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Explainer Guide

Explainer: Why It's Safe to Ride That Terrifying Roller-Coaster

Colleen O'Dea | July 22, 2014 | Explainer

Before the first person steps aboard a carnival ride, NJ has certified, registered, and inspected it, and made sure it complies with 137 pages of code

Explainer: What It Really Takes to Keep the Lights On in the Garden State

Tom Johnson | July 15, 2014 | Explainer
Aging power plants, pipelines blocked from crossing protected land, financing schemes that won't fly -- it's not just a matter of throwing a switch
Explainer: A Primer on Homelessness in the State of New Jersey
Hank Kalet | July 8, 2014 | Social, Explainer
Point-in-time count reveals that nearly 14,000 men, women, and children had no place to call home -- excluding tent encampments, abandoned buildings, and the like -- at the start of the year
Explainer: Impact of PARCC Tests on Teachers, Schools at Center of Debate
John Mooney | July 1, 2014 | Education, Explainer
Controversial exams tied to Common Core Standards scheduled to debut in NJ during next school year
Explainer: What’s Behind NJ’s Proposal to Reduce Size of Ammunition Clips
Hank Kalet | June 23, 2014 | Explainer
Advocates say it would force shooters to reload more frequently; foes say larger clips help law-abiding citizens defend themselves
Explainer: Taking the Misunderstanding Out of Medicare Advantage
Andrew Kitchenman | June 16, 2014 | Healthcare, Explainer, Affordable Care Act
NJ trails country in percentage of seniors who choose private insurance plans
Explainer: How New Master Plans Are Shaping NJ’s Flagship State University
Chase Brush | June 10, 2014 | Education, Explainer
Can ambitious plans transform Rutgers into 'one of the nation's great universities?'
Explainer: How Do Our Judges Make It to the Bench in New Jersey?
Colleen O'Dea | June 3, 2014 | Explainer
The Garden State has chosen to appoint rather than elect judges, but that doesn't keep politics out of the process
Explainer: The Debate Over Defined-Benefit vs. Defined-Contribution Pensions
Mark J. Magyar | May 27, 2014 | Budget, Explainer
Both approaches have gotten a lot of press of late, here's a way to cut through the doubletalk
Explainer: Why NJ’s Bond Rating Was Downgraded, and Why It Matters
Mark J. Magyar | May 20, 2014 | Budget, Explainer
Higher interest rates resulting from shaky credit status means it will cost more for the state to borrow money
Explainer: State Control of Local School Districts Comes Under Fire in Third Decade
John Mooney | May 13, 2014 | Education, Explainer
Once viewed as a pioneering initiative, New Jersey’s approach now assailed by many as usurping community’s role
Explainer: Medicaid ACO's Try to Bring Better Healthcare to Low-Income Areas
Andrew Kitchenman | May 6, 2014 | Healthcare, Explainer, Affordable Care Act
Pilot project offers incentives for reducing costs while better coordinating patient care
Explainer: How Has New Jersey Responded to Global Warming?
Tom Johnson | April 29, 2014 | Energy & Environment, Explainer
Programs and plans are in place, but it seems ever more obvious that the state is going to miss its targets, typically by a wide margin
Explainer: Just How Bad Is New Jersey's Foreclosure Crisis?
Joe Tyrrell | April 22, 2014 | Explainer
The Garden State has the country's highest percentage of foreclosures among mortgaged homes -- and that's just the beginning
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
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