Healthcare, Back Bay Flooding, Taxes – Monday’s Roundup

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Colt Shaw of the Press of AC reports on cuts to Atlantic City’s healthcare department that have left the city with a fraction of its previous support for services such as cancer screenings and immunizations. Funnily enough, over the period of time the cuts were being implemented, emergency-room visits in Atlantic City increased, Shaw found.

Back Bay Flooding
New Jersey’s coastal communities could see $1.6 billion a year in damages from back bay flooding if action isn’t taken soon, according to last week’s Army Corps of Engineers report written up here by the Inquirer. The engineers believe flood gates could be possible in some inlets (including Absecon and Great Egg Harbor), Avalon Zoppo reports.

The Army Corps of Engineers is seeking public comment on the report (full version here). They are also hosting a webinar on March 14 from 9 am to 10 am (webinar details here).

Politico is reporting (paywall) that Gov. Murphy could seek to raise $447 million for the state from higher taxes on wealthy residents. NJ Spotlight has some other highlights expected from the budget address tomorrow.

We were very sad to read of Eric Ganter’s passing. We will always remember the founder of the Little Water Distillery, who showed us around one wintry day before they were really ready for visitors, and gave us a hint of the magic that LWD would go on to bring to Atlantic City.

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