Activity Report: Opposition to New York Congestion Pricing Plan, Jersey City Rent Relief, Increase in Unemployment Claims | Video
Opposition is growing to New York’s proposed congestion pricing plan, which would result in higher tolls for New Jersey residents traveling to Manhattan. To fight the proposal, a group in New Jersey launched the Fair Congestion Pricing Alliance, which is backed by business leaders, and is demanding that the Garden State have its say. According to the group, New York’s plan to impose additional tolls on cars and trucks entering Manhattan from 60th Street in Battery Park would cost New Jersey commuters an additional $ 3,000 per year. The group is urging New Jersey residents to speak out at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s first virtual public hearing on the proposal, which begins Friday, September 24 at 10 a.m.
Jersey City is expanding its Rent Relief Program, which provides assistance to low-income residents. The new second phase of the program will provide eligible families with up to $ 10,000 in housing assistance, with funds going directly to their owners. Currently, low-income residents are protected from eviction due to non-payment until the end of this year. Jersey City will begin receiving applications from Monday, October 4.
New Jersey businesses that dream of selling their products far beyond our state borders can apply for grants to help them do just that. The New Jersey Business Action Center received $ 1.25 million in federal funding for the State Business Development Program, or STEP. Melanie Willoughby, executive director of the center, says there is a growing market for Jersey products. Federal data shows that for the first seven months of this year, New Jersey’s exports were up 39% from 2020.
The number of Americans applying for unemployment for the first time increased slightly more than expected with 351,000 new claims. It is still above where we were before the pandemic. In New Jersey, jobless claims have remained fairly stable.