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December 8, 2017

Pols Play Musical Chairs, Trenton’s $220M Building Project Gets Green Light
John Reitmeyer | Planning
After making some deft changes to a lowkey — but powerful — panel, bipartisan lawmakers give go-ahead to contentious government construction plan for downtown Trenton
Breastfeeding Bills Would Help Give Babies a Healthy Start in Life
Colleen O'Dea | Healthcare
More good news for moms, a measure that would exempt breast pumps from sales tax, and one that extends civil rights to breastfeeding
Opinion: Zero-Emission Credits Aren’t Just for Nuclear Power
R. William Potter | Opinion
We need a comprehensive ZEC policy that reflects the total costs of all power sources — including solar and wind — in the rates charged for them by the state’s utilities
NJ Ready to Join Multistate Nursing License Group?
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Supporters say interstate compact is good for nurses and patients, but some nursing organizations concerned it could reduce quality of care in New Jersey
PSE&G Spends, Spends, Spends on New Transmission Infrastructure
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
State’s largest utility gets the nod from PJM to shell out $170 million replacing aging infrastructure in northern New Jersey
Garden State’s Homeless Rate Halved During Past Decade
WHYY News | Housing
No other state saw a bigger decline in homelessness than New Jersey
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December 7, 2017

Christie Hints He Might Sign Bill to Subsidize PSEG’s Nuclear Plants
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Governor asserts he won’t back legislation that includes incentives for renewable energy
Fighting the War on Opioids, Substance Abuse on School Front
John Mooney | Education
Administration consolidates tools, lesson plans on one website to help educators spend time teaching rather than searching
Poll Shows Broad Reach of Drug Epidemic, Strong Support for Treatment
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Some analysts see findings as indication that people believe war on drugs has failed
In its Last Gasp, Christie Panel Gives Dire Appraisal of NJ’s Public Pension System
John Reitmeyer | More Issues
Nonpartisan experts say state can no longer afford ‘intransigence, inaction, apathy and denial’ and recommend switch to retirement plans similar to 401(k)s
New Jersey Rents Go Through the Roof, If You Can Afford a Roof
Colleen O'Dea | Housing
Latest data from the Census Bureau show rents have risen faster than inflation, gobbling up a larger portion of income than in previous years
Op-Ed: $15 Minimum Wage is an Economic Necessity for Working New Jerseyans
Brandon McKoy | Opinion
As income inequality grows, fewer people earn enough to afford basic daily needs. That doesn’t just hurt them; it also hurts local businesses

December 6, 2017

State Urges Sale of Beleaguered Meadowlands Hospital
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Despite initial hiccups in the process, healthcare panel backs recommendation
Stress Testing Pension System to Help Determine — and Maintain — Fiscal Health
John Reitmeyer | More Issues
Public-employee pension system comprises numerous funds whose health needs to be ascertained and made public on state website
Federal Grant to Go to EV Charging Stations, Reducing Diesel Emissions
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Nearly $10 million will be used to deploy electric-vehicle charging stations at workplaces, trimming emissions from refrigerated trucks
Op-Ed: Collaboration Benefiting Newark Schoolchildren
Michele Mason | Opinion
As Newark transitions back to local control, an exciting time is made all the more so by the burgeoning collaboration between charter and traditional district schools
Lance, Gottheimer Team Up to Save Key Tax Deduction
NJTV News Online | Politics
Bipartisan duo hopes to get GOP lawmakers to ease their stand on SALT deduction, other write-offs
Dem Newcomer to Challenge 12-Term GOP Congressman
NJTV News Online | Politics
Mikie Sherrill, one of seven women running for House seats in New Jersey, is looking to replace Rodney Frelinghuysen

December 5, 2017

Trio of Top Democrats Could Go to Court to Scuttle GOP Tax Reform
John Reitmeyer | Politics
New Jersey’s Gov.-elect Murphy, New York’s Cuomo, California’s Brown could mount a repeal-and-replace effort to fight Republican changes to tax code if they become law
Lawmakers Start to Hash Out Granting Nuclear Subsidies to PSEG
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
There’s been some suggestion a bill will be dealt with in lame-duck session, but right now there’s almost no real information to go on
NJ Businesses Bullish but Say $15 Minimum Wage Would Cause Job Cuts, Price Hikes
John Reitmeyer | More Issues
One-third of businesses plan to hire more workers in 2018 and almost two-thirds expect sales to rise next year, but they’re bracing for a new push to raise wages at the lower end
Opinion: The Four Factors Behind Newark’s Education Turnaround
Laura Waters | Opinion
Academic improvement, higher standards for students and educators, parent empowerment through school choice signal hard-won cohesion for a fractured district in a fragmented state
Electronic Health Records Bill Seeks To Protect Against Drug Diversion Concerns
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Lawmakers want healthcare technologies to include measures to avoid drug abuse, but some providers concerned about conflict with NJ’s new telemedicine law
Profile: The Perfect Job for a Man Who Wants to Address Injustice in the World
Colleen O'Dea | Profiles
Amol Sinha, head of the NJ ACLU, doesn’t just want to fight the good fight — he wants to fight all of them

December 4, 2017

Can a ‘No-Zero’ Approach to Schoolwork Make the Grade in New Jersey?
Carly Sitrin | Education
No zeros should be a no-brainer: but some teachers, parents, and even students would rather stick to traditional grading policies
Regional Plan Association Offers Recommendations Big and Smaller for NJ
John Reitmeyer | Planning
From T-REX, a massive mass-transit agency, and a Meadowlands National Park to tighter governance and finances for NJ Transit and Port Authority
Water Advocates Seek Public Backing for Massive Infrastructure Upgrade
Jon Hurdle | Energy & Environment
Jersey Water Works, a collaborative with some 350 members, wants to make water systems and their problems highly visible, even though they’re typically underground
Push to Bring Innovation to Healthcare Starts to Pay off
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Tapping into ideas and shortcuts from doctors and nurses delivers benefits large and small, like a simple box that revolutionizes insulin distribution
Court Rules DEP Can Revise Permit for Newark Natural Gas Plant
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Environmental and community groups fail in bid to require Newark Energy Center to file for new permit
Op-Ed: A Call to Action to Help End this Country’s Lethal Addiction Crisis
Robert J. Budsock | Opinion
The president’s commission has made promising and sound recommendations. Now we must put action behind the words
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