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June 13, 2016

Is There a Bipartisan Light at the End of the Transit-Funding Tunnel?
John Reitmeyer | Transportation
New plan would more than double gas tax, freeing up money to upgrade NJ’s crumbling infrastructure
Can the TTF Rescue Plan Ensure Tax Fairness Through Tax Cuts?
John Reitmeyer | Transportation
A complex calculus of tax cuts and phase outs are part of the economic infrastructure of the Sarlo-Oroho plan
Sweeney on School Funding: Q&A with the State Senate President
John Mooney | Education
Sweeney’s proposed plan calls for a four-member commission and an up or down vote on its recommendations. Here’s his thinking on the issue
DEP Says Salem Nuclear Good to Go Without Cooling Towers
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
State agency issues final permits to PSEG Power, but environmentalists warn of massive fish kills
Opinion: Funding Tax Fairness with Increase to State Sales Tax
Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff | Opinion
It’s not likely to gain much traction, but boosting the state sales tax could go a long way to easing the Transportation Trust Fund crisis
The List: Detailing the Diversions from the State's Clean Energy Fund
Tom Johnson | The List
Ten million here, a hundred million there: It’s not hard to see how total diversions over the past 10 years add up to more than $1.3 billion
Newark: Economic Assets and Prospects For Growth, Along With Problems
Joe Tyrrell | Politics
Lack of financial resources and connections among residents could hold city back
Common-Sense Habits Can Help Cut Cancer Rates Significantly
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Oncologist at Cooper Camden finds reasons to celebrate results of new study

June 10, 2016

State’s Top Court Says No Retiree COLA Payments Until Pension System Is Healthy
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Public employee unions outraged at ruling. One characterizes it as ‘theft, plain and simple’
Fine Print: Sweeney Proposes Commission to Report on School Funding
John Mooney | Education
Task force to report in year on inequities in funding, followed by five years to implement recommendations
Tuition Plan Should Help Bring Psychiatrists to Underserved Areas
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Sen. Richard Codey is behind effort to increase access to ‘proper mental healthcare’
Interactive Map: 1M Students Explore Broad Palette of Arts Classes at NJ Schools
Colleen O'Dea | Maps, Map of the Week
Almost all elementary and middle-school students took at least some arts classes in 2014-2015, according to new report
Op-Ed: New Jersey Has the Opportunity to Get Uber Right
Scott Rudder | Opinion
Despite the smart-phone app, Uber is just a car service. Riders must be assured that drivers have undergone complete background checks
Rowan University Researchers Develop Blood Test For Alzheimer’s
NJTV Online News | Healthcare
New test could lead to earlier detection of the debilitating disease
Booker Fights Move To Raise Minimum Sentence For Fentanyl
NJTV News Online | Healthcare
Senator says an amendment by Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire would not stop drug use and would lead to imprisonment of addicts

June 9, 2016

Showdown in the Offing over Controversial DEP Water Rule
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Legislature close to invoking never-used mechanism that will let it permanently revoke regulation
Diving into the Data: NJ’s Biggest June Primary Turnout This Century
Carly Sitrin | Politics
Early estimates indicate that more than 1.26 million residents showed up at the polls. What’s the story behind the numbers?
Are New Jersey’s Millionaires Really Fleeing to States with Lower Taxes?
John Reitmeyer | Budget
New figures suggest that Garden State has gained tens of thousands of millionaires over past decade
Opinion: The Real Significance of the Unindicted Co-Conspirator
Carl Golden | Opinion
John Doe raises uncomfortable questions about why he chose not to act while legally questionable acts were being committed
After 10 Years, NJ Moves Belatedly To Expand Needle-Exchange Programs
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Syringe-exchange programs reduce blood-borne diseases like HIV and Hep-C, but to be truly effective they must reach a larger community
Poll: Did Surprising Voter Turnout Add up to Any Other Primary Surprises?
Given the number of folks who showed up at the polls, the primary elections were hardly nail-biters
Podcast: Really Going the Distance to Get Great Stories
The Backgrounder | | Podcasts
Former NJ Spotlight reporter Scott Gurian is driving from London to Mongolia. Along the way he’s sure to find new worlds to detail on his new podcast site

June 8, 2016

Overview: Incumbents Take All Races Across NJ, Clinton Clinches Nomination
Joe Tyrrell | Politics, Elections 2016
Garden State voters were very good to incumbents, setting them up for spots on November ballot -- and giving Hillary Clinton just what she needed
Horizon Blue Cross Wins Round On Controversial Tiered Insurance Plan
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Appeals judge rejects challenge by group of hospitals over state approval of OMNIA plan
Dueling Plans to Fix Public Pension System, One with a ‘Safety Valve’
John Reitmeyer | Budget, Politics
Democrats and unions are cool to Republican O’Scanlon’s offering, which allows governors to skip or skimp on payments if financial projections are off
Feds Move to Protect Endangered Atlantic Sturgeon in Delaware River
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Environmental groups have long argued that refineries and fish kills from power plants have taken their toll on once-plentiful species
Profile: Rutgers Academic Encourages More Women To Run For Office
Carly Sitrin | Profiles
In era of Hillary Clinton, Susan J. Carroll says the glass is both half-empty and half-full for women in politics

June 7, 2016

The First Step in Fixing NJ’s Solar Sector: Decide If and Where It’s Broken
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Solar advocates, developers, stakeholders, and lawmakers assess problems with the sector -- including if ratepayer subsidies are too high
Democrats Still Calling for More Oversight for Tiered Insurance Networks
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
But Democratic Senate President Sweeney sets up roadblock to new health insurance regulations, refuses to post proposed bills
Primary Preparation: Who to Watch, Why You Should Vote in Today’s Contests
Colleen O'Dea | Politics
Will NJ give Clinton the delegates she needs to clinch the nomination -- hours before the California polls close?
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