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Explainer Guide

Explainer: Protecting NJ Coastal Development with Beaches, Walls and Dunes

Scott Gurian | April 15, 2014 | Explainer, Sandy

Shore communities consider structural safeguards to make themselves safer from future storms

Explainer: Trying to Find a Stable Source of Funds for Open-Space Preservation
Tom Johnson | April 8, 2014 | Energy & Environment, Planning, Explainer
Despite continued support from voters, open-space preservation is flat broke, and it may take a constitutional amendment to bring it back to life
Explainer: How a Bill Becomes a Law in the Garden State
Colleen O'Dea | April 1, 2014 | Politics, Explainer
Complicated and sometimes almost contradictory, the path from draft bill to new legislation is long and winding
Explainer: NJ Healthcare Deregulation’s Impact Felt More Than 20 Years Later
Andrew Kitchenman | March 25, 2014 | Healthcare, Explainer, Affordable Care Act
1992 law’s effect on premiums inspired ACA insurance-coverage mandate intended to rein in prices
Explainer: Shedding Light on New Jersey’s Open Public Record Act
Colleen O'Dea | March 18, 2014 | More Issues, Explainer
Law meant to ease access to government documents has nearly three-dozen exceptions and lots of loopholes
Explainer: Clearing the Air on Offshore Wind Along the Jersey Coast
Tom Johnson | March 11, 2014 | Energy & Environment, Explainer
The promise of offshore wind has long been deferred in the Garden State, but the technology could still generate jobs and renewable power
Explainer: Where Sandy Aid Money Comes From and How It Works
Scott Gurian | March 4, 2014 | Explainer, Sandy
Following the money allocated for post-hurricane relief – from FEMA and otherwise -- just got a lot easier
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
Explainer: Prescription Monitoring Program Enters Crucial Phase
Andrew Kitchenman | February 11, 2014 | Healthcare, Explainer
State considers whether to increase requirements for doctors to participate in PMP
Explainer: 'Student Growth Percentile' Helps Measure Schools, Teachers
John Mooney | February 4, 2014 | Education, Explainer
In place for several years to gauge schools, SGP will now also be used to evaluate teachers
Explainer: Exploring the Promise of New Jersey’s Energy Master Plan
Tom Johnson | January 28, 2014 | Energy & Environment, Explainer
For all the ambition of its goal, the plan is running headfirst into reality
NJ’s Medicinal Marijuana Program Finally Moving Forward
Tara Nurin | January 21, 2014 | Healthcare, Explainer
Three years after Gov. Corzine signed the Compassionate Care Act, dispensaries now open in each of three regions
Explainer: Working Through the Details of Medicaid Expansion
Andrew Kitchenman | January 14, 2014 | Healthcare, Explainer
One of the reasons Medicaid expansion is working so well is that the federal government is picking up the tab
Explainer: FEMA’s Rating System Provides Incentives for Safer Construction
Scott Gurian | January 7, 2014 | More Issues, Planning, Explainer, Sandy
Program rewards Shore towns that take steps to make their residents less vulnerable to future storms
Explainer: How Redistricting Can Shape Elections -- and What Happens When It Does
Mark J. Magyar | December 17, 2013 | More Issues, Politics, Explainer
Winning the backroom battle over reapportionment can keep a political party in power for a decade
Explainer: Impact of Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Becoming Evident in Schools
John Mooney | December 10, 2013 | Education, Explainer
New statistics show legislation has made a difference – but challenges remain
The Explainer: Factors Driving Electricity Prices in New Jersey
Tom Johnson | December 3, 2013 | Energy & Environment, Explainer
Even programs put in place to push prices down may have the opposite effect
Explainer: NJ’s Complex Rules for Regulating Campaign Finances
Colleen O'Dea | November 26, 2013 | More Issues, Politics, Explainer
Detailed reporting requirements help keep tabs on millions of dollars spent and received at election times
Explainer: Medicaid Comprehensive Waiver Deploys Managed-Care Model
Andrew Kitchenman | November 19, 2013 | Explainer
Program shifts long-term care for elderly and disabled away from fee for services, stresses home- and community-based care
Explainer: Putting Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act in Perspective
Scott Gurian | November 12, 2013 | More Issues, Planning, Explainer, Sandy
Law to increase insurance rates could spell trouble for residents of the Jersey Shore
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
Explainer: Accountable Care Organizations Reshape Healthcare Delivery
Andrew Kitchenman | October 29, 2013 | Healthcare, Explainer
Advocates say patients benefit from emphasis on cost-cutting and efficiency
Explainer: What's Become of Zuckerberg’s $100M Gift to Newark Schools
John Mooney | October 22, 2013 | Education, Explainer
Facebook founder’s contribution has kept growing -- both in money raised and money spent – since it was announced three years ago
Explainer: State Plan Ensures Continued Growth, Protects Environment
Chris Sturm | October 15, 2013 | Energy & Environment, Explainer
Guiding development, marshalling resources in the most intensively developed state in the country
Explainer: NJ Highlands Protects Resources, Preserves Open Space
Colleen O'Dea | October 8, 2013 | Explainer
Area designated in 2004 for strict new controls on development encompasses 860,000 acres in 88 municipalities
The Explainer: PJM Interconnection, the Power Behind the Power Grid
Tom Johnson | October 1, 2013 | Explainer
Grid operator touches every aspect of power production, from which plants are in service to how much customers pay to keep their lights on.
The Explainer: Rx for Understanding the Affordable Care Act
Andrew Kitchenman | September 24, 2013 | Healthcare, Explainer
Complicated and controversial, President Barack Obama's ACA is on track to revise and remake healthcare in the United States
Explainer: Charting the Development of New Jersey's Charter Schools
John Mooney | September 17, 2013 | Education, Explainer
Charter schools are nothing if not controversial, but what's beneath the chatter?
Explainer: Mapping Out the National Flood Insurance Program
Scott Gurian | September 10, 2013 | Explainer, Sandy
With so few private firms offering flood insurance, the NFIP can help homeowners and businesses protect their property and, when necessary, rebuild for greater resilience.
Explainer: Coming Up to Speed on the Transportation Trust Fund
Mark J. Magyar | September 3, 2013 | Explainer
Over-reliance on borrowing for TTF exacerbates state’s long-term debt burden
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