a proposed rate holiday for NJ Transit commuters scheduled for June through August, though it’s unclear how much revenue the agency would lose.

Other senators, including Senator Ed Durr (R-Gloucester) and Senator Shirley Turner (Mercer), have also introduced legislation to reduce the burden of gas price increases.

THIS IS NOT AN NFL PLAYOFF GAME— Governor Phil Murphy celebrated his re-election at his second inaugural ball at MetLife Stadium on Thursday night, filling the stadium with 2,000 fans four months after it officially opened, reports Joey Fox of the New Jersey Globe.

Delayed due to a spike in Covid-19 cases spurred by the Omicron variant, the event was funded by the 501(4)(c) nonprofit New Jersey Forward and put the growing popularity of black money bands in the Garden State back in the spotlight. But Murphy shone a light on abortion rights for his crowd of supporters, vowing to ‘fight back’ after POLITICO reported the United States Supreme Court’s intention to strike down Roe V.Wade.

COVID NUMBERS — New Jersey reported 3,387 confirmed positive Covid-19 tests and eight deaths from the virus today. The state’s seven-day average is up 20% from a week ago and 133% from a month ago.

Additionally, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration strict limitations announced on who could get the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine due to risk of rare but life-threatening blood clots.

EDUCATION- New Jersey schools and libraries will share nearly $2.1 million in funding from the Federal Communications Commission’s Emergency Connectivity Fund program. The money can be used to buy modems, laptops, tablets, broadband service and other devices to help students connect to the Internet.

According to a statement from the U.S. Representative’s office. Frank Pallone (DN.J.) the state as a whole got more than $124 million from the fund. May 13 will be the last day for schools to apply for funding from the ECF for the 2022-2023 school year, according to the press release.

Pallone warned that the window “will likely be the last opportunity for schools and libraries to apply for funding before the funds available in the Connectivity Emergency Fund program run out.” The $7.17 billion ECF program was authorized under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. —Carly Sitrin

INFRASTRUCTURE- Governor Phil Murphy and New York Governor Kathy Hochul are tapping a former state Department of Transportation commissioner, Kris Kolluri, to serve as the chief executive of the Gateway Development Commission, they announced today. at the Regional Plan Association’s Centennial Assembly at Chelsea Quays.

A partnership that encompasses both the states and Amtrak, the Gateway Development Commission coordinates the delivery of the Gateway program which includes the redevelopment of the Portal North Bridge and a new tunnel over the Hudson River. The commission’s board will consider Kolluri’s nomination on May 16.

“Advancing the Gateway program – and in particular the Hudson Tunnel project – is critically important to our region, and I am confident that Kris Kolluri’s leadership will help us achieve these much-needed projects,” Murphy said in a statement. press release, highlighting Kolluri’s experience. infrastructure management.

“COVID hospitalizations are rising again in New Jersey amid busy spring travel and the end of mask mandates,” by Scott Fallon of The Record: “COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are rising again in New Jersey after Easter and Passover gatherings and a busy spring break travel season, some of which occurred without a federal mask mandate.

“The numbers are higher than the ‘moderate’ projections that were released by the state Department of Health in mid-April, but hospitalizations are well below the agency’s worst-case scenario.

“Public health officials have said that although the BA.2 variant of the virus continues to spread rapidly this spring, it is nowhere causing the severe outcomes that the delta and omicron variants caused last year. But the possibility of BA.2 turning into another variant poses a threat and makes predictions – however grounded in science – difficult.

“New Lawsuits Over COVID Deaths in Nursing Homes Claim ‘State-Created Danger'” by Dana Difilippo of the New Jersey Monitor: “The families of two women who died after catching COVID in the private nursing homes where they lived have sued state officials, saying the state ignored repeated warnings in the early weeks of the pandemic that his controversial approach to containing COVID in long-term care facilities would be deadly.

“The lawsuits come nearly five months after the state agreed to pay nearly $53 million to settle allegations that it botched its response to the COVID outbreak at state-run veterans’ homes. ‘State.

“The new lawsuits — filed late last month in federal court — accuse Governor Phil Murphy and Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli of violating the civil rights of nursing home residents and creating unsafe conditions in homes through policies they implemented under Murphy’s Executive Order 103.”

— NJ Disabled Athletes getting ready to play.

—Celinda Ortega talks about his journey to Miss Jersey USA in a new documentary.

— Ride the wave: Asbury Park named one of the 25 best beaches in America.

Edward N. Arrington