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February 13, 2018

No Easy Answers to NJ’s Racial Disparities in Infant, Maternal Health
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Poverty, other social factors pinpointed as reasons why childbirth can be dangerous for many women and babies in New Jersey
Appeals Court Upholds Outstanding $225M Fine Against ExxonMobil
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Plaintiffs argue amount too small but are relieved constitutional amendment ensures environmental fines go to restoring natural resources
Explainer: Why Undocumented Immigrants in NJ Pay Taxes — a Lot of Taxes
Colleen O'Dea | Explainer
According to recent estimates, New Jersey’s undocumented community paid $587 million in state and local taxes in 2014
Opinion: Sweeney Reminds New Governor, NJEA Who's Really in Charge
Carl Golden | Opinion
The president of the senate emerges unscathed from a blitz of negative ads ordered up by the teachers union, makes it clear that he's as much a policymaker as Murphy
Lawmakers Want $166M for Rail, Roads, Bridges on Top of $2B Already Budgeted
John Reitmeyer | Transportation
Gas-tax increase in 2016 was supposed to solve underfunding of infrastructure projects in New Jersey but legislators want supplemental funding — again
Poor Students Still Not Getting Breakfast in Many NJ Schools
Carly Sitrin | Education
Report indicates that New Jersey remains 19th in country for participation in school breakfast program, essentially the position it held in previous school year

February 12, 2018

Making the Public Welcome on New Jersey's Beaches and Waterfronts
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Bill clears committee incorporating public trust doctrine, common-law principle ensuring access to natural resources
Opinion: Two Wrongs Won't Make It Right
Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff | Opinion
Using charities to restore SALT deductions is a gimmick that won't and shouldn't work
State Lawmaker Calls for Nation's First Opioid Warning Labels
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Warnings would highlight the significant potential for addiction and overdose associated with these drugs
Can ESG Help Make NJ's Pension-Fund Investments More Ethical?
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Some states are using ESG factors - environmental, social, and governance - to evaluate investments in companies. Will New Jersey follow suit?

February 9, 2018

Democrats Call for NJ to Reopen Hagedorn Psychiatric Hospital
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Safe haven needed for seniors with severe mental illness now living in overcrowded, potentially dangerous facilities
Interactive Map: Tracking the Spread of Flu Across New Jersey
Colleen O'Dea | Maps, Map of the Week
This year’s outbreak could match or even exceed the severity of the H1N1 pandemic of 2009
Push to Give Towns More Power to Entice Developers with Special Bonds
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Some Republicans concerned about consequences for towns if they take on new debt obligations in the name of redevelopment
Look for Lower Electricity Bills This Summer, Thanks to Cheap Natural Gas
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Consumers should catch a break on their bills, albeit a small one, based on results of BPU's annual power auction
Op-Ed: Support Homegrown Solar Energy This Session
Anne Hoskins | Opinion
Thousands of energy jobs in New Jersey hang in the balance

February 8, 2018

PennEast Files for Eminent Domain, Seeks Marshals to Guard Pipeline Workers
Jon Hurdle | Energy & Environment
Company claims it has been trying to avoid legal action but has taken step after failing to agree on compensation with unspecified number of landowners
Will Nuclear Subsidy Bill Kill Solar Sector?
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Latest version of controversial bill dramatically changes way state promotes and incents solar, with potentially lethal results
Why Hard Times at NJ’s ‘Insect Factory’ Could Be Bad News for Garden State
Carly Sitrin | Energy & Environment
The Phillip Alampi Beneficial Insect Rearing Laboratory breeds ‘good’ bugs to fight pests and reduce pesticide use, but overdue repairs are hampering its mission
Poll: What’s Keeping the New Administration from Gaining Traction?
Is it really just Murphy and Sweeney trying to establish the lines of power, or is there more to it?
Murphy Urged to Undo One Christie Health Reform, Aggressively Monitor Others
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Human services experts propose reforms including tax credit for low-income parents and better pay for front-line workers
NJ's Status as 'Welcoming' State Could Cost It $4 Million in Fed Funding
Colleen O'Dea | Immigration
New Jersey joins multistate lawsuit fighting federal decision to make law enforcement funding contingent on immigration enforcement
Treasury Works to Revamp Tobacco Bonds, Ease Strain if Budget Falls Short
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Creative refinancing could improve state's bottom line by $250 million amid concerns former Gov. Chris Christie’s last budget won't meet revenue projections
Op-Ed: Private Landowners, Local Farmers Can Protect Delaware River
Mike Smith | Opinion
New Jersey Audubon and National Fish & Wildlife Foundation partner to build buffers on agricultural properties

February 7, 2018

Engineer’s Sleep Apnea, NJ Transit’s Lax Screening Led to Hoboken Crash — NTSB
John Reitmeyer | Transportation
Safety board recommends key upgrades and Sen. Booker wants to roll back Trump administration’s reversal of federal sleep apnea regulations for train drivers
Calls for State Probe into Radium in Drinking Water
Jon Hurdle | Energy & Environment
Environmentalists say looser EPA limit may not protect public health after report finds hundreds of NJ water systems contain radioactive element at levels above that recommended by California
Tension in Trenton: Do Murphy and Sweeney Have Issues to Resolve?
Chase Brush | Politics
For a Democratic governor with a Democratic Legislature, Murphy’s first few weeks at the helm have not been smooth sailing
Healthcare Transition Team Calls for Better Integration, Best Practices
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Focus on reducing racial disparities in care reflects larger campaign goals
Can Murphy Live Up to His Promises About Higher Education?
John Mooney | Education
The new governor’s intentions are good, but he has yet to offer much in the way of specifics concerning his strategy
Faith Leaders Ramp Up Anti-Lance Protests, Six Arrested for ‘Defiant Trespass’
Carly Sitrin | Politics
Congressman’s alignment with Trump administration on immigration, other issues ignites dissenters — and challengers for the seat he has held for nine years
New Jersey's Indonesian Christians Avoid Deportation — For Now
Matt Katz | Immigration
Indonesian immigrant families are back home, after spending time in sanctuary at their church
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