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May 25, 2016

Port Authority Urged to Keep Pedal to Metal on New Bus Terminal Project
John Reitmeyer | Transportation
Although new facility may not be operational for as much as a decade, lawmakers and experts are making it clear that delays will not be taken lightly
Senate Leadership Creates Heat to Support Smoking Ban
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Sweeney hits the Belmar boardwalk to push for a ban on smoking on New Jersey’s beaches and in its parks
A More Reliable Power Grid Could Mean Lower Electricity Bills
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
The grid operator’s capacity auction saw less demand being met by supplies of cheaper natural-gas-powered capacity
Murky Bottom: Will Deeper Delaware River Make Philly More Competitive?
Katie Colaneri | WHYY | Energy & Environment
When multimillion dollar ‘Delaware Deepening’ project is wrapped up, that’s when the real hard work will start
Battle of Insurance Claims Follows Long After Battering by Sandy
WNYC Public Radio | Social
FEMA now agrees with 80 percent of the homeowners who say they were underpaid.
Opinion: A Democratic Governor Is Near Inevitable, Could It Be Phil Murphy?
Carl Golden | Opinion
Right now, all Phil Murphy has is a so-so slogan. He’s got plenty of time to demonstrate some ‘street cred’
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May 24, 2016

150 Days and Counting: Can Atlantic City Put Its Fiscal House In Order?
John Reitmeyer | Politics
Compromise solution postpones state takeover until after the end of year, if resort can meet deadlines and demands
Golden Parachutes of NJ Public College Presidents Cost Millions
Mark Lagerkvist | Education
Retiring college presidents can look forward to sabbaticals at full or partial pay, teaching positions, even automobiles
Christie Says ‘No-Go’ on Open-Space Funding, Second Time This Year
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Governor accuses preservation advocates of micromanaging assets by deciding where and when they’ll be disbursed
Explainer: How Fresh Is ‘Jersey Fresh,’ and Is It Really from Jersey?
Carly Sitrin | Explainer
For more than three decades, Jersey Fresh has guaranteed quality and told consumers they were getting the best of the Garden State
Hospitals Warn More Funding Cuts Will Hurt Indigent, Immigrants
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Administration could trim as much as $175M over two years, arguing more patients covered by insurance, Medicaid thanks to ACA
Epic Effort to Deepen Delaware River Shipping Channel Nears End
Katie Colaneri | WHYY | Energy & Environment
Opponents continue to warn adverse environmental impacts will only be seen long term, and likely exacerbated by rising sea level
Cutting the Red Tape that Passes for Voter Registration in NJ
Carly Sitrin | Politics
Quick quiz: Which seems easier -- registering through the DMV or printing out an online form and mailing it in?

May 23, 2016

NJIT President’s $5.3M Contract Takes Top Spot Among NJ College Chiefs
Mark Lagerkvist | Education
To some critics, high salaries are hard to justify when students are struggling to pay tuition and more professors are needed at many schools
The List: All the Presidents’ Pay and Perks at New Jersey’s Public Colleges
Mark Lagerkvist | Education, The List
The salaries are nothing to sneeze at, and the benefits -- from performance bonuses and annuity payments to housing and cars -- must make an admittedly tough job a lot easier to take
Delaware River Ports Fight For Market as Dredging Project Nears Completion
Jon Hurdle and Katie Colaneri | Energy & Environment
Dredging will almost certainly mean more commerce, but expert warns it also may mean saltier drinking water for New Jersey and Philadelphia
Healthy Living Takes Root in Newark at the Beth Greenhouse
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
A hydroponic garden -- which uses water rather than soil to deliver nutrients to plants -- should help wash away even more of Newark’s food desert
Feds in Trenton to Talk Next Steps on NJ's Elusive Path to Offshore Wind
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
According to latest estimates, developers not likely to begin building offshore wind farms before 2023
Will Rising Property Taxes Encourage Mergers Among NJ’s 565 Municipalities?
John Reitmeyer | Politics
Sharing public services can help bring down their cost -- a big plus in today’s economy -- but consolidation has never caught on among New Jersey’s communities

May 20, 2016

NJ Continues to Cut Funding for Higher Education, Spends Less Than in 2008
Meir Rinde | Education
As money for college dwindles, middle-class and lower-middle-class families and students appear to be bearing the brunt of the shortfall
Interactive Map: NJ's ‘Boomburbs’ Shrink; Counties Closer to NYC Thrive
Colleen O'Dea | Maps, Map of the Week
Experts say hot New York City job market draws young people attracted to urban living -- and with few job prospects in the burbs
Feds Release Health Advisories for Toxins Often Found in NJ Water
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
EPA warnings, which are not enforceable, set new, lower levels for PFOA and PFOS in water supplies
No New Funding for Program That Pairs Psychiatrists, Pediatricians
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Collaboration helps bridge traditional gap between treating kids’ physical and emotional distress
Backers of Tax Cuts Argue They’re The Cure for NJ’s Budget Woes
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Opponents say tax-revenue shortfall is already cutting into services and programs delivered by the state
NJ’s Troubled Cities: Shrinking Tax Bases, Growing Need for Basic Services
Hank Kalet | Social
Experts indicate that city dwellers typically pay a greater proportion of their income in municipal taxes than do their counterparts in wealthier suburbs
New Overtime Regulations Will Affect Some Half-Million New Jerseyans
NJTV News | Social
Starting in December, employers will have to pay overtime to workers who make $47,476 a year or less, rather than the current threshold of $23,660

May 19, 2016

Christie Misses Tax-Revenue Estimate, Blows $600M Hole in Current Budget
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Administration will make across-the-board cuts and tap Clean Energy Fund, but says it will not touch scheduled pension payments
Citing Flawed Data, ‘Green’ Group Files to Block Highlands’ Septic Tank Rule
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Complaint argues DEP proposal relies on well-testing data from developed areas, skewing results of impact analysis
Perspectives on the Passing of ‘Zuckerberg Era’ in Newark Schools
John Mooney | Education
The Foundation for Newark’s Future -- caretakers of original Facebook gift -- has spent down the money and closed its doors
Poll: Should Christie Raid Clean Energy Fund (Again) to Help Solve Latest Shortfall?
The governor has hit up the fund for more than $1.3 billion over past seven years. What’s another $20 million?
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