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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
Interactive Map: Passing PARCC Remains Challenge for High-Schoolers
Colleen O'Dea | November 4, 2016 | Maps, Map of the Week
While results released this week show improvement overall, most of the state’s high-school students failed to attain passing grades
In Crowded 12th, Challengers Praise Democratic Incumbent
Colleen O'Dea | November 4, 2016 | Politics, Elections 2016
Freshman congresswoman Watson Coleman looks for another term while facing Libertarian-turned-Republican, Uccio, and five minor-party and independent candidates
Interactive Map: More Addicts, More Drug Treatment Options
Colleen O'Dea | October 28, 2016 | Maps, Map of the Week
Services in New Jersey for people seeking help with drug abuse can’t keep up with demand, largely because of heroin and opiate crisis
Interactive Map: Many Poor Kids Still Miss Free Breakfast In NJ
Colleen O'Dea | October 21, 2016 | Maps, Map of the Week
Advocates urge schools to shift to serving meals after the start of school day
Shortage of Affordable Housing Explored at NJ Spotlight on Cities
Colleen O'Dea | October 20, 2016 | Housing
One advocate suggests that even the term ‘affordable housing’ has negative connotations for many people
Interactive Map: New Jersey’s Cities Remain Mired in Poverty
Colleen O'Dea | October 14, 2016 | Maps, Map of the Week
Poverty is a statewide problem, but almost half of NJ’s poor are living in urban centers
Elections 2016: Congressional District 12
Colleen O'Dea | October 12, 2016 | Elections 2016
Elections 2016: 11th Congressional District
Colleen O'Dea | October 12, 2016 | Elections 2016
Elections 2016: Congressional District 10
Colleen O'Dea | October 12, 2016 | Elections 2016
Elections 2016: Congressional District 9
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