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July 27, 2016

How Can New Jersey, Other States Rescue Underfunded Pension Systems?
John Reitmeyer | Budget
NJ Senate President Sweeney says officials need to be honest with the public and state workers about the problem
JCP&L Takes Another Run at Spinning off Transmission Assets
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Company adds five current commercial distribution customers to spinoff, hoping to qualify as public utility with power of eminent domain
NJ’s Early Intervention System Remains Robust and Ready to Help
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Hotline service helps parents, caregivers get answers and help early on, often a critical consideration when dealing with young children
Peach Farming in the Garden State: Not as Sweet a Deal as It Used to Be
Tara Nurin | More Issues
New Jersey’s peach industry is going through some changes, some for the better, others — it remains to be seen
Op-Ed: For Nonprofit Hospitals, a Time to Legislate, Not Litigate
Betsy Ryan | Opinion
It’s important to get the legislation right and arrive at a sound solution that will help municipalities and tax payers without threatening the viability of hospitals
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July 26, 2016

Children of Fear: Who Speaks for New Jersey’s Youngest Undocumented Immigrants?
Caren Chesler | Immigration
Seeking political or religious asylum, fleeing threats of murder, physical and sexual abuse, and grinding poverty, some of the world’s children find hope and a home here
PSEG Files with FERC to Stop Pipeline Expansion Project in New England
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
But opponents of PennEast argue some of company’s objections can also be made against the proposed pipeline, which PSEG backs
Stopping NJ Companies from Shifting Revenue to States with Lower Business Taxes
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Veteran senator hopes debate over Transportation Trust Fund will boost efforts to tighten business-tax rules
Opinion: Could Christie’s Rejection of Latest TTF Compromise Boomerang?
Carl Golden | Opinion
With his popularity lagging and his administration dogged by scandal, this isn’t the best time for a lame-duck governor to attempt a show of strength
Assemblyman Promotes Single-Payer Insurance for Some NJ Residents
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Gusciora wants legislators to start talking about how to expand health coverage in the ‘post-Christie era’
Explainer: Alzheimer’s NJ Goes Solo But Still Offers Same Services
Lilo H. Stainton | Explainer
Nonprofit split from national umbrella group because it feared losing control of assets and programs

July 25, 2016

Feeling The Bern and Hating On Hill
Matt Katz | Katz on Christie
Chants of "lock her up" echoed through Philadelphia Monday as supporters of former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders marched across the Ben Franklin Bridge ...
Federal Agency Says PennEast Environmental Impacts Could Be Reduced
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
FERC’s 1,000-plus-page Environmental Impact Statement on proposed pipeline hailed by company as step forward, dismissed by angry environmentalists
Democratic Leaders Unite On New Tax-Cut Plan to Balance Gas-Tax Hike
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Sweeney and Prieto hope to appeal to legislators from both parties — and maybe even Gov. Christie — or to pick up enough support for an override
Long, Winding Road for Sweeney’s and Christie’s Education-Funding Plans
John Mooney | Education
Getting either to the Legislature, never mind passed, is proving to be a tough challenge
New Jersey Gets More Federal Funding for Zika Study, Prevention
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
State health officials maintain vigilance even though Garden State climate not friendly to mosquito that spreads virus
Op-Ed: Help NJ’s Urban Business Base by Extending UEZ Program
Albert B. Kelly | Opinion
There’s legislation on the governor’s desk that can take some of the pressure off cities like Bridgeton, Camden, Trenton, and Plainfield

July 22, 2016

New Jersey’s Job Growth Strong in June After Two Months of Losses
John Reitmeyer | More Issues
Is this the beginning of a new upward trend or a continuation of the up-and-down movement so far in 2016?
‘Greens’ Urge Senate to Post Resolution Rolling Back DEP’s New Water Rules
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
State agency argues revised regulation streamlines permitting process while protecting water quality and preventing flooding
Comprehensive Healthcare for LGBT Patients Hard to Find in New Jersey
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
That’s beginning to change as some major hospitals reconsider services – and attitudes
Interactive Map: New Jersey in Midst of New Baby Bust
Colleen O'Dea | Maps, Map of the Week
Lingering economic problems and young women delaying motherhood have been suggested as reasons for the decline in the number of children
WNYC@RNC: Donald Trump's Big (Long) Speech
Matt Katz | Katz on Christie
Donald Trump officially accepted his party's nomination to become the 45th president of the United States with a grim speech that focused on crises and violence ...

July 21, 2016

RNC Thursday: Driving Up the Ratings of The Unconventional Convention
Matt Katz | Katz on Christie
It had been a relatively sleepy convention until Senator Ted Cruz's speech amped everything up to 11 ...
Ballot Question on Pension Payments Gets Dragged into TTF Wrangle
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Deadline nears for putting new pension payments on November ballot, but impasse between Christie and Sweeney on transportation funding gets in the way
Will New Jersey’s Long, Hot Summer Mean More Forest Fires?
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Peak forest-fire season should be over, but hot, dry weather and global warming could contribute to even more acreage being destroyed
Poll: Is the National Republican Party Too Right for the Garden State?
The GOP is always talking about its big tent. Is there room for NJ inside it?
NJ Picks up Nearly $1M in Federal Funding for Healthcare Education
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Bulk of money will help nurses from underprivileged backgrounds pay off student loans, if they go into nursing education
Op-Ed: New Jersey’s Educational Opportunity, A Chance for All to Succeed
Doug Mesecar and Don Soifer | Opinion
New law gives state $900 million in federal funds and opportunity to make sweeping changes
Piscataway Mayor Tells DOT What It Can Do with TTF Work Stoppage
NJTV News Online | Transportation
Brian Wahler got a shutdown order about a Piscataway project, and then he got mad
Capital Perk: Sen. Sweeney's 'Chill-Pill' Advice on HS Testing
John Mooney | Capital Perk
According to the Senate president, there's plenty of time to explore all reasonable options
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