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September 23, 2014

Senate Gives Thumbs-Up to Revised Charter-School Rules for Camden
John Mooney | Education
Democrats accept Christie’s removal of early-retirement incentives; bill heads to Assembly for vote
Explainer: How Does New Jersey Tax Gasoline Sales?
Mark J. Magyar | Explainer
NJ levies both a gas tax and a petroleum products gross-receipts tax, but both add up to the second-lowest gas tax in the nation
Op-Ed: One-Year Deal for Newark’s School Chief Is Not a Vote of Confidence
Rosie Grant | Opinion
Superintendent Anderson’s single-year renewal is a signal to the community to refocus its energy and redouble its efforts

September 22, 2014

Over Half-Million More New Jersey Residents Now Have Health Insurance
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare, Affordable Care Act
Obamacare, Medicaid expansion key factors in big increase in number of people with medical coverage
Opponents Protest that Proposed Pipeline Threatens State-Preserved Open Space
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Backers counter that access to natural-gas-rich Marcellus Shale will drive down heating and electric bills
Expanded Urban Hope Act Set to Come Before State Legislature Today
John Mooney | Education
Reworked legislation opens way for large networks of charter schools in Camden
Opinion: Forget the Legislative Springboard to the Governor’s Office
Carl Golden | Opinion
Of 11 past governors, none have moved directly from the Legislature to the top executive’s post
The List: Ten Warnings About Potential Impact of Climate Change in New Jersey
Scott Gurian | Energy & Environment, The List
According to these reports, now’s the time to act to prevent sea-level rise -- and worse
An NJ Spotlight Webinar: Understanding the Basics of the Common Core
Education, Webinars
There are plenty of questions about the Common Core standards -- NJ Spotlight goes to the experts to supply some answers

September 19, 2014

Christie Nominates New President of BPU, Two Other Commissioners
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment, Politics
Governor looks to slot in two Democrats at state agency, announces surprise nomination to head up DOT
Christie Chooses Trenton Fixture to be State Transportation Commissioner
WNYC | Politics, Transportation
Jamie Fox previously served as transit chief under Gov. McGreevey and has held many other prominent posts
Community Clinics Say Delayed Payments Threaten Their Survival
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
Federally qualified health centers win support of legislators in long-running dispute with state over how Medicaid payments are calculated
Protecting Higher Education for Lower- and Middle-Class Students, Families
Tara Nurin | Education
Assembly committee crafts package of bills to freeze tuition, boost graduation rates at state’s public colleges and universities
Pushed on Superintendent Salary Caps, Christie Points to the NJEA
John Mooney | Education
Governor continues to keep his own counsel when it comes to future of pay limits for top administrators
Pre-Obamacare Numbers Show Big Increase in Uninsured NJ Residents
Colleen O'Dea | Healthcare, Maps, Map of the Week
Number of people in the state without health coverage likely to be much lower because of ACA sign-ups for 2014
Op-Ed: The Newark School Boycott Harmed Some of Our Students
Reginald Lewis | Opinion
The protesters’ concerns are legitimate, but their actions had an adverse, unintentional effect on some of the most vulnerable kids

September 18, 2014

Asked for Documents, Christie Gives a Piece of His Mind
Matt Katz | Katz on Christie
Faced with new accusations that he's not providing all the Bridgegate-related documents he has promised to release, Gov. Chris Christie went on a 3 1/2-minute rant today . . .
Analysis: Facing Budget Problems, Christie Plays Tax Amnesty Card
Mark J. Magyar | Budget, Politics
Corzine’s 2009 tax amnesty generated a record $725 million windfall, but it would take a concerted campaign to match that success
Bills Targeting Overdoses from Heroin and Opioids Go Far Beyond ‘Just Say No’
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
Legislative package would require behavioral-health insurance coverage, mandate participation in prescription-tracking program
Bipartisan Coalition Wants Open-Space Question on November Ballot
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Voters have consistently backed preservation programs -- but will NJ’s economic woes change their minds?
Newark’s Local School Board Flexes Newfound Fiscal Muscles
John Mooney | Education
Board wants to sign off on Superintendent Anderson’s contract for outside evaluation team
New Jersey Still Stuck in Economic Morass; Poverty Rate Keeps Climbing
Colleen O'Dea | Social, Maps
Nearly 1 million residents live in dire economic straits in one of the nation's wealthiest states
Poll: With Overdoses Soaring, What Should New Jersey Do?
Healthcare, Polling
Can a new package of bills save lives or could it actually impede effective healthcare?
Op-Ed: Time for BPU to Move Ahead With JCP&L Rate Case
Evelyn Liebman | Opinion
Every day the agency doesn’t act is costing seniors and other consumers money that could go to necessities like healthcare

September 17, 2014

State Wants Sewer Plants to Plan for 500-Year Storms, Extended Outages
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
New regulations hope to avoid disasters that followed Sandy, when crippled facilities dumped billions of gallons of sewage into NJ waterways
Christie Administration, Unions Battling Over Hedge Fund Fees, Contributions
Mark J. Magyar | Politics
Union leader urges Treasury to complete pay-to-play probe, questions investment with firm whose principals donated to RNC
Op-Ed: School District Consolidation Should Be Welcomed in New Jersey
Christine Todd Whitman | Opinion
When it comes to local school districts, small isn’t beautiful -- it’s usually inefficient and expensive
Profile: Weathering the Storm -- Sea Bright and Its Volunteer Mayor
Scott Gurian | Profiles
With her home destroyed by the storm, Dina Long knows firsthand the heartache and hard work involved in recovering from Hurricane Sandy
Coalition Pushes to Replenish State's Transportation Trust Fund
Mark J. Magyar | Transportation
NJ Forward includes gas tax increase as one funding option, urges merger of transportation agencies and more public-private partnerships
Health Advocates Examine Lifelong Health Effects of Childhood Trauma
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
NJTV program premiering tonight explores impact of adverse experiences on kids in urban areas