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January 10, 2017

State Agency Wants Federal Okay to Continue with NJ’s Medicaid Reforms
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Officials say recent ‘patient-centric’ changes to the program are working and provide national models
Preventing the E-Waste Stream from Becoming a Flood
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Revamped recycling program mandates that manufacturers of electronic products pick up the tab for disposing of discarded devices
Opinion: Health Crisis Looms if Obamacare is Repealed Before Replacement
Milly Silva | Opinion
Voting to repeal the ACA without detailing an alternative plan that will guarantee affordable health coverage for all Americans would be irresponsible to the extreme
As Temperature Dips, Beach Access Debate Gets Underway
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Public access makes good start, but difficult questions such as entrance fees, parking, and national security remain to be considered
NJ Seeks Help from Bankers to Bring Down Public-Worker Pension Costs
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Spokesman says Treasury hopes for ‘new and innovative ideas’ for what is now the worst-funded system in the U.S.
Booker, NJ’s Black Mayors Strategize for Post-Obama Era
WNYC News | Politics
Senator and mayors plan how to win federal resources for New Jersey under Trump administration
‘Pink-Collar’ Jobs Among The Fastest-Growing In NJ And Other States
NJTV News Online | Social
Expert says nursing, childcare, and home healthcare have one big advantage — they cannot be moved overseas

January 9, 2017

Proposal Seeks to Expand Access to ‘Dual Diagnoses’ Treatment Beds
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
It’s not uncommon for people with substance-abuse problems to also suffer from behavioral-health issues; unfortunately, facilities that can treat both are rare
Background to Christie State of State: High Unemployment, Property Taxes
John Reitmeyer | Politics
Governor enters final year in office with low approval ratings and some Republican lawmakers breaking ranks to oppose him
Sweeney Pushes to Keep His School-Funding Plan Alive
John Mooney | Education
Senate president adds new wrinkle to scheme, a select committee to investigate school funding statewide
Rate Counsel Sees No Need for High-Voltage Transmission Line
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Division argues that high-voltage line no longer needed to ensure reliability, suggests alternative approaches and routes be explored
New Federal Protection for Delaware River Basin but Funding Unclear
Jon Hurdle | Energy & Environment
Source of drinking water for millions of people gets legal safeguards; it’s not yet clear whether Congress will provide the money to implement them
Op-Ed: Racial Disparities in NJ’s Juvenile Justice System Are ‘Unacceptable'
Andrea McChristian | Opinion
Incarceration is the default for far too many children of color in the Garden State; it’s time to shift to a community-based system of care

January 6, 2017

Is ‘Brain Waste’ Costing New Jersey Billions Every Year?
Tiziana Rinaldi | Immigration
When highly qualified newcomers work washing dishes and cleaning restrooms, everyone pays the price — immigrants, communities, and New Jersey
PA Board Gives NJ Lawmakers, Advocates Some of What They Wanted
John Reitmeyer | Transportation
Commissioners approve $30 billion capital-spending plan, but only set aside $3.5 billion for bus terminal, not enough to carry project to completion
Patients with Pre-Existing Conditions at Risk Again if Republicans Overturn ACA?
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Insurance coverage might become unaffordable for some of New Jersey’s most vulnerable residents
Interactive Map: Fatal Traffic Crashes Jumped Significantly In 2016
Colleen O'Dea | Maps, Map of the Week
NJ roads became safer from 1990s to 2013, but then deaths began rising again
NJ Picks Up Federal Grants to Retrofit Diesel School Buses
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Older diesel engines can expose kids to nitrogen oxide and particulate matter, or soot
NJ Spotlight and WHYY Newsworks Talk Christie and Charters
John Mooney | Education
Will the governor make this a big bang issue or will he let it just fade away in his last year in office?
For Bayonne Residents, Upgraded Water System Comes at a Price
NJTV News Online | Energy & Environment
Officials created a private partnership that has dealt with decades of neglect but has led to sharp increases in rates

January 5, 2017

‘Tiny House’ Pilots Could Make Huge Difference to NJ’s Indigent and Homeless
Colleen O'Dea | Housing
A movement typically associated with millennials and baby boomers could help ease the affordable housing crunch in New Jersey
Critics, Advocates Pump Up Volume of Charter-School Debates
John Mooney | Education
After protest moves indoors, meeting of state Board of Education turns into lively discussion of whether NJ needs charters at all
Get Smart, Get Tested, Get Treated for STDs and HIV/AIDS — New Campaign
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
The ‘startling fact’ that half of all sexually active young people will get an STD by age 25 brings urgency to the effort
Christie Signs On to Help Small Businesses Boost Their Chances of State Contracts
John Reitmeyer | Politics
‘We have work to do,’ said governor in what might be a signal of new attempt at comity in Trenton
Proposed State Rules Tighten Restrictions on Sources of Smog, Soot
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
New Jersey is hoping to clean up the air by imposing pollution limits on small turbines and engines, solvents used to manufacture fiberglass boats
Scott Rudder | Opinion
A former member of the Legislature explains why he has become an advocate for legalizing medical cannabis in the Garden State

January 4, 2017

Planning a Clean-Energy Agenda for When Christie Is Former Governor
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Energy advocates are beginning to push for more renewable energy, looking into decoupling the power sector, and deploying charging stations for e-vehicles
Job Growth In New Jersey Lagged In 2016 After Good Year In 2015
John Reitmeyer | Politics
Economist warns that ‘slow’ may be the state’s ‘new normal,’ citing structural changes like millennials rejecting the suburbs and flocking to major cities
Federal Audit Finds Problems with NJ’s Medicaid Billing System, Wants $95M Refund
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
State officials and local providers contest findings, say they are based mainly on ‘unreasonable’ requirements for documentation of treatments
Agenda: Public Hearings on Charters and Private Schools
John Mooney | Education
State Board hears from the public on new charter regulations and those for private special-ed schools
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