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July 14, 2014

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

July 9, 2014

Analysis: Christie's Options Limited When It Comes to Plans for PARCC Testing
John Mooney | Education
The governor has hinted publicly at a compromise on new PARCC tests, but what will he do and when will he do it?
State Banks on Energy Resiliency to Keep Critical Facilities Up and Running
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
BPU's Energy Resiliency Bank will finance projects that keep delivering electricity even when power grid goes down
Profile: NJ High School Principal Ahead Of Curve On Technology -- and Tweets
John Mooney | Profiles
With 64,500 followers on Twitter, Eric Sheninger is the embodiment of using technology as a teaching tool
Opinion: Why Doesn't the State DEP Believe in Global Climate Change?
R. William Potter | Opinion
The department's revised coastal regulations runs to 1,000 pages with not a mention of climate change
Residents of Tiny Community Ravaged by Hurricane Sandy Now Face Big Decision
WHYY/NewsWorks | Sandy
State offers $10 million buyout of nearly four-dozen properties destroyed or severely damaged by superstorm

July 8, 2014

Sandy Czar, We Hardly Knew Ye
Matt Katz | Katz on Christie
The czar in charge of New Jersey's Sandy recovery is resigning in the very same manner in which he ran some 50 programs dispensing federal storm aid: Quietly . . .
Is Sandy Debris in Roxbury's Fenimore Landfill Poisoning Town's Children, Adults?
Scott Gurian | Energy & Environment, Sandy
Environmentalists blame state and say new rules are needed
Christie Takes Another Tack to Get Out of Greenhouse Gas Initiative
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Administration will follow formal rulemaking process, making it virtually inevitable that New Jersey will not participate in RGGI
Hespe Helps Take Hearsay Out of Newark 'Working Group'
John Mooney | Education
In one of his first public statements, acting commissioner details plans and purpose for working group, comments on Anderson's annual review
Explainer: A Primer on Homelessness in the State of New Jersey
Hank Kalet | Social, Explainer
Point-in-time count reveals that nearly 14,000 men, women, and children had no place to call home -- excluding tent encampments, abandoned buildings, and the like -- at the start of the year
PSE&G 'Energy Strong' Gets Cooking On Hoboken Gas Grid
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Out with the old low-pressure cast-iron mains, in with high-pressure plastic pipe that won’t be flooded out by a storm surge
Agenda: State BOE Takes Up Standards Renewal, Special Ed Regs
John Mooney | Education
Regulations for special education back for a second try, along with teacher effectiveness, charter schools, and a new president

July 7, 2014

Christie: Neither Gun Lobby Nor Sandy Hook Families Prompted My Veto
Matt Katz | Katz on Christie
Gov. Chris Christie said Monday that neither lobbying from gun rights advocates nor visits from parents of children killed in the 2012 Connecticut school shooting affected his decision to veto a major gun control bill last week . . .
Port Authority Panel’s Focus on Asset Divestiture Raises Questions
Mark J. Magyar | Politics
Key issues on future of Port Authority loom at Degnan’s confirmation hearing before Senate Judiciary Committee