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Murphy’s First High-Profile Conditional Veto Draws Applause from All Quarters
John Reitmeyer | May 11, 2018 | Politics
Unions like the way governor collaborated on bill affecting cops and firefighters’ retirement funds
Rough Ride for Education Official as She Pitches Community College Aid Plan
John Reitmeyer | May 10, 2018 | Politics
Members of Gov. Phil Murphy’s own party raise tough questions about his proposal for tuition-free community college in New Jersey
Gov. Murphy’s ‘Scary’ and ‘Extreme’ Fiscal Policies
John Reitmeyer | May 9, 2018 | Politics
Assembly Minority Leader Bramnick suggests even Democratic lawmakers will be hard pressed to back the governor’s budget plan and call for higher taxes
Murphy Appoints Horizon Executive as Gun Czar
John Reitmeyer | May 8, 2018 | Politics
Governor charges new adviser with stemming flow of illegal guns and ensuring that New Jersey makes the right moves on firearms
Law Lets Local Governments Treat Property Taxes as Charitable Contributions
John Reitmeyer | May 7, 2018 | Budget
Mayors are happy with new workaround, and state’s congressional delegation says it’s willing to fight for it, but nonprofits think it could kill charitable giving they depend on
Coughlin Pledges Full Restoration of Homestead Property-Tax Relief
John Reitmeyer | May 4, 2018 | Politics
Assembly Speaker’s declaration sets up possible showdown with governor, who has signaled support but no firm commitment to reinstate previous level of funding
Murphy’s Latest Executive Order Looks to Crack Down on Misclassified Workers
John Reitmeyer | May 4, 2018 | Budget
EO would create task force to identify companies classifying full-time workers as independent contractors, a practice that costs state some $9 million every year
Murphy Inks Contract with CWA Without Knowing What It Will Cost Taxpayers
John Reitmeyer | May 3, 2018 | Politics
Governor’s ‘I don’t know the exact number …’ reflects confusion in general, since budget plan contains contradictory figures for union raises
Murphy Team Revamps Transportation Spending, Works to Beef Up NJ Transit
John Reitmeyer | May 2, 2018 | Transportation
Reversing approach of previous governors, administration commits to more ‘pay-as-you-go’ for transit improvements, less debt
Newark Transformed: From Brick City to High-Tech City
John Reitmeyer | May 1, 2018 | More Issues
Gov. Murphy celebrates Newark’s rebirth at NJBIA conference, points to city as model for other communities looking to reinvent themselves
GOP Wants to Yank Gateway Funds Out of Trump’s Signed 2019 Budget
John Reitmeyer | April 30, 2018 | Politics
Effort turns on a rarely used political procedure known as ‘rescission’ that makes it possible to rescind funds that have been approved for a specific purpose
Sweeney Speaks: Boosting Corporate Taxes, Blocking Millionaires Tax
John Reitmeyer | April 27, 2018 | Politics
In an interview with NJ Spotlight, state Senate president discusses plan to levy new taxes on companies netting more than $1M annually and why he still sees tax hikes as a last resort
Murphy Celebrates 100 Days in Office, Will Next 100 Be More of a Challenge?
John Reitmeyer | April 26, 2018 | Politics
Ahead for the new governor: getting his budget, the largest in state history, through the Legislature, the millionaires tax, school funding — and that’s just for starters
Dollar for Dollar — Gender Pay-Equity Law Signed by Gov. Murphy
John Reitmeyer | April 25, 2018 | Politics
Legislation also bars companies from punishing employees who discuss their pay with colleagues, allows workers to sue for triple damages if they can prove discrimination
Murphy Says He’ll Back NJ Transit Plans to Get More Bus Drivers on the Road
John Reitmeyer | April 24, 2018 | Transportation
Governor also indicates he’s behind the push to hire other personnel to help agency achieve on-time performance across the state
Is a Tax Amnesty for Delinquent Filers in the Offing for New Jersey?
John Reitmeyer | April 22, 2018 | Budget
If passed by Legislature, the proposal would eliminate some fines and penalties, but would not reduce the principal owed
Murphy Accuses Texas Gov. Abbott of Trying to Rustle Garden State Companies
John Reitmeyer | April 20, 2018 | Politics
Abbott draws first, bragging about low taxes of the Lone Star State, but Murphy fires back with both barrels, saying schools and healthcare in Texas can’t hold a candle to New Jersey’s
Governor Shows Off Another Benefit of His Bigger Budget
John Reitmeyer | April 19, 2018 | Budget
Murphy highlights more money for Educational Opportunity Fund in his spending plan and doesn’t retreat from higher taxes despite lawmakers’ hesitancy
Is 2018 the Year When New Jersey, Ever in a Tax Fix, Finds a Fix for its Taxes?
John Reitmeyer | April 18, 2018 | Budget
New Jerseyans kvetch about the state’s high taxes, and nothing seems to change. But, momentum might now be with those who want a radical review of taxes and spending in the Garden State
Murphy Close to Restoring Enterprise Zones in 5 Cash-Strapped Communities
John Reitmeyer | April 17, 2018 | Politics
Move would reverse former Gov. Christie’s decision to strip UEZs from Bridgeton, Camden, Newark, Plainfield, and Trenton
The Goal Is Economic Growth, the Question Is How Best to Get There
John Reitmeyer | April 16, 2018 | Budget
For Gov. Murphy, investments and tax hikes would deliver the revenue to fuel expansion, but members of his own party are adamantly opposed to higher taxes
Lawmakers Want Voters to Approve $1B Bond Issue for School Safety and Vo-Techs
John Reitmeyer | April 13, 2018 | Budget
Original bond was for $500M to upgrade NJ’s vocational-technical and community colleges, but legislators want to double it to improve school security
Senate Approves Muoio for State Treasurer, Only Second Woman to Get the Nod
John Reitmeyer | April 13, 2018 | Budget
Former assemblywoman makes her own bit of history in a busy week — she was already doing the rounds, explaining governor’s budget plan to lawmakers
After Complaints, Governor Willing to Rework Budget for School Funding?
John Reitmeyer | April 12, 2018 | Budget
Acting state Treasurer gives assurance of Murphy’s cooperation in finding remedy, as lawmakers let her know they’ve been taking ‘public fire’ on the issue
Muoio Says ‘It’s Time to Face Facts,’ New Jersey — Why Tax Hikes Are Needed
John Reitmeyer | April 11, 2018 | Budget
Acting state Treasurer talks about $161 million budget deficit but, so far, lawmakers show little enthusiasm for shape of Gov. Murphy’s first budget plan
State Shortchanges Poor Towns in South Jersey on Municipal Aid — New Report
John Reitmeyer | April 10, 2018 | Budget
Economically distressed communities in southern NJ suffer from significant state underfunding compared to municipalities in northern end of state
Deep Cuts to Homestead Tax-Relief Program Courtesy of Christie’s 2018 Budget
John Reitmeyer | April 9, 2018 | Budget
Seniors and disabled homeowners could see their tax-relief rebates cut by almost half, with no funding to restore them in Murphy’s 2019 budget plan — at least not yet
Take Two: Move to Revive NJ Tax Breaks for Moviemakers, Other Producers
John Reitmeyer | April 6, 2018 | Budget
Former Gov. Chris Christie shut down previous program, questioning its value to New Jersey. He’s not the only skeptic
Pension System Sells off Stake in Manufacturer of Semi-Automatic Rifles
John Reitmeyer | April 5, 2018 | Politics
Legislators argue that complete ban on investments in all gun and ammunition makers must be written into law
Democratic Heavy Hitters Ready to Revise Murphy’s Budget Plan
John Reitmeyer | April 4, 2018 | Budget
Sweeney, Sarlo make no bones about wanting changes to governor’s proposals on taxes and on funding for education
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