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Explainer: Why NJ’s Cap on Raises for Cops and Firefighters Is Set to Expire
John Reitmeyer | September 12, 2017 | Explainer
So-called interest-arbitration awards hold salary increases that go to binding arbitration at 2 percent. What happens to local communities if they’re allowed to sunset?
Does New Jersey Have a Shot at Being Home to Amazon’s HQ2?
John Reitmeyer | September 11, 2017 | More Issues
The e-commerce giant is looking for a home for its second corporate headquarters. Newark, Jersey City, and New Brunswick say they have what it takes
Bipartisan Delegation from NJ, NY Pitch President Trump on Gateway Tunnel Project
John Reitmeyer | September 8, 2017 | Transportation
But administration offers no indication to governors, senators, and representatives if it will help pick up tab for ‘nation’s most important infrastructure project’
Business Leaders Say Find Fixes for NJ’s Financial Woes Before It’s Too Late
John Reitmeyer | September 7, 2017 | Budget
Pointing to recent lack of substantive legislation, members of business community argue that high taxes and underfunded pension system aren’t taking a summer break
New Jersey’s ‘Dreamers’ Speak Out on Trump’s Plan to Dump DACA
John Reitmeyer | September 6, 2017 | Politics, Immigration
Undocumented immigrants who have called Garden State home their entire lives now threatened with being sent back to their ‘native’ countries
Taxing and Regulating Fantasy Sports Means Real Revenues for NJ
John Reitmeyer | September 5, 2017 | Budget
Besides translating into millions of much-needed dollars, new rules also put in place much-needed consumer protections
NJ Strives to Stay Ahead in Transportation, Logistics, and Distribution
John Reitmeyer | August 18, 2017 | Education
Automation, online tracking, drone delivery, and robotics are among topics and skill sets the state wants education system to help tomorrow’s workers to master
Moody's Says NJ Still a Gamble, Despite Pension Fund Tapping Lottery Revenues
John Reitmeyer | August 17, 2017 | Budget
Credit-rating agency also warns of difficulties servicing growing pension payments, but does not reduce state’s A3 ranking
With Vo-Techs Turning away Students, Lawmakers Consider Bond Issue
John Reitmeyer | August 16, 2017 | Education, Politics
Referendum is likely a year off, but manufacturers are already saying they have more job openings than skilled workers, adding urgency to the initiative
It’s No Jackpot, But Online Gambling Tax Contributes Millions to NJ's Coffers
John Reitmeyer | August 15, 2017 | Budget
Although tax revenue from Internet gaming has not met some supporters’ projections, it’s becoming a reliable source of cash for the state’s annual budget
Comptroller to Apprise Governor, Lawmakers on Follow-Up Audits
John Reitmeyer | August 14, 2017 | Politics
New law calls for comptroller to report on how public agencies have responded to major audits and loop legislators and state’s chief exec in on the results
Planning for Trans-Hudson Tunnel Chugs Ahead with Release of Draft EIS
John Reitmeyer | August 11, 2017 | Transportation
Troubling questions about financing remain to be answered, but the tunnel is anything but stalled
Union Goes to Court to Block Christie’s Changes to State Cybersecurity
John Reitmeyer | August 10, 2017 | More Issues
The CWA, the largest union of state workers, is challenging governor’s reorganization of information technology department
Does Tepid Growth in Personal Income Mean NJ's Recovery Not that Hot?
John Reitmeyer | August 9, 2017 | More Issues
Personal income in Garden State has only grown 1 percent a year since late in 2007, when Great Recession started, trailing national rate of 1.7 percent for same period
Amtrak Says Penn Station Repairs Likely to End Soon After Labor Day
John Reitmeyer | August 7, 2017 | Transportation
Upgrades right on schedule, agency says, but there might be more work needed after summer is over that could affect NJ Transit commuters
With a New Jersey E-ZPass It’s E-Z to Pay Higher Tolls in New York City
John Reitmeyer | August 4, 2017 | Transportation
They may think they’re getting a discount, but drivers with New Jersey-based EZ-Pass accounts are paying the same rate as cash customers at many NYC bridges and tunnels
Extending Real-World Fiduciary Protection to ‘Digital Assets’
John Reitmeyer | August 3, 2017 | More Issues
Online financial tools, virtual currencies, even email and social-media accounts can ‘outlive’ their owners — and that can be a serious problem
Port Authority Shakeup: What Will Future of Agency Look Like with Degnan Gone?
John Reitmeyer | August 2, 2017 | Transportation
Former NJ Sen. O’Toole named as new chairman, but with two major projects underway, this is a critical time at Port
NJ Legislators Address Leftover Business from Budget Shutdown
John Reitmeyer | August 1, 2017 | Politics
Getting back pay to state workers sidelined by impasse is top priority, but avoiding another Beachgate by keeping future governors off shuttered state property is also in the works
Thaw for Senior Freeze Property-Tax Relief Frozen Out of 2018 Budget
John Reitmeyer | July 31, 2017 | Budget
Many NJ seniors won’t qualify for property-tax reimbursement because program was capped at $70K following Great Recession — and that’s where the cap remains
State’s New Ways to Pay into Public-Pension System ‘Huge Step in Right Direction’
John Reitmeyer | July 28, 2017 | Budget
Starting this month, New Jersey’s chronically underfunded public pensions are going to benefit from Lottery funds as well as from more regular payments by the state
If You Build a Warehouse in New Jersey, They Will Come…
John Reitmeyer | July 27, 2017 | More Issues
Location, infrastructure help Garden State become a growing hub for storage and distribution of products. The industry accounts for 11 percent of job growth in the Garden State since 2016
One for the Books: $125M Library Bond Issue on November Ballot
John Reitmeyer | July 25, 2017 | Budget
If the bond sale is approved, it will be the first sizable chunk of money NJ libraries have gotten since $45M grant program almost 20 years ago
Time to Take Another Crack at Closing the State’s Budget Gap?
John Reitmeyer | July 24, 2017 | Budget
Consensus forecasting, according to advocates, could eliminate the ‘April surprise’ that sends the state scrambling to make up funds when tax collection projections don’t match reality
Revised Federal Flood Insurance Program Looks to Sandy for Lessons Learned
John Reitmeyer | July 21, 2017 | Housing
Current NFIP is underwater with debt, overhaul would address that problem, be more responsive to homeowners, and cap the cost of annual increases
Absentee Train Engineers Keep NJ Transit’s ‘Summer of Hell’ at Low Boil
John Reitmeyer | July 20, 2017 | Transportation
Staffing problems have forced the agency to cancel 40 trains this week, as many as 64 all told this month
NJ Could Get More Bang for Tax Incentive Bucks Backing Startups, Not Older Firms
John Reitmeyer | July 19, 2017 | More Issues
New companies generally generate more jobs and continue to grow for years, while mature companies rarely deliver that sort of performance
Race to the Bottom: NJ Ranked Dead Last of All 50 States for Fiscal Health
John Reitmeyer | July 18, 2017 | Budget
Persistent underfunding of public-employee pension system looks to have been a key factor in dismal showings in state-by-state comparisons
Push to Find Funding for Local Journalism — While Trenton Is ‘out of Town’
John Reitmeyer | July 17, 2017 | Budget
Grass-roots effort to tap into cash from sale of public airwaves will continue through summer and into 2018 if need be, organizers say
Public Workers to Be ‘Made Whole’ for Time Lost During State Shutdown
John Reitmeyer | July 14, 2017 | Politics
Democratic legislative leaders have come up with a bipartisan bill that Christie's spokesman says he will sign to get back pay to state employees sidelined during budget impasse
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