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September 12, 2019

Proposed $120M Bond Will Speed Newark’s Push to Get Lead Out of Drinking Water
John Reitmeyer | Politics
Additional funding could help the Brick City resolve its drinking-water crisis in two to three years, cutting time needed by half
Op-Ed: Who’s Profiting from Repairs to Aging water and Sewer Systems?
Peggy Gallos | Opinion
‘It may not always be apparent, but shareholder primacy seems to have guided many of the activities of investor-owned utilities in New Jersey and around the country’
NJ lawmakers consider barring pharmacies from selling tobacco, e-cigs
Joe Hernandez | WHYY | Healthcare
Proposal comes in shadow of mysterious illness related to vaping. Separately, Senate President Steve Sweeney discusses outright ban of all electronic smoking devices in New Jersey

September 11, 2019

Another Rebuff for PennEast: Court Halts Bid to Seize State Lands
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Federal appeals court reverses lower court’s decision that allowed company to exercise eminent domain over properties along pipeline route
A Day Of What-ifs, Spent In Service Of Ensuring Free And Fair Elections
Colleen O'Dea | Politics
Elections officials, others gather in Princeton to hone plans to prevent cyber attacks, and other threats to democracy
Governor uses state pocketbook as weapon in gun safety campaign
Michael Aron | NJTV News | More Issues
Under Murphy’s new executive order, state government would purchase firearms only from manufacturers and dealers it deems responsible
NJ Foundation Funds a Push for Equitable Medicaid Programs Nationally
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
State, insurance and healthcare officials in New Jersey will partner to reduce racial disparities in Medicaid’s maternal and infant care
Slow Progress on NJ’s water quality management law Frustrates Legislators
Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | Energy & Environment
Compliance with two-year-old law has been uneven; advocates say enforcement is necessary
On Tap: A Summit To Boost Firms Owned By Women And Minorities in NJ
John Reitmeyer | More Issues
Daylong session in Newark on Sept. 20 will feature panel discussions, learning opportunities and lots of time for networking

September 10, 2019

Out-of-State Insurer Fined $1M for Peddling Policies to NJ Gun Owners
John Reitmeyer | More Issues
Lockton Affinity gets rapped for selling Carry Guard, personal-liability insurance, a product of the NRA
State Holds Hearings on Sexual Harassment, How to Counteract It
Colleen O'Dea | Social
Three hearings, the first of which takes place tomorrow in Asbury Park, will focus on harassment in the workplace, in housing and in public places
EPA Faulted for Not Doing Enough to Protect Kids Against Lead at Home
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Without effective oversight federal agency can’t monitor remediation efforts. Meanwhile, blood-lead levels in more than 2 million children have climbed
Will NJ’s new ‘red flag’ law prevent shooting deaths?
Leah Mishkin | NJTV News | More Issues
Law allows gun rights to be removed from people deemed a risk to themselves or others; not everyone is happy with it
Governor Marks Milestone for Arts Education in NJ
Michael Aron | NJTV News | Education
Murphy says New Jersey is only state with universal access in schools to art programs
Op-Ed: Extension of Voting by Mail in NJ Is A Step in the Right Direction
Shennell McCloud | Opinion
More people voting makes for the election of better leaders and the enactment of better policies

September 9, 2019

NJ Public Worker Healthcare Costs to Decrease Next Year
John Reitmeyer | Budget
State treasurer acclaims “good news” for property taxpayers but officials provide no estimates of taxpayer savings. Some Medicare retiree rates will rise
Insurance Giant and Healthcare Providers Take Battle to Federal Court
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield and American Specialty Health Group allege that various alternative healthcare providers have spread false and defamatory information against them
Murphy Administration Boosts NJ Child Care Subsidies by $54M
Colleen O'Dea | Social
Children’s advocacy group and lawmakers say more funds are needed to help NJ parents cover pay raises for child care workers statewide as a result of increased minimum wage
State Urged to Consider Costs for All Utility Customers in Energy Plan
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Rate Counsel’s filing with BPU emphasizes the importance of a rate impact analysis for the state’s residential, commercial and industrial customers
Bobwhite quail set for bigger return to New Jersey
Jon Hurdle | Energy & Environment
Rare bird, believed extinct in the state, has shown it can live at Pinelands site after small shipments from Georgia
Op-Ed: The $14 Billion Key to Clean Energy in New Jersey
Franklin Neubauer | Opinion
The state government should act decisively on initiatives in energy efficiency which could pay big dividends

September 6, 2019

Interactive Map: Educators’ Pay Rose 1% Last Year; Bigger Raises on the Way
Colleen O'Dea | Maps, Map of the Week
Data show that typical public school teacher in New Jersey will receive a 3.01 percent raise this year, the biggest hike in many years
Experts: NJ’s Tax Incentives Are Not The Only Way To Grow An Economy
John Reitmeyer | Budget
At hearing, lawmakers are told that providing tax relief for companies looking for a place to set up shop has limited value, at best
State Agency Voices More Concerns Over PennEast Pipeline Project
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Department of Environmental Protection asks PennEast to rectify omissions in its applications for a series of wetlands and flood hazard permits
Target Climate Change Policies Toward Poorer Communities, NJ Advised
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Rutgers report finds that local advocates prefer earmarked commitments of resources to disadvantaged communities, as well as mandates to achieve specific pollution reductions in those areas
Newark pushes mandatory replacement of lead water service lines
Michael Hill | NJTV News | Energy & Environment
Move comes amid city effort to go door to door to get permission for work crews to access properties
What’s to Come in the Fight for Assembly Seats
Michael Aron | NJTV News | Politics
A preview of November’s State Assembly elections and where party leaders will target
Op-Ed: Reasons to Protest an Attempt to Stop NJ’s New ‘Dark Money’ Law
David Goodman | Opinion
New Jersey grassroots group will fight Americans for Prosperity’s move against the state’s ‘End Dark Money’ Law

September 5, 2019

Nuke Subsidies Under Review Just Months After Contentious Approval
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
In April, Board of Public Utilities awarded $300 million in annual surcharges on utility customers’ bills to aid three PSEG plants; officials are taking a fresh look at the subsidies
NJ DOE Tips Its Hand on New Proposal for Student Assessments
John Mooney | Education
Department also delivers mixed results of last year’s statewide testing, with only about half of students passing math and language-arts exams
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