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Old cedar tree stumps on Mill Creek Marsh Trail look almost like pieces of art, sculpted by time and tide.
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Old cedar tree stumps on Mill Creek Marsh Trail look almost like pieces of art, sculpted by time and tide.

HCCC to open in Secaucus in the fall

Hudson County Community College announced that it will open a branch at High Tech High School in the fall.

HCCC will offer an associate’s degree in Liberal Arts and an associated degree in Science Business Administration.

This September, HCCC will offer weekday evening courses at its Laurel Hill campus.

Students at the College’s Secaucus Center will be eligible to complete their first-semester coursework in all of the HCCC majors offered.

Pascrell’s Puerto Rico Relief Bill Passes in Committee

U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09), a member of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, celebrated the passage in the committee in early June of his Tax Equity and Prosperity for Puerto Rican Families Act.

The legislation would provide a federal supplement to Puerto Rico’s newly-created Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) program, as well as funding for EITC education and outreach to the island. The legislation would also provide a similar supplement to the other U.S. territories. It was included in H.R. 3300, the Economic Mobility Act of 2019, which cleared the Ways and Means Committee on June 21.

The Joint Committee on Taxation estimates that this provision would reduce poverty by putting an extra $6.8 billion into the pockets of working Americans in Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories over the next 10 years.

As part of a comprehensive tax package that was enacted on the island in December 2018, Puerto Rico started implementing a local EITC in January 2019, joining the District of Columbia and 29 states that have successfully implemented their own EITC.