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Tight Funding Deadline Looms for Developer of American Dream Mall
John Reitmeyer | January 23, 2017 | Planning
A $1.15 billion bond sale to fund completion of the megamall in the Meadowlands is supposed to happen this month, but time’s running out
Could Commuters and Labor Really Get a Say in New Jersey Transit?
John Reitmeyer | January 20, 2017 | Transportation
Train accidents, fare hikes, and service cuts have all been part of NJ Transit’s recent history. Now there’s a bid to give riders and workers effective input to its future
Dems Seek School-Aid Fix, Fear Christie Will Push for Drastic Changes Via Budget
John Reitmeyer | January 19, 2017 | Education
School funding has never been an easy issue for New Jersey, not even for political colleagues like Sweeney and Prieto who can’t agree on how to administer it fairly
Lawmakers Fear NJ Commuters May Not See New PA Bus Terminal Until 2030
John Reitmeyer | January 18, 2017 | Transportation
Digging into capital plan also reveals that PATH extension to Newark Airport will not include stop in South Ward, considered key to city’s economic development
Major Building Projects at NJ Colleges to Benefit from $34M Allocation
John Reitmeyer | January 17, 2017 | Education
Assemblyman says ‘it’s money well-spent’ as supporters hope up-to-date facilities will keep our third-level institutions competitive with those in other states
Lesniak Willing to Sue Over $300M Renovation Christie Is Pushing for State House
John Reitmeyer | January 13, 2017 | Politics
Lawmakers concede urgent repairs are needed but some question the control and financing of the project
Guadagno Joins GOP Governor’s Race, Ciattarelli Says Cancer Will Slow Him
John Reitmeyer | January 13, 2017 | Politics
Ciattarelli optimistic about prognosis, disclosed illness because of concerns about transparency among public officials
SEC Raps Port Authority with Penalty, Raises Doubts About Christie’s Credibility
John Reitmeyer | January 12, 2017 | Politics, Transportation
Commission reveals administration planned to use funding for ARC commuter tunnel to finance infrastructure fixes long before governor canceled project citing concerns about cost overruns
Democrats Say Christie Sidestepped Problems in Final State of State
John Reitmeyer | January 11, 2017 | Politics
Governor focused on opioid addiction and said little or nothing about property taxes, school funding, or ongoing debt and credit-rating issues
NJ Seeks Help from Bankers to Bring Down Public-Worker Pension Costs
John Reitmeyer | January 10, 2017 | Budget
Spokesman says Treasury hopes for ‘new and innovative ideas’ for what is now the worst-funded system in the U.S.
Background to Christie State of State: High Unemployment, Property Taxes
John Reitmeyer | January 9, 2017 | Politics
Governor enters final year in office with low approval ratings and some Republican lawmakers breaking ranks to oppose him
PA Board Gives NJ Lawmakers, Advocates Some of What They Wanted
John Reitmeyer | January 6, 2017 | Transportation
Commissioners approve $30 billion capital-spending plan, but only set aside $3.5 billion for bus terminal, not enough to carry project to completion
Christie Signs On to Help Small Businesses Boost Their Chances of State Contracts
John Reitmeyer | January 5, 2017 | Politics
‘We have work to do,’ said governor in what might be a signal of new attempt at comity in Trenton
Job Growth In New Jersey Lagged In 2016 After Good Year In 2015
John Reitmeyer | January 4, 2017 | Politics
Economist warns that ‘slow’ may be the state’s ‘new normal,’ citing structural changes like millennials rejecting the suburbs and flocking to major cities
Hefty Sales-Tax Increase for Businesses, Shoppers in Five New Jersey Cities
John Reitmeyer | January 3, 2017 | Politics
A number of urban communities must deal with a substantial sales-tax increase because governor would not agree to extend the Urban Enterprise Zone program
Mortgage Relief for NJ Homeowners Still Dealing with Sandy Damage
John Reitmeyer | December 22, 2016 | Sandy, After Sandy
Thousands of victims of the superstorm are paying rent on temporary housing while struggling to make their mortgage payments
Fine Print: What’s Coming For New Jersey Taxpayers As New Cuts Take Effect
John Reitmeyer | December 21, 2016 | Budget
Phasing out the estate tax gives big breaks to the richest, while cutting the sales tax benefits everyone a little
Leading Democratic Lawmakers Derail Fast-Track Bills Favored by Christie
John Reitmeyer | December 20, 2016 | Politics
The governor’s not going to get his book deal, and government websites won’t cut into the revenue newspapers earn from publishing official legal notices
Does Letting Legal Notices Be Published Solely Online Punish the Press Financially?
John Reitmeyer | December 19, 2016 | Politics
Critics argue Christie wants payback for Bridgegate coverage; administration says move could save local governments, businesses $80 million — though estimate remains unverified
Christie Signs Off on Quarterly Contributions to Public-Worker Pensions
John Reitmeyer | December 16, 2016 | Budget
New law still allows officials to skip or short payments if state is having revenue problems
American Dream: Is There a Future for Stalled Mall on the NJ Meadowlands?
John Reitmeyer, Ilya Marritz, Susan Berfield | December 12, 2016 | Planning
Canadian developers say they're building more than a mall, it’s also an international tourist destination — one that would be partially funded by $1 billion in tax incentives
Bid to Allow Public Pension System to Invest Heavily in TTF Bonds
John Reitmeyer | December 9, 2016 | Budget
There’s a bipartisan move to have the pension system buy more transportation fund bonds than previously allowed, in the belief it would be mutually beneficial
NJBIA Members Optimistic About Their Businesses, Less So About NJ’s Economy
John Reitmeyer | December 7, 2016 | Budget
Group’s annual survey found 70 percent of business owners plan to give workers raises this year, most expect revenue and profit to grow or at least stay the same
End of the Road for the Urban Enterprise Zone?
John Reitmeyer | December 6, 2016 | Politics
The program is scheduled to start shutting down in five cities January 1, but lawmakers are scrambling to come up with a two-year extension
Christie: Parts of State House Unsafe, Desperately Need $300M Renovation
John Reitmeyer | December 5, 2016 | Politics
Many legislators agree, but some critics say money would be better spent repairing New Jersey’s aging schools
Pension Leaders Question if NJ Should Do More to Shore Up System
John Reitmeyer | December 1, 2016 | Budget
Amid efforts by lawmakers to improve the funding of the public-employee pension system, there are calls for more aggressive action
Tussling Has Resumed in Tug of War With New York Over New Bus Terminal
John Reitmeyer | November 28, 2016 | Politics
For most of 2016 it seemed as if New Jersey and New York officials were likely to agree over a badly needed replacement for the Port Authority Bus Terminal. But now New York officials have balked
Christie Reverses Course, Keeps Reciprocal Income-Tax Agreement with Pennsylvania
John Reitmeyer | November 23, 2016 | Budget
No new taxes! South Jersey residents and businesses get a reprieve from governor who changed his mind about ending income-tax accord with Pennsylvania
Can Quarterly Payments Help Rescue NJ’s Underfunded Pension System?
John Reitmeyer | November 22, 2016 | Budget
Christie gets bipartisan plan that he calls ‘more fair than the previous proposals,’ but it offers no constitutional guarantee enforcing payments
The List: Tracking NJ’s 10 Credit-Rating Downgrades Under Gov. Christie
John Reitmeyer | November 21, 2016 | The List
Excerpts from reports by the Big 3 show a pattern of concerns, as well as individual issues as they cross agencies’ radar screens
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