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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
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
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