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Explainer Guide

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
Explainer: Drop in Casino Tax Revenue Reflects Industry’s Decline in New Jersey
Mark J. Magyar | December 3, 2014 | Explainer
Casino taxes support programs for elderly and disabled, but budgetary impact is limited because state’s casino tax rate is so low
Explainer: New Jersey’s Plan to Fortify Its Coast Still Faces Roadblocks
Scott Gurian | November 26, 2014 | Explainer, Sandy
State wants to build dunes, but hundreds of homeowners remain unwilling to grant easements
Explainer: 'American Dream' Project -- Is It Really Happening This Time?
Tara Nurin | November 18, 2014 | Explainer
Long and winding road filled with fiscal detours may finally lead to completion of sprawling entertainment and retail complex formerly known as ‘Xanadu’
Explainer: What Is the ‘Cadillac Tax,’ and Why Does It Matter to New Jersey?
Mark J. Magyar | November 4, 2014 | Explainer
Obamacare excise tax would hit New Jersey harder than most states, Christie and his pension/health benefits commission warn
Explainer: How Well Is New Jersey Doing In Protecting Its Waterways?
Tom Johnson | October 28, 2014 | Explainer
The Garden State continues to struggle to meet federal water-quality standards -- and it shows
The Explainer: Who Can Vote, Where to Vote, and Other Election Day Info
Colleen O'Dea | October 21, 2014 | Explainer, Elections 2014
New Jersey’s rules and regulations for eligibility to cast ballots are relatively easy and straightforward
Explainer: How New Jersey’s Medical Marijuana Law Works
Andrew Kitchenman | October 14, 2014 | Healthcare, Explainer
Governor opposed to medicinal-pot program has now implemented it, but critics see it as country’s most restrictive
Explainer: Why Sandy Aid Has Taken So Long to Reach People Impacted by Storm
Scott Gurian | October 7, 2014 | Explainer, Sandy
Nearly two years after the historic hurricane hit New Jersey, a look at what’s holding up the money
Explainer: Getting Inside the Urban Hope Act -- and ‘Renaissance Schools’
John Mooney | September 30, 2014 | Education, Explainer
Opening the way for charter networks to gain a toehold in the city, new law could transform education in Camden
Explainer: How Does New Jersey Tax Gasoline Sales?
Mark J. Magyar | September 23, 2014 | Explainer
NJ levies both a gas tax and a petroleum products gross-receipts tax, but both add up to the second-lowest gas tax in the nation
Explainer: Shopping for Cheaper Energy Remains a Chancy Undertaking
Tom Johnson | September 16, 2014 | Energy & Environment, Explainer
Unexpected spikes in prices is one reason that the state is looking into ways to better regulate alternative power suppliers
Explainer: Coming Up to Speed on the Common Core State Standards
John Mooney | September 9, 2014 | Education, Explainer
Just mentioning ‘Common Core’ is a good way to provoke an argument, but what’s behind all the anxiety?
Explainer: The Facts About Climate Change and Sea-Level Rise in New Jersey
Scott Gurian | September 2, 2014 | Explainer
By the end of the century, the Garden State's current coast could be under more than three feet of water
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