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New Jersey ranks 47th among the states in the use of smart meters, but it finally might be getting serious about the two-way enhanced-communication devices. For the first time ever, regulators have given the go-ahead to a utility to install the meters in the homes of its 74,000 customers. Read more
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September 19, 2017

Murphy Calls for Free Tuition at Community College, but at What Price?
John Reitmeyer | Politics
Guadagno dings rival for panoply of expensive proposals, saying they’ll hit the middle class, not just millionaires and hedge-fund managers
Christie Outlines Federal Partnership with Pharma to Combat U.S. Opioid Epidemic
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
White House panel led by governor wants to curb addiction crisis with sweeping effort that will include expedited development of nonaddictive pain treatments
Appellate Court’s Reversal of Public Utility Tax Policy Could Mean Lower Bills
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Court rules on BPU’s failure to follow rulemaking process, remains silent on merits of consolidated income tax returns
The List: The 10 Longest Commutes for NJ’s Largest Municipalities
Colleen O'Dea | The List
Getting to work takes more time than ever before. Is the Garden State in danger of becoming the gridlock state?
Op-Ed: Atlantic City and the American Dream 2.0
Elizabeth Terenik | Opinion
As a second-home market, the city delivers everything from sizzling nightlife to world-class beaches — at a hard-to-beat price
Frelinghuysen Says He’s Got Clout and It’s Good for New Jersey
WNYC News | Politics
Congressman’s critics dispute his record, say his promotion of Republican agenda is damaging to Garden State
Menendez Bribery Trial Taking Toll with Voters
philly.com | Politics
Half the participants in recent poll think New Jersey senator does not deserve a second term
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September 18, 2017

Federal Health Centers Face Fiscal Cliff, Plus New Challenges
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Clinics that traditionally care for poorest residents are weeks away from possible 70-percent cut in key federal funding stream
Local Control of Camden Schools Not on a Fast Track
John Mooney | Education
Mayor, superintendent say schools have improved since state took over the district but obstacles to autonomy remain
Opinion: Amazon and Newark Perfect Together?
Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff | Opinion
Why New Jersey’s largest city should make a serious bid to become site of e-commerce giant’s second North American headquarters
Delaware River Watershed: It's Healthy, but Significant Threats Are Looming
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Vital resource for millions of people needs more aggressive protections, advocates contend
Tax Relief for Hurricane Victims with Financial Ties to New Jersey
John Reitmeyer | Budget
NJ Treasury officials follow IRS lead, extend filing deadlines for those hit by Harvey, Irma who have financial links with Garden State

September 15, 2017

Second Pinelands Pipeline OK’d at Tempestuous Agency Meeting
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Also on the Pinelands Commission agenda: restricting use of off-road vehicles in nature preserve
Budget Basics: How New Jersey Spends Your Money
Richard F. Keevey | Budget
A series that details the fundamentals of New Jersey's budget, as well as its current budget woes
Why Doesn’t Guadagno’s Message of Tax Relief Resonate with Voters?
John Reitmeyer | Politics
She suggests voters still need time to get to know her, but some pundits argue her long association with Chris Christie is hurting her chances
NJ Hospitals Collaborate to Reduce Unnecessary CT Scans of Kids’ Brains
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Concern over cancer risk prompts Hospital Association campaign and public outreach
Corruption Probe Catches Up to Jersey Democrat Who Backed Christie
WNYC News | Politics
State Election Law Enforcement Commission allowed to pursue complaint that Essex County Executive, Joe DiVincenzo, used campaign funds for personal expenses
As Newark Prepares to Take Control of Schools, Former Superintendent Looks Back
WNYC News | Education
Marion Bolden, who served as state-appointed super from 1999 to 2008, puts the move in perspective

September 14, 2017

Census Data Shows Median Income Climbs in NJ, But Wage Disparity Remains High
Colleen O'Dea | More Issues
Median household income rose by almost 4 percent, poverty dipped slightly, but activists say New Jersey is still too costly for many
Job No. 1 for Next Governor? NJ’s Transportation Infrastructure
John Reitmeyer | Transportation
High-level policy recommendations, priorities, and projects all part of report prepared for Christie’s successor
Coalition Hopes to Usher in Era of Electric Vehicles in New Jersey
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Ambitious ‘roadmap’ wants to see 300,000 plug-in vehicles on the road by 2025; 2 million by 2035
Brave New World for Newark Schools as State Cedes Control
John Mooney | Education
With one struggle ended, politicians, educators, advocates, and parents look to new challenges
Booker Among U.S. Senators to Announce ‘Medicare for All’ Plan
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Single-payer plan crafted by VT Sen. Sanders pitched as ‘next step’ after ACA
Delaware River Basin Commission Moves Ahead on Rules to Ban Fracking
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Environmentalist greet ban with approval, but are less pleased with regulations that will address how fracking wastewater will be disposed of in the region
Algorithm, Key to NJ Bail Reform, Has Both Supporters and Detractors
NJTV News Online | Social
Advocates of new system say the numbers show it’s working but it’s already the subject of lawsuits

September 13, 2017

Tax Facts: Getting Beyond All the Talk About New Jersey’s Taxes
John Reitmeyer | Politics
More taxes, no new taxes, higher taxes, marijuana taxes, corporate taxes, tax relief, and even a new tax structure — it’s definitely an election year in the Garden State
Budget Basics: How New Jersey Spends Your Money
Richard F. Keevey | Budget
A series that details the fundamentals of New Jersey's budget, as well as its current budget woes
Online Tools to Compare Hospice Care in New Jersey
Colleen O'Dea | Healthcare
More than half the hospice programs in New Jersey are ranked above average, according to a website just launched by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
More People Pick Up Health Insurance in Wake of ACA
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
NJ and other ‘expansion states’ show strongest gains, but current uncertainty about the future of Obamacare has slowed sign-ups in some states
Sunny Outlook for NJ’s Solar Sector, Which Continues to Add Capacity
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
One possible shadow on horizon: changes to the way state promotes this form of reusable energy
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