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109 Shots Fired in Police Shootout, NJ Gas Tax Raises 23 Cents, Civic Engagment Summit
 
  by: blogue40 - Phoenixville, PA
started: 09/30/16 6:23 pm | updated: 09/30/16 6:23 pm
 
During the deadly shoot out on Wednesday night in West Philadelphia a total of 109 gun shots were fired by nine different officers. Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross said that the number of shots fired in the shoot out is of "serious concern." Police shot and killed 32-year-old Christopher Sowell after he had gone on a violent stabbing rampage that left three children and two women injured. Ross commented saying that the officers who shot Sowell had every reason to believe he was armed when he reached into his pocket. Police did find several weapons on Sowell, but have not yet recovered a gun from the scene.

After making a deal today with government officials, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced today that the gas tax in New Jersey will be raised 23 cents per gallon. Christie also announced an eight-year deal to eliminate estate tax and cut sales tax as well. The estate taxes will be phased out over the next year and a half, and the sales tax will be cut 3/8th's of a percentage point. The deal will also bring tax credits to veterans and the working poor. This deal marks the first gas tax increase since 1988.

The Civic Engagement Summit was held today in Philly which was an event that encouraged young voters to get registered for the upcoming election, and to get them out to the polls to make their vote in November. The event was held specifically for younger people, especially from low income, urban and tribal communities. Mayor Jim Kenney also stopped by the event to show the importance of voting, and how their vote can make a difference. You can register to vote online in Pennsylvania. The last day to register is October 11th. Visit: http://votespa.com

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