NJ Spotlight Daily News
April 14, 2016
- Cloud of Controversy Hangs Over Air Permit for New B.L. England Power Plant
- The DEP argues new gas-fired facility will release far less pollution than its coal-powered predecessor -- but ‘greens’ say it’s still too dirty
- Is Guadagno’s ‘Think Tank’ First Step on Road to Run for Governor?
- Stepien is back on political scene to serve as new group’s executive director
- Op-Ed: Immigration Case Will Have a Lasting Impact on New Jersey Families
- As home to one of the largest undocumented populations in the nation. the Garden State needs federal policies that embody commonsense and compassion
- Pulaski Skyway Rehab Project Off Schedule -- But by How Much?
- At second anniversary of $1 billion project, NJ DOT estimates when current stage will be completed
- Jersey City Mayor Heads to Atlantic City to Talk Gaming, Casinos
- Mayor Fulop has long had an interest in bringing gambling to north Jersey and, more specifically, to Jersey City
April 13, 2016
- Reformers Question If School-Aid Formula Is Out of Touch with Reality
- It’s not just rich versus poor or urban versus rural; some basic assumptions of school-funding formula may need to be rethought
- Does New Jersey’s Largesse to Large Corporations Hurt Small Businesses?
- Alliance of small-business owners demands temporary halt to tax-incentive programs; requests more study
- In-the-Black Unemployment Trust Fund Means $200 Million Cut in Payroll Taxes
- Projections show fund on track to reach $1 billion balance, thanks to anti-fraud measures, constitutional check against diversions
- Now Playing: New Jersey’s Hidden Water Crisis
- Check out the video or download the podcast for NJ Spotlight’s latest roundtable
- Former Gov. Whitman Takes on Today’s Raucous Republicans
- To hear her tell it, a Trump candidacy would be a disaster that could cost the GOP seats in House and Senate.
- Take the Necessary Steps to Vote in NJ’s June 7 Presidential Primary
- Today is the last day you can switch party affiliation, advises League of Women Voters
- Verizon Strike Scheduled for 6 A.M. Wednesday Morning
- After working without a contract for the past eight months, a group of Verizon employees are ready to walk off the job
April 12, 2016
- DCA Draws Fire Again for Being Too Slow in Distributing Sandy Funds
- Department of Community Affairs’ website indicates more than $1 billion remains to be disbursed to displaced Sandy victims
- Beyond Recognizing the Problem, Paying to Purify Drinking Water in NJ Schools
- Parents, educators, teachers, and lawmakers start coming to terms with a situation that’s probably far more complex than anyone suspects
- Is Racial Profiling Police Policy in Bloomfield -- and Other Communities?
- Do cops routinely stop black and Latino drivers so they can boost municipal revenue with traffic fines?
- Christie, Sweeney Strike Deal to Name Democrat to Open Supreme Court Seat
- But are there other compromises coming, especially over gas-tax hike, future of Atlantic City?
- Opinion: Improving the Lot of Some of New Jersey’s Most-Overlooked Citizens
- Integrating the treatment of debilitating mental-health problems and physical care can help relieve suffering and reduce some of the burden on the healthcare budget
April 11, 2016
- Will Governor Clear the Way for Next Stage in Reforming Troubled Port Authority?
- At issue for bill awaiting Christie’s signature: more legislative oversight over the agency, a key concern supporters argue with multibillion dollar projects in the pipeline
- Administration Says It Has No Plans for Settlements Paid by Polluters
- But McKeon questions whether administration is being aggressive enough in pursuing cases against polluters, an argument endorsed by some environmentalists
- The List: Top New Jersey Municipalities with Highest Per-Capita Budgets
- Atlantic City has been pilloried for its municipal spending by top Republicans and Democrats, but how does it stack up against other municipalities and resort towns?
- Food Incubator in Northern NJ Could Help Keep Farmers Down on Farm
- Creating a flexible, responsive collective for farmers can help them meet the specific challenge facing agriculture in the Garden State
- Learn to Take Advantage of ‘Hidden Benefits’ of Obamacare
- The Affordable Care Act offers New Jersey residents a wealth of options and coverage, from alternative medicine to weight loss
April 8, 2016
- State Lawmakers Warn Christie to Keep His Hands Off Open-Space Funding
- Governor argues that money set aside for preservation programs can be used to pay for salaries and maintenance at state parks
- Interactive Map: Tracking Per-Pupil Spending, Teacher Salaries Across NJ Districts
- Size doesn’t always equal dollar amounts; tiny Avalon, in Cape May County, spent almost $64,000 per student -- compared with statewide average of $20,000
- Assembly Speaker Unveils Plan to Save Atlantic City Without Takeover by State
- Finances would be monitored while troubled casino resort would have to meet benchmarks set out in 5-year plan
- Op-Ed: How Superstorm Sandy Unleashed Government Abuse of Power
- The DEP’s storm protection plan rests on the power of the state to take private beachfront property to build a 100-mile wall of sand
- ‘One-Stop Shopping’ Makes It More Likely Clients Will Get Complete Healthcare
- Governor announces expansion of integrated approach to seven more agencies
April 7, 2016
- Administration Soldiers On with PARCC Plans, Despite Protests from Parents
- State is prepared to speedily process thousands of appeals from students who fail graduation tests, officials say
- $10M Lead-Abatement Program to Come Out of Affordable Housing’s Pocket
- With dedicated tax on paint already set up to fund abatement efforts, legislators question the necessity of diversion
- State Treasurer Calls Increase in Taxes Inevitable Without Benefits Reforms
- With employee costs rising 15%-20% and revenues rising 3%, official calls equation ‘unsustainable’