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April 23, 2019

NYC’s Congestion-Pricing Plan Wins No Friends on NJ Side of the Hudson
John Reitmeyer | Transportation
Garden State commuters already pay stiff tolls for driving into the Big Apple, but there doesn’t seem to be much support for carveouts and exemptions
Education Coalition Urges Governor, Dems to Rethink School Funding Cuts
John Mooney | Education
Murphy’s spending plan would cut state aid to almost 200 districts; coalition wants him and legislative leaders to come up with a less bruising proposal
NJ to Fund Better Electronic Health Records for Addiction Services
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
New technology, a priority across Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration, is seen as way to improve and integrate services for tens of thousands of New Jerseyans
How Trump’s Title 10 ‘Gag Rule’ Affects NJ’s Women, Especially Women of Color
Joanna Gagis | NJTV News | Healthcare
More than two-thirds of Planned Parenthood patients in New Jersey are people of color
Advocates Rally Against Citizenship Question in 2020 Census
Briana Vannozzi | NJTV News | Politics
Ahead of Supreme Court hearings on Trump administration’s effort to include controversial question, New Jersey opponents protest
Opinion: A Surplus Account Is Not the Same as a Rainy-Day Account
Richard F. Keevey | Opinion
Contributing to New Jersey’s rainy-day fund would help protect the state during a recession or in the event of a natural disaster
New Jersey Energy Efficiency: Progress and Opportunity
Lloyd Kass and Andy Frank | Energy & Environment, Sponsored Content
While the state needs to move forward on all fronts to achieve its clean energy goals, energy efficiency represents a particularly important opportunity
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April 22, 2019

Some NJ Districts Pile Up Debt Building Schools, Others Are Debt-Free
Colleen O'Dea | Education
Although New Jersey is in better shape than the country as a whole for school debt, paying off construction bonds costs about a quarter of state’s annual debt service
State’s New-Look Energy Plan Is Delayed, Now Expected in December
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Murphy administration’s overhaul of New Jersey’s Energy Master Plan is put off while urgent energy issues are being dealt with
Two NYC fatalities Had Nation’s First Cases of ‘Pan-Resistant’ Fungus
Jon Hurdle | Healthcare
Deaths fuel fears of an outbreak of Candida auris that can resist many, or all, medications; no reports of pan-resistant C. auris in New Jersey
Q&A: Katrina McCombs, New Superintendent of Camden City School District
Carly Sitrin | Education
McCombs has big ambitions but is facing big challenges — not least a severe budget crisis
Not Your Grandfather’s Electric Meter
PSE&G | Energy & Environment, Sponsored Content
Smart meters don’t just deliver convenience; they also promise greater reliability and improved customer service

April 19, 2019

Huge Win for PSEG as Reluctant BPU Approves Nuclear Subsidies
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
‘The board is being directed to pay a ransom,’ said Commissioner Bob Gordon. Upendra Chivukula was the only commissioner to vote ‘no’
Searing Impact of Incarceration on Women and their Families
Lilo H. Stainton | Social
Conference suggests that most re-entry services are geared toward men, leaving women to navigate the post-prison landscape largely on their own
Weinberg: Language in New Anti-harassment Rule Is ‘Affront to Survivors’
Colleen O'Dea | More Issues
Civil Service spokesman says proposed rule will reflect what Gov. Phil Murphy wants
State Wants New Anti-Conflict Standard for Financial Advisers
John Reitmeyer | More Issues
Installing ‘fiduciary’ rule at the state level would replace federal regulation that was set aside by the courts
Op-Ed: Black Moms Matter and Need to Tell Their Healthcare Stories
Cheryl Towns | Opinion
Awareness must be raised of the systemic racism and the special risks many black women face when dealing with medical issues
Rep. Tom Malinowski Reacts To Mueller Report
Michael Aron | NJTV News | Politics
First-term Democrat says U.S. Attorney General Barr lied in pre-release assessment of Special Prosecutor’s report

April 18, 2019

With Kean’s Declaration, NJ’s 2020 Congressional Races Are Off and Running
Colleen O'Dea | Politics
GOP already out gunning for state’s four freshman Democrats who flipped their districts from red to blue, characterizing them as ‘socialists’
How New Jersey Can Build a ‘Culture of Health’ and Fill in Notable Gaps in Care
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
New report presents a roadmap to help policymakers create more effective and equitable healthcare programs in Garden State
Winning Rutgers Faculty Union Vows to Aid Part-Timers in Contract Battle
Carly Sitrin | Education
After agreeing a ‘historic’ contract, officials with the union representing thousands of full-time faculty and graduate employees say they will work for colleagues still at the bargaining table
NJ Transit Says Atlantic City Line, Princeton Dinky Back Next Month
John Reitmeyer | Transportation
Agency announces new schedule for Atlantic City commuters and tourists, but offers no news for Raritan Valley Line, sidetracked for six months
NJ Joins Other States to Block Trump Attack on Clean Water Act
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Administration wants to roll back protection of tributaries, wetlands, and the like that shield downstream waters against pollution
Op-Ed: NJ Opposition to Changing Campus-Assault Rules Is Misguided
Andrew T. Miltenberg | Opinion
State officials opposed to Trump administration’s proposed Title IX rule changes for how schools should handle assault and harassment complaints must not overlook due process
Former Gov. Christie Delivers Soundbite with Teeth About Gov. Murphy
Michael Aron | NJTV News | Politics
No more Mr. Nice Guy, warns Christie, ‘it’s contrary to my personality’
Booker and Harris Miss Most Votes of Senators Running in 2020
Elana Schor | Associated Press | Politics
Candidates often miss votes while out campaigning; the senators from New Jersey and California have missed 16 of 77 votes this year
Immigrant Detainee in Essex County Jail Says He Was X-Rayed for Contraband
WNYC News | More Issues
After being strip-searched, Yuri McKoy was taken to University Hospital in Newark where, he said, an X-ray showed nothing

April 17, 2019

The Message Is a Big Part of the Mission for State Veterans Programs
John Reitmeyer | Budget
New Jersey is home to some 340,000 men and women who have served their country in the military
Rutgers Reaches Tentative Deal with Faculty Union, Part-Timers Still Negotiate
Carly Sitrin | Education
Although union members must approve agreement, a strike appears to have been averted. But no resolution yet for their part-time colleagues
Critics Slam PSEG’s Notice of Nuclear Shutdown on Eve of Subsidy Decision
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Foes say it’s an effort to intimidate Board of Public Utilities as it decides whether big subsidies are merited for three nuclear units in South Jersey
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