CRDA has agreed to chip in $4.325 million in hazard pay to ensure the Miss America Pageant will be held in Atlantic City this year, everyone reports. Kudos to Amy Kuperinski for linking to that image of the board of directors. Amy Rosenberg points out they denied a request for $50K to expand a community gardening project. I’m not mathemagician but $50K is $0.050 million, right?
In related news, the governor of Texas says you should move there because the taxes are lower. Well tell me Roy Rogers do you have beauty pageants down there in Texus? Up here we’re happy to pay taxes because we get great services ni return. Atlantic City: the Sweden of the Mid-Atlantic.
Non-Payment of Debts
Celebrity chef Jose Garces, who has three restaurants at the Tropicana and used to have four in the Revel, is embroiled in yet another lawsuit with a vendor who says he stiffed them. Steve Volk at Philly Mag has a long profile here. Glenn Straub and M&T Bank make cameos.
St. Nick’s Renovation
The excellent Erin Serpico has a cool story about parishioners raising money to restore St. Nick’s Church. I was an O.L.S.S. customer myself growing up but the nuns would sometimes take us down to St. Nick’s when they really wanted to put the fear of god in us. Did I just type that?
For more feats of journalism from across your region, see below:
Ventnor school board mulls Plan B option if budget is defeated–VENTNOR – After 2 1/5 hours of discussion at a workshop meeting Monday, April 16, the Board of Education informally agreed to a Plan B option should the Board of School Estimates disavow its 2018-2019 school year budget on Wednesday. downbeachpilot.com
Hey, Jersey, don’t move to Fla. to avoid high taxes, come to Texas. Love, Gov. Abbott | Opinion–When Gov. Phil Murphy unveiled his budget proposal in early March, it left people throughout New Jersey shaking their heads in frustration--and for good reason. www.nj.com
$25.6M–In March, the state’s online casinos generated $25.6 million in gross revenue. That was 16.3 percent more than February’s revenue figure ($21.99 million), and 17.6 percent better than in March 2017 ($21.7 million). www.njspotlight.com
IS 2018 THE YEAR WHEN NEW JERSEY, EVER IN A TAX FIX, FINDS A FIX FOR ITS TAXES?–New Jersey residents have long complained about the state’s high taxes, but this year could finally bring on a wholesale rethinking of state tax and spending policies, thanks in part to new federal rules that no longer allow for an unlimited write-off for property taxes. www.njspotlight.com
Progressives in South Jersey congressional race struggle to match fund raising of pro gun Democrat Jeff Van Drew–After a spate of attention and publicity, South Jersey progressive Democratic candidate Tanzie Youngblood, an African American woman, is showing some signs of fundraising life in her race to win a seat in Congress, boosting her total money raised to $88,309, including a $5,000 contribution from U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s Off the Sidelines PAC. www.philly.com