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June 23, 2015

Fishermen’s Energy Wants State Supreme Court to Rule on Wind-Farm Project
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Twice blocked by the BPU and rejected by the appellate court, offshore wind developer hopes to get its day in top court
Port Authority Chairman Reports Progress Has Been Made, More Reforms Needed
NJTV News | Politics
NJ lawmakers applaud improvements but say they – and public – remain deeply skeptical

June 22, 2015

Lesniak Touts Legislation As Way to Add Money to Budget Without Raising Taxes
John Reitmeyer | Budget
By closing loopholes that let multinational companies shift profits to other countries, Democratic lawmaker says he can find at least $250M for strapped state
At NJ Spotlight Roundtable, Kudos and Challenges for Pre-K and Beyond
John Mooney | Education
Senate President Sweeney uses venue to announce preschool services, full-day kindergarten among his ‘top-five’ priorities
Proposed Gun Laws Take Aim at Domestic Abuse, But From Two Different Angles
Hank Kalet | More Issues, Social
Democrats seek to take all weapons away from abusers while GOP calls for making easier for victims to get gun permits
Opinion: Gambling Fever Taking Its Toll on New Jersey Democrats
Carl Golden | Opinion
Beyond proposed sites across the state, possibility of gaming outside of Atlantic City calls for consummate timing
Ambulatory Surgery Centers Play Important But Shifting Role in NJ Healthcare
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
Industry, traditionally run by doctors, trends away from standalone, out-of-network operations toward mergers with hospitals
Newly Created Coalition Unites 40 Garden State Groups in ‘Green’ Struggle
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Pipelines, oil trains, offshore drilling high on the list of dirty problems that need to be cleaned up
The List: Top Fundraising Among NJ Candidates -- and Who Raised the Funds
Colleen O'Dea | The List
The fact that there are so few contested races in the coming election hasn’t stopped candidates from stocking their war chests

June 19, 2015

No Signs That State Is Ready for Ruling That Could End Federal Insurance Subsidies
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
Individual insurance market could collapse if newly insured lose ACA tax credits
State Board Refines Rules, Updates Terminology for Bilingual Programs
John Mooney | Education
One key change: Families of bilingual students will be told their kids need English-language-learner services within 30 days
Interactive Map: College Graduation Rates Vary Widely in Garden State
Colleen O'Dea | Maps, Map of the Week
With fewer students earning degree in four years, even more financial burden is added to cost of higher education
Health Insurance's Future in NJ Hinges on High Court’s King v. Burwell Ruling
Joel Cantor | Opinion
If the court overturns marketplace subsidies, it could mean the end of the non-group insurance market in New Jersey
As Racial Makeup of State Shifts, Black Caucus Wants to Ensure All Needs Are Met
John Reitmeyer | Politics
Legislative group -- comprising only Democratic lawmakers -- identifies tax credits for working poor, funding for education among top priorities
Will Electricity Costs Climb Because of New Rule on Regional Power Grid?
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
BPU worries that federal agency’s attempts to bolster system’s reliability will end up forcing consumers to pay more
Traffic Jams Clog Roads Leading Into New Jersey’s Busy Shipping Ports
America Public Media/Marketplace | Transportation
Inadequate access roads, not enough dock workers among factors blamed for long lines of trucks

June 18, 2015

New Report Raises Doubts About Cost of Shifting Teacher Pensions
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Rutgers study questions Christie administration claim that having local school districts assume responsibility would be ‘cost-neutral’
What's Left of Zuckerberg's Gift? $30 Million of Funds Given to City’s Schools
John Mooney | Education
With a year to go, Foundation for Newark’s Future makes some smaller, still-critical, endowments
New Jersey’s PSEG Power Makes Power Play in Maryland’s Energy Market
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Company will build 775-megawatt natural-gas-fired plant in Prince George County, expected to go online in 2018
Plan to Prevent Unexpected Medical Bills Stalls, But Backers Still Hopeful
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
Lawmakers want info on impact on small urban hospitals and state budget, while head of state’s biggest insurer says issue must be high priority
Opinion: It's Time to Focus on Creating Opportunity, Rather Than Poverty
Roland V. Anglin | Opinion
Are well-intentioned urban policies more likely to fail if our cities remain segregated by wealth and race?
BPU Hands Off Energy Resilience Bank to Economic Development Authority
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Management change should help get projects approved -- and funds disbursed -- more quickly
Outdated Road in NJ Stands as Symbol of Nation's Infrastructure Crisis
American Public Media/Marketplace | Transportation
$1.2 billion in emergency repairs to Pulaski Skyway typical of problems plaguing America’s highways and bridges
Poll: Is It Time for New Jersey to Ease and Expand Voting Opportunities?
Polling
With voter turnout bottoming out in the most recent election, should we make it easier to vote?

June 17, 2015

In Move to Protect Endangered Fish, 'Green' Groups May Sue State DEP
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Coalition targets coal-fired power plant in Mercer County, saying its kills off huge numbers of shortnose and Atlantic sturgeon each year
Behind the Izod Closure: More Questions Than Answers in the Meadowlands
Lilo H. Stainton | More Issues, Social
The fate and future of Izod Center remains uncertain, a mystery only deepened by officials passing the buck and refusing to comment
Profile: A Driving Force Behind AAA of New Jersey's Backing for Gas-Tax Hike
Meir Rinde | Profiles
For Cathleen Lewis, looking out for Garden State motorists and serving as mayor of Lawrence Township are all in a day's work
State Funding Cuts Squeeze Program to Help Seniors to Continue to Live at Home
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
Advocates say NJ can learn from PACE approach to bolsters its own managed-care initiative
Longtime Director of State Budget Office Stepping Down After 16 Years in Post
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Head of Treasury Department’s Office of Management and Budget served in post under six different governors

June 16, 2015

Explainer: How Do State Budgets Manage to Avoid Spending Required By Law?
John Reitmeyer | Budget, Explainer
Two provisions of NJ constitution provide loopholes that allow – and actually ‘require’ -- lawmakers to circumvent mandates
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