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March 23, 2017

Poll: Millennial Outmigration — Major Headache or Minor Problem?
Polling
What can be done to keep millennials in New Jersey — and should communities and the state spend scarce funds to make it happen?
Democratic Hopeful Phil Murphy Picks Up Another ‘Green’ Endorsement
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
New Jersey Sierra Club announces it will back former U.S. Ambassador to Germany for governor
Op-Ed: Why Police and Firefighters Must Manage Their Own Pension System
Ed Donnelly | Opinion
The state’s failure to meet its obligations and its willingness to give local employers a pass have created a shortfall in the PFRS system of more than $11.1 billion

March 22, 2017

Out of Consensus and Contention, an Energy-Efficiency Portfolio Emerges
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Key to the standard is decoupling, which alters the utility business model and has gone down in defeat in the past in New Jersey
78 Days and Counting in Governor’s 100-Day School-Funding Challenge
John Mooney | Education
Christie offered legislators a 100-day window to remake the school-funding formula with him, but so far there have been few takers
Businesses Worry that Too Many Millennials Headed Out of New Jersey
John Reitmeyer | Social
Millennials are leaving Garden State at a faster clip than any other group; that’s a concern for business groups, who want to keep them here
AHCA Could Slash Number of Insured, Cost State Billions, Experts Advise
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Under GOP healthcare plan, New Jersey’s uninsured rate could climb to pre-ACA levels by 2020
Water-Borne Chemicals Near Military Base Exceed EPA Health Guidelines
Jon Hurdle | Energy & Environment
The chemical detection is the latest example of PFCs being found at levels above recommended health limits in numerous locations around the state
Opinion: Murphy and Guadagno and Their Gubernatorial Baggage
Carl Golden | Opinion
While Murphy is burdened by Corzine’s ghost, Guadagno is shadowed by Christie’s presence
Parents, Educators Give Budget Committee an Earful on School Funding
NJTV News Online | Budget
As they begin deliberations on the state’s budget, lawmakers learn just how hot an issue school funding is for many in New Jersey
Trump Budget Proposal Could Shortchange NJ Job Creation Program
NJTV News Online | Politics
Christie adds 19 community colleges to state’s Career Connections network, citing need for employees with career credentials, associate degrees

March 21, 2017

NJ Windfall from Sale of Public Airwaves Likely Smaller Than Projected
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Analysts once estimated that selling off public bandwidth in New Jersey could raise more than $2B, but signs now point to a more modest haul
Rejoining RGGI Would Send Message to Next Governor, New President
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Regional effort to curb greenhouse-gas emissions could be critical, some lawmakers say, if Trump rolls back initiative to reduce power plant pollution
Early Intervention Could Help Psychiatric Patients Steer Clear of the ER
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
A crowded, noisy emergency room is not the right environment for people having a mental-health crisis, experts argue
Opinion: Heads They Win, Tails You Lose
Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff | Opinion
Police and fire unions’ power grab sticks New Jersey’s taxpayers with the pension bill
Explainer: Sorting Through the State’s Property-Tax Relief Programs
John Reitmeyer | Explainer
The bad news is that the amount of money available for property-tax relief is shrinking; the good news, there are still a plethora of programs and options available
At NJ Spotlight ‘Newsmaker,’ U.S. Sen. Booker Meets with Our Members
John Mooney | Politics
Bringing civic and political leaders together with our readers — it’s one of the benefits of membership

March 20, 2017

Trump Infrastructure Flip-Flop Could Put Gateway Tunnel Project in Peril
John Reitmeyer | Transportation
The first element of Gateway, a mission-critical bridge, may not get the needed — and expected — federal funding, possibly derailing entire initiative
Trump’s Budget Means Big Trouble for NJ Environment, Experts Warn
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Deep cuts to EPA, other agencies could spare drinking-water and wastewater infrastructure, but streams, rivers, shoreline in crosshairs
State Continues to Funnel Funds into Graduate Medical Education
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Shrinking support for charity care offset at some hospitals by increase in funds to train tomorrow’s doctors and specialists
Op-Ed: The Legislative Importance of Pushing Back Against PARCC
Sarah Blaine | Opinion
The NJ Board of Education’s choice of PARCC as a HS graduation requirement is an overreach by the executive branch that the Legislature must correct
AC Cops, Firefighters Vow to Fight Court-Approved Salary, Benefits Cuts
NJTV News Online | More Issues
Judge’s ruling that state can set aside current collective-bargaining agreement raises ire of Atlantic City mayor, firefighters, and police

March 17, 2017

Making a Priority of Getting Lead Out of Drinking Water in Schools
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Lawmakers, advocates argue that mandatory testing of pipes in schools is a critical first step to tackling the problem
Democratic Assembly Leaders Take Constitutional Tack with Two Measures
John Reitmeyer | Politics
Legislators decide Christie regulatory change to gun laws conflicts with legislative intent, decide presidential candidates on state ballot must release tax returns
Getting the Word Out on NJ’s Big ‘Baby Box’ Giveaway
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
State collaborates on — but hasn’t trumpeted — program to donate tens of thousands of low-cost cardboard bassinets
Assembly Hopes Senate Will Go Along with PARCC Rollback
John Mooney | Education
Lower chamber wants to eliminate PARCC as graduation requirement for NJ’s public high schools
Op-Ed: Will the Supreme Court Open Doors to NJ’s Wealthiest Communities?
Darrell L. Armstrong | Opinion
Rather than welcoming inclusion, too many rich towns have perpetuated longstanding practices that lock out families of color from access to opportunities

March 16, 2017

Fears for New Jersey if Federal Budget Is Slashed
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Advocates line up to tell lawmakers about implications for healthcare, housing, the environment if Trump administration axes spending
Trump Dumps Obama Rules on Fuel Efficiency for Cars
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Environmentalists warn that rolling back standards will make it even harder to clean up smog and improve air quality in New Jersey
Only Way Cuomo Can Get His Own IG at Port Authority Is If NJ Signs on to Plan
John Reitmeyer | Politics
Weinberg releases legal opinion of NJ Office of Legislative Services, arguing New York doesn’t have legal right to create its own inspector general
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