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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
$300M State House Renovation Gets Go-Ahead Amid Controversy Over Price
John Reitmeyer | April 26, 2017 | Politics
Commission clears way for makeover of decrepit building but some legislators, gubernatorial candidates included, balk at the cost
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
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