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A Republican senator from Monmouth County wants to make it easier for the state to strip corrupt officials of taxpayer-funded benefits. But Democrats who control the Senate haven’t allowed Sen. Jennifer Beck’s anti-corruption bill up for a vote, even in committee. Read more
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February 21, 2017

Christie’s Public Pension Legacy: Broken Promises, No Effective Fixes
John Reitmeyer | Budget
As he nears end of second term, governor still struggling with state’s deeply troubled public-worker pension system, while some stakeholders look to a new administration for relief
Three Strikes Against NJ ‘Greens’: Trump, Congress, New EPA Chief
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Do Garden State environmentalists have any leverage against this triple threat?
Disposing of Prescription Drugs Safely – A South Jersey Initiative
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Special kits allow drugs to be safely destroyed and kept out of the wrong hands, also reduce their potential to cause pollution
Opinion: Gov. Chris Christie, Hardly Your Typical Lame Duck
Carl Golden | Opinion
The governor isn’t just good at political brawling and trading shots, he likes doing so: Don’t look for that to change anytime soon
Helping Schools Address the Challenge of Inclusive Learning Environments
Jennifer Meller | Education, Sponsored Content
Students with disabilities have a legal right to receive appropriate special education and related services in inclusive settings alongside peers who are nondisabled
New Jersey Bail Reform Needs … Tweaking or Trashing?
NJTV News Online | Social
Why are those in the criminal justice system so deeply divided on the state’s new approach to bail?
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February 17, 2017

Hospitals and Patients Feel Constricted by NJ’s Angioplasty Rules
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Restrictions on non-emergency heart procedures force some patients to travel far beyond their local hospitals
PA Passes $32 Billion Spending Plan — Still Not Enough to Build Bus Terminal
John Reitmeyer | Transportation
Budget includes $70 million to jumpstart planning process for new terminal, but completion of this critical part of project could extend to 2030 or beyond
Fine Print: Assembly Moves to End PARCC as Graduation Requirement
John Mooney | Education
Committee acts on little-used parliamentary tool, but effort still has a ways to travel
NJ Pols, Businesspeople and Lobbyists Get Pally Riding the Rails to DC
NJTV News online | Politics
Annual train journey lets movers and shakers talk shop — and schmooze
Op-Ed: A New Vision — Citizenship for the 21st Century
Harry Pozycki | Opinion
The urgent task of retooling and strengthening our democracy can no longer be left to our leaders in Washington, Trenton, and city hall

February 16, 2017

EDA Tax Incentives at a Price: Pay Equity for Men and Women
John Reitmeyer | Politics
Businesses that want help from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority must be able to demonstrate their employees earn equal pay for equal work
Governor Gets His Addiction Law Just 5 Weeks After Outlined in State of State
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Measure makes it easier for people with substance-use problems to get extended treatment, limits new opioid prescriptions to five-day supply
Grid Operator Approves More Than $1.5B in Projects, Mostly for PSE&G
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Heavy investment in transmission infrastructure addresses reliability issues linked to outdated equipment
While Education Simmers in D.C., NJ Quietly Puts Together Its ESSA Proposal
John Mooney | Education
The state puts the finishing touches to its plan for implementing Every Student Succeeds Act, looks for public comment
The FBI Is Calling, and Syrian Refugees Are Worried
Matt Katz | WNYC News | Immigration
Bureau's special agent in charge describes phone calls to refugees as outreach to a new community, not surveillance
Op-Ed: Deepening Our Commitment to Public Purposes of Higher Ed
Kathleen Waldron | Opinion
How can we ensure that we help young people from historically underserved communities apply, enroll, and graduate college?

February 15, 2017

Beck Says Senate Dems Blocking Efforts to Bring Corruption Bill to Floor
John Reitmeyer | Politics
Senator’s pension-forfeiture bill would make it easier to strip benefits from corrupt officials
State Funding Gives Sharp Boost to NJ’s Biotech, Life Sciences Industry
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Tax credits for 'angel investors' are key to encouraging private investment in new and growing companies
Natural Gas, the Other Alternative Fuel for Transportation Sector
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
New group hopes to stake claim to big-truck and bus markets, while electric vehicles make inroads into consumer and light-truck sector
Promised Quorum Could Bring Election Commission Out of Cold Storage
Colleen O'Dea | Politics
Watchdog agency plays critical role in rapidly approaching gubernatorial debates, other tasks related to 2017 election
Opinion: The Tragedy and Travesty of Undocumented Children
R. William Potter | Opinion
Having an attorney present during immigration proceedings tips the scales of justice in favor of remaining in the United States

February 14, 2017

New Push to Fight Discrimination Against NJ’s Transgender Residents
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Inequities in healthcare and insurance coverage are among the targets of a new package of legislation
School Violence and Vandalism by the Book
Colleen O'Dea | Education
State DOE’s annual report on problems plaguing schools indicates small bump in incidents over the year before
NJ Lawmakers Oppose PA Spending Plan if Bus Terminal Initiative Not Funded
John Reitmeyer | Transportation
Legislators on both sides of the aisle seem ready to stall vote on $32B capital plan unless it includes $70M for bus terminal planning effort
On the Water Front: Finding the Leaks, Getting the Lead Out
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
New Jersey’s aging infrastructure can waste up to 30 percent of drinking water before it’s even delivered to customers
Murphy Gets Green Thumbs-Up from NJ Conservation Voters
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
New Jersey League of Conservation Voters has endorsed Phil Murphy, Democratic hopeful for his party’s gubernatorial slot
Op-Ed: Protecting Freedom of the Press — Starting in Middle School
Walter Bowne | Opinion
In this age of fake news, students can’t learn too soon to fight editorial censorship
Pennsylvania DEP Awards Critical Water Permit to PennEast
StateImpact Pennsylvania | Energy & Environment
PennEast argues that Pennsylvania’s approval shows pipeline can be built with minimal environmental impact, a hot button with New Jersey activists

February 13, 2017

Dems Want State to Pick Up Tab if NJ’s Sanctuary Cities Lose Funds Under Trump
John Reitmeyer | Immigration
Governor says officials from communities that lose federal funding will have to explain revenue loss to local residents
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