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Municipalities Skittish Over Murphy Administration’s Tweaks to Current Budget
John Reitmeyer | April 3, 2018 | Budget
Treasury officials say, not to worry, it’s just an accounting adjustment but local officials fear for their bottom line
Are Transparency and Oversight Coming to Port Authority at Last?
John Reitmeyer | April 2, 2018 | Transportation
A reworked reform bill and a sympathetic Democratic governor in Trenton could mean progress on an initiative that’s been spinning its wheels since 2011
Pleas for Increases in State Aid as Murphy’s Budget Gets Its First Close-Up
John Reitmeyer | March 29, 2018 | Budget
ALS patient appeals for more assistance while it’s clear school funding will once again be the crux of the matter for lawmakers
Amazon Expands Chain of Warehouses Along NJ Turnpike
John Reitmeyer | March 28, 2018 | More Issues
Online retailer, now one of New Jersey’s largest employers, takes advantage of state’s key location and infrastructure
Muoio Moves a Step Closer to Formal Approval as New Jersey’s Financial Boss
John Reitmeyer | March 27, 2018 | Budget
Senate committee approves acting State Treasurer for the permanent position after grilling her about tax policy and spending
Another Win for Police, Firefighters in Effort to Control Own Pension Fund
John Reitmeyer | March 27, 2018 | Budget
Big support in Trenton for legislation to revamp management of Police and Firemen's Retirement System, but what does the governor think?
State’s Bonded Debt Soars to Nosebleed Heights: $46.1 Billion
John Reitmeyer | March 26, 2018 | Budget
It gets worse: New Jersey’s grand total owed to bondholders, public workers, and other groups climbs to stratospheric $200-plus billion
Federal Spending Bill Before Congress Could Mean $541M for Gateway Project
John Reitmeyer | March 23, 2018 | Transportation
Far from the $30 billion the Gateway tunnel and Portal Bridge will ultimately cost, federal funds could get shovels in the ground for critical infrastructure initiative
Explainer: Here’s How the Governor Plans to Ease Property Taxes — a Bit
John Reitmeyer | March 22, 2018 | Explainer
While Gov. Phil Murphy’s budget proposal would give homeowners a bigger write-off, it would keep in place rules that hold down other relief programs
Poll: Do You Back the Governor’s Tax Hikes?
| March 22, 2018 | Polling
When running for office, Gov. Phil Murphy talked about raising taxes — and his budget plan follows through. How do you like his proposal?
Murphy Rolls Out Spending Priorities for $242M Increase in Budget for NJ Transit
John Reitmeyer | March 21, 2018 | Transportation
Governor says commuters can expect better service, upgraded facilities, more staff — and no immediate fare hike
NJ’s Tech Future Begins with New Brunswick ‘Hub’ — Murphy
John Reitmeyer | March 20, 2018 | Planning
Governor’s plan for economic development begins with creation of a center for innovation and technology to help small businesses and startups
Giving State’s Vo-Techs the Space — and Seats — to Accommodate More Students
John Reitmeyer | March 19, 2018 | Budget
Proposed bond issue would help vocational-technical schools deliver what New Jersey manufacturers need most, skilled workers that will help them flourish
Public Gets Say on Budget, but What Matters Most Is Murphy-Sweeney Dialogue
John Reitmeyer | March 16, 2018 | Budget
Although Democrats control both the executive and legislative branches of NJ government, fate of first Murphy spending plan remains uncertain
Day After Budget Address, Murphy Takes Spending Plan on the Road
John Reitmeyer | March 15, 2018 | Budget
Democratic governor wants to get message across, his big budget means big gains for pension system, education, NJ Transit, and New Jerseyans — who will be getting more for their money
Murphy’s Proposed Budget, a Record $37.4B — and He Has Plans for All of It
John Reitmeyer | March 14, 2018 | Budget
Governor’s budget message holds few surprise — except, perhaps, the total — but draws a cool response from his own party
The Big Things to Watch for in Murphy’s Inaugural Budget
John Reitmeyer | March 13, 2018 | Budget
New Jersey gets its first look at how governor plans to translate campaign promises into policies and spending priorities, as he issues his first state budget today
Want to Know Why Millennials Are Ditching New Jersey? Ask Them
John Reitmeyer | March 12, 2018 | More Issues
'Millennial town hall' gives generation 'M' a chance to sound off on what they like about New Jersey (proximity to NYC, recreation) and what they don't (costly housing, few mass-transit options)
Ten Years On, New Jersey Employment Finally Back to Pre-Recession Level
John Reitmeyer | March 9, 2018 | Budget
Good economic news for Gov. Murphy as he prepares to present his first state budget next Tuesday
Kean Jr. Pushes for NJ Tax Write-Off for Charitable Contributions
John Reitmeyer | March 8, 2018 | Politics
Nonprofits, concerned that recent GOP changes to federal tax code could hit charitable giving in New Jersey, support Republican lawmaker’s initiative
Sweeney Wants to Find Funds for Education by Bumping up Corporate Tax Rate
John Reitmeyer | March 7, 2018 | Budget
Senate president proposes raising CBT on companies that earn more than $1M to 12 percent, up from 9 percent. Governor wants to see more details before commenting
IRS-Proof? NJ Lawmakers’ Strategy to Preserve Small Business Tax Write-Off
John Reitmeyer | March 6, 2018 | Budget
Bipartisan legislators work to save thousands of small-business owners in New Jersey from being hit hard by GOP tax changes
Upping Rate of Return on Pension Investments Buys Murphy Breathing Room
John Reitmeyer | March 5, 2018 | Budget
A 0.5 percent boost will ease state pension payments and give new governor more cash in his first budget to spend on priorities like education and mass transit
Potential Puerto Rican Foreclosures Remain Concern for Pension System
John Reitmeyer | March 1, 2018 | Politics
Gov. Murphy creates special commission to address issues. Sen. Ruiz wants to prevent pension system from investing in any company that could profit from foreclosures on the island
Governor Sets Up Special Team of Number Crunchers to Help Steer NJ Economy
John Reitmeyer | February 28, 2018 | Politics
Saying he doesn’t have ‘all the answers,’ Murphy orders up data-driven council to work on job creation and retention among other key issues in Garden State
Flu Epidemic Gives Urgency to Statewide Sick-Leave Law
John Reitmeyer | February 27, 2018 | Politics
State and local officials push for paid sick time as a public-health issue in New Jersey, business leaders want a say because of ‘economic impacts’
South Jersey Dems Move to Protect Bistate Tax Deal with Pennsylvania
John Reitmeyer | February 26, 2018 | Budget
A reciprocal tax agreement between the two states could be canceled by the governor, but lawmakers want to give Legislature final say on whether deal can be killed
Startups, Incubators, Accelerators: Thinking Big About Small Business
John Reitmeyer | February 23, 2018 | Budget
New Jersey works to enhance business climate for fledgling companies by delivering support and services to help them thrive
Group Argues for Applying Sales Tax to Far More Services in New Jersey
John Reitmeyer | February 22, 2018 | Budget
Case being made that revenues would grow, sales-tax structure would be fairer, and online retail sales should also be targeted for greater tax take
Sweeney Forges Ahead with State Tax Policy Review, No Input from Murphy Team
John Reitmeyer | February 21, 2018 | Budget
Senate President sets up working group to examine NJ tax and fiscal policies in wake of federal changes but doesn’t include anyone from new administration to the review body
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