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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
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
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