Teachers, Monopoly, Part-Time Mayors – Tuesday’s Roundup

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Margate, Ocean City, Brigantine and Atlantic City schools have some of the highest-paid teachers in the state, according to state Department of Education data written up by Diane D’Amico at The Press of Atlantic City. The data ranks districts by median salary. Margate and Brigantine said the data reflects the longevity of their staff but D’Amico notes that higher starting salaries also contribute to higher median salaries in these districts.

Atlas Obscura has this amazing piece that tells the history of the Monopoly board game and the buildings and streets in Atlantic City that inspired it – it’s a trip back in time, complete with great pictures.

Part-Time Mayors
The Press has a piece about how the Atlantic County Economic Alliance is helping out part-time mayors, but I think (this is Elinor) when you read it, it’s a little bit more interesting than that. It’s really about how the Alliance is trying to help municipalities maintain and attract businesses. The piece also makes the point that many part-time

Photo from the Maurice River trail by @suerogo0624 on Instagram.

mayors are small business owners, which is an interesting feature of local government that doesn’t get enough attention. I feel like there’s a story in a story here about local government and business but I can’t quite wade through the morass of agencies and authorities to figure out who actually DOES something and who just TALKS about doing something. Taking off my journalist hat temporarily and putting on my Route 40 small-business-owner hat, it feels like the million-dollar tax credits, grants and loans handed out by acronym-soup authorities are only for the big companies, while there’s a whole lot of talk but little actual support for ‘small business’. That said, more small businesses should know about the Atlantic County Improvement Authority’s awesome micro-loan programs (we still need more of these) and here’s a heads-up about a great county program to provide incentives and reimbursement for hiring kids during the summer.

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In the rest of the news from the last 24 hours, there are more permit problems for the PennEast pinelands pipeline, read this op-ed on New Jersey’s infrastructure problems and solutions – Rowan University’s Be a Paleontologist day and have you tried the Tony Baloney’s Taco Pizza yet? All that and more below:

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