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February 21, 2018

Sweeney Forges Ahead with State Tax Policy Review, No Input from Murphy Team
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Senate President sets up working group to examine NJ tax and fiscal policies in wake of federal changes but doesn’t include anyone from new administration to the review body
NJ to Review School Safety as Parents Demand More after Florida Slaughter
Carly Sitrin | More Issues
Governor announces state and law enforcement will examine whether enough is being done in schools to protect children from possibility of gun violence
Lawmakers Drill Down on Policies to Improve Maternal, Child Health
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Murphy slated to sign off today on bill restoring funding to family planning services, but many other measures are under consideration
Gov. Murphy Names Three Women to Cabinet, Attaining First Female Majority
Colleen O'Dea | Politics
Governor says his three nominations help fulfill campaign promise of building the most diverse administration in state history
New Jersey, Delaware Ease Advisories on Certain Fish
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Action indicates drop in contamination, but some shellfish and other fish should be avoided, especially by women of childbearing age
Opinion: How Much Water Do We Waste — And Who Are 'We'?
Daniel J. Van Abs | Opinion
New Jersey wastes more water than we should but perhaps less than we feared
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February 20, 2018

Lawmakers Try Yet Another Version of Contentious Nuclear Subsidy Bill
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Intended to prop up PSEG nuclear plants, measure has gone through drastic revisions without gaining traction with legislators
NJ Officials Scramble to Save Trans-Hudson Rail Tunnel After Trump Snub on Funding
John Reitmeyer | Transportation
Big blow to prospect of federal cash for Gateway infrastructure project leads some lawmakers to consider fighting for it in Congress, others to work on Plan B
AG's Motion Anticipates Possible Legal Challenge over PennEast Pipeline
Jon Hurdle | Energy & Environment
Attorney general argues FERC certificate flawed because it allows PennEast to seek eminent domain without knowing environmental impact over much of route
New Medical School to Open in New Jersey This Summer
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Promising a ‘new approach,’ the Seton Hall-Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine will eventually cater to 500 students
Op-Ed: Murphy, Lawmakers Can Make NJ a Solar State for All, Regardless of Income
Pari Kasotia and Cherie Brooks | Opinion
Community solar projects would enable renters and others with limited income and space to enjoy the same economic benefits of solar as traditional rooftop consumers

February 16, 2018

As Redlining Persists, Camden Area Among Hot Spots in U.S. for Mortgage Denials
Colleen O'Dea | Housing
Investigation finds people continue to be denied loans based on factors such as race, despite legislation supposed to ban the practice
State Democrats Pursue Individual Mandate to Help NJ Insurance Market
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Over some Republican objections, Democratic lawmakers promote workaround for Trump administration’s repeal of key Obamacare regulation
More Train Cars Now, First Step to Ease Overcrowding on NJ Transit
John Reitmeyer | Transportation
Governor announces immediate move to relieve some of the ‘greatest headaches for commuters,’ underlines pledge to make agency one of his administration's priorities
New Incentive for NJ Homeowners, Businesses to Install Solar Panels
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Strong move to encourage greater use of ‘net metering’ as advocates push for state to overhaul energy policies and critics worry about cost to ratepayers
Cautious NJ Lawmakers Propose Decriminalizing Marijuana in Small Amounts
Carly Sitrin | Social
State senators stop well short of governor’s preference to legalize the drug in New Jersey, voice concerns about social-justice implications
Effort Advances to Circumvent Trump Property-Tax Hit, but Questions Remain
John Reitmeyer | Budget
NJ lawmakers push ahead with creative maneuver to stave off new federal limit on tax write-offs. Skeptics still maintain IRS won’t accept the workaround

February 15, 2018

‘Don’t Raise Our Costs. Please’ — NJ Manufacturers Make Case to Lawmakers
John Reitmeyer | More Issues
Manufacturing has been growing recently in the state, but industry leaders say they’re struggling with high taxes, high costs, a shortage of skilled workers, and they fear a wage hike
Fixing Garden State’s Broken Medical Examiner System
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Raft of changes proposed for structure that critics have slammed as mismanaged, underfunded, overworked, and fragmented
Pipeline Conflict Heats Up: Landowners Vow to Fight PennEast on Eminent Domain
Jon Hurdle | Energy & Environment
After almost 130 New Jersey landowners refuse offers of compensation for right of way on their properties, company files for eminent domain, unleashing a new storm of protest
Would a Tech Upgrade Make New Jersey Government More User-Friendly?
Colleen O'Dea | Politics
Advisers tell governor that state’s technology needs major overhaul and Christie’s IT initiative should be urgently reviewed
Op-Ed: What New Jersey Needs — Doulas Working for Health of Mothers, Babies
Jill Wodnick | Opinion
Doula care has been used widely throughout the United States but has never been fully embraced in the Garden State. Isn’t it about time?
Call for Action to Protect Children in New Jersey from Lead Poisoning
NJTV News | Energy & Environment
Thousands of children in Garden State have shown elevated levels of lead in their blood. Advocates say issue is urgent despite high price tag

February 14, 2018

Closing Loophole in Law Protecting Students Against Sexual Predators
Carly Sitrin | Education
Right now, teachers accused of sexual misconduct can change schools without a report about their behavior following them
After One Year, NJ Evaluates Judicial Reform Program
Colleen O'Dea | Social
Report indicates pretrial population dipped by 20 percent, but advocates call for more data on race of defendants detained, released, and released with conditions
Can Stormwater Utilities Help NJ Reduce Runoff Pollution?
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Lawmakers revive bill looking at new ways of dealing with old problem, stormwater runoff fouling waterways and causing major flooding
Physical Therapists Want to Give Their Patients the Dry Needle — Again
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Legislation would allow PTs to expand their practice to include pain-relief technique currently limited chiefly to acupuncturists
Residents Question Murphy on Live TV: Main Issues Are Taxes, Immigration
John Reitmeyer | Politics
New governor takes questions from New Jerseyans who are preoccupied with high taxes and his immigration policies
Former Pharmaceutical CEO Sets Sights on Senate Seat Held by Menendez
NJTV News | Politics
Bob Hugin reportedly tells GOP leaders he’s willing to spend $20 million of his own money on campaign against weakened Democrat
Op-Ed: New Jersey Needs to Counter Republican Tax Plan with Bold Action
Sheila Reynertson | Opinion
With new federal tax cuts favoring the wealthiest — and giving peanuts to working people in NJ — it’s time to make tax changes of our own
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