Trenton — As Congress weighs a White House request for $60.4 billion in emergency relief aid for the states devastated by Hurricane Sandy, U.S. Sens. Robert Menendez and Charles Schumer said today they will propose an expansive package of tax breaks for residents affected by the disastrous storm. Dubbed the "Hurricane Sandy and National Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2012" the bill would allow taxpayers to deduct all expenses incurred for storm cleanup, waive penalties for early withdrawals from retirement plans, give exemptions to people who provided free housing to storm refugees and provide tax credits to disaster-damaged businesses that continued
Comments: Leave it to bottom-feeding politicians to spin a storm into gold.
Buried in article is a remarkable figure: New Jersey’s Sandy "relief" federal bailout request works out to $119.51 per American, or $478.04 per family of four. Chris Christie, savior of the GOP. Right.
And all this is on top of the property insurance coverage. Nice of Christie and Schumer and Menendez to relieve insurers of their obligation to pay out on claims for which they´ve been collecting hefty premiums all these years.
I´d dub this the Insurance Industry Bailout of 2013.
WHy should they get tax breaks if they are wanting the federal government to foot 100% of the bill? How come those in the middle of the country don´t get these kind of perks when they are hit with disasters?
So all one has to do is be in the path of a storm and voila they are due tax breaks. While those that have jobs, invest in this country and work their behinds off get there tax breaks taken away in the name of fairness. I hate my goobernment.
2014 isn´t even here yet for mid-term elections and already these two putz´s are doling out the freebies. Raising the taxes on the rich is already spent - $60+B for NY & NJ and now these tax breaks. It´s never ending.
Trenton — The state Legislature´s ethics panel today charged a South Jersey lawmaker $500 for violating the public´s trust by filing a complaint against a State Police trooper who pulled him over for speeding last year. The fine against Assemblyman Nelson Albano (D-Cumberland), approved 8-0 during a hearing by the Joint Legislative Committee on Ethical Standards, was the first to be handed down against a New Jersey legislator in 35 years. The panel took up the matter in September after a complaint by Edward Beck of Dennis Township, who based his allegations on a Star-Ledger story published in April
A young Hoboken attorney who was shot to death during a carjacking at The Mall at Short Hills on Sunday night is the latest victim in a rising tide of violence being waged by thugs stealing cars at gunpoint, law enforcement officials said Monday. The fatal shooting of Dustin Friedland, 30, by two men after they rolled up on him and his wife in the parking deck on Sunday night is the latest — and deadliest — of the more than 400 carjackings reported in Essex County this year, officials said. It also may be a signal that the crime that has
Newark — Dustin Friedland, 30, has been identified as the man shot Sunday night after shopping with his wife. Friedland, an attorney from Hoboken, and his wife were going to their vehicle in the parking deck at The Mall at Short Hills when two men confronted them, said Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Millburn Police Chief Gregory Weber in a joint statement. Murray says Friedland was shot in the head before the men took off in the couple’s silver 2012 Range Rover. She didn´t immediately know how many times the man had been shot. Friedland, a 2009
Trenton — Gov. Chris Christie’s top appointee to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey resigned Friday amid questions over whether he ordered a traffic jam at the world’s busiest bridge as political payback. The Republican governor accepted the resignation of Bill Baroni, the agency’s deputy executive director, effective immediately, and praised the former state senator’s four-year stint at the bi-state agency. (Snip) Late last month, Baroni testified before a state Assembly committee that three lanes to the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee were closed Sept. 9 to 13 to conduct a traffic study.
Richmond, Va. – There is a group of teenagers going around Richmond and knocking out people on the streets, Richmond Police Det. W. Cutshall said. The teens then steal whatever they want from the victim. “It’s two to three, sometimes four male juveniles knocking pedestrians or bicyclists to the ground,” Det. Cutshall said. “When they knock them to the ground, they begin punching them and kicking them and taking whatever they have in their possession.” (Snip) The victims’ injuries in the attacks have grown more serious recently, he added. In some instances victims have been knocked unconscious or lost teeth in the
Despite the reprieve granted by President Obama, most of the 800,000 people in New Jersey who have been told their health policies can´t be renewed next year still don´t know whether they´ll get to keep their plans when it comes time to renew them in 2014. Insurance Commissioner Kenneth Kobylowski told a state Senate Commerce Committee hearing Thursday that not a single company has committed to renewing the old plans yet. He was invited to testify by state Sen. Nia Gill, the chairwoman of the committee and an Essex Democrat, about his decision last week to let insurance companies decide
Investigators probing the racist spray painting last month of the small-town Massachusetts home of an eighth-grade football player are now focusing on the 13-year-old boy´s mother. Andrea Brazier, mother of football player Isaac Phillips, is now being investigated as the sole suspect in a crime that shocked the town and nation when she blamed her son´s teammates for spray painting racist graffiti all over the family´s home. ‘Knights don’t need n*****s´ was found spray painted on the side of their Lunenburg home. The school cancelled the remainder of the Blue Knights´ season in response.
President Barack Obama sent Russia a clear message about its treatment of gays and lesbians with who he is — and isn’t — sending to represent the United States at the Sochi Olympics. Billie Jean King will be one of two openly gay athletes in the U.S. delegation for the opening and closing ceremonies, Obama announced Tuesday. For the first time since 2000, however, the U.S. will not send a president, former president, first lady or vice president to the Games. Russia has come under fierce criticism for passing national laws banning “gay propaganda.” Though the White House did not specifically address
The gay and lesbian rights group GLAAD is slamming ´Duck Dynasty´ patriarch Phil Robertson for comments he made about homosexuality to GQ magazine, and challenging the show´s network, A&E, to take action against its most popular star. In a wide-ranging interview, Robertson shared his thoughts on homosexuality and religion. After stating in very graphic terms his preference for heterosexual sex over homosexual sex, Robertson launched into more thoughts about homosexuality and sinning. “Everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong... Sin becomes fine,” he said.
Yes, she really said it. On CNN’s Piers Morgan Live Tuesday, in a brief discussion about President Obama, Barbara Walters actually said, “We thought that he was going to be - I shouldn´t say this at Christmastime, but - the next messiah” (video follows with transcript and commentary): PIERS MORGAN, HOST: You have interviewed every president of my lifetime. Why is Obama facing so much opposition now? Why is he struggling so much to really fulfill the great flame of ambition and excitement that he was elected on originally in 2009?
Reportage of last week´s Nelson Mandela funeral reveals clearly enough that President Obama has reached the point in his tenure where everything ceases to go right -- when even the most serious and determined efforts deteriorate into a hash, or worse, a joke. This happens to everyone in public life eventually, politicians above all. The original attraction wears thin, flaws appear more prominently, styles and opinions change. There is little the individual can do to avoid this.(snip)The Mandela funeral shows that Obama is deep into this phase of his career, and has landed on his head.
Michelle Obama has once again stepped out in her $6,800 J Mendel jacket, despite fielding a backlash last time she wore the pricey garment. [Snip] But the last time she wore the embellished garment, in July 2012 at a Buckingham Palace reception in London, political commentators took issue with the fact that she had spent so much on fashion while so many in the U.S. are suffering financially. A post on the Gateway Pundit blog remarked that the design ´cost more than the average American family makes in a month ($4,284)´. ´She does this as Americans continue to suffer through a
Everyone is doing thoughtful year-end pieces on President Obama. Writers and reporters agree he’s had his worst year ever. I infer from most of their essays an unstated but broadly held sense of foreboding: There’s no particular reason to believe next year will be better, and in fact signs and indications point to continued trouble. I would add that in recent weeks I have begun to worry about the basic competency of the administration, its ability to perform the most fundamental duties of executive management. One reason I worry is that I frequently speak with people who interact with the White
London – Large tapestry portraits of President Barack Obama were unveiled for guests at the U.S. Embassy in London over the weekend. The recently-installed, large-scale tapestry portraits were created by National Medal of Arts winner and renowned American painter, photographer Chuck Close. Close created the portraits by compiling and interweaving Polaroids of the president from an hour-long photo shoot done the summer before, the Washington Post reports. The portraits are nearly 8 feet tall and more than 6 feet wide, with the final piece looking like photos but feeling like textiles. Close used one photo of Obama smiling and another