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The average cost of an incarceration per inmate in New Jersey is $54,865, according to the Vera Institute for Justice, which conducted a cost-benefit analysis of each of the 50 states and what it actually costs governments to run their prisons. MORE »
- June 18, 2013
- »Arguing the Costs of Tuition Equality
A proposed measure would let all NJ students -- regardless of immigration status -- pay in-state tuition at state schools.
- »Revised FEMA Maps Cheered by Shore Residents, Criticized by Environmentalists
New maps relax restrictions on where homeowners can rebuild, and what sort of precautions they must take.
- »Bills Revive Annual Debate Over Women’s Health
Measures funding clinics, expanding Medicaid coverage for family planning likely face Christie vetoes once again.
- »Assembly Panel Faults BPU for Failure of Deregulation
Competitive energy market has not emerged, keeping residential bills higher than necessary.
- »NJEA Goes Inside for Next Executive Director
Edward Richardson, new top staffer at teachers union, moves up from human resources to assume chief post.
- »Christie Administration Censures Another Batch of Charter Schools
State's latest move means nearly 25% of New Jersey's charters are on watch list.
- June 17, 2013
- »Negligent Tree Trimming Linked to Soaring Outages at JCP&L, Consultant Claims
Public utility fails to keep customers' lights on for nearly two months all told, in 2011.
- »Bill Puts Spotlight On Potential Savings From Medicaid Expansion
Analysis by officials points to larger savings in 2015, opponents question findings
- »Outgoing Assistant Commissioner Assesses Past, Present, Future of Special Ed
With three decades experience in the field, Barbara Gantwerk is in unique position to talk about testing, parents' rights, and other issues.
- »Sandy Highlights Serious Challenges to NJ’s Water Infrastructure
One key concern at NJ Spotlight conference, water and sewage systems suffer from out-of-sight, out-of-mind syndrome.
- »Opinion: Buono Battle Over Party Chair Recalls Democratic Dustups of Years Past
At this point, making peace rather than waves is the best course for Dem's gubernatorial candidate.
- June 14, 2013
- »For Buono, Party Leadership Fight Was Battle for Survival
Currie inherits divided party, unprecedented challenge of two statewide elections 20 days apart.
- »Sales Tax Scheme to Preserve Open Space Could Cost $17B Over 30 Years, OLS Says
Agency numbers considerably higher than total estimated by bill's backers.
- »Leadership Changes in the Offing for State Teachers Union
President and executive director both poised to step down from NJEA posts.
- »Pilot Program Aims to Coordinate Children's Mental Health, Primary Care
Bergen-based initiative could be expanded to other NJ counties through budget talks.
- »Interactive Map: Hospital Readmissions
Readmission rates have been dropping steadily, but links between rates and demographics could make it tough to make big strides
- June 13, 2013
- »Christie Dismisses Property Tax Proposal as 'Garbage'
Governor uses press conference to castigate 'self-serving' League of Municipalities and its 'corrupt conventions.'
- »Shore School Flooded Out by Sandy Reopens
Monmouth Beach Elementary meets goal of completing storm repairs in time for eighth-grade graduation.
- »New Web Tool Will Link Enrollees to Expanded Medicaid
State plans webinars and may provide training in how to enroll more than 100,000 newly covered residents.
- »State Allocates $100M to Spur CHP Development
Requirement to operate independent of power grid could significantly drive up costs of CHP plants.
- »Opinion: Are Hospital Bills Making the U.S. Economy Sick?
Markups for medical practices and supplies can be up to 10,000 percent more expensive than at the local drugstore
- June 12, 2013
- »Reform Task Force Calls for 35 Percent Cut in Property Taxes
Municipal representatives argue for constitutional convention if lawmakers don't get behind radical proposal.
- »Newark Super Calls for Pause in School Closures -- For Now
Roseville Elementary and other troubled schools to be reevaluated to see which are most vulnerable.
- »State Plans to Ante Up $30 Million to Rebuild NJ Water Infrastructure
Office of Clean Energy scheme would take advantage of federal matching dollars to make funds go as far as they can.
- »Doctor’s Stance Against Federal Healthcare Law Prompts Senate Run
Eck argues that Medicaid could be replaced with clinics staffed by doctors who volunteer four hours a week.
- »Opinion: Buono -- Free-Falling Without a Chute?
Forget throwing Buono under the bus, Democratic powerbrokers and party leaders have tossed their gubernatorial candidate out of the plane.
- June 11, 2013
- »Is Logging the Pinelands Just a Vote and Signature Away?
Bill to allow harvesting of state-owned public lands clears legislative committee with bipartisan backing.
- »Cooper's Cross-Country Partnership Raises Profile, Improves Cancer Care
Doctors will receive training with MD Anderson, patients will participate in clinical trials.
- »Legislation Would Create Board to Review Charter-School Bids
But debate continues as bill would still give final say on charters to state education commissioner
- »Scrutiny of New Jersey Schools Goes Right to the Core
New measures of success will ultimately rehash familiar news about education inequities, inadequacies.