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New Jersey’s Troubling Trend, Increase in Bias and Hate Crimes
Colleen O'Dea | April 2, 2018 | Social
State attorney general says rise in reported incidents partly the result of country’s ‘political leaders’ who countenance ‘intolerance and hatred’
Will Making It Easier to Vote Increase Participation in NJ Elections?
Colleen O'Dea | March 29, 2018 | Politics
Among the reforms introduced by several bills: automatic voter registration when residents renew their licenses and a secure website that will let them vote online
Census Citizenship Question to Push NJ’s Undocumented into Shadows?
Colleen O'Dea | March 28, 2018 | Immigration
New Jersey will join multistate lawsuit against federal government to prevent question from being included on next decennial census
Hungry Kids Can’t Learn: Feeding More Students Breakfast, Lunch at School
Colleen O'Dea | March 27, 2018 | Social
A package of bills seeks to expand number of poor and low-income students getting federally funded meals at school, track those not being fed
New Opportunity For New Jersey’s Distressed Towns and Cities
Colleen O'Dea | March 26, 2018 | Politics
Gov. Phil Murphy has designated 75 municipalities as Opportunity Zones, enabling them to benefit from private capital investment
Newark Airport Workers Cheer as Port Authority Votes for $19 Minimum Wage
Colleen O'Dea | March 23, 2018 | Social
The increase would be phased in, culminating in 2023. No word yet on cost of the proposal
If Murphy Holds Municipal Aid Flat, Can Property Taxes Go Anywhere But Up?
Colleen O'Dea | March 22, 2018 | Budget
The proposed budget represents the eighth consecutive year of flat funding, while inflation has continued to climb
Who Doesn't Like Free Tuition at 2-Year Colleges? Try 4-Year State Schools
Colleen O'Dea | March 21, 2018 | Education
The governor’s proposed budget includes $50 million to offset tuition at community colleges. Four-year schools are wondering when they’ll get their piece of the pie
The List: For These 10 Districts, More School Aid Still Means Much Less
Colleen O'Dea | March 19, 2018 | The List
Gov. Murphy wants to boost school aid to most districts, but many would still get significantly less than they would if fully funded under state formula
Can New Jersey Make Net Neutrality the Law for the Garden State?
Colleen O'Dea | March 13, 2018 | Politics
In their quest to maintain net neutrality, are some New Jersey lawmakers possibly stepping into unconstitutional territory?
NJ Court Determines How Many Affordable-Housing Units Needed by 2025
Colleen O'Dea | March 12, 2018 | Housing
Ruling sets statewide housing quota for new affordable units at close to 155,000, according to Mercer County Superior Court Assignment Judge Mary Jacobson
The List: Thank You for Your Service — Property-Tax Relief for Disabled Vets
Colleen O'Dea | March 8, 2018 | The List
Slightly more than 10,000 households qualified for the tax break last year. Here's a list of the top 10 communities with the largest number of disabled-veteran exemptions
Governor Urged to Enact Big Agenda on Justice, Civil Rights — and to Fight Trump
Colleen O'Dea | March 7, 2018 | Politics
Task force recommends closing youth prisons in NJ, protecting immigrants, toughening gun laws, fighting ‘harmful’ federal policies
Opening Another Front in NJ's War Against Hunger and Homelessness
Colleen O'Dea | March 6, 2018 | Social
A trio of bills intended to reverse the inaction of the Christie years extends benefits to state's most vulnerable citizens when they're in crisis
DACA Deadline Today, but 'Dreamers' Already Here Can Stay - for Now
Colleen O'Dea | March 5, 2018 | Immigration
Six rallies planned statewide to call for pathway to permanency for undocumented Dreamers
Profiling Local Property Taxes and Property-Tax Relief Across Garden State
Colleen O'Dea | March 2, 2018 | Housing
Increased transparency at the Department of Community Affairs makes it possible to track property taxes for New Jersey municipalities - and see where and by how much the state tried to offset them
The List: Top 10 School Districts Where English Is Not the Primary Language
Colleen O'Dea | February 28, 2018 | The List
Nearly a quarter of New Jersey’s public school students live in homes where the main language used is not English. Here are the top 10 districts
Should Felons Be Stripped of Their Right to Vote?
Colleen O'Dea | February 27, 2018 | Social
Lawmakers and activists are working to repeal a 174-year-old law that prevents those convicted of serious crimes from voting — even if they're on probation or parole
Interactive Map: Highlighting the Results of New Jersey's AP Tests
Colleen O'Dea | February 23, 2018 | Maps, Map of the Week
More June graduates took and passed their AP exams than in prior years, but poorer districts continue to lag in the number of test-takers
Profile: Impeccable Credentials for Working with Undocumented
Colleen O'Dea | February 22, 2018 | Profiles
Johanna Calle, director of the New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice, was undocumented for 11 years
Gov. Murphy Names Three Women to Cabinet, Attaining First Female Majority
Colleen O'Dea | February 21, 2018 | Politics
Governor says his three nominations help fulfill campaign promise of building the most diverse administration in state history
As Redlining Persists, Camden Area Among Hot Spots in U.S. for Mortgage Denials
Colleen O'Dea | February 16, 2018 | Housing
Investigation finds people continue to be denied loans based on factors such as race, despite legislation supposed to ban the practice
Would a Tech Upgrade Make New Jersey Government More User-Friendly?
Colleen O'Dea | February 15, 2018 | Politics
Advisers tell governor that state’s technology needs major overhaul and Christie’s IT initiative should be urgently reviewed
After One Year, NJ Evaluates Judicial Reform Program
Colleen O'Dea | February 14, 2018 | Social
Report indicates pretrial population dipped by 20 percent, but advocates call for more data on race of defendants detained, released, and released with conditions
Explainer: Why Undocumented Immigrants in NJ Pay Taxes — a Lot of Taxes
Colleen O'Dea | February 13, 2018 | Explainer
According to recent estimates, New Jersey’s undocumented community paid $587 million in state and local taxes in 2014
Interactive Map: Tracking the Spread of Flu Across New Jersey
Colleen O'Dea | February 9, 2018 | Maps, Map of the Week
This year’s outbreak could match or even exceed the severity of the H1N1 pandemic of 2009
NJ's Status as 'Welcoming' State Could Cost It $4 Million in Fed Funding
Colleen O'Dea | February 8, 2018 | Immigration
New Jersey joins multistate lawsuit fighting federal decision to make law enforcement funding contingent on immigration enforcement
Putting Women’s Health and Family Planning Back in the Black
Colleen O'Dea | February 2, 2018 | Politics
Legislation restoring the $7.45M Christie cut from women’s health centers looks likely to pass, also a bill giving low-cost family planning services to more poor women
Former NJ Gov. Whitman to Chair National Task Force to Fix U.S. Democracy
Colleen O'Dea | February 1, 2018 | Politics
Task force to battle the erosion of American values in politics and government, and undo the tone of anger and hate of current administration
Housing Transition Team Advises Murphy: First, Acknowledge the Crisis
Colleen O'Dea | January 31, 2018 | Housing
Report lays out six priorities to increase housing stock and end foreclosures, does not call for COAH to be resurrected
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