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Black Caucus Sees Murphy as Ally but Says ‘Not So Fast’ to Legalizing Marijuana
John Reitmeyer | January 16, 2018 | Politics
African-American legislators concerned that legalization could increase drug use and promote conflicts between police officers and minorities
Working on Plan B If Feds Leave NJ-NY in Lurch Over Trans-Hudson Funding
John Reitmeyer | January 12, 2018 | Transportation
Amid ominous signals from federal officials about funding a replacement for crumbling rail tunnel between New Jersey and Manhattan, local legislator says its time for contingency plans
Treasury Paid BOA $34M to Shift Lottery to State Employee Pension Fund
John Reitmeyer | January 11, 2018 | Politics
Administration claims money was well spent, says Lottery initiative has helped drive down borrowing costs by boosting investor confidence in recent bond issues
Christie Gives Himself High Marks in Final State of State Address
John Reitmeyer | January 10, 2018 | Politics
Governor touts achievements in urban renewal, property taxes, education, and more in last official address to Legislature
Lawmakers Approve Massive Incentive Package to Try to Win Amazon HQ for Newark
John Reitmeyer | January 9, 2018 | Planning
Almost unanimous bipartisan support for multi-billion-dollar goody bag aimed at enticing Amazon to build its new corporate headquarters in Garden State
Workaround Could Help NJ Residents Offset Loss of SALT Deduction
John Reitmeyer | January 8, 2018 | Politics
Clever stratagem would make fully tax-deductible charitable contributions pay for services now funded by state and local taxes
Judge Won't Block $380M Sale of Controversial State Bonds for Building Projects
John Reitmeyer | January 4, 2018 | Planning
Opponents of Christie administration’s debt issuance for new government buildings are running out of options. Only a final court appeal — and a snowstorm — can obstruct bond sale now
2% Cap on Annual Raises for Police, Firefighters Dies as Democrats Take No Action
John Reitmeyer | January 3, 2018 | Politics
Lawmakers allow key Christie initiative to control property taxes to founder, special task force ends in disarray
Will New Year’s New Tax Cuts Hit New Jersey’s Budget and New Governor’s Plans?
John Reitmeyer | January 2, 2018 | Budget
NJ’s cash-starved state budget expected to take big hit as estate tax goes by the board and sales tax inches down
For Gov.-Elect, It’s off the Campaign Bus and onto NJ’s Battered Roads
John Reitmeyer | December 27, 2017 | Winter 2017
Murphy correctly identified state’s economic health as inextricably linked to its transportation infrastructure. Now it’s time to get moving
Murphy’s Inherited Headaches: The Pension System, Ongoing Tax Cuts
John Reitmeyer | December 21, 2017 | Winter 2017
It will take vision and political will to tackle some of New Jersey most pressing, most intractable problems
Gutierrez-Scaccetti Is Murphy’s Pick to Head NJDOT Amid Transportation ‘Crisis’
John Reitmeyer | December 21, 2017 | Politics
Former executive director of NJ Turnpike authority returns home from similar post in Florida to become fifth woman governor-elect has named to his cabinet
Murphy Taps Assemblywoman to Steer Banking Department
John Reitmeyer | December 20, 2017 | Politics
Marlene Caride gets job of overseeing banking, insurance, real estate in New Jersey — and the governor-elect’s proposed new state-run public bank
Legal Bid to Stop $200M State Bonds for Controversial Trenton Construction
John Reitmeyer | December 19, 2017 | Planning
Opponents try to block Christie administration from issuing debt to finance new office buildings at same time as under-the-radar panel give thumbs-up to project
Leveraging Fiscal Power of State Pension System Against Superfund Cheats
John Reitmeyer | December 18, 2017 | Politics
Bipartisan law would prevent public-employee pension system from investing in companies — or countries — that shirk their responsibility to remediate polluted sites
Governor Lands Commuters with $2B in Fare Hikes to Help Pay for Gateway Project
John Reitmeyer | December 15, 2017 | Transportation
Christie, Cuomo flesh out payment plan for long-planned infrastructure upgrade that involves tapping New Jersey straphangers for a big contribution
Trenton Hustles to Allow Politicians to Rejoin State Pension System
John Reitmeyer | December 15, 2017 | Politics
With minimal discussion, legislative leaders fast-track effort to allow unknown number of their compadres back into public-employee pension program
Assemblywoman Muoio Is Murphy’s Pick for ‘Tough’ Job as State Treasurer
John Reitmeyer | December 14, 2017 | Politics
Mercer County Democrat, a member of Assembly Budget Committee, knows all about Garden State’s serious fiscal challenges
EDA to Issue $400M in State Debt for Controversial Government Buildings
John Reitmeyer | December 13, 2017 | Planning
Christie administration uses obscure committees and commissions to push through contentious construction plan, keeping Assembly and Senate out of the loop
Imposing Stronger Penalties on Employers for Wage Theft — It’s Christie’s Call
John Reitmeyer | December 12, 2017 | Politics
Lawmakers want to increase the sanctions for not paying workers their due, business community believes measure is ‘well-intentioned, but overly punitive’
Fed Tax Reform Focuses New Attention on NJ’s Property-Tax Deduction
John Reitmeyer | December 11, 2017 | More Issues
Written into state’s income tax code in 1996, statute allows Garden State homeowners to deduct up to $10,000 of their annual property taxes
Pols Play Musical Chairs, Trenton’s $220M Building Project Gets Green Light
John Reitmeyer | December 8, 2017 | Planning
After making some deft changes to a lowkey — but powerful — panel, bipartisan lawmakers give go-ahead to contentious government construction plan for downtown Trenton
In its Last Gasp, Christie Panel Gives Dire Appraisal of NJ’s Public Pension System
John Reitmeyer | December 7, 2017 | More Issues
Nonpartisan experts say state can no longer afford ‘intransigence, inaction, apathy and denial’ and recommend switch to retirement plans similar to 401(k)s
Stress Testing Pension System to Help Determine — and Maintain — Fiscal Health
John Reitmeyer | December 6, 2017 | More Issues
Public-employee pension system comprises numerous funds whose health needs to be ascertained and made public on state website
Trio of Top Democrats Could Go to Court to Scuttle GOP Tax Reform
John Reitmeyer | December 5, 2017 | Politics
New Jersey’s Gov.-elect Murphy, New York’s Cuomo, California’s Brown could mount a repeal-and-replace effort to fight Republican changes to tax code if they become law
NJ Businesses Bullish but Say $15 Minimum Wage Would Cause Job Cuts, Price Hikes
John Reitmeyer | December 5, 2017 | More Issues
One-third of businesses plan to hire more workers in 2018 and almost two-thirds expect sales to rise next year, but they’re bracing for a new push to raise wages at the lower end
Regional Plan Association Offers Recommendations Big and Smaller for NJ
John Reitmeyer | December 4, 2017 | Planning
From T-REX, a massive mass-transit agency, and a Meadowlands National Park to tighter governance and finances for NJ Transit and Port Authority
Hefty Tax Breaks for New Growth Zone Surrounding AC Airport on Cards
John Reitmeyer | December 1, 2017 | More Issues
As Atlantic City’s gaming business sags, legislators propose lucrative tax incentives to lure industries to area around nearby airport
Top Banker Focuses on Vital Need for ‘Income Mobility’
John Reitmeyer | November 30, 2017 | More Issues
At Rutgers-New Brunswick, NY Fed president addresses key issues — including pension obligations — that await incoming governor Phil Murphy
Murphy Goes All in on Technology as Means to Rehab NJ Economy
John Reitmeyer | November 29, 2017 | Politics
As his team’s transition activities ramp up, governor-elect emphasizes importance of technology and innovation to renew Garden State
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