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Push to Give Towns More Power to Entice Developers with Special Bonds
John Reitmeyer | February 9, 2018 | Budget
Some Republicans concerned about consequences for towns if they take on new debt obligations in the name of redevelopment
Treasury Works to Revamp Tobacco Bonds, Ease Strain if Budget Falls Short
John Reitmeyer | February 8, 2018 | Budget
Creative refinancing could improve state's bottom line by $250 million amid concerns former Gov. Chris Christie’s last budget won't meet revenue projections
Engineer’s Sleep Apnea, NJ Transit’s Lax Screening Led to Hoboken Crash — NTSB
John Reitmeyer | February 7, 2018 | Transportation
Safety board recommends key upgrades and Sen. Booker wants to roll back Trump administration’s reversal of federal sleep apnea regulations for train drivers
Police, Firefighters Advance Toward More Control over Own Retirement Funds
John Reitmeyer | February 6, 2018 | Budget
Union-friendly Murphy expected to give positive reception to legislation that his predecessor Christie rejected last year
New Jersey Lawmakers Push Pay Raise for High-Ranking State Officials, Judges
John Reitmeyer | February 6, 2018 | Budget
Strained state finances notwithstanding, Senate President Sweeney says it’s not “a whole lot of money”
State Lawmakers Call for 30 Pages of Reforms at New Jersey Transit
John Reitmeyer | February 5, 2018 | Transportation
Extensive recommendations include more commuters on agency's board of directors, targeted focus groups for fare hikes, closer state oversight
Alarm Over NJ Pension System’s Ties to Foreclosures in Puerto Rico
John Reitmeyer | February 2, 2018 | Budget
Members of state investment council make clear they would not be comfortable if pension fund profited from the hardships of Puerto Ricans
Murphy Team’s Budget Wish List Could Get Cool Reception in Legislature
John Reitmeyer | February 1, 2018 | Budget
There are already signs that some proposals from governor’s advisory committee will meet resistance in the State House
Murphy’s Pick to Fix NJ Transit Is Infrastructure Expert, Veteran Commuter
John Reitmeyer | January 31, 2018 | Transportation
Kevin Corbett, who has a lot of experience in big subway projects but none in running a mass-transit agency, says he won’t accept status quo at NJT
New Lease on Life for Urban Enterprise Zones, but Is Murphy Onboard?
John Reitmeyer | January 30, 2018 | Budget, Planning
Legislation hopes to maintain UEZ benefits, like 50 percent sales-tax break, in dozens of communities where zones are scheduled to expire
NJ Signs on as Part of Multistate Coalition to Battle GOP Tax-Code Revision
John Reitmeyer | January 29, 2018 | Budget, Politics
Murphy joins fellow Democratic governors from New York and Connecticut to officially challenge Trump tax code in federal court
Business Task Force Hopes to Transform New Jersey into Millennial Magnet
John Reitmeyer | January 26, 2018 | Budget, Social, Planning
The Garden State has the highest millennial outmigration in the country, but attention to education, tuition, and vocational training could go a long way to turning things around
Murphy Wants ‘New Culture’ in Economic Development Agency, Names New CEO
John Reitmeyer | January 25, 2018 | Budget, Politics
Governor disdains Christie era's ‘lavish’ tax breaks, promises to grow economy with ‘multi-faceted effort to leverage everything’ NJ has to offer
Lawmakers Cut Murphy Some Slack on Date of First Budget Address
John Reitmeyer | January 25, 2018 | Budget
New governor gets more time to compile spending plan, allows Treasurer Muoio to clear Senate confirmation process
Assemblyman Seeks Fix to Expedite NJ Credit for Property-Tax Prepayments
John Reitmeyer | January 24, 2018 | Budget, Politics
Without a quick legislative repair, the thousands of residents who rushed to prepay their 2018 property taxes will have to wait until next year for state tax credit
Murphy's Latest EO Seeks to Get NJ Transit Back on Track (and on Time)
John Reitmeyer | January 23, 2018 | Transportation
Governor wants nothing less than full-scale financial and operational audit on way to organizational overhaul
Murphy Executive Orders Dig into Tax Incentives, Seek Surge in ACA Enrollment
John Reitmeyer | January 22, 2018 | Budget, Politics
The new governor is wasting no time tackling issues he raised on the campaign trail, including whether the state is realizing the biggest bang for its tax-incentive bucks
Assembly Republicans Hope to 'Rally the Reasonable' to Ensure Civil Discourse
John Reitmeyer | January 22, 2018 | Budget, Politics
Minority leader wants to raise questions about Murphy's liberal agenda without resorting to bullying or berating
Newark Makes it onto List of 20 Finalists for Amazon’s Second Headquarters
John Reitmeyer | January 19, 2018 | Planning
Online giant promises $5B investment and as many as 50,000 jobs. City and state have offered $7B in tax incentives to try to land the project
On Day One Murphy Highlights $15 Minimum Wage But No Details or Timeline
John Reitmeyer | January 18, 2018 | Budget, Politics
Governor acknowledges his staff and those of Democratic leaders in Senate and Assembly have just begun to discuss finer points of implementing an increase in the wage
Murphy Echoes Kennedy, Jabs Trump in Optimistic Inaugural Address
John Reitmeyer | January 17, 2018 | Politics
New governor wants immediate action on some of his promises amid Republican grumbles that he’s ‘still posturing, still campaigning’
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
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