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July 17, 2014

Bill Asks Experts to Assess If NJ Is Training Enough Doctors
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
"Strategic summit" would address shortfall of primary-care physicians and what can be done to remedy situation

July 16, 2014

Tennessee's Combined Behavioral, Medical Care Grabs NJ's Attention
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
Advocate wants to see state draw lessons from care coordination provided by TennCare
Advocacy Group Pursues COAH and the Case of the Missing Documents
Colleen O'Dea | Politics, Housing
State, Rutgers both claim they can't find the files used as the basis for latest rules regarding affordable-housing obligations
Can 'Decoupling' Utility Sales, Profits Deliver Cleaner Energy?
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Consumer advocates argue decoupling will only drive up customer bills, already far too high in New Jersey
Gov. Christie and State Teachers Union Not at Odds on All Fronts
John Mooney | Education
Administration, NJEA hammer out compromise on how much new online testing will count toward teacher evaluations
Profile: He's the Only Director NJ Holocaust Commission Has Ever Known
John Mooney | Profiles
Paul Winkler enters 40th year leading the nation’s first Holocaust education program
Reports by NJ Spotlight and NJ Public Radio Help Correct Sandy Funding Foul-Up
NJ Spotlight & NJPR | Sandy
State’s bungling of aid formula left storm-damaged municipalities without fair share of cash

July 15, 2014

Bridgegate Committee Can't Call Any More Major Witnesses
Matt Katz | Katz on Christie
The U.S. Attorney's Office has asked the New Jersey legislative committee investigating Bridgegate to refrain from calling a range of potential witnesses out of concern that their testimonies could interfere . . .
Christie Sticks to Middle of the Road in Arriving at PARCC Decision
John Mooney | Education
Task force will study effectiveness of Common Core-linked test, scores will carry less weight in evaluating teachers
GOP Assembly Leader Calls for Reforms to Create Competitive Districts
Mark J. Magyar | Politics
Constitutional amendment proposed by Bramnick mirrors goals of California, Arizona, and Iowa initiatives
BPU Questions PJM Plan to Route Power Line Through Wildlife Refuge
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
State agency indicates proposal will cross three environmental management areas, argues viable alternative exists
Union Criticizes State’s Handling of Meadowlands Hospital’s Finances
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
Hospital leader defends approach, while health commissioner is asked to appoint temporary manager of facility
Explainer: What It Really Takes to Keep the Lights On in the Garden State
Tom Johnson | Explainer
Aging power plants, pipelines blocked from crossing protected land, financing schemes that won't fly -- it's not just a matter of throwing a switch

July 14, 2014

Casino Expansion Proposal Riding On North-South Political Deal
Mark J. Magyar | Politics
Constitutional amendment to add casinos in North Jersey is a good bet, but Sweeney wants Atlantic City to get a bigger cut
State Revises Sandy Fund for Backup Generators, After Lengthy Review
Scott Gurian | Sandy
Hoboken, Jersey City and Atlantic City to Receive More, While Other Places See Awards Cut
New Jersey Solar Sector Achieves Some Stability -- at Least for Now
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Developers and industry experts disagree on whether market needs to be tuned and tweaked or simply left alone
The List: More than Mail, ZIP Code Used to Track NJ's Top 10 Payrolls
Colleen O'Dea | The List
Businesses use Census data to plan sale and advertising, judge market potential
Pace of Tenure Rulings Increases, But Decisions Still Go to Both Sides
John Mooney | Education
Streamlined process for dealing with tenure charges gets more cases on the calendar -- and more decisions to litigants
Bill Would Shine Light on Neglected Needs of Minorities with Disabilities
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
Advocate argues that disparities in access to healthcare require action from state government
Long Term Care in NJ: How the Garden State Measures Up
Healthcare, Webinars
Hear from the author of a national scorecard measuring how all 50 states treat some of its most vulnerable citizens

July 11, 2014

Chris Christie and America's Poorest City
Matt Katz | Politics
Gov. Christie has held about two dozen public events in Camden, an extraordinary number -- especially for a Republican in a city that went 97 percent for President Barack Obama in 2012
Combative Degnan Wins Senate OK To Chair Port Authority
Mark J. Magyar | Politics
Veteran troubleshooter questioned on level of independence from Christie in wake of role on judicial, school violence commissions
No Cheap or Painless Way to Fight Global Warming, Warns NJ Working Group
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Report identifies transportation sector as largest source of carbon pollution, responsible for 42% of greenhouse-gas emissions
Consumer Advocates Warn Proposed Bill Could Cripple ACA in New Jersey
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare, Affordable Care Act
Foes say multi-employer insurance arrangements could cover mainly young, healthy people, side-stepping key Obamacare provision
Sole Proprietors and Self-Employed Workers Show Strong Gains Statewide
Colleen O'Dea | More Issues, Maps, Map of the Week
New Jersey's economy may still be lagging, but most nonemployer businesses show solid growth, both in total number and total receipts
Special-Ed Code Avoids Hot Buttons, Defines Dyslexia as Reading Disorder
John Mooney | Education
A year ago, the administration's special-education code sparked off a war of words, this time things are quieter -- for now

July 10, 2014

Marathon Legislative Session to Address Critical Energy Issues Facing New Jersey
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions looms large on agenda, especially since environmentalists and some lawmakers feel that Christie is not doing enough on this front
Small Health Clinic Run by Rutgers Staff Has Big Potential to Change Lives
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
Newark wellness center brings together range of professions to serve low-income residents
State BOE Meeting Mirrors Statehouse Concerns About Teacher Evaluations
John Mooney | Education
Quiet meeting in July listens to more than three-dozen educators concerned about new statewide testing system
Opinion: Trying for a Constitutional End-Run Around the Governor
Carl Golden | Opinion
It may be an idea born of frustration, but enacting laws by putting constitutional amendments on the ballot is a shortsighted solution