A bill New Jersey lawmakers introduced this week would create a grace period for federal workers who aren’t getting paid during the government shutdown to pay their property taxes — similar to the cushion of time allowed after natural disasters.
Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Philadelphia are among the states, cities, and counties that sued the Trump administration to challenge the citizenship question, which they fear will deter residents from answering and depress their population counts.
Four out of five states, including New Jersey, collected more revenue in their general funds than they anticipated in fiscal year 2018 — the highest number of states in a dozen years. States are saving more for the next recession.
As the federal government shutdown continues, programs that rely on federal funds to aid vulnerable populations are starting to worry. That includes shelters women turn to when they face violence at home. Some area domestic violence shelters say they could have to cut back services.
Applications for unemployment benefits in Pennsylvania were up nearly 850 percent in the last week of December compared to the same week the year before, thanks to a surge in requests from federal workers not getting paid during the federal government shutdown, state officials said Tuesday.