The Rent is Too Damn High (For All These Reasons) – Friday

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Opioid Doc
Dr. Alan Faustino, who pled guilty and was sentenced to four years for running an opioid ring out of his doctor’s office, has been released from prison after serving less than seven months, the tireless Lynda Cohen reports.

Tax Men
The Press has a story on two bills from Vince Mazzeo that would replace Atlantic County’s system of municipal tax assessors with a countywide system, including a casino specialist.

Critics of the Mazzeo bill say the current municipal model is, “working well, except for in Atlantic City, where successful casino appeals sent the city into hundreds of millions of dollars in debt and near bankruptcy.”

Isn’t that like the captain of the Titanic saying, “The ship’s swimming beautifully, folks, except for the big hole in the side where the iceberg hit it?”

AirBnB Money
Atlantic, Ocean and Cape May Counties took in $8 million, $9 million and $24 million in host income through AirBnB rentals, according to this story. That’s #2, 3 and 4 in the state.

In (I’m sure) unrelated news, the Atlantic City metro area is one of the most unaffordable places in the country, according to this story from Joe Atmonavage, which is based on a report from that looked at the gap between what people earn and what they spend on housing.

On top of that, unlike other cities on the list–Miami or New York for instance–people don’t earn that much to begin with. So we have that going for us.

Norcross Dems
This is an amazing story from Matt Friedman at Politico about the people who run all of South Jersey, most of New Jersey, and are terrifying, terrifying children…

For more feats of journalism…

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