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Fearing toll of higher payroll tax

The National Retail Foundation estimates seven out of every 10 consumers plan to reduce their spending because of the increase in payroll tax, enacted at the beginning of the year. Nearly 60 percent of Americans surveyed by the organization say the tax increase will affect their spending, saving and budgeting plans for the upcoming year.

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A pour substitute to speed Sandy rebuilds

The rebuilding of Belmar's boardwalk has grabbed headlines in recent months, with an ambitious plan to reopen the structure well before Memorial Day weekend. But on the other side of town, an effort to redevelop the borough's marina is slated to forge ahead, and it could be one model through which post-Hurricane Sandy development gets done in...

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