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Analysis: For Christie, Plugging $800 Million Current Budget Gap Is Key
Mark J. Magyar | February 24, 2014 | Budget, Politics
Politically weakened governor needs to fix this year’s budget if he hopes to convince Democrats that NJ can afford a modest tax cut
Christie’s Quest To Tax Internet Sales Could Eventually Reap $300 Million
Mark J. Magyar | March 6, 2014 | Budget, Politics
Push to expand online sales tax collections pits Christie against most GOP presidential rivals
Analysis: Christie, Sweeney, and the Limits of Pension Reform
Mark J. Magyar | February 28, 2014 | Budget, Politics
Governor’s power to act is limited by the courts, Democratic opposition, and shortage of simple solutions
Think Tank Finds Fault with NJ's Pension-Reform Plan for Public Employees
Meir Rinde | February 27, 2014 | Budget, More Issues
Report does commend state for bipartisan dynamic that let governor, Legislature reach effective compromises
Analysis: Christie Offers No Tax Cut, But $205 Million In Veiled Tax Hikes
Mark J. Magyar | February 26, 2014 | Budget, Politics
Embattled governor arouses furor with call to renegotiate state’s pension obligation, but lack of specifics raises questions about Christie’s intent
Schools Grateful for Slightly More State Aid Tucked Into Tight Budget
John Mooney | February 26, 2014 | Budget, Education
Increase amounts to less than one-half of 1 percent, although projects touted by Christie will get extra funding
Medicaid Spending Would Climb While Other Health-Related Programs Get Less
Andrew Kitchenman | February 26, 2014 | Budget, Healthcare, Affordable Care Act
Christie focuses on healthcare costs in proposed 2015 budget, boosting total expenditures to over $4 billion
Explainer: Why It’s So Hard to Project Next Year’s Tax Collections in NJ
Mark J. Magyar | February 25, 2014 | Budget, Explainer
And why it’s important for the state to try to accurately estimate revenues - -and how politics comes into play
Battle Lines Drawn in Fight Over State Civil Service Job Protections
Joe Tyrrell | January 7, 2014 | Budget, More Issues, Politics
Christie, GOP push for ‘banding’ of positions decried by Democrats as threat to job security
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?
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