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November 21, 2016

New NJ Tax on Hedge Fund Honchos to Make Up for Federal ‘Loophole’?
John Reitmeyer | Budget
State legislators want to put a big tax on fees earned by hedge fund managers who, thanks to federal regulations, are taxed at ‘a lower rate than teachers or firefighters’
Candidate Phil Murphy Tells It Like He Sees It at NJEA Convention
John Mooney | Education
The Democratic frontrunner for his party’s nomination talks Trump and pension reform, undocumented immigrants, school funding, and PARCC — among other topics
Op-Ed: Quarterly Payments Shore Up Pensions, Save Billions for Taxpayers
Steve Sweeney | Opinion
Making pension payments every three months — rather than at the end of the year — will ensure that the requisite contributions are made, not skipped

November 18, 2016

Next Superstorm Could Drive Flood Surges Even Higher in South Jersey
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Hurricane Sandy did almost incalculable damage to north and south, but it took an essentially northern route on its track of destruction
Can NJ’s Programs to Prevent and Treat Addiction Serve as National Model?
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
U.S. Surgeon General says treatment for substance-use disorders should emphasize harm reduction and involve new medications
Christie Talks Up His Leadership, Says He’s Ready to Serve Full Term
John Reitmeyer | Politics
Governor elbowed aside Guadagno to give a speech in which he painted a rosy picture of his legacy and gave no sign that Trump team is considering him for a job
Interactive Map: More Voters Showed Up at Polls in 2016 Than in 2012
Colleen O'Dea | Maps, Map of the Week
The results are preliminary, the uptick is very modest, but at least the recent trend of lower turnouts was arrested
Op-Ed: PARCC Is a Symptom, Not the Problem
Rich Ten Eyck | Opinion
Fixing school accountability, property-tax equity, fair distribution of resources, and charter school expansion may be necessary but is not sufficient.

November 17, 2016

Administration Poised To Ease Superintendent Salary Caps
John Mooney | Education
Under new regulations, school leaders could earn $191,000 — not including bonuses and merit pay
More Patients Feel Pain of Surprise Billing Even After Going ‘In-Network’
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Lawmakers want to curb the costly, escalating practice, but doctors and hospitals vehemently oppose Trenton’s solution
Can Short-Term Fix to Solar Sector Help Stave off Potential Collapse?
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Increasing reliance on the renewable technology could stabilize downward trend in market, but Division of Rate Counsel raises questions about costs
Christie: No Strikers Should Get Unemployment Compensation
John Reitmeyer | Politics
Governor issues conditional veto of bill that would have allowed more striking workers to qualify for benefits during walkouts
President-Elect Trump Troubles 101st League of Municipalities Meeting
NJTV News Online | Politics
But when it comes to transportation infrastructure, he could find some believers in the Garden State

November 16, 2016

Why Some Asylum Seekers Find Detention — Not Freedom — in New Jersey
Caren Chesler | Immigration
Immigrants fleeing their home countries can spend years in detention in New Jersey before their fates are decided — and then face deportation
Rate Counsel Takes Aim at PennEast Pipeline, Argues It’s Unneeded
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Consumer representative also objects to the size of the profits the project would reap if it goes into service
Autism Grants Help New Jersey Families Coordinate Care
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Program, supported by surcharge on traffic tickets, also provides funding for research in Garden State
Unlikely Allies Worked Hard for Transportation Trust Fund Fix
John Reitmeyer | Transportation
Forward NJ, a coalition of business, labor and others, set out in 2014 to save the TTF from going bankrupt. Is cooperation on other big issues on the cards?

November 15, 2016

S&P Global Downgrades NJ’s Credit Rating Again
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Concerns about state’s public-employee pension system and new package of tax cuts indicate financial problems will persist into next governor’s term, possibly beyond
Advocates Fear Payment Reform Will Unravel Psychiatric Safety Net
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Problems with fee-for-service model could be further exacerbated if President-elect Trump ditches Affordable Care Act
NJ Hopes to Ease Range Anxiety by Boosting Number of EV Charging Stations
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
One plan would put charging stations at every service area on state’s toll roads to build out infrastructure for electric vehicles
NJ Crime Victims Mark a Milestone and Fight for Greater Protections
Colleen O'Dea | Social
It is 25 years since victims of crime in New Jersey won significant legal rights. Now they want to further improve safeguards for survivors and their families
NJ Woman’s Estate Wins Battle with Mortgage Company After Death
Joe Tyrrell | Housing
Florence Block was an executive and mother of an autistic son; her battle with cancer contributed to financial problems
Op-Ed: What Can Be Done to Increase College Value and Student Success?
Daryl G. Greer | Opinion
A strong partnership among government, business and labor, and universities can make college more valuable by providing students with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed

November 14, 2016

‘Value-Based’ Healthcare Gains Ground in New Jersey
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
In an effort to improve care and curb escalating costs, a new approach to treating patients stresses quality over quantity
Christie, Trump, and Public Education in New Jersey
John Mooney | Education
The governor may go, the president-elect is something of a cipher, but it’s still possible to rough out a few likely changes to education policy
The List: Firms Benefit from $1.3 Billion in Incentives to Set Up in Camden
Tara Nurin | The List
Of the $4 billion earmarked for a controversial business tax-incentive scheme to bring companies to New Jersey or keep them here, a big chunk has gone to firms relocating to Camden
For Christie, and His Political Fortunes, Bridgegate Is Far from Over
Chase Brush | Politics
Is scandal behind governor’s fall from grace with Trump team? Will Trenton Democrats push for impeachment?
Reviewing Old Unfunded Mandates Could Help NJ Officials Follow the Money
John Reitmeyer | Politics
A 1995 constitutional amendment barred new state mandates without funding but left those already on books untouched — and they could be costing communities plenty
Trapping Season Starts Tuesday with Foothold Trap OK’d by Court
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
According to ruling by the appellate court, Division of Fish and Game correct in concluding new traps are neither cruel nor inhumane
Op-Ed: Conservation Voters Launches Initiative to Go Green in ’17
Ed Potosnak | Opinion
With an anti-environment president in the White House, the stakes are higher than ever for the 2017 New Jersey governor’s race
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