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It is with sadness that we note the passing this week of Kevin Harold, our publisher and one of the co-founders of NJ Spotlight. Read more

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Did an Argentinian company engage in financial maneuvers to avoid paying for a $1.4. billion cleanup of contamination in the Passaic River? New Jersey legislators recently adopted a resolution seeking state and federal investigations of YPF S.A. and its subsidiary, Maxus Energy Corp., regarding liabilities at the former Diamond Alkali Superfund site in Newark and related pollution along an eight-mile stretch of the river. Read more
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April 26, 2017

DEP Could Go Toe to Toe with Legislature over Septic Tanks in Highlands
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Department wants to open preserve to greater development, claiming water quality would not be adversely affected
$300M State House Renovation Gets Go-Ahead Amid Controversy Over Price
John Reitmeyer | Politics
Commission clears way for makeover of decrepit building but some legislators, gubernatorial candidates included, balk at the cost
Medicaid Benefits Children at Doctor’s Office and in School
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
New Jersey ranks fourth nationwide for school-based Medicaid funding
Op-Ed: Parole Reform Needed in New Jersey
Roseanne Scotti | Opinion
New Jersey’s parole system is broken and serves neither the interests of justice nor public safety. The system is economically unsustainable, ineffective, and counterproductive
Most Jobs in Newark Go to Nonresidents
WNYC News Online | More Issues
The economic renewal of Newark has been a talking point, but its residents are landing few of the jobs
ICE Arrests of Undocumented Up 20% in New Jersey Since October
NJTV News Online | Immigration
Head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency in Newark confirms effects of new directives from Trump administration
Residents Want to Keep Natural Gas Compressor Out of Somerset County
NJTV News Online | Energy & Environment
Spokesman for operator says people will hardly notice it’s there, but locals fear noise and pollution at the very least
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NJ Spotlight Staff | More Issues
Kevin Harold, publisher and co-founder of NJ Spotlight
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April 25, 2017

Planning for Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Back on Track, Driven by Revitalized TTF
John Reitmeyer | Transportation
Funds available to take extension project through environmental-impact study, but money from Trump administration now appears iffy
PennEast Runs into More Permit Snags with Another Federal Agency
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Army Corps of Engineers says PennEast application is incomplete because it didn’t secure permission to conduct detailed environmental surveys
Op-Ed: If Infrastructure Is the Problem (and It Is), What’s the Solution?
Richard F. Keevey | Opinion
New Jersey’s infrastructure — and the nation’s — are in need of a massive infusion of capital
Fine Print: OLS Releases Analysis of Christie School Budget
John Mooney | Education
Annual budget report details questions about state aid, more
Impending Funding Cuts Lead to Merger of Morris, Essex Mental Health Providers
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
A number of jobs will be eliminated but new entity promises same level of service. Some observers concerned it could become a wider pattern that harms patient care
Parents Let Lawmakers Know They’re Unhappy with School Funding
NJTV News Online | Education
As they sat and listened to legislators and education officials debate state aid for New Jersey’s schools, parents made their presence felt

April 24, 2017

Senate Budget Chairman Seeks to Revisit Hospital Property-Tax Exemptions
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Dozens of municipalities have challenged hospitals and their current tax-exempt status
Can Guadagno’s ‘Circuit Breaker’ Short-Circuit Rising Property Taxes?
John Reitmeyer | Budget
The lieutenant governor’s plan faces two immediate hurdles: inherent complexity and voter skepticism
Exploring Christie’s Budget Plan — From the Education Angle
John Mooney | Education
Acting education commissioner Harrington slated to appear today before Assembly committee to speak up for governor’s public education allocations
Explainer: Gauging the Future of Solar Energy in New Jersey
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Does the fall-off in solar installations and loss of jobs indicate a slowdown in the sector?
Opinion: Water is Priceless and That Is a Problem
Daniel J. Van Abs | Opinion
Water users don’t pay environmental costs like reduced stream flows; they don’t pay opportunity costs — the costs of what could have been done with water had they not consumed it
Fueling the South Jersey Economy
Jennifer Jones | Sponsored Content
Many of Salem County’s small businesses wouldn’t exist without PSEG’s nuclear plants. The plants and their 1,600 employees are vital customers

April 21, 2017

Trio of Hospitals Continues Legal Challenge to Omnia Insurance Network
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Lower-cost plan a hit with consumers, but litigating hospitals say Omnia gave preferential treatment to large facilities
Trump Budget Cuts Could Leave Poor NJ Residents in the Cold
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
The president’s proposed budget eliminates funding for LIHEAP, popular program that helps needy families pay utility bills
Interactive Map: A Statewide View of What School Districts Spend Per Pupil
John Mooney | Maps, Map of the Week
Average spending, for the first time, nudged slightly above $20,000 — coming in at $20,385
Lawmakers Refuse to Let Urban Enterprise Zones Die in Program’s 5 Charter Cities
John Reitmeyer | Politics
Loss of UEZs’ 50 percent sales tax break, some politicians claim, makes it almost impossible for cities to compete with neighbors that are still home to zones
Opinion: Christie and Public Employee Unions — the More Things Change …
Carl Golden | Opinion
Christie looks as if he’s going to leave office much as he came in: battling the public unions over their pension and health benefits (again)
With a Subway Ride to the Trump Carousel, Syrian Refugees Tour New York
Matt Katz | Immigration
Donors paid for the refugees' train fare into the city, MetroCards, and their lunch of New York pizza.
NJ Spotlight to Co-Host Two Debates for New Jersey’s Gubernatorial Primary
NJ Spotlight Staff | Politics
Four candidates will participate in Democratic debate, two in Republican face-off

April 20, 2017

Protestors Dog Christie as Booker Pleads for Federal Help on Tunnel Upgrades
John Reitmeyer | Transportation
Senator says we’re on the brink of ‘a traffic Armageddon,’ protesters say governor’s fateful decisions fueled the crisis
DEP’s Proposed Stewardship Program Would Help Protect NJ’s Forested Land
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
State agency hopes to preserve critical tracts of privately owned woodlands by requiring professional stewardship for program participants
New Interactive Feature Lets You Help Shape Our Coverage
NJ Spotlight Staff | Energy & Environment
At NJ Spotlight we've come up with another way to make the most of one of our most valuable resources — our readers
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