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November 21, 2017

Murphy and Democratic Leaders Agree on $15 Minimum Wage — Little Else
John Reitmeyer | Politics
Right now, there’s no timetable for boosting minimum wage and no decision as to whether some sectors, like restaurants and agriculture, will be exempt from the final $15 goal
Play or Pay: Feds Threaten to Cut Law Enforcement Grants to Sanctuary Cities
Colleen O'Dea | Immigration
The U.S. DOJ has sent letters to Newark and Middlesex County — along with cities nationwide — warning that not working with immigration authorities could mean loss of funding
Lawmakers Ready to Say ‘No’ to More Development in Highlands
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Legislators move to roll back rule, issue rare rebuke to executive branch that originally passed regulation
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Push for Statewide Mental-Health Screening Gains Momentum
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Early intervention helps keep people with mental illnesses out of overcrowded ERs, which are not prepared to assist them
Desperate to Stay in U.S., 'Dreamers' Declare Hunger Strike
Matt Katz | Immigration
Undocumented young people will visit offices of congressional Republicans in New Jersey, foregoing food until Thanksgiving dinner
For NJ Charities, Tax-Reform Bills Offer Little to Be Thankful For
Linda M. Czipo | Opinion
Among other things, they will shred our community fabric by injecting politics and dark money into charitable work
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November 20, 2017

Will Arbitration Cap for Cops, Firefighters Be Extended in Lame Duck?
John Reitmeyer | Politics
Some lawmakers, advocates say the cap helps hold down property taxes, a potent argument with GOP tax reform poised to eliminate valuable deductions
New Jersey’s Public Schools Still Among Most Segregated in Nation
John Mooney | Education
Almost 10 percent of all students attend “apartheid schools,” where 99 percent or more of the student body is nonwhite
The List: Where Did the Library-Bond Issue Garner the Least Support?
Colleen O'Dea | The List
The three counties that came out against the library-bond ballot question also supported the candidacy of Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno
Proposal to Add Psychiatric/Addiction Treatment Beds Takes Shape
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
More than 24 hospitals and healthcare providers have been given green light to add 81 beds
Op-Ed: As Educators, We Must Measure What We Truly Value
Lisa Wolff | Opinion
Our current system is designed on the premise that there is a single success path and any deviation is either ignored, or worse, punished

November 17, 2017

Democrats, Republicans Must Protect New Jersey from GOP Tax Threat — Murphy
John Reitmeyer | Politics
Sweeney echoes Gov.-Elect, says Republican proposals to change tax code would have ‘devastating effect’ on Garden State
State Funds New Addiction Treatment for Mom and Baby
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
New programs come at critical time, as number of addicted newborns in NJ — and nationally — continues to rise
Interactive Map: Tracking Voter Turnout County by County
Colleen O'Dea | Maps, Map of the Week
County by county assessments help show where the voters went to the polls and where they stayed home — compared with the stats for 2013
NJ Lawmakers Ask EPA to Waive Ethanol Rule for Local Gasoline
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Adding ethanol to gasoline is a federal requirement that may drive production costs at Paulsboro refinery over the top, threatening its viability
Op-Ed: New Challenges for Law Enforcement in a Digital World
George Petersen and Jody Wacker | Opinion
More and more, police officers and first responders are required to secure digital evidence in the field. They must know where to begin and when to stop
NJEA Spent $5.7M of Union Dues on Recent Election
NJTV News | Education, Politics
Many members erroneously believe teachers union spent only funds from voluntary donations on recent political battles

November 16, 2017

Opposition Builds to Tying ACA Individual Mandate to GOP Tax Plan
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Latest Senate tax-reform package would eliminate tax penalty for people who don’t buy insurance, possibly driving up prices
PJM Takes Wraps Off Plan to Prop Up Prices for Nuclear, Coal Power
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Regional grid operator’s proposal is one answer to growing clamor by power producers to help subsidize plants that are struggling to compete
Christie Administration’s Push for New Government Offices in Trenton Stymied
John Reitmeyer | Planning
Demolition of two state buildings and construction of two more fail to get go-ahead from State House Commission
Rezoning Near Train Stations Essential to Transit-Oriented Development
Colleen O'Dea | Planning
Communities that block multifamily housing from being built near train stations are contributing to the host of problems New Jersey faces
Opinion: Top 5 Reforms for Municipal Land-Use Law — a Hand-Picked List
R. William Potter | Opinion
A much-needed overhaul of the complex zoning law that governs most development in the state should be high on new governor's agenda

November 15, 2017

NJ Needs More Scrutiny of Maternal Care and Deaths — Democratic Lawmakers
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
As maternal death rate continues to rise in New Jersey, Sen. Vitale says ‘greater emphasis on the health of mothers’ is essential
VW Will Pay Garden State Another $69M to Settle Pollution Suit
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
New payment over and above original $72 million shelled out to settle earlier suit involving cheating scandal
Sitting Down for a Peaceful, Post-Election Conversation in Long Valley
Colleen O'Dea | Politics
Members of our Long Valley Voting Block agree to disagree, exchanging rancor for rational debate
Another Round of Repairs for Penn Station NYC Will Mean More Schedule Changes
John Reitmeyer | Transportation
Officials assure commuters this will not be another ‘Summer of Hell’ starting after New Year’s
Opinion: National Tax Reform — Questions for New Jersey Residents
Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff | Opinion
Asking the right questions can help New Jerseyans get a picture of how GOP-backed tax reform will impact them
Judge in Menendez Case Not Ready to Let Jury Quit
NJTV News | Politics
Defense renews call for mistrial, prosecution argues for allowing partial verdicts

November 14, 2017

NJ Congressional Delegation Deeply Divided on Trump Tax Reform
John Reitmeyer | Politics
It comes down to SALT, a threatened tax break that lets residents deduct local and state taxes, a lifeline for many New Jerseyans
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