Daily Archives: February 11, 2012

President Obama’s Weekly Address 2/11/12: Extending the Payroll Tax Cut for the Middle Class

WASHINGTON, DC—In this week’s address, President Obama urged Congress to quickly pass the payroll tax cut extension to prevent a tax hike on 160 million hardworking Americans who are still recovering from the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. This is not the time for a self-inflicted wound on the recovery or placing an added burden on middle class families, so Democrats and Republicans must pass this commonsense tax cut without drama or delay. We overcame the same standoff over the payroll tax cut extension in December with the help of the American people, and President Obama once again calls on all Americans to tell their elected leaders to do their jobs, put aside partisanship, and extend this tax cut for the middle class.

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As A Matter Of Fact…Business Leaders Agree: Raising the Minimum Wage Makes Sense

by Jon Whiten
Published in NJPP Blog: As a Matter of Fact …

While legislative leaders’ efforts to raise New Jersey’s minimum wage to $8.50 an hour have taken a backseat in recent weeks to the governor’s proposed income tax cut, similar legislation in New York is gaining the backing of some high-profile business advocates.

First up was a Daily News op-ed co-authored by New York City’s billionaire mayor Michael Bloomberg that used free-market ideology to argue for bolstering the minimum wage.

“[The minimum wage] helps taxpayers by reducing the number of people who might otherwise have to rely on public assistance to survive,” Bloomberg and state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver wrote. “Taxpayers benefit when government dependency is low – and so does the economy.”

The Daily News piece was followed a few days later by an editorial in business bible Crain’s that called for the minimum wage to be raised to $8.50 an hour and tied to inflation going forward. Crain’s said opponents’ arguments that a wage increase will destroy low-paid jobs just aren’t true; it pointed to New York’s 2004 raising of the wage as an example.

“If the change had a cataclysmic effect on businesses that depend heavily on minimum-wage workers, we certainly missed it,” the paper wrote. “Neither, quite obviously, did it shower undeserved riches on the bottom rung of workers.”

If and when the minimum wage bill here in New Jersey starts to pick up steam again, we can only hope some of the state’s leading voices for business will, like Bloomberg and Crain’s, avoid a knee-jerk dismissal of the proposal, and look instead at how it will help our entire economy to flourish.

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Crime Scene Middletown: Recent Arrest Updates 2/7/12 – 2/9/12

Written by Middletown Township Police Department
Friday, 10 February 2012 -Arrests do not indicate convictions

 

Kelsey Jensen, age 20, from Crine Road in Morganville, NJ, arrested on February 7, 2012 by Police Officer Janine Kennedy on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. She was released after posting $500.00 bail.

Debbie Lacey, age 40, from Stella Drive in Keansburg, NJ, arrested on February 7, 2012 by Police Officer Lisa Vreeland on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. She was released after posting $1,000.00 bail.

Liam O’Keefe, age 23, from Normandie Place in Sea Bright, NJ, arrested February 7, 2012 by Corporal Patricia Colangelo. He was released after posting $350.00 bail.

Michael Miller, age 23, from 9th Street in Belford, NJ, arrested on February 8, 2012 by patrolman Keith Hirschbein on Contempt of Court warrants issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was held on $1,599.00 bail.

Jozef Zygmaniak, age 49, from Van Ethel Drive in Matawan, arrested on February 8, 2012 by Patrolman Ryan Riffert for Driving While Intoxicated and Reckless Driving. He was released pending a court date.

Shaun Carroll, age 33, from Cottage Place in Keansburg, NJ, arrested on February 8, 2012 by Patrolman Keith Hirschbein for Shoplifting from the Foodtown Store and on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Freehold Municipal Court. He was held on $2,500.00 bail.

Theodore Jackson, age 51, from South Laurel Avenue in Middletown, NJ, arrested on February 8, 2012 by Corporal Keith MacDonald on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Holmdel Municipal Court. He was released after posting $750.00 bail.

Michael Coffey, age 27, from Coffey Lane in Leonardo, NJ, arrested on February 8, 2012 by Corporal Richard Fusella on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Atlantic City Municipal Court. He was held on $500.00 bail.

Ryan Pianoforte-Bersch, age 21, from Riverbrook Avenue in Lincroft, NJ, arrested on February 8, 2012 by patrolman Anthony Gigante on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was released after posting $1,000.00 bail.

Jayson Turegano, age 22, from Hurleys Lane in Lincroft, NJ, arrested on February 8, 2012 by Corporal Keith MacDonald on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was released after posting $896.00 bail.

Ronald Johnson, age 19, from Sherman Avenue in Belford, NJ, arrested on February 9, 2012 by Patrolman James Beirne for Possession of under 50 Grams of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was released pending a court date.

Guilherme Duarte, age 21, from Bray Avenue in Port Monmouth, NJ, arrested on February 9, 2012 by Patrolman Richard Belmonte on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Seaside Heights Municipal Court. He was released after posting $150.00 bail.

Katherine Neilson, age 49, from Church Street in Belford, NJ, arrested on February 9, 2012 by Patrolman Richard Raike on Contempt of Court warrants issued by the Middletown and Matawan Municipal Courts. She was released after posting $750.00 bail.

Shannon Collins, age 18, from Monmouth Avenue in Port Monmouth, NJ, arrested on February 9, 2012 by Corporal Richard Fusella for Disorderly Conduct. She was released pending a court date.

Ashley Manges, age 23, from Ohio Avenue in Middletown, NJ, arrested on February 9, 2012 by Patrolman Richard Raike on a Contempt of Court warrants issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. She was held on $557.00 bail.

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