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Explainer: Making Sense of New Jersey's Annual Structural Deficit
Mark J. Magyar | November 5, 2013 | Budget, More Issues, Explainer
Governors cite it to claim they cut billions in spending, their opponents cite it to claim fiscal mismanagement. Both are wrong
No Reform in Sight for Bipartisan Abuse of State Pension Loophole
Mark J. Magyar | August 12, 2013 | Budget, Politics
Legislature won’t undercut patronage, entitlements for ‘political class,’ ethics advocate says.
Delayed Vote on Incentives Bill Threatens Corporate Real Estate Deals
Tara Nurin | July 24, 2013 | Budget, More Issues, Politics
Despite last-minute compromises and concessions, lawmakers can't get bill onto floor before Senate recesses for summer
Strict Fiscal Oversight Keeps New Jersey Cities Out Of Bankruptcy
Mark J. Magyar | July 22, 2013 | Budget, More Issues, Politics
Detroit’s fiscal disaster raises questions about adequacy of state pension funding.
Christie’s Claims About Reducing ‘One-Shots’ Overstated
Mark J. Magyar | July 9, 2013 | Budget
With federal stimulus aid deducted, Corzine relied less on nonrecurring state revenues and fiscal gimmicks than Christie, analysis shows.
Raids on Dedicated Funds Climb Under Christie
Mark J. Magyar | July 8, 2013 | Budget, More Issues, Politics
Governor relied on fund diversions more than Corzine, but less than McGreevey.
Sweeney: More Compromise Budgets Likely in Years Ahead
Mark J. Magyar | June 25, 2013 | Budget
Built-in rise in pension payments means ‘there’s no money’ to fight over, Senate president says.
Democrats Move Compromise Budget Despite Revenue Concerns
Mark J. Magyar | June 21, 2013 | Budget
Budget committee chiefs not sold on treasurer’s projections, but hope he’s right.
Christie, Democratic Leaders Nearing Budget Compromise
Mark J. Magyar and John Mooney | June 19, 2013 | Budget
$32.9B budget likely to add some school aid, but no tax cut or vouchers.
OLS's $760M Revenue Gap Undercuts Tax Cut Talk
Mark J. Magyar | May 21, 2013 | Budget
Despite income tax surge and unemployment drop, Christie's revenue projections again come up short.
Net Property Tax Increase Much Higher Under Christie Than Corzine
Mark J. Magyar | May 6, 2013 | Budget
Christie's rebate cuts result in 18.6 percent increase in net property taxes that hits those making under $150,000.
Treasury vs. OLS, Round 2: Rosen Warns of $637 Million Revenue Gap
Mark J. Magyar | April 5, 2013 | Budget
For second straight year, OLS budget expert projects lower revenues than Sidamon-Eristoff.
Christie’s Luck: Income Tax Surge Bails Out Budget
Mark J. Magyar | March 12, 2013 | Budget
The rich get richer, fattening Treasury’s coffers, but how long will it last?
Christie Plugging Transportation Trust Fund Hole With Bond Premiums One-Shot
Mark J. Magyar | March 4, 2013 | Budget
Borrowing for TTF under Christie will be at record high, pay-as-you-go financing at all-time low.
Budget Games: How Christie Plugged $3 Billion Structural Deficit
Mark J. Magyar | February 27, 2013 | Budget
Governor banks on one-shots, property-tax rebate delay, Medicaid savings, and Internet gaming to bridge budget gap
Democrats Respond to Christie's Budget Address
Ian Elliott | February 27, 2013 | Budget
Majority leader of Assembly, Democratic gubernatorial candidate have their say about proposed budget.
Christie's Budget Address: Streaming Live on NJ Spotlight
Staff of NJ Spotlight | February 27, 2013 | Budget
Join us for the governor's address at 3:00 p.m. -- along with tweets, retweets, and a running chronicle of the voices worth hearing.
Budget’s Bottom Line: Christie Needs Revenue Bonanza
Mark J. Magyar | February 25, 2013 | Budget
Governor has to bet on high tax-growth in FY14 to bridge $3 billion structural deficit.
Analysis: Christie’s Fiscal Cliff -- $3 Billion and Counting
Mark J. Magyar | February 4, 2013 | Budget
Even robust FY14 tax growth won’t be enough to cover pensions, revenue shortfalls, overreliance on one-shots, and other fiscal needs.
Sandy Aid is Big Win, But Don’t Expect a Katrina-Sized Boom
Mark J. Magyar | January 16, 2013 | Budget, Sandy
Expert: Reconstruction will boost economy, but won’t put a dent in state revenue shortfall.
Fate of New Jersey Economy in 2013 Hinges on Congress
Mark J. Magyar | January 7, 2013 | Budget
Will Sandy reconstruction offset impact of federal tax hikes on NJ economy?
Interactive Map: Where the Wealth Is
Colleen O'Dea | January 7, 2013 | Budget, Maps, Map of the Week
Budget Cuts Loom as Shortfall Tops $700 Million
Mark J. Magyar | January 4, 2013 | Budget
OLS: Sandy reconstruction, income tax surge will help, but not enough.
Newly Consolidated Princeton Greets New Year
Colleen O'Dea | January 2, 2013 | Budget, More Issues
More than a year of prep work smoothes out potential rough patches in Princeton borough and township merger.
New Jersey Facing Major Fiscal Crisis in Years Ahead, Blue-Ribbon Panel Reports
Mark J. Magyar | December 14, 2012 | Budget
Budget expert: More revenue needed to meet pension, Medicaid, and infrastructure expenses.
Economists: Post-Sandy Reconstruction Could Provide Quick Boost for Lagging Economy
Mark J. Magyar | November 14, 2012 | Budget, Sandy
Experts are more pessimistic about New Jersey competitiveness, prospects for future growth.
Storm Costs Won't Necessarily Spell Budget Disaster
Mark J. Magyar | November 13, 2012 | Budget, Sandy
Federal aid, insurance payouts for reconstruction work could offset lost revenues.
State Revenues Running Almost $100 Million Short of Christie Projections
Mark J. Magyar | September 20, 2012 | Budget
Assembly Committee Says Towns Should Be Allowed to Keep Affordable Housing Funds -- for Now
Colleen O'Dea | August 9, 2012 | Budget
In a hearing marked by testy exchanges, the state argues that municipalities must return $142 million in unspent funds.
Low-Income Workers Feel the Pinch of Tax Credit Cut
Hank Kalet | August 8, 2012 | Budget
Decision to trim Earned Income Tax Credit by 20 percent means a smaller safety net.
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