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State seeks VW settlement cash to fund heavy-duty electric vehicle deployment

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is requesting approval from the trustee overseeing the Volkswagen settlement funds to disburse $16 million for the deployment of electric heavy-duty garbage trucks, school buses, and port-related vehicles. The request is the second from the DEP for funding from the state’s $72.2 million share of federal settlements to ...

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OP-ED: Positive developments

State legislators recently announced that legalizing marijuana will be decided by voters in a 2020 referendum, leaving a $60 million hole in the state budget proposal Gov. Phil Murphy released earlier this year. Despite that setback, there is another, less controversial, step state officials can take to collect tens of millions of dollars in revenue: stop wealthy developers from taking advantage of labor laws and outdated regulation and enforcement to increase profit margins by abusing workers. By, Richard E. Tolson, director of International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Administrative District Council of New Jersey, Locals 4 & 5.

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