A new study from the Williams Institute finds that New Jersey could generate as much as $119 million in just the first three years of marriage equality, including as much as $8 million in pure tax revenue. By vetoing the legislation, Gov. Chris Christie (R) deprived his entire state of that economic benefit, but the legislature has until the end of 2013 to overturn that veto.
Seventy Democratic members of Congress pushed for measures to prevent Wall Street traders from artificially driving up gas prices, writing “the [Commodity Futures Trading Commission] continues to drag its feet on imposing strict speculation limits to eliminate, prevent, or diminish excessive oil speculation.” The letter cites a recent report from the St. Louis Federal Reserve urging CFTC to reign in speculators from manipulating prices. “If the St. Louis Federal Reserve, a conservative institution, is saying speculation is contributing significantly to the high price of oil and gas at the pump, then I think that is clearly what the case is,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said.