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Tuning and Tweaking Legislation Targeting the Transportation Trust Fund

John Reitmeyer | June 22, 2016 | Transportation

A few subtle changes in the original bipartisan plan would put a cap on how much the gas tax could increase and give retirees a more generous break on their taxable income

Beginning Again: Syrian Refugees Struggle to Build a New Life in New Jersey

Thomas E. Franklin | June 23, 2016 | Social
Two families of Syrian refugees find hope and comfort in unexpected quarters: among them, two North Jersey synagogues
Construction Slated to Begin on Stockton’s ‘Island Campus’ in Atlantic City
Meir Rinde | June 24, 2016 | Planning
The $200 million campus is a key component of the rescue strategy intended to revive the failing, crisis-plagued gambling resort
Pinklining: Predatory Lenders Zero in on Minority Women
Joe Tyrrell | June 22, 2016 | Housing
Playing by the rules is far from enough, as one NJ woman sadly discovered
Is Lakewood on the Verge of a Meltdown?
Meir Rinde | June 21, 2016 | Education, Social
The former resort town is struggling with city-size problems: overstressed infrastructure, underfinanced schools, and growing social tensions
State Names New ‘Cyberczar’ to Help Protect Its Networks Against Hackers
John Reitmeyer | June 21, 2016 | Politics
As NJ becomes increasingly reliant on computer networks, it grows correspondingly more vulnerable to expensive, intrusive cyber attacks
Battle Lines Being Drawn over Competing Plans for Transportation Trust Fund
John Reitmeyer | June 20, 2016 | Transportation
Some conservatives argue Sarlo-Oroho gas-tax hike untenable. Some liberals worry tax cuts will mean less for safety-net programs. The TTF goes broke in less than two weeks
Unlike Interim Attorneys General, Christie’s New Pick Must Be Vetted by Senate
John Reitmeyer | June 17, 2016 | Politics
Christopher Porrino, a known quantity to legislative leaders, could be on fast track to confirmation
NJ Legislators Target Administration’s Efforts to Relax Gun Control Laws
Carly Sitrin | June 17, 2016 | Politics
Democrats push to restrict access to handguns, vow to keep guns out of hands of those convicted of domestic abuse
Prisoners of Fear: NJ’s Undocumented Immigrants
Hank Kalet | June 16, 2016 | Social
Recent roundups and immigration police activity have locals afraid to leave their houses to shop, work, or take kids to school
Colorado Visit Reignites Lawmaker’s Commitment to Recreational Pot in NJ
John Reitmeyer | June 15, 2016 | Politics
Sen. Scutari cites soaring tax revenues and redeployment of police among benefits of legalizing recreational marijuana in Garden State
Renewing the Transportation Trust Fund Without Raising Gas Tax
NJTV News Online | June 15, 2016 | Transportation
Sen. Beck’s plan calls for merging state agencies, public employee healthcare givebacks, and 3 percent annual growth. Do the numbers add up?
Christie Derides Bipartisan Gas-Tax Hike as ‘Payoff’ to Counties and Towns
John Reitmeyer | June 14, 2016 | Transportation
With the governor’s approval ratings at a record low, how much will lawmakers really care what he thinks?
NJTV News Story On Leaking Oil Tank Becomes ‘Theater Of The Absurd’
NJTV News Online | June 14, 2016 | More Issues
The play ‘Terra Incognita’ explores a couple’s expensive battle against pollution on their property
Is There a Bipartisan Light at the End of the Transit-Funding Tunnel?
John Reitmeyer | June 13, 2016 | Transportation
New plan would more than double gas tax, freeing up money to upgrade NJ’s crumbling infrastructure
Can the TTF Rescue Plan Ensure Tax Fairness Through Tax Cuts?
John Reitmeyer | June 13, 2016 | Transportation
A complex calculus of tax cuts and phase outs are part of the economic infrastructure of the Sarlo-Oroho plan
Newark: Economic Assets and Prospects For Growth, Along With Problems
Joe Tyrrell | June 13, 2016 | Politics
Lack of financial resources and connections among residents could hold city back
Diving into the Data: NJ’s Biggest June Primary Turnout This Century
Carly Sitrin | June 9, 2016 | Politics
Early estimates indicate that more than 1.26 million residents showed up at the polls. What’s the story behind the numbers?
NJ By the Numbers: Final Results for All Races, Presidential Primaries
NJ Spotlight Staff | June 8, 2016 | Politics, Elections 2016
Incumbents across the Garden State have an easy night of it. New Jersey puts Clinton over the top.
Overview: Incumbents Take All Races Across NJ, Clinton Clinches Nomination
Joe Tyrrell | June 8, 2016 | Politics, Elections 2016
Garden State voters were very good to incumbents, setting them up for spots on November ballot -- and giving Hillary Clinton just what she needed
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
A Republican Plan to Raise Gas Tax and Refuel Transportation Trust Fund
John Reitmeyer | June 7, 2016 | Transportation
Bumping up the gas tax by about 20 cents, according to Sen. Oroho, would keep fund solvent, but he wants to see tax cuts in return
Primary Preparation: Who to Watch, Why You Should Vote in Today’s Contests
Colleen O'Dea | June 7, 2016 | Politics
Will NJ give Clinton the delegates she needs to clinch the nomination -- hours before the California polls close?
Newark Redeploys Police Force, Targets Violent Crime Hotspots
Joe Tyrrell | June 7, 2016 | Social
Mayor Baraka hopes a combination of better policing and outreach to young offenders can cut robbery and murder rates
Port Authority Looks to Distribute Remaining 9/11 Artifacts
WNYC National Public Radio | June 7, 2016 | More Issues
Nonprofits and government entities invited to apply. Memorials must be accessible to the public
A Business Accelerator in Brick City Starts Searching for High-Tech Startups
John Reitmeyer | June 2, 2016 | More Issues
With its $23M bankroll, new venture capital firm has cash in hand, workspace to spare, and bandwidth to burn -- for outfits that want to call Newark home
Bonnie Watson Coleman Challenged by ‘Liberty Tea Democrat’ In 12th
Joe Tyrrell and Robin Traum | May 31, 2016 | Politics, Elections 2016
Alex Kucsma is anti-abortion and pro-gun rights, unlike the incumbent and most of her Democratic colleagues
Young Teacher Takes On Sires In 8th District Democratic Primary
Joe Tyrrell | May 31, 2016 | Politics, Elections 2016
Eloy Delgado is a Bernie Sanders supporter who says his lack of cash means he owes no favors
Trenton Turns Its Attention to Next Crisis, the Ailing Transportation Trust Fund
John Reitmeyer | May 27, 2016 | Transportation
One solution envisions a gas-tax hike; the other wants to hold steady on the gas tax and institute a pay-as-you-go scheme
Big Gamble: Lawmakers Give Atlantic City 5 Months To Get Finances Under Control
John Reitmeyer | May 27, 2016 | Politics
Resort will get some financial help while officials work out balanced budget, five-year plan
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