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November 17, 2015

Opinion: It’s Not About the Gas Tax, It’s About Not Trusting Trenton
Carl Golden | Opinion
A first step toward selling a gas tax is ensuring that money earmarked for transportation won’t be siphoned off for another program
Lawmakers Tie Up Legislative Loose Ends Pertaining to State’s Schools
John Mooney | Education
Committees address array of education matters ranging from bolstering special-education services to addressing chronic absenteeism
State Tax Revenue Exceeds Projections, but Treasury Keeps Information to Itself
John Reitmeyer | Budget
NJ Spotlight submits OPRA request to get administration to release dollar-to-dollar comparisons that it refuses to publish on its website

November 16, 2015

Special-Education Bills High on State Senate's Docket as Year Winds Down
John Mooney | Education
Governor has already signed legislation requiring additional training for school-bus drivers and aides
The List: Ten Ways Climate Change Could Impact Life in the Garden State
Scott Gurian | Energy & Environment, The List
Increased flooding, prolonged droughts and rising sea levels could become the new normal in New Jersey later in the century
Pharmacies Say Low Reimbursement for Generics Costs Money, Customers
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
Bill would add pricing transparency, but third-party benefit managers say measure would mean higher costs for insurance providers, patients
Opinion: On Governing New Jersey – Leadership Agenda for the Port Authority
Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff | Opinion
The agency is close to completing its national search for a new CEO, a critical position as it both moves ahead and returns to ‘traditional’ role
Utility Investments in Natural-Gas Infrastructure Will Mean Higher Prices
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Residential customers of New Jersey Natural Gas could see monthly bills jump by 24 percent -- but probably not before 2017
After Bond-Sale Earnings Are Spent, Transportation Trust Fund Will Be Broke
John Reitmeyer | Politics, Transportation
Finding fixes took back seat to elections, voters oppose hiking gas tax, aging infrastructure is in sad shape, yet no clear solution has emerged

November 13, 2015

Feds Agree to Pony Up $10B for Trans-Hudson Tunnel -- Can NJ Cover Its Share?
John Reitmeyer | Transportation
$20B Gateway Project calls for beleaguered Port Authority to play key role in shepherding massive, decade-long undertaking to completion
New York Governor Pulls Plug on Port Ambrose LNG Natural-Gas Terminal
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Cuomo moves first to scuttle project, although Christie also had opportunity to veto plans to build a deepwater port off coasts of NJ and NY
It's Not 'One Camden' as Enrollment Plan Reflects Lessons Learned
John Mooney | Education
Conflict experienced in Newark hasn’t surfaced so far as officials stress community involvement in universal enrollment system
Annual Winter Count Puts New Jersey’s Homeless Veterans on the Map
Colleen O'Dea | Maps, Map of the Week
Veterans Day is a good time to reflect on those who’ve served, but New Jersey needs to keep its military vets in mind year-round
NJ Corruption Case Undermines Christie Claims as Hard-Nosed Prosecutor
By Mark Lagerkvist/New Jersey Watchdog | Politics
Is the administration trying to bury a double-dipping pension scheme involving Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno when she was Monmouth County sheriff?
Health Policy Experts in NJ Agree on Potential Benefits of Telemedicine
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
But sides debate billing questions, lack of in-person contact, and letting doctors with no ties to Garden State treat patients here from afar
Appeals Judge Upholds BPU’s Decision to Block Solar Farm in Apple Orchard
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Developers contended site qualified as brownfield -- and for solar credits -- because it had been contaminated by pesticides
Op-Ed: Natural Gas and Oil from Shale Better for Environment, Economy
Scott Rudder | Opinion
Environmentalists’ dirty little secret: A clean, inexpensive energy source like natural gas or oil will slow investment in renewable technologies

November 12, 2015

Deal Strips Morristown Medical Center of Some of Its Tax-Exempt Status
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
Atlantic Health agrees to pay property taxes on 24 percent of Morristown Medical Center
NJ’s Decision to Stick with PARCC Puts It Among Small Minority of States
John Mooney | Education
According to a new report, only seven states are using PARCC to evaluate students in 2015-2016, as more states go their own way
Governor’s Veto Keeps ‘Real’ Property Tax Totals Out of the Public Eye
John Reitmeyer | Politics
Christie overrides measure that would have restored impact of drastic reduction in Homestead tax-relief program
Christie Conditionally Vetoes Bill on Renewable Energy, Resiliency
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Legislation would have made it easier, more affordable for building owners to install solar panels, increase energy efficiency of their property
Poll: What’s Behind Gov. Christie’s Flurry of Vetoes, Conditional Vetoes?
The governor may not spend much time in New Jersey, but he was back this week, blowing through 64 bills, racking up 25 vetoes
Critics of New Wastewater Rule Accuse DEP of Giving In to Developers
Jon Hurdle | Energy & Environment
Environmental groups assert what state agency calls ‘streamlining’ of unwieldy regulations would pose threat to drinking water for millions
East Orange General Hospital’s Bankruptcy Filing Could Slow Pending Sale
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
Move could strategically lower costs for future operator; Prospect Medical Holdings remains interested

November 10, 2015

New Jersey’s First Two Offshore Wind Leases Go to High Bidders in Auction
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Though wind farms off the Jersey coast have long proved elusive, their turbines could ultimately power 1.2 million homes
Back in Trenton on Visit, Gov. Christie Vetoes Bill to Reform Voting Laws
John Reitmeyer | Politics
Governor dismisses Democrats’ legislation as attempt to further increase their political advantage in state
Candidate Christie’s Signing of School-Testing Bills Continues Shift in Views
John Mooney | Education
After his earlier endorsement of Common Core, support of new legislation reflects further move to GOP’s right
New Jersey Squeaks by with Grade of ‘D’ on 2015 Good Government Report Card
Colleen O'Dea | Politics
State earns lowest grade in nation for election oversight, fails outright for executive and judicial accountability, public access to information
Investing in Mass Transit Called Path to Prosperity in the Garden State
John Reitmeyer | Transportation
Forum participants cite economic benefits, cleaner environment, less congestion, higher property values
Christie Vetoes Water Bill, Saying It Gives Too Much Power to Advisory Panel
Jon Hurdle | Energy & Environment
Governor shuts down attempt to regulate the amount of TCP -- a suspected carcinogen -- in New Jersey’s drinking water
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