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Lawmakers Discuss Easing Residency Requirement for NJ Transit Workers
John Reitmeyer | August 17, 2018 | Transportation
Shortage of engineers has added to agency’s troubles this summer. Governor supports hiring workers from neighboring states
NJ Gas Tax Likely to Increase Because Revenue Is Coming Up Short of Target
John Reitmeyer | August 16, 2018 | Budget
Final decision a couple of weeks away, but tax is likely to be raised by a few pennies to maintain the Transportation Trust Fund
Trump Tariffs Squeeze New Jersey Manufacturers, Disrupt Supply Chain
John Reitmeyer | August 15, 2018 | Budget
The tariffs ‘have been pretty much a nightmare,’ one executive tells lawmakers, who want to help but are not able to do much to protect local industry
Tougher Ethics Rules for Council that Guides Public Pension Investments
John Reitmeyer | August 14, 2018 | Budget
Questions raised about some previous decisions have led to new restrictions on panel that determines broad strategies and asset allocation for public-worker pension system
Making More of — and from — NJ’s Revolutionary Heritage
John Reitmeyer | August 13, 2018 | Social
State urged to do more to promote New Jersey’s central role in American Revolution as 250th anniversary approaches. Future economic benefits are emphasized
Cut Public-Worker Benefits, Merge School Districts — Sweeney Panel Recommends
John Reitmeyer | August 10, 2018 | Budget
Commission assembled by Senate President proposes aggressive measures to address New Jersey’s fiscal problems. Teachers union responds in the negative, governor noncommital
NJ Transit Boosts Budget, While Commuters Line Up to Complain About Service
John Reitmeyer | August 9, 2018 | Transportation
State agency votes to increase operating and capital budgets by $200 million all told, admits the addition will stem but not solve ongoing problems
NJ Transit’s Service Cuts Bring Fresh Hell as Agency Pushes to Meet PTC Deadline
John Reitmeyer | August 8, 2018 | Transportation
NJ commuters to New York City went through ‘summer of hell’ last year. They face renewed misery because of latest service changes, suspensions
Princeton Merger Pays Off in Property-Tax Slowdown, Better Services
John Reitmeyer | August 7, 2018 | Budget, Planning
Five years after borough and township consolidated, officials say homeowners and municipality have saved money, and services have improved
Bridge and Tunnel Slow Woes: Major Route 495 Repair Will Clog the Lincoln
John Reitmeyer | August 3, 2018 | Transportation
Traffic pileup: Transportation officials warn construction will lead to severe congestion, delays for ‘next two-and-a-half years’
Newark Receives Grant to Foster Minority-Owned Businesses
John Reitmeyer | August 2, 2018 | More Issues
One of five cities in country chosen for small aid program, Newark still eyes the big prize — Amazon’s HQ2
Make Extra Mortgage Payments, Get a New State Tax Credit
John Reitmeyer | August 1, 2018 | Budget
Homeowners in high-cost New Jersey could get a small NJ tax break as GOP still pushes for federal tax changes harmful to the state
Meadowlands Hotel-Room Tax Quietly Expanded Beyond Former Strict Limits
John Reitmeyer | July 31, 2018 | Budget
In little noticed move, tax broadened to cover all hotels in 14 district towns, not just those located within environmentally sensitive area
Rule Allowing State Workers to Donate Unused Leave to Co-Workers to be Made Law
John Reitmeyer | July 30, 2018 | Politics
Sen. Loretta Weinberg behind effort to legally codify New Jersey’s donated-leave policy, which has been praised for promoting teamwork
Radio Station Suspends Hosts for Using Racial Slur Against State Attorney General
John Reitmeyer | July 27, 2018 | Politics, Social
Politicians of every stripe jump to support AG Gurbir Grewal, the first Sikh-American in the country to hold such a position
Hoping for the Next Google, State Will Help Pay Rent of Startups and Tech Firms
John Reitmeyer | July 26, 2018 | More Issues
Keen to make New Jersey hospitable to new cutting-edge businesses, governor announces modest incentives he says could be beefed up if they deliver results
NJ Picked as ‘Learning Lab’ to Improve State Services Using Digital Technology
John Reitmeyer | July 25, 2018 | More Issues
Better information for NJ Transit riders, a more efficient Newark Airport. These and other government initiatives are promised
Sweeney Maneuvers to Strip Governor of Key Budget Power, Denies It’s Hostile
John Reitmeyer | July 24, 2018 | Budget, Politics
Governor has sole authority to certify revenues. But, if Senate President is successful, that won’t be the case for much longer
‘Sin Taxes’ Are Unlikely to Deliver Revenue Bonanza to New Jersey
John Reitmeyer | July 23, 2018 | Budget
Lawmakers in NJ recently enacted new taxes on e-cigarettes and sports betting. Analysis suggests the new taxes won’t do much for state coffers
Extra Homestead Credit in Pipeline, But Budget Ploy Keeps Lid on Amount
John Reitmeyer | July 20, 2018 | Budget
Homeowners who waited in vain for full NJ property-tax credit in May will get a makeup credit. But state has ways to keep lid on what’s paid out
NJ Tax-Incentive Programs Under Microscope — High Cost of Camden Jobs Noted
John Reitmeyer | July 19, 2018 | Budget
State should reform how it gives job-creation tax incentives to businesses, suggests new report that underscores high price tag for Camden jobs
NJ, Other States File Suit to Quash Federal Curbing of SALT Deduction
John Reitmeyer | July 18, 2018 | Politics
GOP’s overhaul of tax policies last year dealt harsh blow to New Jersey, other states by placing $10,000 limit on key tax write-off. New lawsuit says cap violates the Constitution
Can ‘Opportunity Zones’ Help Revitalize NJ’s Distressed Towns and Cities?
John Reitmeyer | July 17, 2018 | Politics
New federal program bets investors will be willing to put their money in designated zones in return for significant tax breaks down the line
How to Repair NJ Transit — Start with the Top Brass
John Reitmeyer | July 16, 2018 | Transportation
Money isn’t enough. New report suggests governing board of beleaguered transportation agency needs significant reform
Murphy Administration Hopes to Save on Cost of Public-Worker Benefits
John Reitmeyer | July 13, 2018 | Budget
Renewed focus in Trenton on price tag of health insurance, as troubled pension system also expected to come in for more scrutiny
Senate Inaction Leaves Empty Seats on Critical State Investment Council
John Reitmeyer | July 12, 2018 | Budget
Panel deals with $78.6 billion public pension system, but governor’s eight nominees have yet to get a hearing
NJ Ranks Last Among States for Cost of Doing Business, but Other Signs Are Positive
John Reitmeyer | July 11, 2018 | Budget
Low mark for Garden State is cause for concern. On the bright side: high marks in education, diversity, access to capital
NJ Agencies Try to Calm Trump Hostility to Gateway Project
John Reitmeyer | July 10, 2018 | Transportation
Port Authority takes over more aspects of trans-Hudson tunnel, NJ Transit confirms extra money for Portal Bridge. But is President’s enmity toward New York Senator Chuck Schumer the real impediment?
Lawmakers Want to Borrow $1B for Education Items but Leave Voters with Final Say
John Reitmeyer | July 9, 2018 | Education, Politics
Bipartisan support to ask voters for massive bond. The money would go to school security, technical training, and cleaning up school water. Will governor sign on?
Sweeney, Coughlin Show Governor Their Power in Budget Fight
John Reitmeyer | July 2, 2018 | Budget
Yes, Murphy got funding for nearly all his spending priorities. But he had to give up one of his core pledges, a millionaires tax, among other concessions to his fellow Democrats
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