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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

Port Authority Urged to Keep Pedal to Metal on New Bus Terminal Project

John Reitmeyer | May 25, 2016 | Transportation
Although new facility may not be operational for as much as a decade, lawmakers and experts are making it clear that delays will not be taken lightly
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
Eleven-Term GOP Incumbent Takes on ‘Outsider’ in 11th District
Joe Tyrrell | May 27, 2016 | Politics
Frelinghuysen and Van Glahn squared off in 2014 primary, with the ‘old hand’ winning handily
The Impossible Dream: Affordable Rentals for Cash-Strapped Residents
Colleen O'Dea | May 26, 2016 | Housing
Punching the clock at minimum wage means some New Jerseyans would have to work 18 hours a day to rent a two-bedroom home in the Garden State
After Surviving the Superstorm, Struggling with Recovery Programs
National Public Radio | May 26, 2016 | Social
Billions in New Jersey and New York taxpayer dollars went to rebuild after Sandy. How can there be so much work left to do?
Battle of Insurance Claims Follows Long After Battering by Sandy
WNYC Public Radio | May 25, 2016 | Social
FEMA now agrees with 80 percent of the homeowners who say they were underpaid.
150 Days and Counting: Can Atlantic City Put Its Fiscal House In Order?
John Reitmeyer | May 24, 2016 | Politics
Compromise solution postpones state takeover until after the end of year, if resort can meet deadlines and demands
Cutting the Red Tape that Passes for Voter Registration in NJ
Carly Sitrin | May 24, 2016 | Politics
Quick quiz: Which seems easier -- registering through the DMV or printing out an online form and mailing it in?
Will Rising Property Taxes Encourage Mergers Among NJ’s 565 Municipalities?
John Reitmeyer | May 23, 2016 | Politics
Sharing public services can help bring down their cost -- a big plus in today’s economy -- but consolidation has never caught on among New Jersey’s communities
NJ’s Troubled Cities: Shrinking Tax Bases, Growing Need for Basic Services
Hank Kalet | May 20, 2016 | Social
Experts indicate that city dwellers typically pay a greater proportion of their income in municipal taxes than do their counterparts in wealthier suburbs
New Overtime Regulations Will Affect Some Half-Million New Jerseyans
NJTV News | May 20, 2016 | Social
Starting in December, employers will have to pay overtime to workers who make $47,476 a year or less, rather than the current threshold of $23,660
Will Trump Face Unhappy Hispanics at First New Jersey Campaign Stop?
WHYY Newsworks | May 19, 2016 | Politics
With 15 percent of the local population Latino, Mercer County is not likely to be friendly territory for Trump -- or rally-mate Gov. Chris Christie
Refugees Welcome in NJ, Despite Administration’s Move to Stop Them
Colleen O'Dea | May 18, 2016 | Social
The Christie administration may be pulling out of U.S. resettlement program, but it can’t stop refugees from making a home in Garden State -- despite governor’s rhetoric
The U.S. Broadcast-Spectrum Auction: Does NJ Stand to Benefit?
NJ Spotlight Staff | May 18, 2016 | Politics
NJ Spotlight editor talks dollars and sense about possible outcomes with WHYY NewsWorks
Former Goldman Sachs Exec Phil Murphy First To Enter Next Year’s Governor’s Race
John Reitmeyer | May 17, 2016 | Politics
Murphy, a Democrat who has never held elective office, could appeal to those fed up with career politicians as he tries to build name recognition
Murphy Dismisses Debates over Tax Cuts as ‘Last Century’s Argument’
NJTV News | May 17, 2016 | Politics
NJ’s first 2017 gubernatorial candidate says booming economies are partly built on great schools and good neighborhoods
On Track: Public Hearings Give New Jerseyans Chance to Dig Into Gateway Project
John Reitmeyer | May 17, 2016 | Transportation
Residents this week can scope out the $24 billion initiative that will bore two new rail tunnels under the Hudson River, linking NJ to NYC’s Penn Station
Trenton Circus Squad Helps Troubled Teens With Juggling and Similar Skills
WHYY Newsworks | May 17, 2016 | Social
‘Social circus’ program has already won national recognition since it was founded last year
How Much For NJ’s Public TV Airwaves? Treasurer Warns Against High Hopes
John Reitmeyer | May 16, 2016 | Politics
Legislators say money could be used to retire pension fund debt or address other needs -- as well as be reinvested in public media
Obama at Rutgers Tells Students 'You Have the Tools to Lead Us’
NJ Spotlight Staff | May 16, 2016 | Politics
But he warns the class of 2016 that big problems remain and building walls, ignoring scientific facts, and excluding Muslims won’t solve them
Is New Jersey Ready to Ramp up Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour?
John Reitmeyer | May 13, 2016 | Politics
Backers say that’s still barely a living wage in the state; opponents say it would mean fewer jobs
Christie Hands New Jersey Business a Bonus: $380 Million Cut in Payroll Taxes
John Reitmeyer | May 12, 2016 | Politics
Tax break comes on heels of earlier announcement, almost doubles the size of the original cut
Hunger Still a Daily Experience for More than 1 Million New Jerseyans
NJ Spotlight Staff | May 12, 2016 | Social
Some 12 percent of residents -- 17 percent of the state’s children -- are not getting enough to eat to live a healthy life
NJ Earned Income Tax Credit Could Climb As Part of Deal to Hike Gas Tax
John Reitmeyer | May 11, 2016 | Politics
Senate President Sweeney says working poor must be among those helped by tax cuts as Legislature struggles with Transportation Trust Fund
Name the Bridgegate Unindicted Co-Conspirators, Federal Judge Rules
NJ Spotlight Staff | May 11, 2016 | Politics
Citing the ‘public’s right of access,’ judge orders prosecutors to disclose full list of names, despite privacy concerns
Wine with Dinner? It Depends on Where Your Restaurant Is Located
NJ Spotlight Staff | May 11, 2016 | More Issues
New Jersey’s outdated liquor laws sharply restrict the number of liquor licenses a town or city can have, depending on its population
Red Tape, Permitting Delays Are Chief Enemies of Gateway Project, Experts Warn
John Reitmeyer | May 10, 2016 | Transportation
Keeping trans-Hudson tunnel on track is only way to prevent current $24B price tag from climbing much higher
NJ’s Mixed Economic Message: Low Unemployment Coupled with Job Loss
John Reitmeyer | May 9, 2016 | More Issues, Politics
The state’s unemployment stats lead the national average, but 2,000 jobs went missing in the first quarter of 2016, puzzling Garden State economists
Prieto Pulls His Stalled Atlantic City Bill, Edging Resort Closer to Crisis
John Reitmeyer | May 6, 2016 | Politics
Christie predicts city only has enough money to last 10 days, while Democratic leaders disagree as to next steps
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