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February 1, 2018

Could Trump Tax Reform Mean Lower Bills for NJ Ratepayers?
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
New federal law cuts utility tax rates to 21 percent, but money could go to offsetting ratepayers subsidies on solar and wind initiatives
Murphy Team’s Budget Wish List Could Get Cool Reception in Legislature
John Reitmeyer | Budget
There are already signs that some proposals from governor’s advisory committee will meet resistance in the State House
Opinion: NJ's Water Needs Could Decrease, Despite 10.4M Residents by 2040
Daniel J. Van Abs | Opinion
Taking a broad array of variables into account, and working with the best-case scenario, the state's population could increase while demand for water could lessen
After 22 Years, Newark Enters New Era of Local Governance
Patrick Wall | Education
As city reclaims control of its schools, leaders want to get it right
NJ Congresswoman Reacts to State of Union, Says ‘Robust Infrastructure Bill’ Needed
WNYC News | Politics
U.S. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman talks about infrastructure and immigration

January 31, 2018

Murphy’s Pick to Fix NJ Transit Is Infrastructure Expert, Veteran Commuter
John Reitmeyer | Transportation
Kevin Corbett, who has a lot of experience in big subway projects but none in running a mass-transit agency, says he won’t accept status quo at NJT
New Jersey Considers Statewide Menthol Ban
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Menthol cigarettes, thought to be more dangerous and addictive than conventional counterparts, chief target of action
State Takes First, Tentative Steps Toward Energy Efficiency Standard
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Revamped nuclear subsidy bill includes mandate for utilities to curb amount of energy customers use
Housing Transition Team Advises Murphy: First, Acknowledge the Crisis
Colleen O'Dea | Housing
Report lays out six priorities to increase housing stock and end foreclosures, does not call for COAH to be resurrected
Murphy Continues Dismantling Christie Environmental Legacy
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Governor and attorney general announce New Jersey will withdraw from lawsuit opposing Obama Clean Power Plan
Op-Ed: Protect Chronically Ill Patients Who Need Charity Services
Stephanie Lapidow | Opinion
A new federal policy allows insurance companies to refuse coverage to patients who benefit from certain assistance programs. It’s vital that our legislators support an effort in Congress to blunt the rule

January 30, 2018

Advocates, Interest Groups Edge Toward Agreement on Out-of-Network Legislation
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Stakeholders say ‘two-pronged’ approach, that increases transparency and puts a cap on underlying costs, is way to go
Gov. Murphy Signs Executive Order for NJ to Rejoin RGGI
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Governor instructs DEP to allocate funds received from multistate initiative to environmental-justice communities as recommended by transition team
Frelinghuysen Bows Out, Red and Blue Contenders Line Up to Make Bid for 11th
Colleen O'Dea | Politics
With his decision to step aside, New Jersey loses what is arguably its most important member of the House, chair of powerful Appropriations Committee
New Lease on Life for Urban Enterprise Zones, but Is Murphy Onboard?
John Reitmeyer | Budget, Planning
Legislation hopes to maintain UEZ benefits, like 50 percent sales-tax break, in dozens of communities where zones are scheduled to expire
Murphy’s Team Wants to Put the Garden Back in Garden State
Carly Sitrin | Politics
Governor’s advisory committee wants more state support for agri-tourism, a revived Jersey Fresh program, and to get more people involved in farming
Op-Ed: Dispensary Density is Key to Getting Marijuana Legalization Right
Chris Beals | Opinion
New Jersey lawmakers can learn from other states and establish smart regulations as they consider governor’s promise to legalize cannabis within his first 100 days

January 29, 2018

Environmental Justice Should Be Core Principle of Murphy Administration
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Transition team urges administration to address pollution and contamination as they affect poor urban communities, particularly communities of color
Education Transition Report Delivers Some Details and Early Directions
John Mooney | Education
Report touches on most of Murphy's education promises, but in some cases seems to step away from several high-profile goals
NJ Signs on as Part of Multistate Coalition to Battle GOP Tax-Code Revision
John Reitmeyer | Budget, Politics
Murphy joins fellow Democratic governors from New York and Connecticut to officially challenge Trump tax code in federal court
Op-Ed: There's an Affordable Path to Clean Energy for New Jersey
Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker | Opinion
A cleaner, healthier, stronger economic future is a lot closer than supporters of fossil fuels would like us to believe

January 26, 2018

Nurses Unions Ramp Up Staffing-Level Campaign
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Nurse-to-patient staffing ratios should ease the burden on these professionals but some insist it's not the number, it's the workload
Revised Nuclear Subsidy Bill Appears Back on Legislative Track
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Revamped legislation includes some modest clean-energy programs, but locks Division of Rate Counsel out of decision if subsidy is needed
Time to Scrap the Superintendent Salary Cap?
Carly Sitrin | Education
Senate bill could be an early step to dismantle Christie's education legacy
We've Got Answers to Your Questions for Our Legislators …
Lee Keough | Politics
… And a chance to ask your questions about New Jersey's water quality
Business Task Force Hopes to Transform New Jersey into Millennial Magnet
John Reitmeyer | Budget, Social, Planning
The Garden State has the highest millennial outmigration in the country, but attention to education, tuition, and vocational training could go a long way to turning things around
Op-Ed: Our Schools Survived Christie — How Do We Move Forward?
David G. Sciarra | Opinion
What's crucial is taking steps to fundamentally alter the way Trenton fulfills its obligations to our 1.4 million public school children
Putting Murphy's Pick to Lead the EDA in Perspective
NJ Spotlight | Budget
NJ Spotlight budget and public finance writer visits WHYY to assess the new governor's choice to head up the Economic Development Authority
ICE Renews Apparent Crackdown on Indonesian Christians in NJ
Matt Katz | Immigration
Federal agents arrest at least two men in morning, force another — a well-known community leader — to return to sanctuary at his church

January 25, 2018

PSEG Nuclear Subsidy Bill Gets Behind-Closed-Doors Makeover
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Revamped legislation said to have more to do with clean energy while still addressing nuclear
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