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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
NJ Supreme Court Ruling Could Leave Towns on Hook for 120,000 Affordable Units
Colleen O'Dea | January 19, 2017 | Housing
Court rules housing responsibilities continued to accrue during 16-year period when affordable-housing regulation was in dispute
Interactive Map: New Jersey Graduation Rate Inches up for Class of 2016
Colleen O'Dea | January 13, 2017 | Maps, Map of the Week
While improvement holds for all races and ethnic groups, rates vary between schools from 100 percent to less than 30 percent
Interactive Map: Fatal Traffic Crashes Jumped Significantly In 2016
Colleen O'Dea | January 6, 2017 | Maps, Map of the Week
NJ roads became safer from 1990s to 2013, but then deaths began rising again
‘Tiny House’ Pilots Could Make Huge Difference to NJ’s Indigent and Homeless
Colleen O'Dea | January 5, 2017 | Housing
A movement typically associated with millennials and baby boomers could help ease the affordable housing crunch in New Jersey
Keeping Safety First for New Jersey’s Ridesharing Passengers
Colleen O'Dea | December 21, 2016 | Transportation
New regulations for transportation network companies like Uber and Lyft would require driver background checks, bump up insurance coverage, among other protections
Interactive Map: Income Gap In Garden State Seventh Highest In U.S.
Colleen O'Dea | December 16, 2016 | Maps, Map of the Week
The loss of high-paying factory jobs and state tax policy have contributed to growing inequality, experts say
The List: Against National Trend, Large Families Still Common in Some Places in NJ
Colleen O'Dea | December 12, 2016 | The List
Large families are becoming rarities in a changing United States. But new census data pinpoint several places in New Jersey where they are the norm
Interactive Map: Census Data Shows NJ Housing Values Lower Than 5 Years Ago
Colleen O'Dea | December 9, 2016 | Maps, Map of the Week
Most recent U.S. Census data makes clear the pain that most homeowners are feeling as they wait for valuations to climb back to pre-2010 levels
Incomes in New Jersey Average 5% Lower Than Before Great Recession
Colleen O'Dea | December 8, 2016 | More Issues
New U.S. Census Bureau figures show that post-recession pain continues as incomes lag and more people live below federal poverty level
Interactive Map: Segregation Continues to Be NJ’s State of the State
Colleen O'Dea | December 2, 2016 | Maps, Map of the Week
Diversity may be the order of the day in New Jersey, but most whites, blacks, and Hispanics continue to live in suburban enclaves and urban ghettos
Will NJ’s Top Court Boost Affordable-Housing Requirements?
Colleen O'Dea | December 1, 2016 | Housing
In arguments before state Supreme Court, justices seem to favor idea that cities and towns are responsible for 16 years no affordable-housing rules were in effect
Explainer: How Electoral College Lets President Win with Minority of Votes
Colleen O'Dea | November 29, 2016 | Explainer, Elections 2016
The system can favor candidates who win a lot of states by small margins while losing big in some large ones
Interactive Map: More Voters Showed Up at Polls in 2016 Than in 2012
Colleen O'Dea | November 18, 2016 | Maps, Map of the Week
The results are preliminary, the uptick is very modest, but at least the recent trend of lower turnouts was arrested
NJ Crime Victims Mark a Milestone and Fight for Greater Protections
Colleen O'Dea | November 15, 2016 | Social
It is 25 years since victims of crime in New Jersey won significant legal rights. Now they want to further improve safeguards for survivors and their families
Questions About Almost Anything Related to Voting? We’ve Got Answers
Colleen O'Dea | November 8, 2016 | Politics, Elections 2016
Everything is covered, from the location of polling places to what you can do in the event of a problem voting
The List: A Quick Look at the School Districts with the Best PARCC Scores
Colleen O'Dea | November 7, 2016 | The List
No surprise, perhaps, but the schools in more affluent communities tended to have the highest average student scores and passing rates
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