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Planning for Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Back on Track, Driven by Revitalized TTF
John Reitmeyer | April 25, 2017 | Transportation
Funds available to take extension project through environmental-impact study, but money from Trump administration now appears iffy
Can Guadagno’s ‘Circuit Breaker’ Short-Circuit Rising Property Taxes?
John Reitmeyer | April 24, 2017 | Budget, Elections 2017
The lieutenant governor’s plan faces two immediate hurdles: inherent complexity and voter skepticism
Lawmakers Refuse to Let Urban Enterprise Zones Die in Program’s 5 Charter Cities
John Reitmeyer | April 21, 2017 | Politics
Loss of UEZs’ 50 percent sales tax break, some politicians claim, makes it almost impossible for cities to compete with neighbors that are still home to zones
Protestors Dog Christie as Booker Pleads for Federal Help on Tunnel Upgrades
John Reitmeyer | April 20, 2017 | Transportation
Senator says we’re on the brink of ‘a traffic Armageddon,’ protesters say governor’s fateful decisions fueled the crisis
Despite Job Growth, NJ Still Shy of Employment Level Prior to Great Recession
John Reitmeyer | April 19, 2017 | Politics
Job gains come as state business leaders striving to make New Jersey more attractive to skilled workers and trained tradespeople
Hoboken Terminal Project Provides Respite from Amtrak-NJT Bickering
John Reitmeyer | April 18, 2017 | Transportation
Although ongoing work will not be finished for several years, significant progress is being made — including on pedestrian concourse
With Spectrum Auction a Wrap, How Should NJ Spend Its $300M Proceeds?
John Reitmeyer | April 17, 2017 | Politics
One proposal: funnel some funds into journalism and media-related endeavors to compensate for deep cuts to New Jersey’s journalism community in recent years
NJ Lawmakers Wrangle Over Who Decides How TTF Billions Will Be Spent
John Reitmeyer | April 13, 2017 | Transportation
Senate President rejects Republican senator’s claim that new commission could politicize how projects are selected
NJ Voters Support Tax Hike for Millionaires, CPAs Say It Could Propel Rich to Leave
John Reitmeyer | April 12, 2017 | Budget
Majority of New Jerseyans back tax hike on the rich — if revenue is used for education and public pensions
Christie, Cuomo Want Independent Review of Penn Station Problems
John Reitmeyer | April 11, 2017 | Transportation
After latest train derailment, governors want outside ‘verification of track safety’ at the timeworn transit hub
Democrats, Republicans Dispute Size of Structural Deficit — and What It Means
John Reitmeyer | April 10, 2017 | Budget
Christie has used structured gap to campaign against incumbents, challengers; now he says he’s closed it — although Moody’s disagrees
OLS Projects New Jersey Taxes Will Be $223M Short
John Reitmeyer | April 7, 2017 | Budget
Growing concern that state budget will suffer from ‘Trump effect’ and that Christie administration’s revenue forecasts will not be met
State Funding of NJ Transit: Scudder Says ‘Appropriate,’ Lawmakers Say ‘Inadequate’
John Reitmeyer | April 6, 2017 | Transportation
Concerns about funding of NJ Transit were aired in both Trenton and Washington, D.C. yesterday as commuters dealt with the latest misery at New York Penn Station
Could Backroom Efforts Deliver New Jersey Gender-Pay Deal?
John Reitmeyer | April 5, 2017 | Politics
Gov. Christie last year rejected legislation he said went too far. Sen. Diane Allen says bipartisan agreement is now within reach
Dems Ask Court to Block Christie’s Change to Handgun-Carry Permit Rules
John Reitmeyer | April 4, 2017 | Social
Lawmakers say rule change loosens permit process and rides roughshod over the Legislature. Governor says his administration will prevail
NJ Hopes to Hit Budget Home Run with Daily Fantasy Sports Games
John Reitmeyer | April 4, 2017 | Budget
Analysts project that issuing permits and charging operations fees could bring in new annual revenue of $6.6 million
Betting on NJ Lottery to Help Bail out Public-Employee Pension System
John Reitmeyer | April 3, 2017 | Budget
Diverting $1 billion in lottery revenue is a fix, not a solution, some experts warn, and it raises a question: How would the state budget make up for funds that are redirected?
Fine Print: Long-Sought Compromise Will Increase NJ Property-Tax Transparency
John Reitmeyer | March 31, 2017 | Budget
An investigation originally undertaken by NJ Spotlight pays off as new property tax data will be posted on state’s governmental services website
Healthy Gains Reported for Pension Returns at NJ State Investment Council Meeting
John Reitmeyer | March 30, 2017 | Budget
Bump of over 8 percent for fiscal 2017 announced, even as Christie mulls bill giving cops, firefighters more control of their pension investments
No More Secret Deals Between Whistleblowers and Government
John Reitmeyer | March 29, 2017 | Politics
The Christie administration spent millions of dollars and kept key documents confidential in the Barlyn whistleblower case. Lawmakers want to end such deals
Moody’s Downgrades NJ Credit Rating Fourth Time While Christie in Office
John Reitmeyer | March 28, 2017 | Budget
Rating agency identifies New Jersey’s chronically underfunded public pension system as one of main reasons for latest lowering of state’s grade
$400M Supplemental Transportation Aid OK’d in Time for Pothole Season
John Reitmeyer | March 27, 2017 | Transportation
No specifics yet on what projects will be tackled; $260M to go to roads and bridges, $140M to NJ Transit. Transportation Trust Fund now sitting pretty at $2B
Police, Firefighters Edge Closer to Control of Own Retirement Fund
John Reitmeyer | March 24, 2017 | Budget
After lawmakers approve removal of PFRS from state pension system, the proposal goes to governor; whether Christie likes the plan or not, it may be veto-proof
Pushing to Keep Trump Budget Cuts from Derailing NJ Mass-Transit Projects
John Reitmeyer | March 23, 2017 | Transportation
Lawmakers, transportation advocates argue that loss of funding would be a blow not just to New Jersey but the entire Northeast corridor
Businesses Worry that Too Many Millennials Headed Out of New Jersey
John Reitmeyer | March 22, 2017 | Social
Millennials are leaving Garden State at a faster clip than any other group; that’s a concern for business groups, who want to keep them here
NJ Windfall from Sale of Public Airwaves Likely Smaller Than Projected
John Reitmeyer | March 21, 2017 | Budget
Analysts once estimated that selling off public bandwidth in New Jersey could raise more than $2B, but signs now point to a more modest haul
Explainer: Sorting Through the State’s Property-Tax Relief Programs
John Reitmeyer | March 21, 2017 | Explainer
The bad news is that the amount of money available for property-tax relief is shrinking; the good news, there are still a plethora of programs and options available
Trump Infrastructure Flip-Flop Could Put Gateway Tunnel Project in Peril
John Reitmeyer | March 20, 2017 | Transportation
The first element of Gateway, a mission-critical bridge, may not get the needed — and expected — federal funding, possibly derailing entire initiative
Democratic Assembly Leaders Take Constitutional Tack with Two Measures
John Reitmeyer | March 17, 2017 | Politics
Legislators decide Christie regulatory change to gun laws conflicts with legislative intent, decide presidential candidates on state ballot must release tax returns
Fears for New Jersey if Federal Budget Is Slashed
John Reitmeyer | March 16, 2017 | Budget
Advocates line up to tell lawmakers about implications for healthcare, housing, the environment if Trump administration axes spending
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