Pay Raises at CRDA, Predictive Policing – Monday’s Roundup

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Pay Raises at CRDA
The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority this year awarded pay raises to 29 of its employees, with more than half of that group seeing their pay packet increase by at least 10 percent. The Authority laid off staff earlier this year, citing budget constraints. Read the details of our reporting, based on public record requests. The top earners at CRDA now earn as much or more as the Mayor of Atlantic City and many of the city’s police and firefighters, who were forced in court to accept pay cuts. CRDA’s job is to channel funds from the $3.7-billion casino industry into local economic development, but in a city where one third lives in poverty and unemployment remains high, the Authority does not have a lot to show for its work. Separately, read this write-up in the Press of Atlantic City of a casino lobby group claim that Atlantic City casinos spend on average $2.3 billion a year with 2,000 independent businesses around the state.

Atlantic City, via @nauticalexpressions on Instagram.

Predictive Policing
Vacant lots near laundromats are areas that draw crime in Atlantic City, according to a new policing model of the area. Rutgers Professor Joel Caplan has been working with the city’s police on ‘risk terrain management’ – a new way of looking at crime in cities. Lynda Cohen has the details for

Here’s a voters’ guide for the primaries on Tuesday, via The Philadelphia Inquirer.

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In the rest of the news from this morning and the weekend, President Trump will host a fundraiser for South Jersey Congressman Tom MacArthur, CBS says Donald Norcross was in Berlin for an Aspen Institute event to meet some Russians, some lawmakers want students to get the Meningitis B vaccine before heading to college, other state lawmakers want New Jersey to join an alliance of states that will aim to meet the goals of the Paris climate agreement. and the MTV Beach House is returning to Loveladies on Long Beach Island. All that and more below.

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