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May 25, 2018

At PJM Capacity Auction, Good News for Utilities — for Customers, Not So Much
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Power grid operator secures the electricity needed to keep the lights on, but consumers can expect to see higher bills
Taking a Peek at $300M State House Restoration
NJTV News | More Issues
The renovation project was controversial. But, even at this early stage, the work is uncovering an architectural gem
New Jersey Governor Backs Out of Live Call-In Show
Rebeca Ibarra | Politics
Murphy balks at presence of Politico reporter in line-up

May 24, 2018

Murphy Signing Radically Alters NJ’s Energy Policies, Protects Nuclear
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Governor puts signature to bill calling for half of the state’s electricity to come from renewable sources by 2030
Poor Security of NJ Election System and Russian Hackers Prompt Move to Revamp
Colleen O'Dea | Politics, Primary 2018
No agreement on best voting machines, but consensus that they should allow for a paper trail so that results could be properly audited
Newark Health Centers Working to Reduce Health Disparities
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Addressing the massive gaps in maternal health and infant mortality between black and white women and children
Sorting Out District 2’s Crowded Field of Contenders
Hank Kalet | Politics, Primary 2018
Seven candidates — four Democrats and three Republicans — are vying for a chance at the House seat opened up by LoBiondo’s retirement
Byrne Bows out of Key Investment Panel as Murphy Puts His Stamp on It
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Son of former governor satisfied he helped draw attention to state pension system’s huge unfunded liability and need for action
Op-Ed: Legalizing Marijuana Puts New Jersey Adolescents at Risk
Melissa Tassé | Opinion
We owe it to ourselves to be educated and informed about what recreational marijuana legalization will do to our society and especially our children

May 23, 2018

Clean Sweep for PSEG: Gas Pipelines, Nuclear Subsidies, Renewable Energy
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
BPU pledges to be careful on costs to consumers, who will shoulder the burden of subsidies and infrastructure upgrades
Putting Primary Candidates in Place: Who's Got a Shot at NJ's Senate Seat?
Colleen O'Dea | Politics, Primary 2018
It’s been a low-key campaign thus far, but the contenders could catch fire — especially Menendez and Hugin — as June gets closer
Critical Data for Primary Decisions
NJ Spotlight | Politics
From in-depth assessments of candidates and contests to at-a-glance overviews of legislative districts, NJ Spotlight delivers the facts and figures to make smart choices
Is New Jersey’s Gas Tax About to be Pumped Up?
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Projections suggest revenue from the tax may not generate enough to meet annual target for funding transportation projects, thus triggering an automatic increase
Lawmakers Seek Another Route to Raise Pay for Home Healthcare Workers
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
No one begrudges paying those on the front lines of personal care $19 an hour, but no one seems to know where the money will come from
Newark Chooses One of Its Own to Serve as District Super
John Mooney | Education
After more than two decades of state control of its schools, New Jersey’s largest city names Roger León to the top post
Op-Ed: Comprehensive High Schools, a Key Piece of the Vo-Tec Puzzle
Chuck Sampson, J. Kenyon Kummings, and Christopher H. Kobik | Opinion
Even if a $500 million bond issue for career and technical education goes through, comprehensive high schools won't get a penny

May 22, 2018

No ‘April Surprise’ in State Taxes, Budget Strain Remains for Murphy and Lawmakers
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Hopes fizzled in State House that last month’s income taxes would rise above projections and ease disagreements over governor’s budget plan
New Drive to Finance Clean-Energy Projects with No Upfront Costs
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Municipalities to arrange financing through lenders who would be repaid by special assessment on buildings where efficiency, storm shelters, flood-resistance were upgraded
NJ Asks Appeals Court to Review FERC’s Approval of PennEast Pipeline
Jon Hurdle | Energy & Environment
Attorney General Grewal says agency wrong to give project certificate that has allowed it to file eminent domain suits against New Jersey landowners
Updating Care for Stroke Patients in New Jersey Hospitals
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Move to expand and improve treatment, raise awareness, and highlight steps that could save lives
Slim Prospects: The Reality for Several Challengers to Congressional Incumbents
Carly Sitrin | Politics, Primary 2018
Dozens of candidates are running in the June primary elections. Some of the races are hotly contested, but incumbents are heavily favored in others
Op-Ed: Why Free Community College Is Right for New Jersey
Sara Goldrick-Rab | Opinion
Traditional grants and scholarships no longer keep college affordable. ‘Bold action,’ as Gov. Murphy has proposed, is necessary

May 21, 2018

No ‘Summer of Hell’ Repeat for NJ Transit Riders During New Penn Station Repairs
John Reitmeyer | Transportation
Uncertainty over funding for planned new trans-Hudson rail tunnel won’t affect Amtrak’s ongoing upgrades to infrastructure
Opinion: New Jersey’s Tangled History of Debt and How It Got that Way
Richard F. Keevey | Opinion
Part two of an examination of capital planning and budgeting in the Garden State, the long and the short of it
Governor Approves Pay Raises for Judges, Cabinet Members, Senior State Officials
John Reitmeyer | More Issues
As measure passes with little attention, Murphy calls it long overdue but also says New Jerseyans on ‘substandard hourly wage’ should not be forgotten
Boost for NJ’s EV market with More Charging Stations, Consumer Rebates?
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Up for debate: Expedited installation of plug-in stations across New Jersey for electric vehicles and up to $100 million a year in rebates for consumers

May 18, 2018

New Jersey Hit with Major Lawsuit Arguing It Must End School Segregation
Colleen O'Dea | Education, Social
Legal action — led by former justice of state Supreme Court — looks to strike down law requiring students attend schools in their own communities
New Regulations and Payment Protections for New Jersey’s Freelance Workers
John Reitmeyer | Politics
With as many as 600,000 NJ residents now working as freelancers, Assemblyman says legislation is needed to ‘ensure they’re treated fairly’
Lawmakers Seek to Expand Medicaid Coverage for Smoking Cessation
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Bill would deliver wide range of options to smokers, including counseling, group therapy, and full suite of medications
Op-Ed: An Open Letter to State Senate President Steve Sweeney
Ellen Simon | Opinion
I'm not begging you for more money for Jersey City schools; I'm begging you for better policy
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