NJ Spotlight Daily News
December 23, 2016
- The Best Op-Eds of 2016
- While we’re on winter break we want to make sure you can still count on us for thought-provoking content
- Op-Ed: Fix NJ’s Social Studies Standards, Let History Take a Backseat
- How can students learn civics, economics, and geography when they’re expected to cover so much history?
- Op-Ed: Deeper Debt Waiting for Taxpayers Due to Pension Irresponsibility
- After Christie is long gone from the State House, taxpayers will have to pay $3 for every $1 he skipped in pension payments
December 22, 2016
- Mortgage Relief for NJ Homeowners Still Dealing with Sandy Damage
- Thousands of victims of the superstorm are paying rent on temporary housing while struggling to make their mortgage payments
- Christie Calls for Action on Addiction Recovery at Candlelight Vigil
- Public opinion of the governor’s performance is at a historic low, but he still gets high marks from those working to end drug addiction in New Jersey
- 2016 Education Recap: Policy Debates More Fizzle than Pop
- Politics, personalities, and other weighty issues contribute to stalled agendas
- Poll: What Does the Coming Year Hold in Store for NJ?
- Peer into the crystal ball or read the tea leaves, what’s going to be the top topic of 2017?
- NJ Spotlight’s Top Coverage of 2016
- Ever wonder what our readers and members were paying attention to in the past year? Here’s a look at the Top 10 stories and subjects
December 21, 2016
- Obama Bans Drilling in mid-Atlantic Ocean, Portions of Arctic Ocean
- President bases restrictions on 60-year-old law, should be harder to overturn than executive order
- Doctors and Healthcare Execs in NJ to Work on Their Leadership Skills
- End-of-life care is first focus for new academy that aims to get different groups to collaborate
- Opinion: Memo to Gov. Chris Christie — What Were You Thinking?
- Huddling with legislative leaders to craft secret deals, one of which would relax ethical guidelines so the governor could sign a book contract, understandably outraged the public
- Renewing Aged Water Infrastructure in New Jersey, One Street at a Time
- Antiquated leak-prone systems are being upgraded in some parts of the state, but water industry advocates argue that much more needs to be done
- Fine Print: What’s Coming For New Jersey Taxpayers As New Cuts Take Effect
- Phasing out the estate tax gives big breaks to the richest, while cutting the sales tax benefits everyone a little
- Keeping Safety First for New Jersey’s Ridesharing Passengers
- New regulations for transportation network companies like Uber and Lyft would require driver background checks, bump up insurance coverage, among other protections
- The American Dream Megamall on the Small Screen
- The trio of reporters behind “Mall Madness,” the five-part series on the American Dream, talk to NJTV’s Mary Alice Williams
December 20, 2016
- Leading Democratic Lawmakers Derail Fast-Track Bills Favored by Christie
- The governor’s not going to get his book deal, and government websites won’t cut into the revenue newspapers earn from publishing official legal notices
- Constitutional Amendment Coming on Natural-Resources Damages
- Voters this fall will be asked to dedicate damages in pollution cases to restoring natural resources, while Highlands takes another step toward greater protection
- Amendment to Boost Minimum Wage Not Likely on 2017 Ballot
- Disagreements among Democratic sponsors prevent bill from being posted to last legislative agenda for this year
- Is Medicare Paying Too Much For Inpatient Procedures?
- Meanwhile, are patients overburdened by outpatient costs that add up?
- Op-Ed: Debt Is the Biggest Threat to National Security
- Smart, small changes could have a big impact on and maintain fiscal responsibility — for New Jersey and for the country as a whole
- Snowy Owls Making Another Winter Appearance On NJ Beaches
- The birds migrate from the Canadian tundra when food supplies there drop
- Phil Murphy Releases Returns Showing He Paid $2.4M In Income Tax in 2015
- Murphy’s income was $7.3 million for the year, and he paid $202,000 in property taxes on his home in Middletown
December 19, 2016
- New Jersey Tissue Bank Plays Key Role in Global Organ Donation Network
- A young Australian who received skin provided by the Edison-based Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation said it was ‘lifesaving’
- Does Letting Legal Notices Be Published Solely Online Punish the Press Financially?
- Critics argue Christie wants payback for Bridgegate coverage; administration says move could save local governments, businesses $80 million — though estimate remains unverified
- Rhode Island Breaks the Tape on Offshore Wind, but Where’s New Jersey?
- The first offshore wind turbines are generating power for the Ocean State, while the Garden State has yet to deliver needed finance mechanisms
- Will NJ’s Undocumented Students Be Punished for Following the Rules?
- They signed up for a program that deferred deportation — one that President-elect Trump wants to dismantle. Will the government use their personal data to track them down?
- Going After Bad Guys Remains Immigration Agency’s Priority, Official Says
- Newark-based ICE director has no word on what Trump administration could mean for application of immigration law
- In New Jersey, Independent Hospitals Becoming Increasingly Rare
- President of Holy Name in Teaneck — one of 11 independent institutions — says pressure to increase bargaining power, cut costs is driving the trend
December 16, 2016
- Who Benefits from the American Dream?
- Since Triple Five took over the megamall project, it has made generous contributions to Gov. Chris Christie’s campaign coffers, as well as to his political allies
- Public School Teachers Earn Mostly High Grades on Evaluations
- But will fewer top scores be seen as student performance is weighted more heavily?