The End of Cheap Gas in New Jersey as Tax Hike Goes Into Effect

The End of Cheap Gas in New Jersey as Tax Hike Goes Into Effect

LIVE TVON NOWClick for full scheduleThe Garden State now has some of the highest gas taxes in the country thanks to a 23 cent per gallon hike that went into effect Tuesday. (Published Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016)

What to KnowStarting Tuesday, the gas tax rises from 14.5 cents per gallon to 37.5 centsThe increase vaults New Jersey from second lowest gas taxes in nation (after Alaska) to sixth highestIndustry representatives say it’s still cheaper to fill up in NJ than in neighboring states

The days of cheap gas in New Jersey came to an end Tuesday when a 23 cents per gallon increase in the state’s gas tax took effect.

New Jersey previously had the nation’s second lowest gas tax, behind only Alaska. But the boost has catapulted it to the sixth highest.

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The increase came about after the state ran out of money to pay for transportation projects. The boost from 14.5 cents per cheap jerseys gallon to 37.5 cents marks the first time the gas tax has been raised since 1988.

The tax boost is part of a deal between Republican Gov. Chris Christie and the state’s Democratic led Legislature that includes an 8 year, $16 billion transportation trust fund and cuts to the estate and sales taxes. The deal passed with bipartisan support, but also faced strong opposition from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. Two Republican state senators Kip Bateman and Mike Doherty have recently introduced a measure seeking to repeal the increase, saying people were shocked to learn that the 23 cent a gallon increase could rise in the future if revenue targets are not met.

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Industry officials and drivers alike think there are still enough incentives for out of staters to travel to New Jersey, though they admit it’s not clear how much of an impact the higher tax rate will have in the coming months and years.

Also affected are people who use the ride hailing company Uber. It announced Monday that it will raise fares by 2 cents per mile to help drivers pay for gas.

The end for Indian outsourcers

The end for Indian outsourcers

The same technology advances that decimated the Indian advantage offer a new opportunity that could allow the Indian IT sector to reinvent cheap jerseys itself and even gain the support of Americans who have been rallying against it. The opportunity is to help United States modernize its aging infrastructure and enable it to bring manufacturing back from China. Technologies such as robotics, artificial intelligence and inexpensive and powerful sensors enable development of smart cities and automated factories, and a wholesale upgrading of national infrastructure.

Robots, for example, have advanced so far that they can now do the work of humans in manufacturing. With the computing advances and dramatic price drops of hardware components such as a core part of most robots’ inner workings, the single axis controller, robots have acquired the dexterity to assemble circuit boards and build cars. They now cost less to operate than the wages of workers in China. And connected devices and sensors in the Industrial Internet of Things enable monitoring of every aspect of a manufacturing plant’s operations.

It is not that Indian companies do not recognize the threat. Gurnani, told my class at Carnegie Mellon’s College of Engineering in Silicon Valley on May 1 that he was working hard to change the focus of his company from services to technology products and to solve problems outside information technology. He talked about the rapidly changing markets and urgent need for his company to build offerings in areas such as health care, manufacturing, retail and managed services.

The Encyclopedia Of Scams

The Encyclopedia Of Scams

The con artist buys a lotto ticket with last week’s winning numbers. He then changes the date on the ticket so that it appears to be a ticket from last week and therefore a winner. Alternatively, cheap jerseys he will take alter a scratch and win ticket to look like a win.

This fake ticket would not fool lottery officials who could spot the fraud in a second. Luckily, they are not the intended victim. Instead, the sells the ticket to some oneelse victim at an incredibly cheap price. He usually reasons the sale by saying that he needs the money desperately and can’t wait for the lottery people to pay him. (as seen in the film Matchstick Men)He is in debt and needs the money urgently.

A magician friend of mine made his own ‘winning ticket’ by buying a joke scratch and win ticket that always wins. These tickets will always win but have a disclaimer on the back stating “”to obtain prize go to yo mama’s house”. he peeled the back off the joke ticket and the front of a real ticket and glued them together. He has never tried to sell his fake ticket but he keeps it to show to friends.

I attempted to make on this gaffed tickets myself but am yet to find a fake ticket and a real ticket that are the same size.

Back in the 1980’s at the very start of the state run California Lottery. I obtained a “gaffed” scratcher ticket. The kind in which the purchaser uses a coin or other instrument to scratch off the grey matter on the face of a ticket that hides the game numbers.

Once locating him I acted dupish in order to hear his speil. He claimed to be on hard times, hence the crutches. He also said he was a felon and could not legally cash in the ticket (oh brother). After he was done I did a dangerous thing (I was young) and offered not to call the police that he was a swindler, if he would sell me the ticket for $10. He still tried to claim it was the real deal, but sold me the ticket anyway.

The photograph below was taken very recently, and it does not show the beautiful work this guy did. Look close though and you can see the “K” at the bottom is crooked. When it was new, the grey matter was right up to the edges of the cut and sliced “K” so that it was nearly impossible to see it was glued on.

The empty seats at world juniors are a sign that organizers need to rethink their outdated ticket strategy

The empty seats at world juniors are a sign that organizers need to rethink their outdated ticket strategy

Two years ago this week, approaching the close of a World Junior Hockey Championship that had seen surprisingly poor attendance in its Montreal leg, Tom Renney was asked if high ticket prices were to blame.

“That’s a great question,” the Hockey Canada chief executive responded. “I can’t answer that.”

This year’s version of the world juniors, back in Montreal and Toronto just two years after the last time, has the bad attendance story back and then some, with the great swaths of empty seats now having been extended to the round robin games in Toronto and even the medal round contests involving Team Canada, where the quarter final win over the Czechs on Monday didn’t approach a sellout. If Canada doesn’t get past the Swedes in the semi final on Tuesday, the gold medal game will almost certainly have thousands of empty seats, given that even the cheap tickets are close to $100 each. Even if Canada does get to the final, a sellout is no lock at those prices: as of Wednesday morning, it was harder (and cheaper) to find an empty seat for next Monday’s game at the Bell Centre between the Canadiens and the Washington Capitals.

This is not what hockey officials had in mind when they took the world juniors, which had gone through a steady upward progression of market size in Canada, and plunked them in the hockey jewels of the country’s centre for the 2015 and 2017 editions of the tournament. When the decision was announced in 2013, it felt like Hockey Canada and the IIHF, having reaped ever larger profits as the event moved from smaller cities like Halifax and Regina to NHL markets like Calgary and Edmonton, decided to shoot for the moon with the Toronto Montreal editions. Instead, it now feels like they shot themselves somewhere else entirely.

Excuses for the weak showing for the WJC in the hockey cathedrals include the high prices, which is fair, particularly when neither of the host cities is much of a junior hockey town and fans are likely surprised to learn that they have to pay the same amount to see Slovak teens as they do to see Sidney Crosby. But the excuses this time around have also included Toronto’s crowded sports schedule over the past couple of years, which have included the first world juniors, a World Cup of Hockey, an NBA All Star Game, a Grey Cup, an MLS Cup and four playoff runs between the Blue Jays and the Raptors. Three of those events, the World Cup, the Grey Cup and this edition of the WJC, have had varying levels of attendance problems, which on their own raised questions Was the World Cup too contrived? Will Toronto never again be a good CFL market? and as a whole have caused some to question Toronto’s merit as a sports town.

That latter question should be a non starter: the Jays, Raptors and Leafs all draw strong crowds and more than 30,000 tickets for Toronto FC’s MLS Cup sold out in minutes the city’s fans will clearly come out in droves for events that they actually care about.

But the problems with ticket sales at some of these marquee events point to the fundamental way in which the buying and selling of sports tickets has changed and the ways in which organizers have been slow to catch on. For years, multi week events like the world juniors have used the premium games at the end to leverage sales at the start: you have to buy 19 games to ensure a ticket to the gold medal final, that kind of thing. This worked fine when it was very difficult to find tickets once there was little left through the box office, but the rise of the secondary market has put much of the leverage back in the public’s hands. There are plenty of good tickets available through secondary market sites like StubHub for Thursday’s gold medal game in Montreal, and many of them at close to face value. If you are a Montrealer who was potentially interested in seeing Canada in the medal round, there was little reason to buy round robin tickets to everything from Sweden Finland to Switzerland Denmark to guarantee yourself a seat at the tournament’s later stages: there was always a good chance that you could get seats at a decent price as Canada advanced into the medal round.

At the World Cup, tickets were similarly sold in “strips” multi game groups which helped boost overall sales but left many thousand sold but unused tickets for some low demand non Canada games.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman bragged in September that cheap jerseys the high level of overall sales was proof that multi game packages were the right call, which is true if you don’t mind half empty arenas for a lot of games. The secondary market was surely a factor in the Grey Cup’s embarrassing walk back from its initial sky high prices. There was no clamour to snap up tickets from the box office when you could wait to see what was dumped on the reseller sites. (The answer: lots of tickets.)

As organizers consider the ticket pricing strategy for future WJCs, the one in Buffalo next year that now seems like much less of a hot ticket and the one in Vancouver and Victoria a year later, they would be wise to consider selling tickets for high demand games at one price and those for the lesser games at one much lower. The same goes for an event like the World Cup, if it happens again. You used to be able to convince lots of people to buy tickets they didn’t want to ensure they could get those they did. epaper, Digital Access, Subscriber Rewards), please input your Print Newspaper subscription phone number and postal code.

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The emerging India

The emerging India

This article is an excerpt from McCann’s study of the extent to which people in the SEC C, D and E categories in India are part of the bigger waves of consumerism that are inundating the metro and class one towns

This article BANNER1 is an excerpt from McCann’s exploratory study of the extent to which people in the SEC C, D and E categories in India are part of the bigger waves of consumerism that are inundating the metro and class one towns. This segment is currently residing on the peripheries of consumption, dipping its toes occasionally in the running waters of a new India. In the days to come, it is going to emerge as an important consumer segment of the new India.

The members of this segment watch it all from the opposite side of the road, from the crooked windows of their slums and ‘jhuggis’, nestling side by side with the shinning skyscrapers where the neo moneyed middle cheap jerseys class vies with each other to flaunt their wallet power. What we found was a group of human beings that is anything but simple and predictable.

Rather, this is a community that appears to be full of contradictions. They talk of living hand to mouth, but they repose major trust in brand values. They talk about ‘mehangai’, yet do not hesitate to buy soap costing five times their regular bath soap just to please their children.

Throughout the day, they fight constraints, and yet they extract a strange contentment from their deprived existence. Lack of space compels them to live in isolation, but in many ways, they are far more strongly bonded with their invisible extended family and the heterogeneous population they call their community.

In their own way, they run a parallel system which includes shelter, placement, finance, transport, arbitration and training whatever is needed to keep the pot boiling. In any family, you will find people who are not part of the family, but staying with them in the city: “Humra gaon ka mera rishtedar ”

Q: Who stays in your house (one room in a chawl)?

A: Two of us and our two children, then the three children of my elder brother and the son of my sister.

Q: Your brother’s and sister’s families also stay here?

A: No, only their children stay with us. They are here for education.

A clerk in Nashik

“Joginder, the driver of our company, used to run a finance company. We used to get soft loans of up to Rs 5,000 from him; on salary day he used to recover the money from us.”

A typist

Q: What are these girls doing in this tailoring shop?

A: They are learning, they help me.

Q: Do you pay them, or do they pay you a fee for learning?

A: No one is paying anybody.

A housewife who is running a small tailoring shop from her home.

They have common water and electricity, and share bathrooms, sometimes even resort to a Sulabh Shauchalay. Benches in front of a chai shop act as a universal drawing room. When a cricket match is on, they crowd around the common TV set and cheer the proceedings lustily. Amidst this shared existence, there is an intense effort to create a sense of exclusivity inside their own dwellings.

Q: “If you get a lot of money, what would you do?”

A: “Stay nicely, eat good food, have good clothing.”

“A good house” features number one on their wish list. An attached bathroom is a luxury and also features high on the list.

They say a woman’s domain is her kitchen. We did not see a single kitchen that was disorganised and dirty, even inside the slums stainless steel gas stoves, sparkling rows of stainless steel utensils, neatly stacked PET jars storing spices and cereals, casseroles, mixers, pressure cookers, water filters, TV sets, fridges, even some second hand washing machines, a bottle of Zeoline, phenyl, you name it, they have it.

The economics of a New York City blizzard

The economics of a New York City blizzard

Clearing a city the size of New York doesn’t come cheap. The sanitation department budgeted $88 million solely for snow removal this year. In addition to its full time employees, the department also takes on emergency snow laborers, who are paid $15 an hour to shovel out places a plow can’t reach, like bus stops, and can earn overtime of $22.50 an hour if they work more than 40 hours a week. Last year, the department hired between 2,000 and 3,000 of these laborers in the aftermath of a major January storm.

Coordinating thousands of employees, hundreds of heavy machines, and tons of rock salt, the government faces a daunting task in snow removal. In the past, it got some help plowing the fluffy stuff, contracting out some of those responsibilities in outer boroughs to independent companies. Now, it handles all the plowing on its own, using 689 salt spreaders and 1,600 collection trucks, both fashioned with plows. The trucks are all equipped with GPS so the city can track where they are at any time and, therefore, how much progress they have made cheap jerseys.