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October 15, 2018

Healthcare Costs Continue to Rise in NJ, Outpacing National Increase
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Although record numbers of New Jerseyans now have insurance coverage, the price of healthcare remains a major difficulty for families and small businesses
Governor, Dems Cautioned It’s Time to Repay African-American Support
Mark J. Bonamo | Politics, Elections 2018
Weeks before the critical midterm elections, community leaders tell Democrats — especially Gov. Phil Murphy — that they want action on important issues
Grewal ‘Proud to Lead’ Latest Challenge to IRS on Federal Tax Changes
John Reitmeyer | Budget
The Internal Revenue Service proposed new rules to stymie ‘blue’ state efforts to get around a federal cap on SALT deductions. Attorneys general reveal how they plan to fight back
State Advised Yet Again to Reject Offshore-Wind Project Near Atlantic City
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Consultant tells Board of Public Utilities that Nautilus proposal is too small and would cost New Jersey ratepayers too much
The List: Top Ten Counties in NJ for Federal Farm Subsidies
Colleen O'Dea | The List
New Jersey is among the states that reap the least in annual federal aid to farmers, getting only a fraction of the $20 billion paid out
Op-Ed:The Vehicle Emissions Reduction Strategy No One’s Talking About
Tim Evans | Opinion
It’s not enough to promote the use of alternative fuels in New Jersey. We must reduce the total number of miles driven — and to do that, we need to rethink how and where we build
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October 12, 2018

Trying to Repurpose NJ’s Empty or Underused Strip Malls and Offices
Colleen O'Dea | Planning
There’s a new grant program for municipalities to redevelop ‘ghost malls’ and underutilized commercial properties
Put Vehicles Powered by Fuel Cells in NJ’s Clean-Energy Agenda — Lawmakers Advised
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
As Murphy administration goes full-speed on its clean-energy program, proponents of fuel cells are worried their technology could be left out
Opinion: It Sure Looks Like DOE Willfully Broke Charter Process to Appease NJEA
Laura Waters | Opinion
Did ‘political payback’ matter more to Murphy and Repollet than the wishes of parents desperate for alternatives to poorly-performing public schools?
Clergy Urge Governor, Lawmakers to Raise Minimum Wage in NJ to $15
John Reitmeyer | Social
With politicians seeming to have become bogged down on issue, religious coalition expresses urgency about addressing Garden State’s widening wage gap
Rutgers Scientists Help to Identify New Way to Test for Lyme Disease
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
More work to be done for federal approval but new technique promises earlier detection and, therefore, better chance of avoiding serious long-term effects
Fierce Competition for State’s New Medical Marijuana Licenses
NJTV News Online | Healthcare
Department of Health is expected to name new dispensary operators within weeks

October 11, 2018

Billed as a National ‘Litmus Test,’ Debate in CD-11 Stays Close to Home
Carly Sitrin | Politics, Elections 2018
Democrat Mikie Sherrill and Republican Jay Webber keep their composure while facing off on federal tax reform, healthcare, student debt, infrastructure — and more
In CD-2, Candidates Clash Over South Jersey's Place in Trump's America
Mark J. Bonamo | Politics, Elections 2018
Grossman, Van Drew take off the gloves in debate that goes from raucous to rancorous
State’s $5.1 Million Deal Preserves 2,200 Acres of Watershed
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
DEP and other funders join forces to acquire Hudson Farm properties in Sussex County, saving forests, streams, and mountaintops
Web Guide to NJ Property Taxes: Everything Except Why They’re So High
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Online guidebook walks residents through all the aspects of property taxes, including how the revenue is divvied up, using easy to understand graphics and examples
Poll: Has the Kavanaugh Controversy Swayed You to Vote in the Midterms?
Polling, Elections 2018
The unprecedented confirmation hearings and subsequent swearing-in of the U.S. Supreme Court’s newest member are influencing voter turnout nationally. Will they send you to the polling booth or keep you away?
Extra Federal Funding Boosts Care for Vulnerable Patients in NJ
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
A pilot program to give integrated healthcare and support services to thousands dealing with behavioral health challenges gets a financial lifeline
More than 100,000 New Voters in NJ in Recent Months
WNYC News Online | Elections 2018
With the midterm elections looming, twice as many Democrats as Republicans sign up to vote

October 10, 2018

Audit of NJ Transit Is In, Governor Pledges It Won’t ‘Collect Dust’
John Reitmeyer | Transportation
Detailed analysis of operational defects, but no definitive solution is offered to agency’s severe financial woes
DEP Launches Blueprint for Making Jersey Shore More Resilient to Climate Change
Jon Hurdle | Energy & Environment
As UN gives stark climate warning, NJ steps up plans to defend coastal zone from rising seas and bigger storms
Lance, Malinowski Both Swing Hard for 7th District’s Centrist Mantle
Mark J. Bonamo | Elections 2018
Candidates cast themselves as moderates. But, in a season of fevered political partisanship, they take plenty of potshots at each other
Murphy Pledges to Help Workers Whose Jobs Could Fall to Robots, Technology
Colleen O'Dea | More Issues
Governor sets up task force, says New Jersey must prepare for ‘profound impact’ of technological changes
State to Spend Volkswagen Money on Reducing Emissions
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Fund, which stems from auto manufacturer’s settlement for cheating on emissions testing, will focus on urban areas, promote electric vehicles
Charter Schools: Where Does Murphy Administration Really Stand?
John Mooney | Education
That’s the big question no one knows the answer to as a major state review of the growing movement gets underway

October 9, 2018

Countdown to New State Sales Tax on Online Shopping
John Reitmeyer | Budget
The big holiday retail season is almost upon us. Likewise, a new state tax on online sales that’s expected to bring New Jersey hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue
Ørsted Looks to Pick Up Deepwater Wind for $510 Million
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Danish company’s move indicates growing interest in nascent U.S. offshore-wind sector among European companies
Revamp of Municipal Courts Moves Ahead, Legislation in the Pipeline
Colleen O'Dea | More Issues
Chief Justice pushes reforms, lawmaker offers legislatives fixes after report said local courts should focus more on justice than on money
No Agreement on How to Keep Lid on Health Insurance Costs in NJ
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
More people in Garden State have access to insurance because of Affordable Care Act but there’s no consensus on how to protect the benefits
Op-Ed: Solar Program Must Work for Underserved Communities in NJ
Pari Kasotia and Tom Figel | Opinion
State’s new solar energy possibilities should be equitable and accessible to all New Jerseyans. It’s up to Board of Public Utilities to make that happen
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