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IRS just raised tax brackets 7% for inflation, it’s time NJ do the same, says Munoz

TRENTON, N.J. – The Internal Revenue Service adjusted tax brackets for 2023 by about 7% in an attempt to counter rapid inflation, the IRS said in a statement on Tuesday. But state tax brackets haven’t changed since 1996. That could mean New Jersey workers whose wages haven’t kept pace...

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Assembly Republicans score victory for service-disabled veterans

TRENTON, N.J. – Assembly Republicans successfully pushed through an amendment to include service-disabled veterans in a bill targeting economically and socially disadvantaged businesses. The Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee convened Thursday to consider a bill (A2146) that would help such businesses win state contracts for construction, architecture and...

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Murphy administration’s Big Oil lawsuit is a political stunt that will only fuel higher prices, says Wirths

TRENTON, N.J. – Taxpayers can’t afford to play politics, says Assemblyman Hal Wirths following Tuesday’s Big Oil lawsuit announcement from Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration. Officials from the attorney general’s office, DEP and consumer affairs are suing five oil and gas companies and a trade group for contributing to the...

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VIDEO: Murphy says taxpayers should fund the wealthy’s electric vehicle purchases

TRENTON, N.J. – By 2040, Gov. Phil Murphy wants 85% of vehicles purchased or leased in New Jersey to be electric. Despite the hype, EVs account for less than 2% of registered vehicles in the state today. That’s because the vehicles and their maintenance are cost prohibitive for everyone...

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Fast-tracked concealed carry reform bill faces GOP pushback

TRENTON, N.J. – Republican lawmakers in the Assembly Judiciary Committee Monday pushed back against the Democrat’s latest round of legislation targeting legal gun ownership that might set the stage for major court battles in the coming months and years. The bill would require people wanting to carry guns to...

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Drivers with moderate to profound hearing loss could soon get special MVC notation on vehicle registration

TRENTON, N.J. – A bill advancing in the Legislature and cleared by an Assembly committee on Monday, would require the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission to issue a vehicle registration with a special designation to drivers with moderate to profound hearing loss or deafness. Assemblyman Hal Wirths, a prime...

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Some students in apprenticeship programs could have their tuition waived under bill cleared by committee

TRENTON, N.J. – The Assembly Labor Committee cleared a bill on Monday to boost workforce development and make apprenticeship programs more accessible for students earning less than the state’s median income. “Apprenticeship programs build a strong workforce and allow students to earn as they learn,” Assemblywoman Michele Matsikoudis (R-Union),...

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Bill to build more school support for students from military families clears committee

TRENTON, N.J. – The Military and Veterans Affairs committee on Monday released a bill that will require the state Department of Education to indicate public school students in military families in its student database. Teachers must also be notified if military-connected students are in their classes. Assembly members Michael Torrissi...

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Wirths and Umba bill creating manufacturing career pathway for students advances

TRENTON, N.J. – The Assembly Higher Education Committee on Thursday advanced legislation to prepare students for future jobs in the manufacturing industry. The “Manufacturing in Higher Education Act,” sponsored by Assemblymen Hal Wirths and Brandon Umba, would create and promote programs at colleges and county vocational schools that align...

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