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September 18, 2018

Elections 2018 — An Interactive Guide to New Jersey's Critical Contests
NJ Spotlight | Politics, Elections 2018
Stay ahead of the issues and on top of the news, from district profiles and local polling places to in-depth analysis and campaign finances
NJ Ready to Solicit Bids for 1,100 Megawatts of Offshore Wind
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Solicitation expected to be just first step in realizing governor’s aggressive goal of 3,500 megawatts by 2030
Murphy’s Revisions to Public-Employee Health Plans Could Save Taxpayers $500M
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Workers should see only slight increases to premiums, or possibly small reductions, while governor claims the deal shows what happens when cooperation replaces conflict
Edgy Debate in Trenton Over Murphy’s Planned Changes to School Testing
John Mooney and Carly Sitrin | Education
Democratic legislators clash with education commissioner, suggest administration is moving to scale back and ultimately ditch controversial PARCC test without having properly prepared a replacement
Lawmakers Move to Restore Mental-Health Hotline for Firefighters, EMS
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Specially trained operators would help emergency responders deal with the traumas that can come with their stressful line of work
NJ Spotlight: The Opioid Epidemic in NJ — Addiction Treatment
NJ Spotlight | Roundtables
The second in this three-part NJ Spotlight roundtable gave those on the front lines of the war against opioid addiction the opportunity to share their findings
Op-Ed: Independent Citizens, Not Partisan Politicians, Must Tackle Redistricting
Helen Kioukis | Opinion
A call for legislative redistricting in New Jersey to be taken out of political hands and given to an Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission
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September 17, 2018

As Gas Consumption Sags in NJ, State Tax on it Set to Rise Next Month
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Further increases are possible, linked to maintenance of funding for transportation and infrastructure projects
Experts Call for More Providers, Better Access to Meds to Combat Opioid Crisis
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
State Human Services Commissioner among those who agree that, while progress has been made, New Jersey has significant gaps in treatment and recovery services
Interactive Map: NJ’s Election Spending, Where’s the Cash Coming from?
Colleen O'Dea | Maps, Map of the Week, Elections 2018
An unusually large number of competitive contests for New Jersey’s congressional seats, a Senate candidate with deep pockets, and funding from outside groups make for costliest election ever
The Future of Nuclear Power in New Jersey: Crucial Hearings Set to Begin
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
With public hearings imminent, the debate begins in earnest about what part nuclear should play in the state’s future and whether utility customers should pay billions of dollars to prop it up
Conflict Continues Over What It Should Take to Graduate High School in NJ
John Mooney | Education
State wants to give students option of more than one type of test to graduate, but debate is strong over consequences, unintended and not
Op-Ed: Let’s Be Smart About Community Solar in New Jersey
Chris Sturm | Opinion
NJ’s recently signed energy legislation will allow many more residents and businesses to access solar energy. We must learn from other states how to do it well

September 14, 2018

Dollar Signs and Smiles All Round After First Three Months of Sports Betting
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Gamblers in New Jersey bet close to $100 million on sporting events last month. Operators and lawmakers salivate at prospect of growing revenue
Countdown to Critical First Step in Offshore-Wind Application Process
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Key action for governor’s ambitious clean-energy goals imminent, as developers press to take advantage of federal tax credits
Officials Defend Pace of Coastal Back Bays Study as Residents Fend off Floods
Jon Hurdle | Energy & Environment
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers considers range of defenses, including new floodwalls and storm-surge gates, but construction unlikely before 2026
Push to Improve Insurance Coverage of Mental Health for New Jerseyans
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Legislators advance measure seeking to ensure same level of benefits as for medical issues. It could ease financial burden on families
DRBC Seeks to Block PennEast from Cutting Trees Along Pipeline Route
Jon Hurdle | Energy & Environment
Agency fears damage to water resources from premature felling of trees but is told it must resubmit request through proper channels
Op-Ed: Paid Family Leave Helps Babies, Not Just Their Parents
Cecilia Zalkind | Opinion
With members of a state Senate committee expected to vote Monday on a bill to expand family leave in New Jersey, the benefits should be clear

September 13, 2018

How to Boost Jersey Shore Tourism: End State Diversion of Revenue for a Start
John Reitmeyer | Budget
If the region wants to extend its season, it needs more events, better marketing, and improved transportation — and the state to stop siphoning off hotel-room taxes
Governor Urged to Block Discharge of Fracking Waste in Delaware River Basin
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
A ban on fracking in the watershed is expected later this year, but there’s still a proposal to allow discharge of fracking waste in the region. Murphy is being asked to prevent that happening
Incomes Rose in NJ Last Year but Significant Number of Residents Remain in Poverty
Colleen O'Dea | Social
Earnings rose for New Jerseyans in 2017, according to new census data, and fewer people were categorized as poor. Women continue to earn less than men
In Surprise Move, State Board Tables Vote on Cutting Back PARCC
John Mooney | Education
Board president and education commissioner say more discussion needed, but some wonder if there were enough votes to make the change
Legislation Aims to Improve, Update Medicaid’s Eligibility Process
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Lawmakers, healthcare advocates push to update application process and more
Forcing NJ Universities to Come Clean on All their Hidden Fees
Carly Sitrin | Education
The cost of tuition at colleges and universities in the state is one thing. But many students are blindsided by extra ‘hidden’ fees and legislators are pushing for transparency
Op-Ed: The War on Cannabis Has Failed — Let’s Be Smart About Legalizing It in NJ
Scott Rudder | Opinion
With the legalization of cannabis approaching for New Jersey, we can draw on the experience of other states to get it right
Watch Out, New Jersey Voters, Mail-In Ballot Rules Have Changed
WNYC News | Politics, Elections 2018
Residents who voted by mail in 2016 have been automatically registered to cast their ballots by mail in 2018

September 12, 2018

GOP Rub SALT in Wound, Push for Permanent Cap on Tax Deduction
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Adding to woe for New Jerseyans, IRS undercuts Murphy administration’s attempt to help taxpayers get around federal limit on deduction for state and local taxes
NJ Urged to Electrify Transit Sector Rapidly, Starting with Bus Fleet
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
There isn’t a single electric bus in NJ Transit’s fleet of 2,200 vehicles. Environmentalists are pushing for that to change posthaste
What Do You Want to Know about Medicaid in NJ? New Website Has Answers
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Data Dashboard, open to all, is aimed at making information more accessible and should help with decisions about allocating funds
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