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April 17, 2018

Opinion: Saving the ACA, One Step at a Time
Joel C. Cantor | Opinion
New Jersey lawmakers have passed two bills that would maintain important features of the Affordable Care Act
Murphy Close to Restoring Enterprise Zones in 5 Cash-Strapped Communities
John Reitmeyer | Politics
Move would reverse former Gov. Christie’s decision to strip UEZs from Bridgeton, Camden, Newark, Plainfield, and Trenton

April 16, 2018

Whether Undocumented Students Get State Financial Aid Now Down to Murphy
Colleen O'Dea | Immigration
Immigrants, advocacy groups look to Democratic governor to sign off on financial aid program that would help New Jersey’s undocumented students attend college
Clean Vehicles Face Long, Bumpy Road to Acceptance in New Jersey
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
New Jersey Clean Air Council reviews roadblocks to wider adoption of zero-emission vehicles — cost, charging infrastructure, lack of public awareness
Horizon Leads Opioid Awareness and Prevention Program Focused on Youth
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Program with Rutgers pharmacy school touched nearly 2,000 kids in past year
One on One with Paymon Rouhanifard, Camden’s Departing Superintendent
John Mooney | Education
Rouhanifard fields questions about progress in Camden, rise of charters, carrying his work forward, statewide exams, and coaching b-ball at Camden High
The Goal Is Economic Growth, the Question Is How Best to Get There
John Reitmeyer | Budget
For Gov. Murphy, investments and tax hikes would deliver the revenue to fuel expansion, but members of his own party are adamantly opposed to higher taxes
Op-Ed: For New Jersey State Aid, Let Money ‘Follow the Child’
Jeffrey Bennett | Opinion
The School Funding Reform Act directs that the money it awards should ‘follow the child,’ but its own requirements make it impossible to do so
ICE Moves to Deport Egyptian Dissident Who Says He Faces Hanging Back Home
Matt Katz | WNYC News | Immigration
Ahmed Abdelbasit, who teaches physics in an Islamic school, applied for asylum but was picked up by ICE because he was not a legal resident

April 13, 2018

Lawmakers Want Voters to Approve $1B Bond Issue for School Safety and Vo-Techs
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Original bond was for $500M to upgrade NJ’s vocational-technical and community colleges, but legislators want to double it to improve school security
With Little Fuss or Fanfare, Legislature Passes Clean-Energy Bills
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Murphy and Sweeney both get what they want, but how will consumers feel about shouldering the burden of more subsidies?
NJ Set to Enact Insurance Law, So Is this the End of ‘Surprise’ Medical Bills?
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Most interest groups support controversial measure to control out-of-network insurance costs, but many physicians unhappy
Beyond Signs and Slogans: What Does Rutgers’ Adjunct Faculty Want?
Carly Sitrin | Education
Part-time lecturers are asking for pay equity, affordable healthcare, and job security. Rutgers says it can’t afford to fund those requests
Opinion: Despite Potential Savings, New Jersey Has No Urge to Merge
Carl Golden | Opinion
Consolidation has been a tough sell in the Garden State, as Sen. Sweeney has found. Residents want their ‘own’ police, fire departments, and elected officials
Can Automatic Voter Registration Fill Out NJ’s Anemic Voter Rolls?
Colleen O'Dea | Politics
Both houses pass versions of a bill that would automatically register voters when they visit motor vehicles — or other state agencies that interact with the public
Senate Approves Muoio for State Treasurer, Only Second Woman to Get the Nod
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Former assemblywoman makes her own bit of history in a busy week — she was already doing the rounds, explaining governor’s budget plan to lawmakers
Murphy and Sweeney: NJ Politics’ Great Divide
NJTV News | Politics
‘Festering feud’ between two most powerful pols in New Jersey gets uglier
Customers Criticize JCP&L for Winter Storm Outages
NJTV News | Energy & Environment
Blackouts extended beyond a week, endangering seniors, people with disabilities, local official says
‘Shaq Tower’ Marks a Milestone in Downtown Newark
NJTV News | Planning
NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal visits former home to watch workers finish top floor of his high-rise apartment and retail building on Rector Street

April 12, 2018

After Complaints, Governor Willing to Rework Budget for School Funding?
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Acting state Treasurer gives assurance of Murphy’s cooperation in finding remedy, as lawmakers let her know they’ve been taking ‘public fire’ on the issue
Down to the Wire: Controversial Clean-Energy Bills Scheduled for Vote
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Vote before Assembly and Senate may be imminent, but advocates and opponents continue to quarrel — especially over nuclear subsidy measure
Judge Orders Horizon to Let Public See Details Behind OMNIA Insurance Plan
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield has fought to keep McKinsey report secret, but judge rules it is of ‘legitimate public interest.’ Horizon to appeal
Pain Relief for College Students Overburdened by Loan Debt
Colleen O'Dea | Education
Legislators turn their attention to problems facing student borrowers, backing bills that would keep them from being overwhelmed by loan repayments
Op-Ed: People with Disabilities Must Remain Vigilant
Kevin Nunez | Opinion
Many of us unfortunately need government assistance to live and remain as healthy as possible, but we are not a line item to easily be slashed

April 11, 2018

Muoio Says ‘It’s Time to Face Facts,’ New Jersey — Why Tax Hikes Are Needed
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Acting state Treasurer talks about $161 million budget deficit but, so far, lawmakers show little enthusiasm for shape of Gov. Murphy’s first budget plan
NJ Public Schools Perform on Par or Better on ‘Nation’s Report Card’
John Mooney | Education
Despite progress among poor and minority students, achievement gaps must still be bridged
Another Push to Get More Clean Cars on New Jersey’s Roads
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Proposal would deliver rebates of $100M annually over three years to drivers who switch to plug-in vehicles
Should New Jersey Start Banking on a State Bank?
Colleen O'Dea | Politics
Advocates say a public bank — an idea talked up by Murphy during his campaign — could create jobs, boost state earnings, and increase economic activity
New Drive for More Elective Angioplasty, Community Hospitals Say Long Overdue
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Legislative reform could ease regulations governing where cardiovascular procedure can be performed — and bring economic benefits to small hospitals and their patients
Op-Ed: Cutting Food Assistance Is No Pathway to Employment
Adele LaTourette | Opinion
Taking away food assistance is not the way to get people on the path to employment that can sustain them and their families
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