Monthly Archives: December 2011

A tale of two cities: How Jersey City is getting in its own way

By Melanie Hicken After years of planning, longtime Jersey City chef Nicole Puzio saw her dream of opening her own restaurant quickly turn into a nightmare. Puzio and her business partner Edward Radich thought they had dotted there i’s and … Continue reading

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Another factor behind ballooning state pension bills

In Illinois, highway maintenance workers can retire at age 50 and receive $75,000 a year for life. In Florida, a crime lab employee with 25 years on the state payrolls can retire at age 50 and take home $60,000 a … Continue reading

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Attempted California tax hike: take two

Call it a case of déjà vu. Two years ago, then-California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger asked voters to approve a temporary tax increase to help fill the state’s massive budget deficit. I had just started working as a City Hall reporter … Continue reading

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