Free Coffee, County Taxes, Early Retirement Plans – Thursday’s Roundup

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Free Coffee
It’s Wawa Day (aka, the convenience store’s 53rd anniversary) and that means free coffee! All day, any size. Details here via Townsquare.

County Taxes
The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Amy Rosenberg unravels the strange turn of fortunes of county executive Dennis Levinson, who went from being Gov. Christie’s ally against Atlantic City mayor Don Guardian, to being – apparently – kicked to Christie’s curb. “This week, alliances and strategies seemed to have shifted under the odd political theater of the state’s third version of dominance in seven years of control over the struggling Atlantic City’s municipal government,” writes Rosenberg. Read it here.

Early Retirement Plans
When legislators crafted the bill that would allow New Jersey to take control over Atlantic City, it included provisions for early retirement plans that would provide incentives to reduce the city’s police force and fire department. But the state’s lawyer, arguing for police cuts before Judge Mendez on Monday, said early retirement was off the table. It wasn’t quite clear why the lawyer said that (the lawyer for the police claimed

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it was because he was being “punitive”), so on Wednesday, three legislators (Whelan, Sweeney and Mazzeo) issued a statement clarifying that early retirement plans ARE part of the takeover legislation and are therefore, still on the table. Lynda Cohen wades through the confusion over at BreakingAC.

In the rest of today’s headlines, you didn’t imagine it, there’s a sudden spike in

South Jersey pollen, the Polercoaster developers want $37 million from the state, plus, the Press of Atlantic City’s Nick Huba takes a look at the increasing charter flights into AC and read this piece from NJ Pen on the other side of South Jersey about the future of downtown Haddonfield. All that and more below:

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