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Capital Perk: Coffee, Politics & Conversation — Day 7

Sen. Sweeney offers some 'chill-pill' advice about testing high-school seniors

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July 21, 2016

Ballot Question on Pension Payments Gets Dragged into TTF Wrangle
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Deadline nears for putting new pension payments on November ballot, but impasse between Christie and Sweeney on transportation funding gets in the way
Will New Jersey’s Long, Hot Summer Mean More Forest Fires?
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Peak forest-fire season should be over, but hot, dry weather and global warming could contribute to even more acreage being destroyed
Poll: Is the National Republican Party Too Right for the Garden State?
Polling
The GOP is always talking about its big tent. Is there room for NJ inside it?
NJ Picks up Nearly $1M in Federal Funding for Healthcare Education
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Bulk of money will help nurses from underprivileged backgrounds pay off student loans, if they go into nursing education
Op-Ed: New Jersey’s Educational Opportunity, A Chance for All to Succeed
Doug Mesecar and Don Soifer | Opinion
New law gives state $900 million in federal funds and opportunity to make sweeping changes
Piscataway Mayor Tells DOT What It Can Do with TTF Work Stoppage
NJTV News Online | Transportation
Brian Wahler got a shutdown order about a Piscataway project, and then he got mad
Capital Perk: Sen. Sweeney's 'Chill-Pill' Advice on HS Testing
John Mooney | Capital Perk
According to the Senate president, there's plenty of time to explore all reasonable options
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July 20, 2016

Split Over Transportation Funding in New Jersey Appears To Be Growing
John Reitmeyer | Politics, Transportation
Some say short-term fix based on borrowing may be the only way to restart road repairs
Smoking Ban Will Not Extend to All New Jersey Beaches and Parks
Lilo H. Stainton | Energy & Environment, Healthcare
Governor issues conditional veto on all-out smoking ban, offers limited restrictions for state-owned property
Children in High-Poverty Freehold Borough Stranded on ‘Education Island’
NPR National Public Radio | Education
New Jersey community is surrounded by wealthy neighbors, while many who live there are below poverty line
For NJ Delegates, Republican Convention Combines Golf, Rock, and Rules
NJTV News | Politics
State's delegation also gets ‘kind of incredible’ sight of Gov. Christie trailed by national media and camera crews
Newark’s Baraka Heads Motorcade to Protest Alleged Bias in Hiring
NJTV News | More Issues
Cars and buses delayed by Port Authority police who said not all vehicles permitted to enter
Capital Perk: The Senate President and the South Jersey Powerbroker
John Mooney | Capital Perk
Steve Sweeney and George Norcross have a lot in common, starting with their childhood
WNYC@RNC: Our Take on Day Two of the Republican National Convention
Matt Katz | Katz on Christie

July 19, 2016

In New Jersey, ZIP Code is a Cruel Indicator of Life Expectancy
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
A new analysis reveals that the difference between living in Trenton and nearby Princeton Junction isn’t just quality of life, it’s 14 years
Democrats Revive Plan to Give Undocumented Students Tuition Aid at NJ Colleges
John Reitmeyer | Budget, Politics
Undocumented residents already have the right to pay in-state tuition, but few can afford to do so, effectively shutting them out of a college education
Explainer: Constitutional Amendment Would Lock in Gas-Tax Revenue for TTF
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Governor and legislators may yet break deadlock over how to fund transportation projects, but voter agreement in November ballot is no slam dunk
Easing the Bureaucratic Burden on New Jersey’s Aquaculture Sector
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Speeding the permitting process should make it easier — and less expensive — for shellfish farmers to concentrate more on their crops
Op-Ed: Christie’s Funding Freeze Punishes People in Distress, Nonprofits
Linda M. Czipo | Opinion
Nonprofits say governor’s budget-related veto on a range of social-program spending could be devastating

July 18, 2016

As Temperatures Soar, Lawmakers Turn Attention to Beach Access — Again
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
It can still be expensive and difficult for residents eager to swim, surf, or tan to get close to the water along parts of the Jersey Shore
Rutgers Pilot Could Signal a Move Toward Telemedicine
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
New initiative targets Newark residents; legislation for state policy could follow this fall
Christie Threatens to End Reciprocal Income Tax Agreement with Pennsylvania
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Pact currently allows bistate commuters to file where they live and means lower taxes for low-income New Jerseyans and high-income Pennsylvanians
Rains Ease Drought Worries for Now, but Officials Warn of Potential Water Shortage
Jon Hurdle | Energy & Environment
Only region that has seen precipitation at or above normal levels is coastal south, including Cumberland and Cape May counties
Capital Perk: The President of the Senate on Gov. Chris Christie
John Mooney | Video, Capital Perk
There have been some explosive, expletive-deleted exchanges between Sweeney and Gov. Christie. What’s it really like in the trenches?

July 15, 2016

No Fast Fixes for New Jersey’s Deeply Flawed School Funding
Meir Rinde | Education
Is your district getting all the aid that’s coming to it, or is it one of many that’s being shortchanged?
Should Consumers Pay Surcharge to Help Defray Cost of Nuclear Energy?
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
PSEG argues that nuclear units should be awarded zero-emission credits, similar to those used to subsidize solar, another carbon-free source of power
Capital Perk: The President of the Senate Walks the Line
John Mooney | Video, Capital Perk
Sweeney talks about how a lifelong union member helps cut healthcare benefits for public employees
Students Learn Hotspotting to Help Patients While Reducing Costs
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
An innovative healthcare program that started in Camden has grown into a movement, trained hundreds in its methods, and continues to expand
Interactive Map: Uptick in Fatal Crashes on NJ's Roads, More in Rural South
Colleen O'Dea | Maps, Map of the Week
Beware driving during the ‘100 deadliest days’ of summer
Acting DOT Commissioner Gets Grilling, Bipartisan Support in Senate Hearing
John Reitmeyer | Politics, Transportation
Richard Hammer appears to be on track for confirmation in spite of transportation funding impasse
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