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Push Comes to Shove: Legislature Sends Its 2019 Spending Bill to Murphy
John Reitmeyer | June 22, 2018 | Budget
High rhetoric and low expectations as budget deal goes south. Next up: governor’s veto and government shutdown?
Money Drains as Lawmakers Slow to Approve Refinancing of NJ’s Transportation Debt
John Reitmeyer | June 21, 2018 | Budget
Governor gave go-ahead, but legislators haven’t acted. Officials estimate state has missed out on $1 million in savings in days
In Open Challenge to Murphy, Dem Lawmakers Move Their Own Spending Bill
John Reitmeyer | June 20, 2018 | Budget
Senate and Assembly budget panels vote out 2019 budget bill, risking governor’s veto and state shutdown at end of month
Trenton Starts to Sizzle, Governor Duels with Leading Dems Over Budget
John Reitmeyer | June 19, 2018 | Budget
Amid competing press conferences, clashing news releases, and governor’s threat to veto Legislature’s appropriations bill, possibility of government shutdown increases
Appropriations Bill from Democratic Lawmakers, First Salvo in Budget Battle
John Reitmeyer | June 18, 2018 | Budget
Despite overall accord, legislators and governor still have issues to hash out, especially when it comes to funding public-employee pensions, K-12 education, and mass transit
‘Tax Us,’ Says NJ Millionaire to Legislators Who Resist Murphy Budget Plan
John Reitmeyer | June 15, 2018 | Budget
Garden State’s ‘Patriotic Millionaires’ dismiss concerns the rich will be chased away if they have to pay more in taxes
New Road Map for New Jersey to Reclaim Status as Biotech Leader
John Reitmeyer | June 14, 2018 | More Issues
Task force identifies why NJ no longer leads in cutting-edge industry; cites recession, corporate mergers, patent expirations — and decline in key state supports
Floating a $600 Million Bond Issue to Build New Portal Bridge
John Reitmeyer | June 13, 2018 | Transportation
Plan could go long way to convincing Trump administration to pony up its contribution to bridge project, a key element for speeding rail traffic along Northeast Corridor
More Scrutiny of Deals that Municipalities Make with Developers?
John Reitmeyer | June 12, 2018 | Budget
State lawmakers want increased regulation of local tax agreements that can adversely affect funding for school districts
Former State Sen. Allen Starts PAC to Help Women Get Started in Politics
John Reitmeyer | June 11, 2018 | Politics
New political action committee — runWOMENserve — to offer funding to female candidates regardless of their party
NJ Lawmakers Go All In on Sports Betting, Law Awaits Governor’s Signature
John Reitmeyer | June 8, 2018 | Politics
After Supreme Court threw out federal law that prohibited legalized sports gambling in New Jersey, state lawmakers fast-tracked a bill to allow it. Not everybody’s happy
Trying to Strike Delicate Balance on Size of State’s Budget Reserves
John Reitmeyer | June 7, 2018 | Budget
Murphy’s plan to bump up the budget reserves should make credit-rating agencies happy, but if lawmakers want the money to go to more pressing needs, it could mean another downgrade
Governor, Democratic Leaders Tiptoe Toward Accord on School Aid
John Reitmeyer | June 5, 2018 | Budget
But with weeks to go before state budget must be enacted, other impediments need to be negotiated
Film, TV, Digital Production Tax Credits Could Be Back in Picture for NJ
John Reitmeyer | June 4, 2018 | Politics
Sponsors of bill offering incentives to entertainment industry agree to changes called for in Murphy’s conditional veto
Sweeney’s Fix for School Funding Would Cut Some Districts' Adjustment Aid
John Reitmeyer | June 1, 2018 | Budget
Senate President’s aim is to gradually help ‘underfunded’ districts while undoing the ‘overfunding’ of others
Could Accelerated Drop in Revenue Lead to Reinstating NJ Estate Tax?
John Reitmeyer | May 31, 2018 | Budget
Analysts say New Jersey’s estate and inheritance tax collections down more than $100 million compared to original forecasts
Murphy Offers Loan Aid, Intern Funding to Keep STEM Students and Jobs in NJ
John Reitmeyer | May 30, 2018 | Education, Politics
Students in high-tech fields would be eligible for up to $8,000 in debt forgiveness, in program governor promotes as ‘small down payment’ for significant economic return
Murphy Holds to Christie’s Controversial Funding of State House Rehab
John Reitmeyer | May 29, 2018 | Politics
As a candidate, governor said ‘citizens ought to be outraged’ by complicated and secretive planning of project. Administration now says ‘undoing the deal’ not feasible
NJ Will Go to Court over SALT ‘Workaround’ After IRS Warns It Will Stymie It
John Reitmeyer | May 25, 2018 | Politics
After agency questions legality of NJ's new law, Attorney General Grewal gives notice that Murphy administration will defend it all the way
Coalition Wants More Tax Hikes on NJ’S Wealthy to Aid Low-Income Residents
John Reitmeyer | May 25, 2018 | Budget
Group supports governor’s plan for $1.7 billion in increased taxes, also proposes renewal of estate tax and other levies
Byrne Bows out of Key Investment Panel as Murphy Puts His Stamp on It
John Reitmeyer | May 24, 2018 | Budget
Son of former governor satisfied he helped draw attention to state pension system’s huge unfunded liability and need for action
Is New Jersey’s Gas Tax About to be Pumped Up?
John Reitmeyer | May 23, 2018 | Budget
Projections suggest revenue from the tax may not generate enough to meet annual target for funding transportation projects, thus triggering an automatic increase
No ‘April Surprise’ in State Taxes, Budget Strain Remains for Murphy and Lawmakers
John Reitmeyer | May 22, 2018 | Budget
Hopes fizzled in State House that last month’s income taxes would rise above projections and ease disagreements over governor’s budget plan
No ‘Summer of Hell’ Repeat for NJ Transit Riders During New Penn Station Repairs
John Reitmeyer | May 21, 2018 | Transportation
Uncertainty over funding for planned new trans-Hudson rail tunnel won’t affect Amtrak’s ongoing upgrades to infrastructure
Governor Approves Pay Raises for Judges, Cabinet Members, Senior State Officials
John Reitmeyer | May 21, 2018 | More Issues
As measure passes with little attention, Murphy calls it long overdue but also says New Jerseyans on ‘substandard hourly wage’ should not be forgotten
New Regulations and Payment Protections for New Jersey’s Freelance Workers
John Reitmeyer | May 18, 2018 | Politics
With as many as 600,000 NJ residents now working as freelancers, Assemblyman says legislation is needed to ‘ensure they’re treated fairly’
Oliver Defends Murphy’s Flat Funding for Municipalities and His Raid on Housing Aid
John Reitmeyer | May 17, 2018 | Budget
Lt. Gov. blames budgetary constraints for failure to boost aid, says administration will help local officials in other ways
Scrambling to Upskill NJ with ‘Hollowed Out’ Labor Department — New Honcho
John Reitmeyer | May 16, 2018 | Politics
Murphy’s top labor official lays out plan to focus on career training and long-term unemployment, laments department was depleted by previous administrations
NJ Lawmakers Hope to Cash in Fast as Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Sports Gambling
John Reitmeyer | May 15, 2018 | Budget
New Jersey’s dogged quest to enable legalized sports betting pays off with major court win. Now there’s a bipartisan effort in Trenton to push through legislation and top up state coffers as a result
Public Employees Guilty of Sexual Assault, Harassment Would Forfeit Pensions
John Reitmeyer | May 14, 2018 | Politics
Prompted by #MeToo movement, Assembly panel votes out bill that would punish public officials, workers involved in sexual misconduct with loss of taxpayer-funded pensions
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