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Mark J. Magyar

New Commissioner Calls For Transportation Tax, New Tunnel, Expanded Light Rail
Mark J. Magyar | October 20, 2014 | Politics, Transportation
Fox: If Transportation Trust Fund is refinanced again by a ‘gimmick’ -- and not a dedicated tax -- ‘we’ve failed’
Analysis: Liberal Analysts Drop $42 Billion Bombshell Into NJ Pension Debate
Mark J. Magyar | October 8, 2014 | Politics
Think tanks cite Pennsylvania actuarial study in warning against hidden costs of switch from traditional pension to 401(k) plan
Analysis: Would an Elected Comptroller Solve NJ’s Pension Crisis?
Mark J. Magyar | October 7, 2014 | Budget, Politics
Moody’s: While New Jersey’s pension crisis is one of nation’s worst, independent comptroller kept New York State out of trouble
State Assembly Targets Governor’s Suppression of Rebate Data
Mark J. Magyar | September 30, 2014 | Politics
Legislation would require Christie administration to publish town-by-town data on net property taxes it removed from state’s website
Analysis: Merger of Cash-Starved NJDOT with Turnpike Authority ‘Cash Cow’ eyed
Mark J. Magyar | September 29, 2014 | Politics, Transportation
Turnpike, Parkway generate $400 million a year in excess toll revenues -- and most of it already goes into state budget
Tab for Unfunded Retiree Benefits Pegged at $30,000 per Household
Mark J. Magyar | September 26, 2014 | Politics
Three months after Christie’s pension cuts, governor’s own panel says failure to make pension payments has made problem worse
Analysis: Transportation Funding Fix Now Appears To Be On Fast Track
Mark J. Magyar | September 23, 2014 | Transportation
High-level talks, new DOT chief, and Christie’s own political calculus augur well for agreement on a long-term solution for Transportation Trust Fund
Explainer: How Does New Jersey Tax Gasoline Sales?
Mark J. Magyar | September 23, 2014 | Explainer
NJ levies both a gas tax and a petroleum products gross-receipts tax, but both add up to the second-lowest gas tax in the nation
Analysis: Facing Budget Problems, Christie Plays Tax Amnesty Card
Mark J. Magyar | September 18, 2014 | Budget, Politics
Corzine’s 2009 tax amnesty generated a record $725 million windfall, but it would take a concerted campaign to match that success
Christie Administration, Unions Battling Over Hedge Fund Fees, Contributions
Mark J. Magyar | September 17, 2014 | Politics
Union leader urges Treasury to complete pay-to-play probe, questions investment with firm whose principals donated to RNC
Coalition Pushes to Replenish State's Transportation Trust Fund
Mark J. Magyar | September 17, 2014 | Transportation
NJ Forward includes gas tax increase as one funding option, urges merger of transportation agencies and more public-private partnerships
‘One Sheriff, One Paycheck’ Campaign Targets Pension/Pay Double-Dipping
Mark J. Magyar | September 15, 2014 | Politics
Retired state police major seeks to turn Mercer sheriff race into referendum on widespread abuse of pension loophole
Christie Grappling With Bond Downgrades, Budget Shortfalls, Casino Closures
Mark J. Magyar | September 11, 2014 | Budget, Politics
NJ’s fiscal woes mount as S&P cuts credit rating, Treasury admits budget shortfall and Trump Taj Mahal becomes fifth casino to face closure
Explainer: Why NJ's Unfunded Liability for Retirees Is $90 Billion and Rising
Mark J. Magyar | August 12, 2014 | Budget, Politics, Explainer
Funding gap grows because NJ continues to underfund pensions and covers retiree healthcare costs on pay-as-you-go basis
Analysis: Christie Needs Pension Panel for Political and Practical Reasons
Mark J. Magyar | August 11, 2014 | Politics
Governor’s choice to head commission is former Reagan Treasury official who laid out options for cutting pension benefits in 2012 policy paper
Analysis: Specter of Willie Horton Hangs Over Push for Speedy Vote on Bail Reform
Mark J. Magyar | August 4, 2014 | Politics
Christie aspirations, state politics drive constitutional amendment to ballot this November despite unanswered questions about costs, legality
Christie Cites ‘Cadillac Tax’ In Push To Cut Public Employee Benefits
Mark J. Magyar | July 30, 2014 | Budget, Politics
Governor: Obamacare tax would cost New Jersey $261 million in 2018 and $837 million by 2022 if health insurance costs aren’t cut
Analysis: New Jersey's Economic Woes Go Far Beyond Casino Closings
Mark J. Magyar | July 25, 2014 | Politics
Rutgers economist says state is not positioned well to compete in new digital economy, and time is running out for full recovery of jobs lost
Christie Says NJ Must Cut Retiree Benefits Or Face Bankruptcy
Mark J. Magyar | July 23, 2014 | Politics
Governor kicks off ‘No Pain, No Gain’ summer tour to sell pension reform in front of protesting police and firefighters
Sweeney Calls Sandy-Monitoring Reports ‘Almost A Whitewash’
Mark J. Magyar | July 22, 2014 | Politics, Housing, Sandy
Senate president, housing advocates demand release of full documentation so public can judge Sandy relief efforts
Analysis: Fishman Demurral, Bridgegate Break Gives Christie An Opening
Mark J. Magyar | July 18, 2014 | Politics
While Egea testimony raises further questions, barnstorming Christie now gets window to reframe presidential candidacy
GOP Assembly Leader Calls for Reforms to Create Competitive Districts
Mark J. Magyar | July 15, 2014 | Politics
Constitutional amendment proposed by Bramnick mirrors goals of California, Arizona, and Iowa initiatives
Casino Expansion Proposal Riding On North-South Political Deal
Mark J. Magyar | July 14, 2014 | Politics
Constitutional amendment to add casinos in North Jersey is a good bet, but Sweeney wants Atlantic City to get a bigger cut
Combative Degnan Wins Senate OK To Chair Port Authority
Mark J. Magyar | July 11, 2014 | Politics
Veteran troubleshooter questioned on level of independence from Christie in wake of role on judicial, school violence commissions
Port Authority Panel’s Focus on Asset Divestiture Raises Questions
Mark J. Magyar | July 7, 2014 | Politics
Key issues on future of Port Authority loom at Degnan’s confirmation hearing before Senate Judiciary Committee
Christie Uses Vetoes To Drive Political Message For 2016 Campaign
Mark J. Magyar | July 1, 2014 | Budget, Politics
With Democrats powerless to override governor's vetoes, only courts can order state to make required pension payments
Analysis: Will Governor Christie's House of Cards Collapse?
Mark J. Magyar | June 30, 2014 | Budget, Politics
Governor banks on larger-than-life celebrity, but expanding investigations, mounting fiscal problems could undercut presidential hopes
After Christie Vetoes, Pension Battle Heads Back To Court
Mark J. Magyar | June 27, 2014 | Budget
Democratic-controlled Legislature’s passage of budget with tax hikes on millionaires and corporations is preordained exercise in futility
Prieto Wins Argument On Limiting State Income-Tax Hike To Millionaires
Mark J. Magyar | June 24, 2014 | Budget, Politics
Democratic budget kills tax increases on e-cigarettes, Urban Enterprise Zone businesses
Analysis: Democratic Tax Plan is Just a Down Payment on NJ’s Fiscal Needs
Mark J. Magyar | June 23, 2014 | Budget, Politics
Christie’s veto of tax increases would leave insurmountable $4.3 billion pension gap to be made up by FY18
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