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Water resources in the Pinelands are threatened by too much development of land in the wrong areas and too much withdrawal from the vast aquifer underlying much of the region, according to a report issued this week. The report, “Growing Smart and Water Wise -- Protecting Water Resources in the Growth Areas of the Pinelands,’’ suggests a range of steps the state, the Pinelands Commission and local governments ought to take to rectify the situation. Read more
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July 30, 2014

Christie Cites ‘Cadillac Tax’ In Push To Cut Public Employee Benefits
Mark J. Magyar | Budget, Politics
Governor: Obamacare tax would cost New Jersey $261 million in 2018 and $837 million by 2022 if health insurance costs aren’t cut
First Responders Share Blame for Problems at Paulsboro Toxic Spill, NTSB Says
Tara Nurin | Energy & Environment
Report assigns most responsibility to Conrail, but recommends changes in training for emergency workers, municipal planning
Healthcare Groups in NJ Embrace Trend Toward More Accountability
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
Eight applicants seek to join Medicaid demonstration project slated to start in late 2014
Profile: Preservation and Resilience on New Jersey's Delaware Bayshore
Scott Gurian | Profiles
Meghan Wren wants to share rich cultural heritage of the Bayshore, and ensure that it gets its fair share of Sandy recovery funds
Overpumping of Aquifer, Overdevelopment Threaten Pinelands, Report Says
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Problems already can be seen in communities in or near vast nature preserve, including contamination of shellfish beds
State Education Chief Says He’ll Stick with Current Staff Configuration
John Mooney | Education
Hespe disputes state auditor’s assertion that county office understaffing violates law
It’s Summertime, and Making a Living Still Isn’t Easy at the Jersey Shore
NJTV | Sandy
Panelists discuss progress of economic recovery in the aftermath of Sandy – and the struggles still ahead
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July 29, 2014

Grid Operator Not Good to Go With PSE&G Transmission Proposal
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
PJM wants to consider plans submitted by other 'finalists' in ongoing selection process
New Poll Reflects Unease About Tying Teacher Ratings to Test Scores
John Mooney | Education
Fairleigh Dickinson survey reveals New Jerseyans not knowledgeable about Common Core standards
New Jersey School District Attempts to Bridge the Digital Divide
Jill Barshay, The Hechinger Report | Education
In Hoboken, giving laptops to junior- and senior-high school students wasn't a solution but the beginning of a big problem
Nutrition Program Proves Vital to Lower-Income families, But Many Miss Out
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
Health commissioner promotes WIC as way of reaching 40,000 potential clients currently outside of program
Opinion: Christie, Sweeney Remain Worlds Apart on Pensions, Health Benefits
Carl Golden | Opinion
Can governor and Senate president reconcile their separate visions and achieve meaningful reform?
Explainer: ACA’s Impact More Gradual for Those Whose Jobs Provide Insurance
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare, Explainer, Affordable Care Act
As ‘grandfathered’ plans fade, however, more will be affected by new health coverage regulations

July 28, 2014

How Astorino Angered Christie and Lost Millions
Matt Katz | Katz on Christie
Gov. Chris Christie found himself embroiled in a mini-controversy last week with a fellow Republican, New York gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino, after Christie said that the Republican Governors Association . . .
State Auditor Cries Foul Over Failure to Fill County School Superintendent Posts
John Mooney | Education
Report says having someone at the education helm in all 21 counties is required by statute
State Agency Presses Case for Drastic Cuts in JCP&L Rates
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
NJ Rate Counsel seeks to resolve 3-year-old petition targeting utility’s excessive profits, lack of investment in infrastructure
ACA Provision Returns Billions to Consumers, Harkens Back to NJ Reforms
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare, Affordable Care Act
Insurers required to spend at least 80 percent of premiums to pay medical claims, or else return money via rebates or added benefits
The List: Ten Worst New Jersey Beaches for Water Pollution
Colleen O'Dea | The List
High bacteria levels found at many of them may be linked to nearby stormwater pipes

July 25, 2014

Mission Accomplished: Solar Sector is Stable, BPU Report Concludes
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Legislation passed in 2012 has done its job, review says, guiding once-volatile sector to stability
Analysis: New Jersey's Economic Woes Go Far Beyond Casino Closings
Mark J. Magyar | Politics
Rutgers economist says state is not positioned well to compete in new digital economy, and time is running out for full recovery of jobs lost
More Seniors in NJ to Get Access to Home-Based and Community Services
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
'Miller trusts' will help elderly, disabled qualify for Medicaid services delivered outside of nursing homes
Time Runs Out for Christie Plan for Lengthier School Days, Longer School Years
John Mooney | Budget, Education, Politics
Administration's $5 million innovation fund one of the casualties of budget process
Raptor Report: Eagles and Falcons Continue to Soar Above Garden State
Colleen O'Dea | Energy & Environment, Maps, Map of the Week
More than 100 communities across state are home to at least one nest -- including Jersey City

July 24, 2014

State-Sanctioned Deal Moves Energy Resiliency Bank Closer to Reality
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Low-interest loans could help keep power on at critical facilities even if power grid is knocked out of service
Newark Civil-Rights Probe Mirrors Investigations in Other U.S. Cities
John Mooney | Education
Administration, state-appointed superintendent, will cooperate but keep low profile for time being
State Department of Health Website Gives New Look to Vital Information
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
Website redesign uses small-town map in attempt to improve user friendliness
Port Authority Looks to Clean Up Problem in Midtown Manhattan
WNYC | Transportation
Agency allocates $90 million in capital expenses for quick fixes at 42nd Street hub
Poll: Is It Time for New Jersey to Revisit a State-Based Exchange?
Polling, Affordable Care Act
Court decisions throw settled situation into turmoil for growing group of newly insured
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July 23, 2014

Feds Investigating Whether 'One Newark' Schools Initiative is Discriminatory
John Mooney | Education
U.S. Department of Education confirms it has opened civil rights probe into city's controversial plan to reorganize public schools