Follow Us:
Financial Transparency Almost Unknown Among NJ Gubernatorial Hopefuls
Colleen O'Dea | April 19, 2017 | Politics
ELEC personal disclosure forms require almost no detailed financial data, and most candidates seem content to leave it at that
The List: Top 10 Public Contractors and Their Political Contributions
Colleen O'Dea | April 17, 2017 | The List
Complexity and confusion about the law may have discouraged contractors from contributing directly to candidates and parties last year
True or False? The More You Know, the More Likely You Are to Believe ‘Fake News’
Colleen O'Dea | April 13, 2017 | Politics
A recent poll shows that New Jerseyans with deep political knowledge are most susceptible to conspiracy theories about the opposite party
Interactive Map: Present or Absent — Teachers and Students at NJ’s Schools
Colleen O'Dea | April 7, 2017 | Maps, Map of the Week
Chronic absenteeism remains a problem at too many schools, but faculty earn an A for attendance
Crowded Fields, Contested Primaries Come into Focus as Candidates File
Colleen O'Dea | April 4, 2017 | Politics
Murphy may be unchallengeable, but a battle could be shaping up on Republican side for gubernatorial nomination
Accumulated Sick-Day Payouts: ‘Local’ Problem Hits $2 Billion and Counting
Colleen O'Dea | March 31, 2017 | Politics, Maps, Map of the Week
Pay for unused absences was capped at $15,000 in 2010, but public employees hired before that at school districts, towns, and counties across the state can still rack up six-figure payouts
Republicans Reach Across Aisle to Work on Reforming Sick-Day Payouts
Colleen O'Dea | March 31, 2017 | Politics
Bipartisan effort spurred by NJ Spotlight’s analysis of flawed system that has let public workers amass nearly $2 billion in unused sick and vacation leave
Profile: Keeping Tabs on Money, Politics, and Ethics in New Jersey Elections
Colleen O'Dea | March 29, 2017 | Profiles
As executive director of the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission, Jeffrey Brindle has his work cut out for him — and he loves it
Interactive Map: Detailing New Jersey’s National Flood Insurance Payments
Colleen O'Dea | March 24, 2017 | Maps, Map of the Week
New Jerseyans have been hard hit by floods over the past four decades, receiving almost $6 billion in NFIP payments
Immigrant Entrepreneur Argues Trump Travel Ban Is Bad for Small Businesses
Colleen O'Dea | March 16, 2017 | Immigration
For Samia Bahsoun, the administration’s just-blocked executive order has three strikes against it: It hurts tourism, damages the economy, and makes it hard to find high-tech help
Poor, Elderly Stand to Be Hardest Hit Under GOP Healthcare Plan
Colleen O'Dea | March 15, 2017 | Healthcare
NJ Spotlight interactive map lets readers compare tax credits they would get from ACA versus AHCA on county-by-county basis
The List: NJ and Administration’s Travel Ban on ‘Mostly Muslim’ Countries
Colleen O'Dea | March 13, 2017 | The List
New Jersey is home to about 9,500 people that the Trump administration’s new ban could seek to keep out
Interactive Map: Who in NJ Would Get Hurt by Repealing and Replacing the ACA?
Colleen O'Dea | March 10, 2017 | Maps, Map of the Week
New Jersey residents benefited greatly from Obamacare Medicaid expansion. If the program is rolled back, men, women, and children in every county will be affected
With State Aid in Deep Freeze, Towns and Schools Are Out in the Cold
Colleen O'Dea | March 8, 2017 | Budget
What does a flat budget look like? Higher property taxes, fewer services and staff, and nothing extra for teachers and students
Lobbying Dollars Down a Tad in 2016, Biggest Spending on Funneling Gas Tax to TTF
Colleen O'Dea | March 3, 2017 | Politics
The NJEA is no longer the top spender; bumped to second place by Engineers Labor-Employer Cooperative and its efforts on behalf of Transportation Trust Fund
2017 Gubernatorial Hopefuls Respond to Christie’s Budget Address
Colleen O'Dea | March 1, 2017 | Budget
No shortage of skepticism and criticism from members of the governor’s own party, as well as from other contenders
New Farmland Assessment Reveals ‘Fake Farmers’ Still Getting Tax Breaks
Colleen O'Dea | February 28, 2017 | Planning
Faux farmers and hobby farms are still helping celebrities, politicians, and companies qualify for lowball property-tax assessments
U.S. Immigration Crackdown Drives NJ's Undocumented Deeper into Shadows
Colleen O'Dea | February 27, 2017 | Immigration
Advocates and immigrants urge lawmakers to make New Jersey a sanctuary state, one that will not cooperate with ICE if it makes broad sweeps of undocumented communities
Interactive Map: Tracking Chronic Conditions Among NJ’s Medicare Clients
Colleen O'Dea | February 24, 2017 | Maps, Map of the Week
New government data is sobering: The state has the highest rates nationally for diabetes and heart failure; second-highest rates for cancer and stroke, among other maladies
Promised Quorum Could Bring Election Commission Out of Cold Storage
Colleen O'Dea | February 15, 2017 | Politics
Watchdog agency plays critical role in rapidly approaching gubernatorial debates, other tasks related to 2017 election
School Violence and Vandalism by the Book
Colleen O'Dea | February 14, 2017 | Education
State DOE’s annual report on problems plaguing schools indicates small bump in incidents over the year before
Interactive Map: Plotting Student Loan Defaults Across the Garden State
Colleen O'Dea | February 10, 2017 | Maps, Map of the Week
At 9.1 percent, New Jersey’s default rate is 11th in the country, particularly good news given that students tend to carry a heavy debt burden
Can NJ Colleges Deliver ‘Income Mobility’ to Poor Students?
Colleen O'Dea | February 9, 2017 | Education
Some 66 percent of Garden State colleges help graduates climb from poverty to the ranks of the upper middle class
One-Stop Online Source for All Data to Make Government in NJ More Transparent
Colleen O'Dea | February 7, 2017 | Politics
New Jersey Open Data Initiative should make it easier for public to find all manner of state information
Poll Finds New Jersey Majority Favors Affordable Housing
Colleen O'Dea | February 2, 2017 | Housing
Two-thirds approve providing homes for those of low- and moderate-income; 53 percent think their own communities have ‘the right amount’
Coding for Community Helps Towns, Cities Develop Apps on Their Wish Lists
Colleen O'Dea | January 31, 2017 | Social
Contest for the state’s digerati puts tech skills at service of municipalities, along with a chance to take home some bankable prizes
Transparency Bills Take Aim at Lobbying, Presidential Tax Returns
Colleen O'Dea | January 30, 2017 | Politics
Lobbying legislation has already passed Senate unanimously; measure dealing with candidates faces rougher road, including possible legal challenge
Interactive Map: Where NJ’s High Property Taxes Are Highest (and Lowest)
Colleen O'Dea | January 27, 2017 | Maps, Map of the Week
Over the past six years, property taxes have climbed by as much as 35 percent, but some communities have seen average bills remain stable or even declined
State Audit Faults EDA for Not Making Sure Companies Qualify for Awards
Colleen O'Dea | January 24, 2017 | Politics
Although ‘adequate controls’ are in place, according to audit, Economic Development Authority needs to do better job determining, following up on tax breaks, credits
Interactive Map: Where NJ’s Working Poor Can’t Afford Bare Necessities
Colleen O'Dea | January 20, 2017 | Maps, Map of the Week
The latest report on ALICE— Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed — reveals 37 percent of households can’t eke out a survival budget
Sponsors
Corporate Supporters
Most Popular Stories
«
»