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Shining Light on Hefty Fees to Outside Managers of Public Pension Funds
John Reitmeyer | June 6, 2017 | Budget
Lawmakers want online publication of management fees and ‘stress tests’ of all funds in $73 billion pension system
Local Journalism in New Jersey Could Be in for $100 Million Windfall
John Reitmeyer | June 5, 2017 | Budget
Under a Democratic plan, a chunk of the $332 million proceeds from FCC spectrum auction could go to media, but Christie may want it all for the budget’s general fund
Bid to Hike 2% Voter Turnout for Fire-District Elections by Moving Them to November
John Reitmeyer | June 2, 2017 | Politics
183 fire districts with 8,000 firefighters spend hundreds of millions of dollars, but hardly any New Jerseyans vote in their elections
NJ Commuters’ Summer of Hell Just Got Even Hotter
John Reitmeyer | June 1, 2017 | Transportation
NJ Transit plan includes up to 45-minute delays each way for almost 7,000 daily riders
GOP State Senator Offers New Gender-Pay Law but Weinberg Won’t Support It
John Reitmeyer | May 31, 2017 | Politics
Outgoing lawmaker Diane Allen attempts to bridge partisan divide on pay-equity legislation. Senate Majority Leader Weinberg not satisfied, suggests better to wait for arrival of new governor
Gubernatorial Hopefuls from Both Parties Have Plans for Transportation Spending
John Reitmeyer | May 30, 2017 | Transportation, Elections 2017
Now that the TTF is flush, should the money be spent boosting NJT’s capital budget and enhancing safety, rebuilding roads and bridges, or on all of the above?
Moody’s Keeps NJ’s A3 Credit Rating but Says State Needs to Raise Taxes, Cut Spending
John Reitmeyer | May 26, 2017 | Budget
Rating agency also suggests Christie administration’s latest budget projections err on the rosy side
10.5% Returns for NJ Public Pension System, Big Turnaround from Last Year
John Reitmeyer | May 25, 2017 | Budget
Investment council maintains strategy, continues to cut back hedge funds, waits to see if Legislature will take up governor’s Lottery proposal
How Democratic, Republican Candidates Say They'd Ease NJ’s Fiscal Crisis
John Reitmeyer | May 24, 2017 | Budget, Elections 2017
School funding and tax phase-outs, pension benefits and closing loopholes — here’s a look at where this year’s gubernatorial hopefuls stake their claims
Developer Secures Key Financing for Long-Stalled American Dream Mall
John Reitmeyer | May 23, 2017 | Planning
Is this a major turning point or another false start? Megamall’s builder is confident, says going to ‘aggressively move forward with the construction’
NJ Gubernatorial Hopefuls Agree: $300M State House Renovation Must Be Stopped
John Reitmeyer | May 22, 2017 | Politics, Elections 2017
Whether it’s by lawsuit or freezing funds, outright cancelation, or some other maneuver, Democrats and Republicans alike want to stop the clock on the costly project
Ten NJ Locals of Mass-Transit Union Deliver Endorsement to Murphy
John Reitmeyer | May 19, 2017 | Elections 2017
Amalgamated Transit Union’s 8,000 rank and file comprise NJ Transit bus drivers, Newark light-rail operators
Lawmakers Fume Over Private Bond Sale for $300M NJ State House Renovation
John Reitmeyer | May 18, 2017 | Politics
Caught off-guard by Christie administration’s speedy move on financing of controversial project, four legislators vow to continue to try to block it
360-Degree Cameras Give NJ Transit Buses a Better View from Driver’s Seat
John Reitmeyer | May 18, 2017 | Transportation
Once $29M system is installed in all buses, drivers will be able to keep a close eye on passengers, pedestrians, cars, and cyclists on all sides
This Year’s Budget Blunder: Projected $527M Shortfall
John Reitmeyer | May 17, 2017 | Budget
Paying off Homestead tax-relief credits next fiscal year, tapping Clean Energy Fund cited as ways administration plans on finding revenue to close expected gap
Senators File Suit in State Superior Court to Stop State House Renovations
John Reitmeyer | May 16, 2017 | Politics
Filing claims that multimillion-dollar plan to restore State House violates New Jersey constitution
Democratic Hopefuls Dismiss Scheme to Funnel Lottery Profits into Pensions
John Reitmeyer | May 15, 2017 | Politics, Elections 2017
Legislative leaders, unions also argue that Christie’s Lottery plan will go nowhere if it requires more givebacks from public-employee unions
3 on 1: Democratic Hopefuls Target Frontrunner in Second Debate
John Reitmeyer | May 12, 2017 | Politics, Elections 2017
Phil Murphy’s lead going into the debate meant the other three candidates would be looking to land a glove on him
Adding It Up: Economic Impact of New Jersey’s Private Colleges
John Reitmeyer | May 11, 2017 | Education
All told, private schools contribute about $3.5 billion to the state’s economy, a sizable chunk of change from 14 public facilities
More Accord Than Debate Among Dems’ Top 4 Gubernatorial Hopefuls
John Reitmeyer | May 10, 2017 | Politics, Elections 2017
One clear point of disagreement: the pluses and perils of a state-owned bank
Christie CV's Bill Giving Cops, Firefighters More Control Over Pensions
John Reitmeyer | May 9, 2017 | Politics
Critics argue governor’s numerous recommendations significantly overhaul original legislation
Making Manufacturing a Matter of Public Policy for New Jersey
John Reitmeyer | May 8, 2017 | Politics
A new ‘manufacturing caucus’ looks to explore what companies need in terms of employees, education, training, and business opportunities — and help make sure they get it
Candidate Murphy Makes Big Promises on NJ Transit, Doesn’t Rule Out Tax Hike
John Reitmeyer | May 5, 2017 | Transportation, Elections 2017
Democratic frontrunner to succeed Gov. Christie is latest to give prescription for mass-transit woes. How long will commuters remain patient?
Surprise! State House Renovation Could Hit $500M By Time Bonds Paid Off
John Reitmeyer | May 4, 2017 | Politics
True, the repairs are estimated at $300M, but the complex scheme being used to raise the money could drive project total to almost twice that
Bayonne Bridge Roadway Raising Comes Down to the Wire — Ahead of Schedule
John Reitmeyer | May 3, 2017 | Transportation
In just a few weeks some of the world’s largest megaships will be able to cruise under newly elevated infrastructure and reach Port Newark-Elizabeth
New Jersey Lawmakers Join Renewed Effort to Raise Federal Minimum Wage
John Reitmeyer | May 2, 2017 | Politics
In-state Democrats wait to work on hiking state’s minimum wage until new governor takes over in 2018
Christie Blocks Dems’ Move to Reveal Tax Returns of Presidential Candidates
John Reitmeyer | May 2, 2017 | Politics
Governor slams Legislature for wasting time on an ‘unconstitutional bill.’ Sponsors of the legislation vow to see it through when Christie’s successor takes over
What’s the Plan for PATH Service to Newark Liberty Airport?
John Reitmeyer | May 1, 2017 | Transportation
With $57 million in preliminary spending approved, where is the money going, and what’s the big picture?
Major Repairs at NY’s Penn Station Likely Mean More Delays, Service Disruptions
John Reitmeyer | April 28, 2017 | Transportation
Amtrak’s plan to address issues with aging infrastructure will impact NJ Transit’s daily commuters — as well as those going into city on weekend
Trump Tax Scheme Would Reduce Rates for Highest Earners, Corporations
John Reitmeyer | April 27, 2017 | Politics
President’s plan also would shut down deduction for state and local taxes, a favorite in NJ, which is burdened by highest property tariffs in nation
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