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Explainer: Why Property Taxes Are So High . . . and Reform Efforts Fall Short
Colleen O'Dea | March 3, 2015 | Explainer
Abundance of local governments and school districts, state mandates, and relatively little state funding are among biggest factors
Interactive Map: State-Aid Landscape Basically Unchanged, Frozen and Flat
Colleen O'Dea | February 27, 2015 | Budget, Maps, Map of the Week
Funding to municipalities virtually unchanged for fifth straight year under Christie budget
Mapping Surplus Military Equipment Given to New Jersey's Local Police Forces
Colleen O'Dea | February 20, 2015 | Maps, Map of the Week
Tactical gear has grabbed the headlines, but surplus equipment also includes bandages, life preservers, and flashslights
Commuting Trends in NJ Show Tilt Toward Taking Public Transit
Colleen O'Dea | February 13, 2015 | Transportation, Maps, Map of the Week
Most still drive alone to work, but younger residents are more likely to ride bikes, take trains or buses, or even walk – and 4 percent of us telecommute
The List: Ranking the Top 10 Open-Admission High Schools by SAT Scores
Colleen O'Dea | February 9, 2015 | Education, The List
Recently released results from School Performance Tests help draw a bead on New Jersey's top public high schools
Middle-School Kids Who Take Algebra – and Grades They Earn – Vary Widely Across NJ
Colleen O'Dea | February 6, 2015 | Education, Maps
About 40 percent of eighth-graders statewide take math class traditionally taught in high school
Rebate ‘Shell Game’ Makes It Hard to Track Property Tax Facts in New Jersey
Colleen O'Dea | January 30, 2015 | Budget, Maps, Map of the Week
Agency’s removal of info from annual report and website makes it nearly impossible to determine how much more homeowners are paying
Emergency Closures Underscore Need to Fix, Replace NJ’s Bridges
Colleen O'Dea | January 23, 2015 | Maps, Map of the Week
Hundreds of crumbling spans are obsolete or structurally unsafe – but needed upgrades will cost billions of dollars
Profile: She Helps Keep Drinking Water from the Highlands Clear and Clean
Colleen O'Dea | January 21, 2015 | Energy & Environment, Profiles
A mix of ballet and rough-and-tumble Morris County politics helped prepare Margaret Nordstrom to be executive director of the Highlands Council
Putting New Jersey's Shrinking Per Capita Income on the Map
Colleen O'Dea | January 16, 2015 | Maps, Map of the Week
Income growth in the Garden State lags behind the nation as a whole and isn’t keeping pace with inflation
What Christie Said: Fact Checking the Governor’s State of the State
Colleen O'Dea | January 14, 2015 | Politics
The governor’s claims about his successes sound very impressive, but are they accurate?
Many Unhappy Returns? Tax-Filing Season Looms for Millions in New Jersey
Colleen O'Dea | January 9, 2015 | Maps, Map of the Week
Good news is that more than 75 percent of Garden State filers will actually get refunds from IRS
Council on Affordable Housing Gets Its Day in State Supreme Court
Colleen O'Dea | January 7, 2015 | Housing, Planning
Should COAH go away? If it does, how will New Jersey ensure there will be places for low- and moderate-income residents to live?
The List: New Jersey’s Deadliest Roads, Routes, and Highways Take a Tragic Toll
Colleen O'Dea | January 5, 2015 | The List
Despite being the most densely populated state in the country, New Jersey has a surprisingly low fatality rate
NJ’s Christmas Tree Farms Unboughed by Small Acreage, Decline in Numbers
Colleen O'Dea | December 19, 2014 | Maps, Map of the Week
Choose-and-cut operations branch out by offering hayrides, bonfires and other winter fun
New Study Contradicts Christie’s Claim That Pension Payouts Are Excessive
Colleen O'Dea | December 18, 2014 | Politics
Using different criteria, report finds New Jersey’s health and retirements benefits for public employees are less generous than plans in most other states
The List: Top 10 Communities in NJ Where Grandparents are Also Primary Caregivers
Colleen O'Dea | December 15, 2014 | The List
In some New Jersey families, for a variety of reasons, grandparents are both living with and raising their grandchildren
Federal Budget Cuts Hurt Low-Income Residents Who Need Housing Vouchers
Colleen O'Dea | December 12, 2014 | Maps, Map of the Week
Spending reductions worsen squeeze for those who need help to pay New Jersey’s high rents
State Supreme Court Puts Affordable Housing on Docket -- for 2015
Colleen O'Dea | December 11, 2014 | Housing
Another slowdown in the struggle to resolve the myriad issues surrounding COAH and establish fair housing in New Jersey
Census Survey’s Employment, Housing Numbers Reflect NJ's So-So Economic Picture
Colleen O'Dea | December 5, 2014 | Maps, Map of the Week
While incomes have gone up in aftermath of recession, housing costs keep climbing while home values keep falling
Profile: Planning Expert Helps Shape, Guide State’s Development and Growth
Colleen O'Dea | November 26, 2014 | Profiles
New Jersey Future policy director stresses need to end neglect of infrastructure in cities, adopt revised statewide plan
Broadband Internet Access, County by County: Mapping New Jersey’s Digital Divide
Colleen O'Dea | November 21, 2014 | Maps, Map of the Week
A high-speed Internet connection is key to many aspects of life in the Garden State, but Census report shows access is constrained by income
Interactive Map: Unemployment among NJ Vets Exceeds Civilian Rate
Colleen O'Dea | November 14, 2014 | Maps, Map of the Week
State ranks worst in nation for joblessness among former members of military
The List: On the Road Again -- Where Chris Christie's Been During the Past Year
Colleen O'Dea | November 12, 2014 | The List
New Jersey's governor has an urge to travel; here’s the top 10 (or so) places where he's been spotted
Interactive Map: Where NJ Residents Voted, Where They Stayed Home
Colleen O'Dea | November 7, 2014 | Politics, Maps, Map of the Week
Historically low voter turnout leaves experts concerned about what can be done to bring the numbers up
NJ Elects First Black Congresswoman, Booker Returned to U.S. Senate
Colleen O'Dea | November 5, 2014 | Politics, Elections 2014
In low-turnout midterm election, none of state’s 12 House seats are poached by rival parties
Real-Time Election Coverage, Updated as Results are Reported
Colleen O'Dea | November 5, 2014 | Elections 2014
Stay on top of the Senate and House races, as well as how the Garden State votes on the two ballot questions
Election Overview: New Jersey Red, New Jersey Blue (and Colors in Between)
Colleen O'Dea | November 4, 2014 | Politics, Elections 2014
Your guide to everything from the top of the ticket to the ballot questions and Congressional candidates across the state
New Jersey’s Most Generous Donors to Political Causes and SuperPACs
Colleen O'Dea | November 3, 2014 | Politics, Elections 2014
Meet the state residents with the deepest pockets when it comes to contributing to a wealth of candidates, causes, and committees
Ballot Question No. 1 Would Fundamentally Change Who Is Eligible for Bail in NJ
Colleen O'Dea | November 3, 2014 | Politics, Social, Elections 2014
Proposed constitutional amendment would prevent violent criminals from posting bond, allow many who can’t afford bail to be released pending trial
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