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June 8, 2018

Op-Ed: ZIP Code Shouldn’t Determine the Tech Experiences of Students
Danielle West | Opinion
How can schools in poorer, urban areas create a level playing field with their suburban counterparts?

June 7, 2018

New Jersey to Overhaul Beleaguered Medical Examiner System
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
A decade in the making, legislative reform may finally be coming to the state’s inefficient, fragmented ME’s office
Trying to Strike Delicate Balance on Size of State’s Budget Reserves
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Murphy’s plan to bump up the budget reserves should make credit-rating agencies happy, but if lawmakers want the money to go to more pressing needs, it could mean another downgrade
‘Nasty, Dirty Brawl’ Anticipated as Battle of the Bobs Begins for Senate Seat
Colleen O'Dea | Politics, Primary 2018
Bruised by his lackluster win in Tuesday’s primary, Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez still favored to beat Republican Bob Hugin in fall election
Trump Plan to Prop Up Nuclear, Coal to Cost Consumers Billions?
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Families to ‘overpay’ hundreds of dollars a year for electricity if plan goes through. NJ supporters say it would help South Jersey economy
Op-Ed: Shifting New Jersey from Worst to First in Maternity Care
Jill Wodnick | Opinion
Our rates of cesarean births are neither safe nor sustainable. We have the responsibility of transforming maternity care in this state. Let’s begin

June 6, 2018

The Primaries in Perspective: The Most Important Results — and What They Mean
Lee Keough | Politics, Primary 2018
The notable upset came in the 2nd District Republican contest, where Grossman pulled away from Singh, but the Menendez-Hugin matchup is already getting even uglier
State Seeks to Apply Population Health Goals to Opioid Addiction
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Treatment and recovery are a start, but more is needed, including investing in wellness and building safer communities
‘Greens’ Urge Murphy to Clamp Down on CO2 Emissions from Power Plants
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Environmentalists say state’s re-entry into RGGI offers opportunity to set ambitious cap on greenhouse-gas emissions
Opinion: Leap of Faith — Will Murphy’s Pension Bill CV Really Protect Taxpayers?
Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff | Opinion
The governor has been lauded in the press for fixing a ‘terrible’ bill, but a closer look at the amended legislation raises additional questions and concerns
The Latest Move: New Jerseyans Return to the Cities
NJTV News | Planning
Colleen O’Dea, NJ Spotlight’s editor at large, discusses a shift in the state’s population on NJTV
NJ 2018 Primary Results at a Glance
NJ Spotlight | Primary 2018
Check out the winners and losers in all the contests across the Garden State

June 5, 2018

Primary Preview: Candidate Snapshots for All Contested Districts
Colleen O'Dea | Politics, Primary 2018
Democratic and Republican candidates for the Senate and House contests kicked their efforts into high gear this week. Here’s where they stand
Join Us Tonight for Live Updates of All Primary Contests
NJ Spotlight | Politics
Starting at 8:30 tonight, you can track primary results across New Jersey — right from our homepage
Governor, Democratic Leaders Tiptoe Toward Accord on School Aid
John Reitmeyer | Budget
But with weeks to go before state budget must be enacted, other impediments need to be negotiated
Can NJ’s Effort to Legalize Pot Find a Way Through the Expungement Maze?
Carly Sitrin | More Issues
Assembly panel raises myriad issues — from the sheer number of low-level convictions to a paper chase involving yellowing court records to duplicative databases — that must be addressed
Murphy Resists Trump's Changes to Funding of Women’s Healthcare
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Fears that Title X programs will be undermined and access to family planning limited for women of low income
Smokers: Get the Hell Off the Beach (and Out of the Park)
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
State moves to ban smoking at beaches and in public parks across New Jersey
Op-Ed: Supreme Court Can’t Break the Will of American Workers and Their Unions
Tania Capobianco | Opinion
The nation’s top court will rule on Janus v. AFSCME any time now, an attempt by the rich and powerful to end economic equality in this country

June 4, 2018

Governor Signs Nation’s Strongest Law on ‘Surprise’ Medical Bills
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Doctors remained deeply concerned that law will weaken their negotiating power with insurance carriers, cost them money
Film, TV, Digital Production Tax Credits Could Be Back in Picture for NJ
John Reitmeyer | Politics
Sponsors of bill offering incentives to entertainment industry agree to changes called for in Murphy’s conditional veto
Oyster Creek Shutdown Will Cost $1.4 Billion, Take 60 Years
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Decommissioning report to Nuclear Regulatory Commission indicates Exelon will initiate lengthy closure procedure mid-September
Opinion: Note to Governor: Take the Hint, and the Revised Revenue Estimates
Carl Golden | Opinion
Sweeney and Coughlin & Co. have put Murphy in a bind: Go with their revised numbers or risk further alienating Democratic lawmakers

June 1, 2018

Murphy Signs Law to Create NJ’s Own Health Insurance Mandate
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
In effort to stabilize health insurance market and ensure coverage remains affordable, NJ becomes second state to creates its own individual mandate
PSEG Plans to Spend More Than $5 Billion on Power Grid Upgrade, Clean Energy
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Company insists that expenditures will not spike ratepayer’s bills, but Rate Counsel, others remain skeptical
Sweeney’s Fix for School Funding Would Cut Some Districts' Adjustment Aid
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Senate President’s aim is to gradually help ‘underfunded’ districts while undoing the ‘overfunding’ of others
Lawmakers Wrestle with Troubling Topic: Sexual Abuse at School
John Mooney | Education
Joint session responds to videotape of union leaders dismissing claims of teacher misconduct, but struggles to determine what’s missing from current regulations
Property-Tax Breaks for Vets in Retirement Communities ‘Right Thing to Do’
Colleen O'Dea | Politics
Supporters have been trying to get legislative approval for years, but efforts have always fallen short
Op-Ed: Time to Fix the PARCC-for-Graduation Mess
Stan Karp | Opinion
More than a dozen states are using the SAT or ACT for federal accountability to measure 'college readiness' without any link to high school diplomas. New Jersey should follow suit

May 31, 2018

Could Accelerated Drop in Revenue Lead to Reinstating NJ Estate Tax?
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Analysts say New Jersey’s estate and inheritance tax collections down more than $100 million compared to original forecasts
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