Thursday, February 28, 2013
Do you wonder how many federal employees in the county might be furloughed - not fired - if automatic 10 percent budget cuts across 10 years go through?
The numbers here show the federal employees in New Jersey by county in 2012, according to the latest figures from Eye on Washington, a DC-based lobbying firm that tracks federal employment. It compiles the data from the Office of Personnel Management, Federal Employment Statistics and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While much has been made written on how the current sequestration battle in Washington could affect the national economy, these numbers are meant to give readers a sense of the sequestration at the local level. No one knows for certain what the sequestration cuts, some $85 billion, will mean exactly. Even if the March 1 federal cuts are enacted, the full effects would not be felt immediately. The government is required to …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Has the scary news about the impending federal sequester got you worried?
If it feels like we went through something like this just a month or so ago, you're right. That was when we were warned that the country was set to nosedive off the "Fiscal Cliff" back in December. As you'll recall, part of the Fiscal Cliff was a series of tax cuts dating from the Bush Administration era that were set to run out unless President Barack Obama and Congress came to terms before the expiration. You saw the results when the government took a bigger cut from your first paycheck in 2013. But now we're teetering on the verge of another federal precipice with the Sequestration. But what is it? What the Sequester Is Part of the resolution of the Fiscal Cliff was the American Taxpayer Relief Act. That extended some tax cuts and …
Monday, February 18, 2013
It's Presidents' Day, and here are the governmental offices on this federal holiday.
Remember George Washington? The birthday of the first president of the United States on February 22 became a federal holiday, first observed in 1879. President Abraham Lincoln was also born in February. Since the passage of the Mondays Holidays Act in 1971, both Washington and Lincoln's birthdays have been celebrated on the third Monday in February - Presidents' Day. So what's opened and closed in Woodbridge today? Follow Woodbridge Patch on Facebook, Twitter and sign up for the daily newsletter.
Monday, January 28, 2013
U.S. Sen. Robert Mendendez of New Jersey has put his support behind a bipartisan proposal that will ensure a pathway to legal status for 11 million illegal immigrants.
Eight senior U.S. senators have come up with a bipartisan immigration reform plan, reported Politico.com early Monday morning, that they plan to unveil later today. NJ Sen. Robert Menendez (D), a longtime advocate for changes in immigration law, is on the panel of eight senators from both parties who came up with the sweeping changes. The plan, Politico said, will overhaul the current immigration system as well as provide an alternate route to citizenship for the nation's estimated 11 million illegal immigrants. The blueprint is "most serious bipartisan effort to act on the highly charged issue since George W. Bush’s comprehensive measure was defeated in the Senate in 2007," Politico said. The senators' proposal would only come into play …
New Jersey residents affected by Sandy have until March 1 to register for disaster assistance.
Monday, January 28
Editor's Note: The following is a press release from FEMA While New Jersey survivors of Hurricane Sandy have until March 1 to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for disaster assistance, more than $780 million in disaster assistance has been approved to speed recovery. FEMA has approved more than $300 million in housing assistance for more than 52,000 people. Housing assistance includes temporary rental assistance and grants to repair and replace storm-damaged primary residences. More than $42 million has been approved to help survivors replace hurricane-damaged personal property and to help meet medical, dental, funeral, transportation and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance or other federal, …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
U.S. Postal Service rates are set to increase by one cent on Jan. 27
If you're headed to the Woodbridge post office to buy stamps, you will need to carry an extra penny for each one come January 27. That's when stamp prices will increase one cent, from 45 cents to 46 cents, to mail one-ounce letters. Postcard stamps will also see a one-cent increase, from 32 cents to 33 cents. Those looking to save a few cents can stock up on the postal service's Forever stamps (costing 45 cents until Jan. 27), which are usable even after stamp prices change. According to an announcement by the postal service, new postage rates go into effect on Jan. 27, with letter and postcard stamps being affected. The U.S. Postal Service relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations and doesn’t receive tax…
Monday, January 14, 2013
The IRS has announced a delayed start to the 2012 tax filing season
You'll have to wait a bit if you are used to filing your annual tax return at the earliest possible date. The Internal Revenue Service has revised its opening date for tax season -- pushing it eight days to January 30, 2013. The tax filing deadline is Monday, April 15 The IRS will begin accepting tax returns on January 30, 2013. Most taxpayers should be able to file on that date though some revised forms may not be immediately available. You can blame the delay on the federal "fiscal cliff" crisis and the new tax bill Congress passed just after Dec. 31. You can find more information in this Forbes article. Electronic filing season was originally set to start on Jan. 22 this year. As a result of the delay, nobody will get a refund in …
Monday, July 23, 2012
A telecommunications firm withdrew a job offer from a job candidate after they learned he has a form of albinism that impairs his vision.
A Woodbridge-based telecommunications firm settled a $45,000 disability lawsuit because they withdrew a job offer from a mangement hire when they learned he suffered from impaired vision. RCC Consultants, with headquarters in Woodbridge, NJ, had initially offered Stanton Woodcock a managing consultant position at their Virginia branch in 2007, according to a report in Business Insurance. They discovered that Woodcock suffered from ocular albinism, an inherited condition that left him with little to no melanin content in his eyes, and significant vision impairment to the point where he couldn't operate an automobile. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), when RCC found out later that month Woodcock couldn't …
Friday, April 27, 2012
The Space Shuttle will be flying overhead on its way to display at the Intrepid Museum in New York harbor.
The Space Shuttle Enterprise, piggybacked onto NASA's 747 shuttle carrier, is due to be flying over the New York area - and Woodbridge itself - on its way to JFK Airport between now and 11:30 am. The space shuttle is going to be showcased at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. During the weeks following the arrival, Enterprise will be "demated" from the 747 and placed on a barge that will be moved by tugboat up the Hudson River to the Intrepid museum in June. The shuttle will be lifted by crane and placed on the flight deck of the Intrepid, where it will be on exhibit to the public starting this summer in a temporary climate-controlled pavilion, NASA said in a statement. The Intrepid continues to work on a permanent exhibit facility …
Monday, April 9, 2012
Who’s covered, who’s not: see NJ Spotlight’s Interactive Health Insurance Coverage map.
Monday, April 9, 2012
Earlier this week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on the groundbreaking national healthcare reform law signed by President Obama in 2010. Many provisions have already taken effect. The most wide-reaching and controversial aspect, requiring most people to buy basic insurance, is set to become effective January 1, 2014. The law’s impact will be felt in New Jersey, where 14.4 percent of people under age 65 - senior citizens are covered by Medicare - had no health insurance in 2009, the most recent year for which statistics were available, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The percentage of those uninsured more than doubles, to nearly 3 in 10, for those with incomes at or below 200 percent of the poverty level, or $21,700 for an …