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Middle-aged white guy who believes in justice and equality for all. Math and computer analyst with additional 21st century jack-of-all-trades skills. I'm a stud, not a dud!

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N.J. would be hit hardest by Biden's tax hikes on the rich, study shows

President Joe Biden’s proposed tax increases on the wealthy would prompt a greater percentage of New Jersey taxpayers to pay more than in any other state, according to a new study.

The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, a progressive research group, found 1.2% of New Jersey taxpayers, or 53,000, would see their taxes go up. That’s tied with Massachusetts for the highest percentage of a state’s taxpayers facing a tax hike.

Still, that means that 98.8% of New Jersey’s taxpayers would see no increase. Nationally, the percentage would be 99.3%, leaving 0.7%, or 1.1 million filers, who would be affected.

“The president’s proposed tax increases would affect only the very rich, one percent or less of taxpayers,” said Steve Wamhoff, the group’s director for federal tax policy. “If you are a remotely normal American, you will not pay more and you probably don’t even know anyone who will pay more.”

Read more: https://www.nj.com/politics/2021/05/bidens-tax-hikes-on-the-rich-would-hit-nj-hardest-study-shows.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Thu May 6, 2021, 01:43 AM (3 replies)

Keansburg police chief got 11 weeks vacation, other cops, employees got 'excessive' payouts

Police chief got 11 weeks vacation, other cops, employees got ‘excessive’ payouts, audit says


Keansburg, a small, blue-collar Monmouth County town on Raritan Bay, came under sharp criticism by the state comptroller Wednesday for paying out hundreds of thousands of dollars in “excessive benefits” to its employees.

Those benefits included 11 weeks of vacation time to a former police chief, who was not named in the report.

Some employees were provided with compensatory time that could be sold back, while the borough paid out a total of $451,000 in so-called longevity payments in 2017 and 2018 — essentially a yearly bonus for length of service — the comptroller found in its 20-page audit.

Keansburg, a struggling town known mostly for its amusement park, also improperly paid $95,000 to two employees for unused vacation and sick days in 2017 and 2018.

Read more: https://www.nj.com/monmouth/2021/05/police-chief-got-11-weeks-vacation-other-cops-employees-got-excessive-payouts-audit-says.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Thu May 6, 2021, 01:34 AM (0 replies)

Grandmother helped tip off FBI about N.J. man charged with being at Capitol riot, feds say

As the two grandmothers talked in January after the attempted insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, one of them told the other that her son was actually one of the hundreds who stormed the government building, according to court documents unsealed Wednesday.

By Jan. 17, the other grandmother had told one of her grandchildren about what she had learned and the grandchild soon informed the FBI that Robert Petrosh Jr., of Mays Landing, was among those who stormed into the Capitol on Jan. 6, authorities said.

Investigators soon learned more after a current FBI Task Force officer, who has known Petrosh for approximately 15 years, identified the South Jersey man in screenshots of surveillance video from inside the Capitol. The task force officer said he previously worked with and attended social gatherings with Petrosh, and even occasionally sees the man gardening.

The task force officer was not identified in court documents. Federal task forces often employ local or state police officers on a temporary basis or for a specific investigation.

Read more: https://www.nj.com/news/2021/05/grandmother-helped-tip-off-fbi-about-nj-man-charged-with-being-at-capitol-riot-feds-say.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Thu May 6, 2021, 12:56 AM (0 replies)

Married N.J. spa owners used business to trade sex for money, authorities allege

A Toms River husband and wife who own a spa in town were charged last month with promoting prostitution and two counts of money laundering, the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office announced Wednesday.

Wayne Lefkowitz, 56, of Toms River, and Guihua Cui, 51, were charged on April 28 and April 29, respectively, the office said. Lefkowitz and Cui are married.

The charges came after a year-long investigation by the office into the Lakewood Road business, Spa 1800, by the office’s economic crime squad and special victims unit, authorities said.

Although the spa appeared to be operating as a legitimate business, people who went there were offered sexual favors in exchange for money, the office said. Investigators also claimed Lefkowitz and Cui would deposit spa proceeds into several different bank accounts to avoid state-mandated transaction reporting requirements.

Read more: https://www.nj.com/ocean/2021/05/married-nj-spa-owners-used-business-to-trade-sex-for-money-authorities-allege.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Thu May 6, 2021, 12:27 AM (1 replies)

McDonald's served us feces-covered fries, N.J. family says in lawsuit

A New Jersey woman has filed suit against a McDonald’s restaurant near her home claiming she and her daughter ate fries that were covered in human feces.

Amanda Bordois, 32, of Cumberland County, says in court papers her husband and daughter bought food in a paper bag on Jan. 13 from the restaurant’s drive-through in the 1000 block of North High Street in Millville.

When they got home, Bordois and her daughter started eating fries from the bag, which also contained a burger, states the suit, filed April 28 in New Jersey Superior Court.

“After eating some fries from the McDonald’s bag, the (child) reached in the bag and took out the burger (and) noticed a brown substance all over the wrapper,” the suit states.

Read more: https://www.nj.com/cumberland/2021/05/mcdonalds-served-us-feces-covered-fries-nj-family-says-in-lawsuit.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Thu May 6, 2021, 12:06 AM (4 replies)

Widow of PA man who died telling Trenton cops he couldn't breath intends to sue

TRENTON — The wife of a Pennsylvania man who died under the knees of cops before police killed George Floyd in Minneapolis has filed paperwork with the city to hold officers responsible for her husband's death.

Stephen Dolceamore, 29, of Clifton Heights Borough, died April 3, 2020, during a struggle with Trenton Police officers, in the parking lot of St. Francis Medical Center in the capital city.

Body-camera footage released by the New Jersey Attorney General's Office showed a handcuffed Dolceamore, who was white, saying he was being smothered and couldn't breathe as he lay prone while officers kneeled on him for three minutes before he went lifeless.

Attorney Joseph Grimes, who represents Dolceamore's widow Kelly, wrote in the tort-claim notice that the man's cause of death remains pending as the family awaits a final report from the medical examiner.

Read more: https://www.trentonian.com/news/widow-of-pa-man-who-died-telling-trenton-cops-he-couldnt-breath-intends-to-sue/article_c259790a-adcf-11eb-8f0e-4b55c6d0a097.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Wed May 5, 2021, 11:58 PM (0 replies)

Jimmy Kimmel Live: Sweaty Teddy Has Dinner with Donny & Facebook Upholds Trump Ban

Posted by TexasTowelie | Wed May 5, 2021, 11:13 PM (3 replies)

N.J. town fires officer, suspends another over post calling Black Lives Matter protesters 'terrorist

N.J. town fires officer, suspends another over post calling Black Lives Matter protesters ‘terrorists’


Hopewell Township has fired a police officer who described Black Lives Matter protesters as “terrorists” and will suspend and demote another for replying to a comment on the Facebook post.

The fired officer, Sara Erwin, and Sgt. Mandy Gray, who will be suspended for six months, are exemplary and decorated officers with “absolutely no disciplinary history,” their lawyer Frank Crivelli said Monday evening.

The town’s actions against them, he said, are “disgraceful and cowardice.”

Gray was the first female officer hired in Hopewell Township, and was the first sergeant when promoted in 2019 — a rank she will lose in the demotion.

Read more: https://www.nj.com/mercer/2021/05/nj-town-fires-officer-suspends-another-over-post-calling-black-lives-matter-protestors-terrorists.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Wed May 5, 2021, 07:26 AM (0 replies)

Williamson County, former Sheriff Robert Chody face new excessive use of force lawsuits

Two more federal lawsuits alleging excessive use of force in arrests have been filed in the past week against former Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody and Williamson County.

Ramsey Mitchell, a Midland resident, filed a lawsuit on Monday saying that Williamson County deputies beat him until he was unconscious and left him with lasting injuries during a traffic stop in 2019 filmed by the "Live PD" television show.

Mitchell also sued five former and/or current deputies, as well as Big Fish Entertainment, the producer of "Live PD," and the A&E Network, which aired the show.

Chody did not return requests for comment about the lawsuits and Williamson County does not comment on pending litigation. Chody has three other pending lawsuits against him claiming excessive use of force. He lost his race for re-election in November.

Read more: https://www.statesman.com/story/news/2021/05/04/williamson-county-sheriff-robert-chody-excessive-force-lawsuits/4926855001/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Wed May 5, 2021, 06:37 AM (0 replies)

Sid Miller urges judge to void Texas Senate's required COVID-19 tests

With his lawyer objecting to COVID-19 vaccines as "experimental injections" and coronavirus tests as invasive medical procedures, Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller asked a state judge Tuesday to void Texas Senate rules requiring Capitol visitors to obtain a negative test or show proof of vaccination.

"I believe in the statement in the constitution that the citizens of Texas have the right to petition their government. I can't see where it says if they've taken a COVID vaccine, or if they've taken a COVID test, or they take a, you know, strep test or if they take an HIV test," Miller testified.

"I believe in transparency. I believe in open government. And this restricts the public's access to petition their government," he told state District Judge Jan Soifer of Travis County during a three-hour hearing.

Senators unanimously adopted rules for this legislative session that require showing proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test, administered at no cost at the Capitol's north entrance, to get a wristband granting access to a committee hearing room or the gallery overlooking the Senate floor.

Read more: https://www.statesman.com/story/news/2021/05/04/covid-test-lawsuits-texas-sid-miller-dan-patrick-senate/4931261001/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Wed May 5, 2021, 06:23 AM (2 replies)
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