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State Offers $2.8B in Bonds to Help Top off Depleted Transportation Trust Fund
John Reitmeyer and Chase Brush | October 26, 2016 | Transportation
Financial offering — and $500 million private bank loan — bring home the fact that TTF renewal involves significant amount of new debt
Profile: The Woman Laying the Groundwork for a Public Bank in New Jersey
John Reitmeyer | October 26, 2016 | Profiles
Joan Bartl believes taxpayer-owned financial institution would be ‘logical and practical’ because of the state’s ‘significant fiscal problems’
Democratic Lawmakers Hope to Compromise with Christie On Urban Enterprise Zones
John Reitmeyer | October 18, 2016 | Planning
Proposal would give a two-year extension to five cities while state studies whether another program would be more effective for hard-pressed cities
First Quarter FY2017 Tax Collection Could Be Harbinger of Budget Year
John Reitmeyer | October 11, 2016 | Budget
Tax changes associated with the gas-tax increase expected to help revenue at first — until cuts kick in
Despite TTF Deal, It’s Still Unclear When Roadwork Will Resume in New Jersey
John Reitmeyer | October 4, 2016 | Transportation
Christie’s executive order idled some 3,000 construction workers during the warm weather. Can it be lifted in time to make a dent in outstanding projects?
Christie, Democratic Leaders Finally Agree On Plan for Transportation Trust Fund
John Reitmeyer | October 3, 2016 | Transportation
Deal balances 23-cent gas-tax hike with cut in sales tax to 6.625 percent, elimination of estate tax, and breaks for working poor, senior citizens, veterans
Court Tosses Challenge to Public Financing for American Dream Complex
John Reitmeyer | September 28, 2016 | Politics
Developer says appellate ruling means work can resume on long-delayed megamall this year
American Dream Mall in Meadowlands Faces Financing Nightmare
John Reitmeyer | September 27, 2016 | More Issues, Politics
Developer tells NJ appeals court any delay in approving funding will kill long-stalled project
Judiciary Panel Votes to Send Christie's Treasury Nominee to Full Senate
John Reitmeyer | September 13, 2016 | Budget
Governor’s pick to oversee the state budget defended administration’s TTF position during hearing
Obscure Group Says Finance Plan For Meadowlands Megamall Violates State Law
John Reitmeyer | September 12, 2016 | More Issues, Politics
The action by the New Jersey Alliance for Fiscal Integrity could mean further delays for a project that has been in the works for more than a decade
Phil Murphy Makes State Bank Centerpiece of Gubernatorial Campaign
John Reitmeyer | September 9, 2016 | Politics
Former Golden Sachs executive also called for a higher minimum wage, tax breaks for those with lower incomes, and efforts to encourage high-tech
Fine Print: NJ Fantasy Football Players Face No Changes as NFL Season Begins
John Reitmeyer | September 8, 2016 | Budget
Bill that would regulate and tax websites offering cash prizes has been released by Senate committees but has advanced no further
Christie Triggers Potential End to Income Tax Agreement With Pennsylvania
John Reitmeyer | September 7, 2016 | Budget
Allowing bistate commuters to pay income taxes where they live saves money for many in New Jersey, but governor says it’s hurting state’s bottom line
Christie’s Conditional Veto Could End Tax Break for Urban Enterprise Zones
John Reitmeyer | September 6, 2016 | Budget
Critics claim that requiring enterprise zones to charge full sales tax will cost them customers, could lead to layoffs and shutdowns
Explainer: How New Jersey’s Minimum Wage Is Tied to Inflation Data
John Reitmeyer | September 6, 2016 | Explainer
Despite the governor’s veto of a minimum-wage hike, workers could still get a raise because the mimimum wage here is linked to the federal Consumer Price Index
Local Governments in NJ: Big Cuts in Aid, Small Change In State Budget
John Reitmeyer | August 19, 2016 | Budget, Politics
With a stroke of his veto pen, Christie increased penalties for municipalities found to have strayed from best practices on transparency and fiscal accountability
No Credit Downgrade for NJ, Although Ratings Agencies Say Budget Problems Linger
John Reitmeyer | August 18, 2016 | Budget, Politics
Christie takes credit for the good news and downplays talk of high debt, slow growth, and low reserves
State Pension Banned from Investing in Companies Boycotting Israel
John Reitmeyer | August 17, 2016 | Politics
ACLU says the law may violate the First Amendment by restricting freedom of speech
NJ Legislative Leaders Can’t Even Agree to a Sit-Down on Transportation Funding
John Reitmeyer | August 16, 2016 | Transportation
Prieto has called for a summit, but Sweeney remains hopeful of bypassing Gov. Christie
Could Lack of Neighborhood Input Stall Progress on New Port Authority Terminal?
John Reitmeyer | August 15, 2016 | Transportation
Port Authority officials pledge to listen to neighborhood representatives, but unsympathetic to calls to move site to Jersey side of Hudson
Supporters, Detractors of Casinos Outside Atlantic City Gear Up For Fall Fight
John Reitmeyer | August 12, 2016 | Politics
TV ads are already trying to sway voters on November referendum over go-ahead for casinos in north Jersey
State Agencies Approve Financing For American Dream Mall
John Reitmeyer | August 11, 2016 | More Issues, Politics
The project, once called by Christie ‘the ugliest damn building in America,’ is opposed by conservative group Americans For Prosperity and the environmentalist Sierra Club
Tom Byrne ‘Thinking Seriously’ About Entering Democratic Primary
John Reitmeyer | August 10, 2016 | Politics
But Byrne’s work on Gov. Christie’s bipartisan pension panel could cost him backing from public employee unions — and his moderate views may convince some he’s not ‘Blue’ enough
Senate President’s Failure to Act On Pension Amendment Enrages Public Unions
John Reitmeyer | August 9, 2016 | Budget, Politics
Sweeney says voters will be more likely to approve the question once the dispute about transportation funding is resolved
Federal Reforms Could Help NJ’s Immigrants Contribute Even More to State Economy
John Reitmeyer | August 8, 2016 | Social
Collecting back taxes from undocumented immigrants, for instance, could mean a big bump in tax collections
Guaranteed Funding for State Pensions Probably Won't Make Ballot
John Reitmeyer | August 5, 2016 | Budget, Politics
Sweeney continues to tie the amendment to getting a veto-proof majority for his plan to renew the Transportation Trust Fund
Sweeney Accuses Unions of Threats and Bribery Over Pension Funding
John Reitmeyer | August 4, 2016 | Budget, Politics
State’s top Democrat –- and probable gubernatorial candidate -- accuses NJEA and others of intimidation tactics
Public-Employee Pension System Won’t Invest So Heavily in Hedge Funds
John Reitmeyer | August 4, 2016 | Budget
Unions score big victory as investment managers decide to scale back allocations by more than half
Acting State Treasurer Gets High-Level Democratic Support for Confirmation
John Reitmeyer | August 3, 2016 | Budget, Politics
Sen. Paul Sarlo, head of the Budget and Appropriations Committee, praises Ford Scudder’s openness during this year’s spending debate
Senate Fails To Vote On Transportation Trust Fund, Pension Amendment
John Reitmeyer | August 2, 2016 | Politics, Transportation
Steve Sweeney, still short of votes to override an expected Christie veto, accuses the governor of ‘auditioning for Donald Trump’s cabinet’
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