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February 6, 2018

Still a Work in Progress, Nuclear Subsidy Bill Held in Committee
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
As proposed legislation goes through successive iterations, it seems to alienate more potential backers and beneficiaries
Opinion: Beyond the SALT Distraction …
Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff | Opinion
… New Jersey must also respond to federal business tax changes

February 5, 2018

'Augmented' Nuclear Subsidy Bill Could Cost $4B over 15 Years
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Legislation includes money for solar and energy efficiency — and boosting carbon-free electricity — at 'huge cost,' says rate counsel
State Lawmakers Call for 30 Pages of Reforms at New Jersey Transit
John Reitmeyer | Transportation
Extensive recommendations include more commuters on agency's board of directors, targeted focus groups for fare hikes, closer state oversight
Why Do NJ Beekeepers Feel They've Been Stung by State DOA?
Carly Sitrin | Energy & Environment
Proposed regulations, they claim, would eliminate urban beekeeping and severely restrict the practice in most suburbs
Op-Ed: Don't Be Too Quick to Gloat over Saying Bye-Bye to NJ GOP
Bob McHugh | Opinion
The seniority of the state's congressional delegation is about to take a huge hit, and that's not something New Jersey can afford to lose

February 2, 2018

Alarm Over NJ Pension System’s Ties to Foreclosures in Puerto Rico
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Members of state investment council make clear they would not be comfortable if pension fund profited from the hardships of Puerto Ricans
Putting Women’s Health and Family Planning Back in the Black
Colleen O'Dea | Politics
Legislation restoring the $7.45M Christie cut from women’s health centers looks likely to pass, also a bill giving low-cost family planning services to more poor women
Murphy Joins Neighboring Governors in United Front against Fracking
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Goal is to prohibit hydraulic fracturing in Delaware River Basin, water supply to more than 15 million people in four states
Profile: Newark Interim Superintendent Could Be in for the Long Haul
John Mooney | Profiles
Robert Gregory rises through the school ranks as Newark regains local control
Op-Ed: Resurrecting New Jersey’s Economy
Baye Adofo-Wilson | Opinion
Meaningful economic revival must prioritize New Jersey’s urban communities, or the state’s economy, as a whole, will continue falter
Podcast: Getting to the Root of Food Insecurity in Newark
NJ Spotlight | Healthcare
A discussion of the complex reasons why so many people have limited or no access to healthy food, moderated by NJ Spotlight healthcare reporter Lilo H. Stainton

February 1, 2018

Inherit the Wind: Murphy's Executive Order Could Revive Energy Sector
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Governor tells BPU to develop mechanism for ratepayers to subsidize offshore wind, a task it was originally assigned seven years ago
State Pushes Flu Shots in Effort to Tamp Down Danger in Severe Flu Season
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Four-year-old girl has died and almost 5,000 residents have been diagnosed
Former NJ Gov. Whitman to Chair National Task Force to Fix U.S. Democracy
Colleen O'Dea | Politics
Task force to battle the erosion of American values in politics and government, and undo the tone of anger and hate of current administration
Bombshell: Department of Justice Drops Corruption Case Against Menendez
NJTV News | Politics
Senator can now run for re-election without shadow of a second criminal trial hanging over him
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
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