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April 6, 2018

Take Two: Move to Revive NJ Tax Breaks for Moviemakers, Other Producers
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Former Gov. Chris Christie shut down previous program, questioning its value to New Jersey. He’s not the only skeptic
NJ Landowners in Federal Court to Fight Pipeline Company on Eminent Domain
Jon Hurdle | Energy & Environment
Dozens of New Jersey landowners were in court yesterday to challenge PennEast’s efforts to take possession of parts of their properties
Interactive Map: Wealthy Suburbs Biggest Winners in NJ Property-Tax Deduction
Colleen O'Dea | Maps, Map of the Week
Homeowners in best-off communities save far more than residents of low-income cities — and are likely to save even more if Legislature adopts governor’s proposal to raise the deduction
Op-Ed: An Investment in STEM Is an Investment in New Jersey’s Future
Ann Borowiec | Opinion
STEM education must be maximized, and we must make sure that women, blacks, and Latinos are among those that receive this essential training
NYPD Pays $1 Million, Vows Surveillance Reforms After Settling with NJ Muslims
Matt Katz | WNYC News | Immigration
As part of settlement, NYPD confirmed that it dismantled the Demographics Unit that surveilled Muslims

April 5, 2018

Offshore Wind Blows New Life into Dormant Partnership
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Gov. Murphy’s aggressive ambitions for offshore wind are generating energy and enthusiasm for a sector that stalled under Christie
Making Sure Murphy Administration Prioritizes Environmental Justice
Colleen O'Dea | Energy & Environment
Activists argue poor communities of color have been adversely affected by pollution in all its forms for far too long
New Funds for NJ Groups to Combat Threats to Delaware River Basin’s Water Quality
Jon Hurdle | Energy & Environment
Millions of dollars more for grassroots efforts in New Jersey and adjoining states to tackle dangers to vital source of drinking water
Pension System Sells off Stake in Manufacturer of Semi-Automatic Rifles
John Reitmeyer | Politics
Legislators argue that complete ban on investments in all gun and ammunition makers must be written into law
Sorting Out the Primary Pack for NJ’s Midterm Congressional Races
NJ Spotlight | Politics
NJ Spotlight’s Colleen O’Dea visits WHYY and puts the contests in context
Op-Ed: Out-of-Network Bill Is Insurers’ Dream and Middle-Class Nightmare
Peter DeNoble | Opinion
Impending legislation would lead to job losses in medical practices, drastically cut physician reimbursements, and damage emergency care
Governor Tries to Calm the Waters Between Hoboken and Ferry Company
NJTV News | Planning
Murphy intervenes in row over future of three-acre waterfront shipyard

April 4, 2018

Murphy Sets New Direction for Tackling Opioid Epidemic
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Governor outlines $100 million spending on range of anti-addiction programs to be underpinned by data and analysis ... and a pivot away from Christie-like media promos
Menendez’s First Campaign Video: Just a Regular Guy Fighting for New Jerseyans
Colleen O'Dea | Politics
But Republican Hugin is first on the tube with a TV spot labeled ‘Disgraced’
Democratic Heavy Hitters Ready to Revise Murphy’s Budget Plan
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Sweeney, Sarlo make no bones about wanting changes to governor’s proposals on taxes and on funding for education
NJ to Join Clean Car Initiative, as EPA Eases Fuel-Economy Standards
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Eight-state initiative hopes to have more than 3 million zero-emission vehicles on road by 2025
Opinion: Letter to the Hon. Chief Justice Rabner of the NJ Supreme Court
R. William Potter and Clara S. Haignere | Opinion
Justice for All/Justicia para Todos — a proposed program that could ease an enormous amount of misery for very little money

April 3, 2018

Making Sure the Lights Stay on in All Kinds of Weather
John Kotek | New Jersey Needs Nuclear | Sponsored Content
Without resilient and stable energy sources, there is nothing to stop future extreme weather from adversely impacting the delivery of cost-efficient and clean energy to millions of New Jerseyans
New Jersey’s Midterm Congressional Contest Attracts 51 Contenders
Colleen O'Dea | Politics
With the possibility of at least three districts flipping from red to blue, and anti-Trump feelings running high, the June 5th primary will be the one to watch
McGreevey to Fight Murphy’s ‘Catastrophic’ Cuts to Prisoner Re-Entry Program
Carly Sitrin | Social
As rehabilitation efforts gain ground in other states, current governor’s withdrawal of funding for NJ nonprofit backed by his predecessor is ‘inexplicable’
EPA Relaxes Tough Fuel-Economy Standards for Cars, Light Trucks
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Federal agency rollback makes it more difficult to eliminate air pollution in New Jersey, reducing greenhouse-gas emissions, smog
New Jersey Looks to California for Gun-Violence Research Model
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Lawmakers tap Rutgers University, possibly as home for Firearm Violence Research Center that would study all facets of the issue
Municipalities Skittish Over Murphy Administration’s Tweaks to Current Budget
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Treasury officials say, not to worry, it’s just an accounting adjustment but local officials fear for their bottom line
Op-Ed: New Jersey’s Path to Zero-Subsidy Offshore-Wind Bids
Markian Melnyk | Opinion
New Jersey’s utilities are required by federal law to provide nondiscriminatory open access to the grid, so if they built and operated New Jersey’s offshore grid the result would be a level playing field

April 2, 2018

Are Transparency and Oversight Coming to Port Authority at Last?
John Reitmeyer | Transportation
A reworked reform bill and a sympathetic Democratic governor in Trenton could mean progress on an initiative that’s been spinning its wheels since 2011
New Jersey’s Troubling Trend, Increase in Bias and Hate Crimes
Colleen O'Dea | Social
State attorney general says rise in reported incidents partly the result of country’s ‘political leaders’ who countenance ‘intolerance and hatred’
State Expands Access to Hepatitis-C Drugs for Medicaid Patients
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Proposed rule change would allow patients to receive treatment before they exhibit some degree of liver damage
Moody’s Likes the Look of NJ, Other Northeastern States, for Offshore Wind
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Favorable regulatory climate, natural attributes like wind speed, shallow waters, proximity to cities with high energy demand play into favorable assessment
Opinion: Sweeney On Murphy’s Gun Legislation — What’s the Hurry?
Carl Golden | Opinion
The Senate president may want time for negotiation and compromise, but he runs the risk of being seen as blocking progress on the emotionally charged issue of gun control
With Yellow Vests and 'ICE-Sniffing Dog,' Activists Watch for Immigration
Matt Katz | WNYC News | Immigration
Volunteers patrol each day municipal court is in session, ready to take pictures and video on their phones if any arrests are made
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