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What will be the impact on New Jerseyans if the Affordable Care Act is repealed? Significant, particularly for poor residents and for seniors, according to advocates seeking to preserve the law. They suggest the state would lose billions of dollars annually in federal funding and the cost of prescription drugs for seniors would be hit. They also predict that thousands of jobs would disappear from the state. Read more
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February 27, 2017

U.S. Immigration Crackdown Drives NJ's Undocumented Deeper into Shadows
Colleen O'Dea | Immigration
Advocates and immigrants urge lawmakers to make New Jersey a sanctuary state, one that will not cooperate with ICE if it makes broad sweeps of undocumented communities
After Public Protest, Pinelands Gas Line Approval Heading for Court
Kirk Moore | Energy & Environment
Will contested pipeline primarily serve the Pinelands, or will it carry enough natural gas to sell into other areas?
The List: Five Things to Listen for in the Governor's Final Budget Address
John Reitmeyer | 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
PSEG Still Looking for Subsidies to Help Keep Nuclear Fleet Afloat
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
'This needs to be fixed or the plants will close,' according to Ralph Izzo, head of PSEG
Guadagno on Choosing NJ Attorney General: Let the People Decide
John Reitmeyer | 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
Health Advocates Want Christie to Replace Funds if Trump Repeals ACA
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Patient activists plan pre-budget protest to draw governor's attention to plight of NJ's poor and working poor if Obamacare is overturned
Op-Ed: The Critical Need for New Jersey's Water Supply Plan
Jennifer Coffey and Tim Dillingham | Opinion
With 14 counties under drought warning, the governor must release the Water Supply Plan — whether it's ready or not
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February 24, 2017

At ‘Alternative’ Town Halls, Residents Send Message to Often-Absent Pols
Chase Brush | Politics
New Jerseyans are coming together in grass-roots groups to demand that members of Congress follow the people’s interests not the party line
What’s Wrong with NJ Transit? Commuters Get to Weigh In
John Reitmeyer | 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
The Nuclear Option: Will Christie Budget Blow Up School Funding?
John Mooney | Education
Educators, parents, advocates have been working for months to come up with a plan to countermand the governor’s ‘Fairness Formula’
Interactive Map: Tracking Chronic Conditions Among NJ’s Medicare Clients
Colleen O'Dea | Maps, Map of the Week
New government data is sobering: The state has the highest rates nationally for diabetes and heart failure; second-highest rates for cancer and stroke, among other maladies
Emergency Room Use Persists Despite Gains in Insurance Coverage
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Healthcare habits are proving slow — and somewhat difficult — to change
Op-Ed: Working Together to Address Health Challenges Posed by NJ Climate Changes
George DiFerdinando Jr. | Opinion
The impact that changing climate trends will have on health of New Jerseyans is immediate, widespread, and severe

February 23, 2017

Pain Patients Urge NJ Medicinal Marijuana Panel to Include Them in Program
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
People suffering from chronic pain and debilitating illnesses say panel has been unresponsive to their needs
DEP Weighs More Access to Pinelands Trails for Enduro Motorcyclists
Jon Hurdle | Energy & Environment
Some environmentalists argue that motorcycles should be banned outright from the preserve
Opinion: The Coming Federalization of NJ Pension and Benefits Crisis
Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff | Opinion
Notwithstanding the 10th Amendment, the federal government has repeatedly stepped in when the states’ political systems failed to bring about necessary action
Murphy Lays Out Big Ambitions for Urban Renewal in New Jersey
John Reitmeyer | 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
BPU to Invest $8M to Enhance Energy Efficiency at Two State Buildings
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Hughes Justice Complex, New Jersey DEP — both in Trenton — to get makeover to increase energy conservation, save on electric and gas bills
NJ Police Are Stocking Up on Used Military Equipment
NJTV News Online | Social
Police departments across the state have used a federal program to get $40 million of military surplus, including 196 Humvees

February 22, 2017

Big, Bold Reminder to Appeal Your Property Assessment by April 1
John Reitmeyer | 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
Pinelands Pipeline Project Up for Approval on Friday — After 6 Years
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
It’s down to the wire for much-contested pipeline as opponents continue to lobby against what they see as unneeded project
Profile: Once Advocated for Self, Now for All NJ Residents with Disabilities
Lilo H. Stainton | Profiles
Joseph M. Amoroso, director of the New Jersey Division of Disability Services, planned to work in finance but got waylaid
ACA Repeal Could Impact 1M NJ residents, Saddle State with $4B Annually
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Obamacare is more than insurance coverage for the working poor; it also benefits seniors and could be a matter of life and death for some New Jerseyans
LGBT Refugees and Asylees Have Their Own Trump Fears
Matt Katz | WNYC News | Immigration
Activists are concerned that Trump's approach to immigration could be uniquely problematic for gay and transgender people seeking refuge in America
Fears Keep Immigrants from Reporting Crimes — Including Domestic Violence
WNYC News | Immigration
A special visa program lets undocumented immigrants remain in country if they cooperate with investigators or prosecutors
Op-Ed: What Regaining Full Control of Schools Means for the People of Newark
Shanell Dunns | Opinion
Students will be counting on us — the parents, residents, teachers, and leaders — to create a school environment that prepares them to succeed as adults

February 21, 2017

Christie’s Public Pension Legacy: Broken Promises, No Effective Fixes
John Reitmeyer | 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
Three Strikes Against NJ ‘Greens’: Trump, Congress, New EPA Chief
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Do Garden State environmentalists have any leverage against this triple threat?
Disposing of Prescription Drugs Safely – A South Jersey Initiative
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Special kits allow drugs to be safely destroyed and kept out of the wrong hands, also reduce their potential to cause pollution
Opinion: Gov. Chris Christie, Hardly Your Typical Lame Duck
Carl Golden | Opinion
The governor isn’t just good at political brawling and trading shots, he likes doing so: Don’t look for that to change anytime soon
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