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January 9, 2018

Op-Ed: With the New Year, We Need a New Law to Legalize Marijuana
Victor De Luca | Opinion
We must eliminate the unequal and unfair pattern of marijuana possession arrests, particularly the disparately higher rate of arrests of African-Americans

January 8, 2018

Workaround Could Help NJ Residents Offset Loss of SALT Deduction
John Reitmeyer | Politics
Clever stratagem would make fully tax-deductible charitable contributions pay for services now funded by state and local taxes
New Jersey’s Former Governors Remember the Late Brendan Byrne
NJ Spotlight | Politics
Thomas Kean, James Florio, James McGreevey — along with Byrne’s biographer, Don Linky — recall the governor and the man they knew
NJ May Sign on With U.S. Climate Alliance to Curb Carbon Pollution
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Multistate initiative hopes to counterbalance Trump’s decision to yank United States out of Paris Climate Accord
Repeal and Replace Takes Its Toll: NJ ACA Enrollment Dips in 2018
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Some 20,000 fewer Garden State residents signed on for insurance coverage via federal marketplace, as some healthcare advocates predicted
Opinion: Recalling Gov. Brendan Byrne’s Finest Hour
Carl Golden | Opinion
His unprecedented decision to protect the integrity of the election that put his successor in office is what has stayed with me for more than 35 years

January 5, 2018

As Nuclear Subsidy Bill Goes Down, Top Dems Ratchet Up the Rhetoric
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
War of words erupts between Sweeney and Prieto, extends to Gov.-elect Murphy
Brendan T. Byrne: A Life You’d Buy If You Could
Jim McQueeny | Politics
A personal reminiscence of ‘The Man Who Couldn’t Be Bought’
Interactive Map: More New Jersey Seniors Are Working or Looking for Work
Colleen O'Dea | Maps, Map of the Week
Older New Jerseyans are employed at higher rates than the national average and there has been a marked increase in the number of workers over the age of 75
Biopharma Industry Report Offers Ideas to Boost Lagging Sector
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Pulling together existing strengths — government, academia, and industry — is key to revitalizing life sciences in Garden State
Draft Administration Plan Would Open Atlantic to Oil and Gas Drilling
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Sen. Booker, conservationists, and others denounce plan as threat to New Jersey’s $44 billion tourist and fishing industries
Op-Ed: Changing the Culture of Sexual Harassment, Starting in Middle School
Karan Chauhan | Opinion
Students in health class need to learn about more than drugs, good habits, and sexual behaviors, they need to learn how to treat one another

January 4, 2018

PSEG Nuclear Subsidy Bill Killed in Lame-Duck Session
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Almost certain revamped version of bill will be submitted in coming session, one that could fragment fragile alliance now opposed to measure
Desperate NJSPCA Urges Supporters to Call Lawmakers Using Fake Names
Caren Chesler | Politics
Legislation that would eliminate charter of NJ Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals slated to come up for vote in lame-duck session
Murphy Picks Two National Experts for Top Human Services, Child Welfare Jobs
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Carole Johnson, a former policy director in Obama White House, and Christine Norbut Beyer are Garden State natives
Judge Won't Block $380M Sale of Controversial State Bonds for Building Projects
John Reitmeyer | Planning
Opponents of Christie administration’s debt issuance for new government buildings are running out of options. Only a final court appeal — and a snowstorm — can obstruct bond sale now
Panel Recommends $400M Bond Issue to Shore Up NJ’s Water Infrastructure
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
It may only be a drop in the bucket toward solving $40B problem, but could help ease breaks and leaks plaguing outdated water system
Op-Ed: Pipelines Are Driving New Jersey Emissions and Costs Down
Andrew Hendry | Opinion
A responsible energy portfolio balances cost, reliability, and environmental impact. Underground pipelines like PennEast can achieve all three

January 3, 2018

2% Cap on Annual Raises for Police, Firefighters Dies as Democrats Take No Action
John Reitmeyer | Politics
Lawmakers allow key Christie initiative to control property taxes to founder, special task force ends in disarray
New Jersey Bids Not-So-Fond Farewell to the Big Top
Colleen O'Dea | More Issues
‘Nosey’s Law,’ named for a mistreated circus elephant, would ban traveling shows that use exotic animals from performing in the Garden State
Opponents Move to Block ‘Millionaire’s Marina’ at Liberty State Park
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
DEP seeks to establish new facility on 40 acres of south side of park to finance $40-plus million in needed bulkhead repairs
An Environmentalist’s Case for Nuclear Energy
James J. Florio | New Jersey Needs Nuclear | Energy & Environment, Sponsored Content
If you believe that climate change is the most significant challenge confronting the world today, then you should also conclude that nuclear energy must remain part of our energy supply
NJ Lawmakers Press Ahead with Mental Health Service Reform
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Some legislators, who initially were uneasy about process to consolidate oversight of behavioral and physical health programs, now look to build on the change
Op-Ed: Subsidizing PSEG Means Punishing Consumers
Matt Fossen | Opinion
A nuclear subsidy for PSEG isn’t assistance, it’s an energy tax hike — and it’s essential that we recognize this

January 2, 2018

2018 and Counting: Drawing a Bead on Gov.-Elect Murphy’s Education Policies
John Mooney | Education
In some ways, Murphy campaigned as ‘not Christie,’ but now it’s time to start delivering on his education promises and programs
Will New Year’s New Tax Cuts Hit New Jersey’s Budget and New Governor’s Plans?
John Reitmeyer | Budget
NJ’s cash-starved state budget expected to take big hit as estate tax goes by the board and sales tax inches down
Lawmakers Ready to Revoke Rule Allowing More Development in Highlands
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Controversial DEP regulation eases restrictions on number of septic tanks that are allowed in forested expanse supplying 6 million people with potable water
The List: NJ’s Deadliest Counties for Traffic Fatalities in Past Year
Colleen O'Dea | The List
With the number of deaths tallied, 2017 comes out as the deadliest year on New Jersey’s roads for the past decade
Maternal Health Among 2018 Top Priorities for State Senate
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Growing disparity between outcomes for white and black women also a concern for lawmakers
Op-Ed: Jersey Politicians, Can You Hear Us Now?
Joseph Caruso | Opinion
Federal tax reform makes state tax reform imperative
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