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Work is being resumed on one of the biggest stop-go projects in Garden State history. Now that the developer Triple Five has new financing in place, construction on the American Dream megamall in the Meadowlands is expected to be complete by early 2019. Read more
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July 20, 2017

A Big-Picture View of How Climate Change Is Affecting the Garden State
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
The Fund for New Jersey outlines the steps that need to be taken to prevent climate change from being disastrous for the state
Absentee Train Engineers Keep NJ Transit’s ‘Summer of Hell’ at Low Boil
John Reitmeyer | Transportation
Staffing problems have forced the agency to cancel 40 trains this week, as many as 64 all told this month
Helping Local Providers Better Integrate Physical, Behavioral Care
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Nicholson Foundation seeks to benefit low-income patients at six community clinics
Poll: Just How Hellish Has Your Summer Commute Been?
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According to some sources, the ‘Summer of Hell’ hasn’t lived up to its bad press. Do you agree, or have you been burned by your commute?
Treatment for Heroin Use Leads Substance-Abuse Programs in Garden State
Colleen O'Dea | Healthcare
Latest data from NJ Department of Human Services indicates heroin accounts for more than 40 percent of treatments statewide
Over Dinner, Paulsboro Residents Dish on NJ Politics and Politicians
WHYY | Politics
Will these folks from Paulsboro vote in the upcoming gubernatorial election? Probably, but not because either of the two main candidates has set them on fire
DEP Rules Upheld in Dispute Over NJ Summer Flounder Fishing
NewsWorks.org | Energy & Environment
U.S. Secretary of Commerce sides with New Jersey on regulations and against Atlantic states marine commission
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July 19, 2017

NJ Could Get More Bang for Tax Incentive Bucks Backing Startups, Not Older Firms
John Reitmeyer | More Issues
New companies generally generate more jobs and continue to grow for years, while mature companies rarely deliver that sort of performance
Federal Court Upholds Illinois Decision to Subsidize Nuclear Plants
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Ruling will have ramification in NJ, where PSEG Power has already broached subject of state incentives to keep its nuclear units up and running
NJ’s Water Infrastructure Needs Hearts, Minds, and Massive Investment
Jon Hurdle | Energy & Environment
New Jersey’s network of water pipes is aging and in need of a major overhaul but advocates believe the public knows little and cares less about the problem
Campaigning for Governor Isn’t Enough, Start Planning a Transition — Now
Colleen O'Dea | Politics
Now’s the time to start studying floor plans, picking a chief of staff, planning a post-election schedule — and learning from advice of past governors
If Obamacare Is Repealed, Trio of Dems Want to Replace It on State Level
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Proposal would use local taxes, instead of federal fees, to fund Medicaid and market plans
Tell Us What You Want to Know About New Jersey’s Finances
NJ Spotlight Staff | Budget
Your questions can help shape our coverage of this admittedly complex subject. Use this interactive tool to tell us what you want to know more about
Op-Ed: Consumers Better Off With Competitive Electricity Markets
Darrin Pfannenstiel | Opinion
Prices in states with competition and choice have trended downward while monopoly prices rise

July 18, 2017

Lead in Water Remains Pervasive Problem in New Jersey Schools
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
More than half the school districts in Bergen County have lead — a dangerous neurotoxin — in faucets and other fixtures
Legislating Against Blacklisting to Help Tenants Find Better Housing
Colleen O'Dea | Housing
Landlords deny that it’s done, but tenants who withhold rent to protest unhealthy living conditions often can’t find another place to live
Opposition Grows to Latest National GOP Healthcare Plan
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
More than just a struggle for healthcare, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker calls it a fight for 'values central to our democracy'
Race to the Bottom: NJ Ranked Dead Last of All 50 States for Fiscal Health
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Persistent underfunding of public-employee pension system looks to have been a key factor in dismal showings in state-by-state comparisons
Christie’s Charter Legacy: A Clear Record of Growth
John Mooney | Education
In the eight years the governor has headed up state government, charter school enrollment has more than doubled

July 17, 2017

Peace in Long Valley? Maybe Not When the Talk Turns to Politics
Colleen O'Dea | Politics
When it comes to national affairs, political discussions in this small hamlet can get pretty heated — yet the locals seem to find it hard to steer clear of just those topics
NJ Spotlight Fields Your Questions About the Garden State’s Water
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
We asked our readers to tell us what they wanted to know about the state’s water. Here’s where we deliver the answers
Push to Find Funding for Local Journalism — While Trenton Is ‘out of Town’
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Grass-roots effort to tap into cash from sale of public airwaves will continue through summer and into 2018 if need be, organizers say
White House Addiction Panel Chaired by Christie Needs More Time to Draft Report
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Deadline to deliver draft pushed back a second time, to July 31; national teleconference scheduled
Christie Backs Travel Ban, Says Airports Must Enforce Trump Order
Matt Katz | WNYC News | Politics
Governor lambastes Democratic-controlled Legislature for bill that would allow Port Authority employees to sidestep ban

July 14, 2017

Christie Rejects Bill to Rejoin RGGI, for Third (and Last) Time
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Governor claims NJ has no need to rejoin initiative since it is already a leader in curbing carbon emissions and has met its own mandated standards
Interactive Map: Economic Fortunes of Different Hispanic Groups Vary Widely
Colleen O'Dea | Maps, Map of the Week
NJ’s Hispanic population grows but new census data reveal wide disparities in income, poverty, health insurance
Trying to Bring NJ’s Antipoverty Program into the 21st Century
Hank Kalet | Social
Benefits for Work First New Jersey — the state’s welfare program — have been stagnant for 30 years. Legislation has been sent to the governor to address the issue
Public Workers to Be ‘Made Whole’ for Time Lost During State Shutdown
John Reitmeyer | Politics
Democratic legislative leaders have come up with a bipartisan bill that Christie's spokesman says he will sign to get back pay to state employees sidelined during budget impasse
Lawmakers Wary of Christie’s Plan to Shift Addiction, Mental Health Services
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Expert cited in Christie’s controversial reorganization plan calls it a ‘real opportunity for New Jersey’
Op-Ed: Frelinghuysen Moves to Destabilize ACA Marketplace
Andrew Sprung | Opinion
Frelinghuysen is actively working to undermine the individual market for health insurance while the GOP’s repeal-and-replace legislation hangs fire.
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