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The state is going to require much steeper reductions in greenhouse-gas emissions to reach a goal to lower carbon pollution to 1990 levels by 2050, according to a new report by researchers at the Rutgers Climate Institute. A decade after New Jersey enacted the Global Warming Response Act, the report found the state lacks a detailed and comprehensive strategy to achieve its goal and warned its emissions trajectory under current policies is inconsistent with the mid-century target. Read more
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September 22, 2017

New Jersey Not on Target to Reach Greenhouse Gas Goal by 2050
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
New report says state lacks coherent, comprehensive strategy to significantly reduce carbon footprint by midcentury
Fatal Hoboken Train Crash 1 Year On: Questions Remain Despite New NTSB Data
John Reitmeyer | Transportation
Train engineer can’t remember last few seconds before crash, was severe sleep apnea the culprit?
Interactive Map: Charting the Rocky Terrain of Income Inequality in NJ
Colleen O'Dea | Maps, Map of the Week
Census data for 2016 shows the median household income of blacks was, on average, little more than half that of non-Hispanic whites
Budget Basics: How Large Is the New Jersey Budget, Really?
Richard F. Keevey | Budget Basics
A series that details the fundamentals of New Jersey's budget, as well as its current budget woes
Primary-Care Advocates Seek to Steer Clear of ‘Fiscal Cliff’
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Garden State callers dominated Congressional hotline to support FQHCs
For These New Jersey Voters, Washington Trumps the Governor’s Race
Nancy Solomon | WNYC News | Politics
Although they seem unable to agree on anything else, these West Orange neighbors all say they’ll cast a ballot this November
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September 21, 2017

State Drafts Settlements in Three Longstanding Pollution Lawsuits
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Critics contend state is pushing to settle decade-old cases now, before possible constitutional amendment blocks funds from being diverted
New Obamacare Overhaul Could Cost NJ Billions, Leave More Patients Uninsured
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Cassidy-Graham proposal called ‘harshest’ GOP plan yet to reform national healthcare
Long Valley Neighbors Find Accord and Affinity Across Party Lines
Colleen O'Dea | Politics
It’s more than just agreeing to disagree, this group of residents has thought through the candidate’s promises and proposals to find some surprising common ground
Poll: Tuition-Free Community College — Smart Move or Dumb Mistake?
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Under the ‘Murphy plan,’ students get a free ride at NJ’s two-year schools. Guadagno says the middle class will wind up footing the bill
Are Democrats Dragging Their Feet on Arbitration Cap for Cops, Firefighters?
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Republicans argue if interest arbitration cap is allowed to expire, salary increases won by public-safety employees could mushroom
At Menendez Trial, Attention Turns to What Senator Didn’t Do
NJTV News Online | Politics
According to prosecution, Sen. Menendez failed to file financial disclosure forms for almost $60,000

September 20, 2017

Retooling and Reviving New Jersey’s Manufacturing Heritage
John Reitmeyer | More Issues
Manufacturing is a $40 billion industry sector, but a bipartisan ‘manufacturing caucus’ wants to take it higher
Just Say ‘No Subsidies for Nukes,’ New Jersey Voters Affirm
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Regardless of party, voters strongly oppose paying to keep nuclear plants up and running, despite tough competition from natural gas
Opinion: Doing the Murphy Math — Taxing Millionaires Won’t Cut It
Carl Golden | Opinion
Dragging the Christie anchor behind her, Guadagno can’t get any traction when it comes to warning voters what her rival’s programs could cost
Governor Commits Extra $200M to Anti-Addiction Programs
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
‘Lapsed dollars’ in state coffers will fund new programs and expand existing ones in an effort to reduce drug addiction in New Jersey
More than Skin Deep: Structural Racism and Poverty in New Jersey
Colleen O'Dea | Social
Ingrained policies and structures keep blacks and Hispanics from succeeding economically, politically, and personally, new report argues
The NYPD Will Neither Confirm, Nor Deny, the Stories Behind This Story
Matt Katz |WNYC | Politics
A group of activists is lobbying for details of possible NYPD surveillance of them, including at the Newark campus of Rutgers University
Colleges, Universities in NJ Urged to Make Strategic Plan
NJTV News Online | Education
Higher education in Garden State is bedeviled by duplication, over-capacity, and ‘there’s really too much competition,’ professor says

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

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
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