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The EPA has expressed concerns about proposed changes in New Jersey's water-quality standards. In a letter to the state Department of Environmental Protection, the federal agency raised several concerns about pending changes to coastal, stormwater management and flood-hazard rules. Proposed by DEP in June, the new regulations have also met criticism from environmentalists who fear the changes, if adopted, could increase pollution in New Jersey’s waterways, including high-quality streams with exceptional ecological and recreational significance.
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September 1, 2015

New Jersey Businesses See Sharp Increase in Family Health-Insurance Premiums
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
One-year bump in workers covered through employers bucks national, long-term trends
Explainer: How Transit Villages Help NJ Combat Sprawl, Car Culture
Meir Rinde | Explainer
Built around transit hubs, these developments encourage people to walk, bike, jog, and skate to work and play, and to rely on mass transit for longer journeys
Double-Dipping Tricks Cost Millions in New Jersey’s Essex County
Mark Lagerkvist | New Jersey Watchdog | Politics
The lucrative practice of drawing both a salary and a pension starts at the top in Essex County -- with Supervisor Joseph DiVincenzo
Agenda: Start of New School Year Brings Familiar Topics
John Mooney | Education
Newark schools and review of state standards back before state board, as well as more routine matters
Opinion: Could Reinstating COLA Give Sweeney a Better Shot at 2017?
Carl Golden | Opinion
If Supreme Court decides to bring back cost-of-living adjustment Sweeney could argue NJ needs firm Democratic hand at helm
Christie’s Proposed Bill Could Deliver Even Bigger Tax Breaks to NJ Boat Buyers
John Reitmeyer | Politics
Governor says halving sales-and-use tax will let middle class savor the pleasures of boating. Critics say he’s all wet
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August 31, 2015

Three-fourths of NJ Sheriffs Double Dip, Led by 25-Year ‘Retiree’
Mark Lagerkvist | New Jersey Watchdog | Politics
Local, county, and state law-enforcement officials who pull down a paycheck and a pension are costing New Jersey taxpayers some $10 million a year
Too Soon for Legacy, Christie’s Education Record Continues to Shape Issues
John Mooney | Education
Critics waste no time ‘welcoming’ Cerf to Newark, funding shortfalls persist in puzzling and plaguing policymakers and pols
NJ Hospitals Vaccinate Employees Against Flu, with Mixed Results
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
State’s overall rate of inoculating workers against flu is just 64 percent, compared with 75 percent nationally
New Jersey Economy Still Short of What It Takes to Boost Bond Ratings
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Unemployment is ticking down, tax revenue is on target, but sluggish economy and underfunded public-employee pension system still raise doubts -- not ratings -- on Wall St.
Proposed Merger of Atlantic City Electric and Exelon Hits Regulatory Snag
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Public Service Commission in D.C. raises concerns about higher prices, gives parent companies 30 days to file appeal
The List: NJ Hospitals That Can Do a Better Job of Safeguarding Patients
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare, The List
Leapfrog Group highlights scores to encourage hospitals to comply with safety standards

August 28, 2015

Summer Reading 2015: How Does Gentrification Subtly Reshape Public Education?
2015 Summer Reading
Author and urban studies expert suggests that ‘parallel’ school systems spawn charters geared toward city’s new ‘advantaged’ elite

August 27, 2015

Summer Reading 2015: Horseshoes Aren't So Lucky When Dinnertime Arrives
2015 Summer Reading
Feeding grounds at Delaware Bay and Cape May are crucial migration points for endangered red knot

August 26, 2015

Summer Reading 2015: Fighting Depression -- and the Stigma Attached to It
2015 Summer Reading
Death of her beloved mother sent novelist and editor into emotional and mental tailspin
Trump Is Gone From Atlantic City But Not Forgotten
Matt Katz | Katz on Christie
No single figure has been more associated with Atlantic City casinos than Donald Trump, now the Republican presidential frontrunner

August 25, 2015

Summer Reading 2015: The Remarkable Growth of New Jersey’s State University
2015 Summer Reading
A small liberal arts school became a university combining outstanding undergraduate colleges with a major public research institution

August 24, 2015

Summer Reading 2015: Life Changes Unexpectedly for Suburban New Jersey Mom
2015 Summer Reading
Much of woman’s first novel was written while she was commuting to NYC on the Montclair-Boonton rail line

August 21, 2015

Summer Reading 2015: Strange New World – From 1980's USSR to Princeton, NJ
2015 Summer Reading
‘Russian Tattoo’ continues the saga of a young woman as she comes to America in 1980 – and feels like she’s ‘arrived at the moon’

August 20, 2015

Summer Reading 2015: NJ’s Well-Positioned for Success in 21st Century
2015 Summer Reading
Two Rutgers experts predict the Garden State will thrive in ‘knowledge-dependent’ economy

August 19, 2015

Summer Reading 2015: Native Son Celebrates Elizabeth's Spirit, Honors Its Ghosts
2015 Summer Reading
Joe Weil’s poetry is filled with an elegiac passion which finds greatness and beauty in ordinary people and places

August 18, 2015

Summer Reading 2015: Biography Takes Admiring Look at Popular Governor
2015 Summer Reading
Young Brendan Byrne served with distinction as navigation pilot in Europe during World War II – and honed his leadership skills

August 17, 2015

Summer Reading 2015: What Went Wrong? The Tragic End of a Brilliant Young Man
2015 Summer Reading
Robert Peace rose from the streets of East Orange, NJ, to the Ivy League -- and died in the basement of a marijuana 'grow house' in Newark

August 14, 2015

Cuomo’s ‘New York Attitude’ on Gateway Tunnel: Let New Jersey Pay for It
Meir Rinde | Transportation
No longer tightlipped on the subject, NY governor remains tightfisted, even though Gateway would bring hundreds of thousands of workers into Manhattan daily
BPU Wants to Hire Outside Expert to Help Breathe Some Life into Offshore Wind
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Consultant would concentrate on developing financing mechanism based on tariffs on utility customers
Interactive Map: New Jersey's Thirsty -- Water Use on Rise in Garden State
Colleen O'Dea | Maps, Map of the Week
Between 2000 and 2010 the total amount of water used by homes, businesses, and the state’s two nuclear plants surged by 40 billion gallons a year
Lawmakers Fix Funding Shortage, Transfer $4.5M to Six Towns in Meadowlands
John Reitmeyer | More Issues
Residents faced higher property tax bills after Christie line-item veto deleted payments meant to cover loss of shared hotel-tax revenue
Newest Panel Formed by Christie Joins Parade of Education Task Forces
John Mooney | Education
Latest committee looks into benefits, drawbacks of starting high-school classes later in the morning
Bill Seeks to Inform NJ Consumers About Dangers of Removing Lead Paint
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
Retailers argue that signs in stores are not an effective way to inform the public about potential health threats
Op-Ed: New Generation Can Help Replant the Seeds of Democracy
Lawrence E. McCullough | Opinion
As older voters become more and more disinterested and disengaged, we need to help younger citizens discover the joys of democracy
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