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Cuomo Wants to Appoint His Own Inspector General at Port Authority
John Reitmeyer | March 8, 2017 | Politics
Commissioners argue that new IG could be used to throw a scare into employees and appointees who are thinking of blocking NY governor’s plans
Will State Stop Cutting Checks to Seniors, Give Property Tax Credit Instead?
John Reitmeyer | March 7, 2017 | Housing
Lawmakers say bipartisan move to change NJ’s ‘senior-freeze’ property-tax reimbursement program would help homeowners on fixed incomes and save on administrative costs
Unfunded Liability of Public-Employee Pension System Closes in on $50 Billion
John Reitmeyer | March 6, 2017 | Politics
Lowering rate of return on fund investments will help, but some experts argue full actuarial payments — not called for in Christie budget address — remain critical
Contradiction in Christie Budget Plan: Grow Revenue $1B While Cutting Taxes
John Reitmeyer | March 3, 2017 | Budget
The governor may be taking a gamble, but if he’s wrong it will be up to his successor to make things right — most likely with last-minute spending cuts
Does NJ Have a Lot to Lose if Undocumented Deported in Large Numbers?
John Reitmeyer | March 2, 2017 | Budget, Immigration
Half a million undocumented immigrants living in the Garden State contribute an estimated $587 million in taxes; aggressive deportation policy could hurt state and local budgets
No New Taxes, Spending in Christie’s $35.5B Budget, But He Floats Some Novel Plans
John Reitmeyer | March 1, 2017 | Budget
Governor’s final budget has no dramatic innovations but he proposes new options for dealing with pensions, school funding, healthcare
Building Financial Literacy in High School So Kids Don’t Rack up Huge College Loans
John Reitmeyer | February 28, 2017 | Education
As costs of public and private colleges continue to climb, NJ student are sinking deeper into debt, but learning to be smarter about money can be a huge help
The List: Five Things to Listen for in the Governor's Final Budget Address
John Reitmeyer | February 27, 2017 | The List
The budget address has a tendency to go on too long or to be crammed with numbers essential and inessential. Here's help making sure you don't miss anything important
Guadagno on Choosing NJ Attorney General: Let the People Decide
John Reitmeyer | February 27, 2017 | Politics
The governor of the Garden State gets to name the AG, but an early plank in the Guadagno platform calls for electing this official — and severing the political bond
What’s Wrong with NJ Transit? Commuters Get to Weigh In
John Reitmeyer | February 24, 2017 | Transportation
A survivor of last year’s fatal train accident in Hoboken was among those who testified at a public hearing about the mass transit agency
Murphy Lays Out Big Ambitions for Urban Renewal in New Jersey
John Reitmeyer | February 23, 2017 | Politics
The man who wants to be next governor proposes a sweeping agenda of tax breaks, help for small businesses, job training, criminal justice reform, and more
Big, Bold Reminder to Appeal Your Property Assessment by April 1
John Reitmeyer | February 22, 2017 | Politics
It’s too late for this year, but from next year onward property assessment notices must alert homeowners to deadline for filing an appeal
Christie’s Public Pension Legacy: Broken Promises, No Effective Fixes
John Reitmeyer | February 21, 2017 | Budget
As he nears end of second term, governor still struggling with state’s deeply troubled public-worker pension system, while some stakeholders look to a new administration for relief
PA Passes $32 Billion Spending Plan — Still Not Enough to Build Bus Terminal
John Reitmeyer | February 17, 2017 | Transportation
Budget includes $70 million to jumpstart planning process for new terminal, but completion of this critical part of project could extend to 2030 or beyond
EDA Tax Incentives at a Price: Pay Equity for Men and Women
John Reitmeyer | February 16, 2017 | Politics
Businesses that want help from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority must be able to demonstrate their employees earn equal pay for equal work
Beck Says Senate Dems Blocking Efforts to Bring Corruption Bill to Floor
John Reitmeyer | February 15, 2017 | Politics
Senator’s pension-forfeiture bill would make it easier to strip benefits from corrupt officials
NJ Lawmakers Oppose PA Spending Plan if Bus Terminal Initiative Not Funded
John Reitmeyer | February 14, 2017 | Transportation
Legislators on both sides of the aisle seem ready to stall vote on $32B capital plan unless it includes $70M for bus terminal planning effort
Dems Want State to Pick Up Tab if NJ’s Sanctuary Cities Lose Funds Under Trump
John Reitmeyer | February 13, 2017 | Immigration
Governor says officials from communities that lose federal funding will have to explain revenue loss to local residents
Sarlo, Oroho Honored for Efforts to Break Through TTF Gridlock
John Reitmeyer | February 10, 2017 | Politics
Two NJ lawmakers singled out by conservative Tax Foundation for making tax reform ‘simpler, more neutral, more transparent … more pro-growth’
School-Aid Reform: Not Enough Legislative Action to Keep Topic at Top of Agenda?
John Reitmeyer | February 9, 2017 | Education
School-funding inequities have plagued New Jersey for almost a decade; is this finally the time to set things right?
Without Extra Billions, Bus Terminal Won’t Be Replaced Before Late 2020's
John Reitmeyer | February 8, 2017 | Transportation
Concerns raised about urgent need to do something for commuters, bus companies at final public hearing before key February 16 vote
Could Commonsense Rules Fix Some of New Jersey’s Budget Problems?
John Reitmeyer | February 7, 2017 | Budget
Inability to replenish ‘rainy day’ savings account is significant problem for Garden State
Democrats’ Delay on PA Reform Keeps Agency’s NJ Chairman in Place
John Reitmeyer | February 6, 2017 | Transportation
Democratic lawmakers stall reform bill in response to Christie CV, because once it’s passed Chairman Degnan will be replaced by NY counterpart
Republican Pols Try to Change Subject — Away from Trump, Back to New Jersey
John Reitmeyer | February 3, 2017 | Politics
GOP leaders call for special session of Legislature to discuss NJ’s pressing issues; Democrats dispute charge they are not working on state’s critical concerns
Upping Atlantic City Hotel Tax Could Preserve Jobs for Cops, Firefighters
John Reitmeyer | February 2, 2017 | Politics
Beleaguered resort’s $100 million budget shortfall could mean deep cuts to public-safety services and serious damage to the city’s reputation as tourist destination
Focus on PATH Extension, Tunnel Helix at Hearing on Port Authority’s $32B Plan
John Reitmeyer | February 1, 2017 | Transportation
Agency proposes spending billions on a number of projects, not all of which have unanimous approval
NJ Officials, Commuters Say New Bus Terminal Vital; Will Port Authority Act in Time?
John Reitmeyer | January 31, 2017 | Transportation
The run-down Port Authority bus terminal needs to be replaced, but some are concerned the agency’s capital plan does not provide proper funding
South Jersey School District Ready to Challenge School-Funding Formula in Court
John Reitmeyer | January 30, 2017 | Education
Superintendent no longer willing to wait for Legislature to fix the problem, says ‘We are going to become the aggressor on this issue’
Amending the Federal Constitution from the Trenton State House
John Reitmeyer | January 27, 2017 | Politics
A grassroots movement hopes to use Article 5 to convene a convention called by state legislatures across the country
2016 Investment Returns for Public-Employee Pension Up 7%, Much Better Than in 2015
John Reitmeyer | January 26, 2017 | Budget
New figures don’t negate fundamental funding problems, but they bring some good news for the beleaguered pension system
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