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Explainer: The How and Why of NJ’s Ban on Investments in Firms with Ties to Iran

John Reitmeyer | July 28, 2015 | Explainer

Boycott became law in 2008 in response to threatening anti-Israel rhetoric by nation’s then-leader, restarting of country’s nuclear program

Explainer: Coming to Terms With the Intricacies of Fair Housing -- After COAH

Meir Rinde | July 21, 2015 | Housing, Explainer
From builder's remedy and growth share to rehabilitation and vacant land
Explainer: Looking Into the Emergency Services Length of Service Award Program
Marc Pfeiffer | July 14, 2015 | Explainer
LOSAPs are used to reward volunteer fire companies and EMT squads, but the best way to keep them out of trouble is to ensure adequate oversight
Explainer: Control of Local School Districts Comes Under Fire in Third Decade
John Mooney | July 7, 2015 | Education, Explainer
Once viewed as a pioneering initiative, the latest drama in Newark's takeover saga brings state law to the center of debate
Explainer: 1999 Ruling Still Shapes NJ Policies for People with Disabilities
Andrew Kitchenman | June 30, 2015 | Explainer
In Olmstead case, U.S. Supreme Court required that patients live in the least restrictive and most appropriate setting
Explainer: Nailing Down the Definition of Natural-Resource Damages
Tom Johnson | June 23, 2015 | Explainer
The proposed Exxon Mobil settlement has made this term part of the conversation
Explainer: How Do State Budgets Manage to Avoid Spending Required By Law?
John Reitmeyer | June 16, 2015 | Budget, Explainer
Two provisions of NJ constitution provide loopholes that allow – and actually ‘require’ -- lawmakers to circumvent mandates
Explainer: Common Core State Standards -- What Is Christie Walking Away From?
John Mooney | June 2, 2015 | Education, Explainer
Much of the backlash from parents and teachers over Common Core has really been over the PARCC assessments linked to the academic guideposts
Explainer: What’s Going On at the Delaware River Port Authority?
Meir Rinde | May 26, 2015 | Explainer
A smaller, southern version of the Port Authority of NY/NJ, both in responsibilities and -- unfortunately -- in questionable behavior
Explainer: What Was Behind the Sudden Decision to Close Izod Center’s Doors?
Lilo H. Stainton | May 19, 2015 | Explainer
NJ Sports and Exposition Authority’s close-mouthed about how and why venue had to close doors and reach deal with Prudential Center
Explainer: Special Advisory Council Tracks Status of New Jersey’s Water Supply
Jon Hurdle | May 12, 2015 | Explainer
Diverse group reports to state DEP on all aspects, present and future, of what may be state’s most precious commodity
Explainer: How New Jersey Taxes Its Millionaires – and How It Doesn’t
John Reitmeyer | May 5, 2015 | Explainer
Idea being pushed again by Democratic legislators – and opposed by Christie -- would generate anywhere from $500M to $615M annually
Explainer: Medicaid Insures Poor, Provides Services for Seniors, Disabled
Andrew Kitchenman | April 28, 2015 | Healthcare, Explainer
Federal-state program has taken on increasingly large role since 1965 launch
Explainer: Navigating the Complex Web of Federal, State Disclosure Laws
Colleen O'Dea | April 21, 2015 | Explainer
Understanding the charges against U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez means understanding the finer points of the laws he allegedly broke
Explainer: Clean Energy Program Promotes Use of Wind, Solar and Biofuels
Tom Johnson | April 14, 2015 | Energy & Environment, Explainer
Progress is being made on clean energy, albeit slowly, but big advances are not likely under the current administration as funding dwindles
Explainer: Taking Care of Business Within an Urban Enterprise Zone
Tara Nurin | March 31, 2015 | Explainer
State pols are trying to extend and reform the program but so far, Gov. Christie isn’t cooperating
Explainer: Will NJ Transit Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Ever Get to Bergen County?
Meir Rinde | March 24, 2015 | Transportation, Explainer
Plans are afoot, though not necessarily in place, to establish a single-seat, 33-minute ride from Hoboken Terminal to Englewood Hospital
Explainer: Why Must Combined Sewer Outfalls Be Upgraded, Replaced?
Chris Sturm | March 17, 2015 | Explainer
Long-term CSO permits have been issued to operators of systems that handle both wastewaters and stormwater -- for very good reasons
Explainer: Why Some Sandy Survivors Have Been Asked to Pay Back Aid They’ve Received
Scott Gurian | March 10, 2015 | Explainer, Sandy
Some coastal residents have found that what the government giveth, the government can also taketh away
Explainer: Why Property Taxes Are So High . . . and Reform Efforts Fall Short
Colleen O'Dea | March 3, 2015 | Explainer
Abundance of local governments and school districts, state mandates, and relatively little state funding are among biggest factors
Explainer: Children’s Health Insurance Program Helps Keep Medical Costs Low
Andrew Kitchenman | February 24, 2015 | Healthcare, Explainer
But families could face skyrocketing out-of-pocket costs if federal funding isn’t renewed before October
Explainer: Legislators in Two States Push to Reform the NY-NJ Port Authority
Meir Rinde | February 17, 2015 | Transportation, Explainer
Working on parallel paths and with identical bills, lawmakers struggle to bring transparency and accountability to the agency that gave Bridgegate to the world
Explainer: How the State Holds Superintendent Pay to $175,000 Per Year
John Mooney | February 10, 2015 | Education, Explainer
Are salary caps driving the best school chiefs out of state? The numbers say that might be a mistaken impression
Explainer: In Seeking to Become For-Profits, NJ Hospitals Must Satisfy Law
Andrew Kitchenman | February 3, 2015 | Explainer
CHAPA ensures attorney general considers public interest in deciding whether conversions occur
Explainer: Water-Quality Watchdog Getting Ready to Get Back to Work
Jon Hurdle | January 27, 2015 | Energy & Environment, Explainer
The Drinking Water Quality Institute was out of the loop between 2010 and 2014. Is it back in business?
Explainer: Why Many Sandy Victims Are Frustrated With Their Insurance Companies
Scott Gurian | January 20, 2015 | Explainer, Sandy
Thousands say they were underpaid on claims, while insurers argue homeowners didn't understand coverage or homes had previous damage
Explainer: How Downtown New Brunswick Has Emerged from Its Doldrums
Tara Nurin | January 13, 2015 | Planning, Explainer
With its new skyline and image, does the city have the potential to become New Jersey’s version of Cambridge or Ann Arbor?
Explainer: Stalled State Computer System Delays Applications For Services
Andrew Kitchenman | January 5, 2015 | Healthcare, Explainer
Fate of long-planned Consolidated Assistance Support System remains uncertain after state cancels contract
Explainer: How New Jersey Generates Enough Power to Keep the Lights on
Tom Johnson | December 16, 2014 | Explainer
Right now, it's mostly nuclear and natural-gas production, but renewables are expected to play a greater role in the future
Explainer: How Tax Breaks and Funds Might Put Bounce in Camden’s Rebound
Tara Nurin | December 9, 2014 | Explainer
NBA team and three mega-companies lured to troubled city by Economic Opportunity Act of 2013 incentives, but critics says resulting jobs come at too high a cost
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