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Default on Debt Payment Looms Again for Financially Troubled Atlantic City
John Reitmeyer | July 28, 2016 | Budget
City and state officials haven’t sorted out details of key bridge loan; Moody’s say default likely if they can’t agree
How Can New Jersey, Other States Rescue Underfunded Pension Systems?
John Reitmeyer | July 27, 2016 | Budget
NJ Senate President Sweeney says officials need to be honest with the public and state workers about the problem
Stopping NJ Companies from Shifting Revenue to States with Lower Business Taxes
John Reitmeyer | July 26, 2016 | Budget
Veteran senator hopes debate over Transportation Trust Fund will boost efforts to tighten business-tax rules
Democratic Leaders Unite On New Tax-Cut Plan to Balance Gas-Tax Hike
John Reitmeyer | July 25, 2016 | Budget
Sweeney and Prieto hope to appeal to legislators from both parties — and maybe even Gov. Christie — or to pick up enough support for an override
Ballot Question on Pension Payments Gets Dragged into TTF Wrangle
John Reitmeyer | July 21, 2016 | Budget
Deadline nears for putting new pension payments on November ballot, but impasse between Christie and Sweeney on transportation funding gets in the way
Democrats Revive Plan to Give Undocumented Students Tuition Aid at NJ Colleges
John Reitmeyer | July 19, 2016 | Budget, Politics
Undocumented residents already have the right to pay in-state tuition, but few can afford to do so, effectively shutting them out of a college education
Explainer: Constitutional Amendment Would Lock in Gas-Tax Revenue for TTF
John Reitmeyer | July 19, 2016 | Budget, Explainer
Governor and legislators may yet break deadlock over how to fund transportation projects, but voter agreement in November ballot is no slam dunk
Christie Threatens to End Reciprocal Income Tax Agreement with Pennsylvania
John Reitmeyer | July 18, 2016 | Budget
Pact currently allows bistate commuters to file where they live and means lower taxes for low-income New Jerseyans and high-income Pennsylvanians
Why Christie, Sweeney, and Others Agree on 23-Cent/Gallon Gas-Tax Hike
John Reitmeyer | July 14, 2016 | Budget
Impasse over transport fund has been years in the making, but New Jersey’s politicians face a deadline within days
New Jersey Starts Collecting More Tax Upfront from Lottery Winners
John Reitmeyer | July 13, 2016 | Budget
Change in income-tax withholding rules could help state finances at least a little bit
At NJ Spotlight Roundtable, Competing Visions of How to Fix Public-Pension System
John Reitmeyer | July 11, 2016 | Budget
Heated discussion leaves little room for common ground; former governor says situation may need federal intervention
$1.6 Billion Doubt Shadows Christie’s Sales-Tax Plan
John Reitmeyer | July 8, 2016 | Budget
As worries about blowing a hole in the state budget persist, governor’s sales-tax scheme finds few new supporters
Who Wins, Who Loses After Christie Wields His Line-Item Veto Pen?
John Reitmeyer | July 5, 2016 | Budget
Millionaires and retired public workers wind up in the win column, but current public workers, businesses, and homeowners rack up a loss
Christie Line-Item Vetoes Even Modest Adds Democrats Made to Budget Plan
NJ Spotlight Staff | July 1, 2016 | Budget
Governor slashes money for preschool, charity care, senior property-tax relief, blames Democrats for being irresponsible
How Will Sweeney Deal with Christie and Prieto’s Late-Night TTF Surprise?
John Reitmeyer | June 30, 2016 | Budget
Senate President is searching for a solution — or maybe not — after a last-minute deal between Christie and Prieto to boost transportation funding
Fine Print: Transportation Funding Puts Sales Tax-Cut Under Microscope
John Reitmeyer | June 29, 2016 | Budget
Christie and Assembly leaders sweep away key elements of Senate bill, replace them with 1 percent cut in sales tax
Budget Bill Sails Through, but Christie Brokers New Plan to Revive TTF
John Reitmeyer | June 28, 2016 | Budget
Christie gets up close and personal with Assembly lawmakers, hammers out scheme that swaps gas-tax hike for 1% sales-tax cut -- and jettisons most of bipartisan TTF plan
Democratic Budget Bill: More for Social Programs, No Major Tax Hikes
John Reitmeyer | June 24, 2016 | Budget
Bill adds just $275 million to Christie plan, so budget battles of previous years may not be in the offing, but line-item vetoes are almost certain
Hedge-Fund Dispute Stalls 2017 Investment Plan For Public Pension System
John Reitmeyer | June 23, 2016 | Budget
Treasury downplays significance of deadlock, indicating issue could be resolved at August meeting of NJ State Investment Council
Sweeney Confirms Democrats Will Present Their Own Budget Bill to Christie
John Reitmeyer | June 16, 2016 | Budget
Line-item veto means governor gets the last word on funding for women’s healthcare and other Democratic priorities
State’s Top Court Says No Retiree COLA Payments Until Pension System Is Healthy
John Reitmeyer | June 10, 2016 | Budget
Public employee unions outraged at ruling. One characterizes it as ‘theft, plain and simple’
Are New Jersey’s Millionaires Really Fleeing to States with Lower Taxes?
John Reitmeyer | June 9, 2016 | Budget
New figures suggest that Garden State has gained tens of thousands of millionaires over past decade
Dueling Plans to Fix Public Pension System, One with a ‘Safety Valve’
John Reitmeyer | June 8, 2016 | Budget, Politics
Democrats and unions are cool to Republican O’Scanlon’s offering, which allows governors to skip or skimp on payments if financial projections are off
Monthly Job Reports 'Worthless' for Long-Term Planning Says Top Official
John Reitmeyer | June 6, 2016 | Budget
Best way to build budget forecast, argue experts, is to focus on long-term trends and other economic indicators
Targeting Tax Breaks for Urban Enterprise Zones in NJ’s Struggling Cities
John Reitmeyer | June 3, 2016 | Budget
Democrats want to give zones in five cities a 10-year extension before they expire next year
Some Seniors, Disabled Could Be Frozen Out of NJ’s ‘Senior Freeze’ Program
John Reitmeyer | June 1, 2016 | Budget
Fine print in annual state budget will eliminate cost-of-living increases for property-tax relief program, unless Christie changes his mind
Pushing to Protect the Educational Opportunity Fund from State Budget Cuts
John Reitmeyer | May 31, 2016 | Budget, Education
The EOF has helped thousands of low-income students across NJ make it into and through college
Raucous Meeting of Pension-System Managers Ends in Cliffhanger
John Reitmeyer | May 26, 2016 | Budget
Board deadlocks over how heavily to invest in hedge funds, with public employees pushing for 4 percent cap
Backers of Tax Cuts Argue They’re The Cure for NJ’s Budget Woes
John Reitmeyer | May 20, 2016 | Budget
Opponents say tax-revenue shortfall is already cutting into services and programs delivered by the state
Christie Misses Tax-Revenue Estimate, Blows $600M Hole in Current Budget
John Reitmeyer | May 19, 2016 | Budget
Administration will make across-the-board cuts and tap Clean Energy Fund, but says it will not touch scheduled pension payments
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