$1B increase is proposed for controversial tax credit program
A new bill introduced in Trenton Monday would increase the tax breaks available under the Urban Hub Transit Tax Credit program, adding an additional $1 billion for a total pool of $2.5 billion. The tax credits encourage urban development and reward companies that move to certain towns in New Jersey. However, such programs have spurred some controversy, as companies have used them to move from one town to another. Panasonic, for example, received tax credits for moving out of Secaucus and into Newark. Proponents say it kept the company from leaving New Jersey.
Sen. Raymond Lesniak (D-Union), a co-sponsor of the bill, told The Record that the change is needed because demand for tax breaks is so great. “We are bumping up against the ceiling, it's so successful,” said Lesniak. “We may exceed the cap and we still have a lot of room to bring in investment and create jobs in New Jersey.”
Rothman stands in support of Planned Parenthood
Congressman Steven Rothman (D-Fair Lawn) last week stood in solidarity with Planned Parenthood Federation of America after its funding was cut by The Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast cancer charity due to pressure from anti-abortion groups. The Susan G. Komen Foundation eventually reversed its decision to stop funding Planned Parenthood after pressure from supporters and activists.
“For over 90 years, Planned Parenthood has been the nation’s leading organization advocating on behalf of woman’s reproductive rights and providing vital health care and education to those who need it most,” said Congressman Rothman. “We cannot allow attacks from conservative extremists to infringe on woman’s healthcare or a woman’s right to choose. This is a fight to protect the values and ideals that led me to Congress and a fight that I will never back down from.”
Friends of the Library hosts Naomi Miller’s one-woman comedy show
The Friends of the Secaucus Public Library plan to present Naomi Miller in her one-woman comedy/cabaret show titled “Love, Marriage, Children and Liposuction.” Miller’s critically acclaimed cabaret act will take place at 2 p.m. on Feb 26 at the Secaucus Public Library and Business Resource Center. Space is limited. To register, call (201) 330-2083.
Special fitness program for children
The Secaucus Public Library offers a special fitness program for children ages 6 through 10. The event will take place at 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 15. Coordinating the program are Muscle Man Mike and his helper Soccer Pal Sue. Through interactive puppet skills, Mike will not only be entertaining children, but educating them with health tips. Any child between ages 6-12 is welcome.
For more information and to register please call (201) 330-2085.
Opera Company presents Mozart’s ‘Don Giovanni’ at library
The Capitol Heights Lyrics Opera Company will present Mozart’s Don Giovanni at at 2 p.m. on Feb. 19 at the Secaucus Public Library and Business Resource Center. Widely regarded as the greatest opera ever composed, Mozart’s 1787 Italian Opera Don Giovanni is a two-act opera, a unique blend of buffa (comic) and seria (drama.) Space is limited and a large crowd is expected. To register, call (201) 330-2083.