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The rate at which millennials are kissing goodbye to New Jersey is a worry for business leaders, who want to stem the outflow. Recently, a group of millennials gave a rundown of some of the pros (proximity to New York City, recreation) and the cons (costly housing, few mass-transit options) of living in the Garden State. Read more
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March 22, 2018

If Murphy Holds Municipal Aid Flat, Can Property Taxes Go Anywhere But Up?
Colleen O'Dea | Budget
The proposed budget represents the eighth consecutive year of flat funding, while inflation has continued to climb
Explainer: Here’s How the Governor Plans to Ease Property Taxes — a Bit
John Reitmeyer | Explainer
While Gov. Phil Murphy’s budget proposal would give homeowners a bigger write-off, it would keep in place rules that hold down other relief programs
Poll: Do You Back the Governor’s Tax Hikes?
When running for office, Gov. Phil Murphy talked about raising taxes — and his budget plan follows through. How do you like his proposal?
Lawmakers Seek to Expand Access to Overdose Antidote
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Schools and prisons are the targets of two measures meant to save lives and block opioid use
New Jersey Looks to $50M Bond Issue to Fund Stormwater Management
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Stormwater pollution has long been recognized as a huge problem in the Garden State, but an even bigger problem has been finding funds to deal with it
Op-Ed: Legislature Must Act to Save Solar Industry
Abigail Ross Hopper | Opinion
If the Legislature balks at taking action to avert a crisis in the solar sector, thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in investment could be imperiled
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March 21, 2018

Who Doesn't Like Free Tuition at 2-Year Colleges? Try 4-Year State Schools
Colleen O'Dea | Education
The governor’s proposed budget includes $50 million to offset tuition at community colleges. Four-year schools are wondering when they’ll get their piece of the pie
Murphy Rolls Out Spending Priorities for $242M Increase in Budget for NJ Transit
John Reitmeyer | Transportation
Governor says commuters can expect better service, upgraded facilities, more staff — and no immediate fare hike
New Federal Push to Protect Health Insurance Market
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Pallone and other Democrats pursuing multiple options to reverse ACA repeal and replace
Feds Convening Summit on Water Contamination in NJ, Other States
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Gathering will address risks posed by manmade chemicals widely used in nonstick cookware and other household products

March 20, 2018

New Jersey's Energy Future: Modernizing Energy Infrastructure
NJ Spotlight | Roundtables
New Jersey's energy infrastructure is old and susceptible to extreme weather. Given these limitations, how can the state move ahead?
State Crafts New Strategies for Greystone, Other Psychiatric Hospitals
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Former board members, advocates offer dire warnings to their replacements
Offshore Wind: Is the Long Wait over for New Jersey?
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
The 24-megawatt Fishermen’s Energy pilot could pick up a tailwind thanks to governor’s ambitious clean-energy agenda
NJ’s Tech Future Begins with New Brunswick ‘Hub’ — Murphy
John Reitmeyer | Planning
Governor’s plan for economic development begins with creation of a center for innovation and technology to help small businesses and startups
Op-Ed: Stormwater Utilities — An Idea Whose Time Has Come?
Barry Chalofsky | Opinion
Stormwater systems must be properly maintained if they are to protect groundwater from pollution and people from flooding
Assembly Committee Advances Equal Pay Legislation
NJTV News | Politics
Bill would make it illegal for employers to pay women — including pregnant women — less for doing the same job as men
Move to Help Union Officials Gain Easier Access to Public Workers in NJ
WHYY News | Politics
Labor interests happy that measure advances as municipal officials express concern about cost to taxpayers

March 19, 2018

Giving State’s Vo-Techs the Space — and Seats — to Accommodate More Students
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Proposed bond issue would help vocational-technical schools deliver what New Jersey manufacturers need most, skilled workers that will help them flourish
The List: For These 10 Districts, More School Aid Still Means Much Less
Colleen O'Dea | The List
Gov. Murphy wants to boost school aid to most districts, but many would still get significantly less than they would if fully funded under state formula
Mapping Out Requirements for Tomorrow’s Energy Infrastructure
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Fundamental changes to ways electricity and gas will be delivered are in the offing, according to experts at NJ Spotlight roundtable
Annual County Health Rankings Highlight Racial Disparities
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Among the report’s more unsettling findings: Black babies were more than 40 percent more likely to die prematurely than their white counterparts
Camden SMART Initiative Revitalizes, Extends City’s Open Spaces
Camden SMART Initiative | Energy & Environment, Sponsored Content
Pristine new open spaces and reclaimed, refurbished neighborhood park system will help boost the health of city residents
Op-Ed: Charitable Deduction Would Help New Jersey Nonprofits
Hans Dekker | Opinion
We have a long and rich history of philanthropic giving, but new data shows New Jersey falling to last place among wealthy states for giving

March 16, 2018

Murphy School Aid Plan Keeps Promises, Raises Questions
John Mooney | Education
The numbers aren’t set in stone, but districts have gotten a first look at state aid to public schools
NJ Solar Shows Slow Growth, Pace Slackens Nationally as Well
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Lawmakers, administration, and industry work to forge new financing mechanism that will be less of a burden on ratepayers
Murphy’s Healthcare Budget: Beyond the Headlines
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Where does the governor plan on putting the state’s money, and where does he plan on cutting back?
Appellate Court Rules Disgraced NJ Senator Will Be Stripped of Full Pension
Carly Sitrin | Politics
Court upholds earlier pension board decision denying former Sen. Wayne Bryant all of his $81,000 pension payout
Public Gets Say on Budget, but What Matters Most Is Murphy-Sweeney Dialogue
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Although Democrats control both the executive and legislative branches of NJ government, fate of first Murphy spending plan remains uncertain
Op-Ed: A Call to Restore the Courts’ Role in Addressing Sexual Misconduct
Charles A. Sullivan and Timothy P. Glynn | Opinion
Essentially, mandatory arbitration agreements strip plaintiffs of their right to a trial by jury
Judge Reduces Power of Newark Police Review Board
WNYC News | Social
Disappointed Mayor Ras Baraka vows to appeal ‘setback to criminal justice reform’
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