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Study Highlights Immigrants’ Role in Passaic County Economy

Plus: A Hochul administration official says it’s too early to speculate on how New York will use its remaining Hurricane Ida relief fund

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Immigration is an increasingly important contributor to Passaic County, New Jersey’s workforce, business creation, and STEM innovation, according to a new study by the New American Immigration Council, the county, and the William Paterson Business Development Center. The county’s overall population decreased by 0.5% between 2014 and 2019, but the immigrant population increased by 10% during the same period. Without immigrants, Passaic County’s population would have declined by 3%. The report also indicates the increasing number of immigrants in Passaic County has impacted tax revenue, with immigrants paying over $845 million in federal taxes and $491 million in state and local taxes in 2019. TAPinto

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Hochul Says It’s Too Early to Speculate On Use Of Remaining Ida Relief Fund

Just 3% of New York’s $23 million Hurricane Ida relief fund for immigrants has been distributed so far. A spokesperson for Gov. Kathy Hochul’s office said it is too early to say how the remaining funds will be used because claims are very likely to continue well into 2023. He added that the administration’s proposed 2023 Executive Budget places funds in the State Department’s budget to respond to all applications it received. Steve Mei, director of the Chinese-American Planning Council, one of the six community-based organizations distributing the funds, said the group “would advocate for an extension” for passing out funding. CityLimits

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