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February 14, 2019

NJ Seeks Advisor For Potential Deals Involving State Assets
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Bridges, buildings, roads, parks all to be evaluated for their potential to help plug the hole in funding of New Jersey’s pension system
Zwicker Wants NJ to Enact Robust Internet Privacy Protections
Colleen O'Dea | More Issues
Assemblyman says New Jersey shouldn’t wait for federal action, must take own measures to give consumers power over their personal data
‘Green’ Groups Ask Murphy for Moratorium on New Fossil-Fuel Infrastructure
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Coalition reports that if the 12 natural-gas projects are built, they would undercut administration’s goal of 100 percent clean energy by 2050
$1 Toll Hike Will Fund Major Capital Upgrades on Delaware Memorial Bridge
Carly Sitrin | Transportation
Governors of New Jersey, Delaware sign off on resolution to pay for safety, infrastructure improvements on one of the most heavily traveled links in Northeast
EPA to Unveil Long-Awaited ‘Action Plan’ on Curbing Toxic PFAS Chemicals
Jon Hurdle | Energy & Environment
Concern that agency won’t immediately set enforceable health standards
NJ Dioceses Release Names of 188 Clergy ‘Credibly Accused’ of Sexual Abuse
NJTV News Online | Social
Incidents date back to 1940, most abusers are dead, others have been removed from ministry
Weinberg Downplays Murphy Team’s ‘Overreach’ at Port Authority
NJTV News Online | Politics
Board chairman complained that governor’s team “wanted to be in control or ‘in charge’ of every senior hire at the Port”
Op-Ed: NJ Must Reduce Impact of Federal Cuts on Charity Care
Suzanne Ianni | Opinion
Substantial reductions in funding, scheduled to take effect this October, could be devastating for the state’s safety-net hospitals. We need to protect them

February 13, 2019

Will Trump Policy Change Put a Crimp in New Jersey’s Online Gambling Industry?
John Reitmeyer | Politics
Murphy administration, lawmakers vow to protect state’s lucrative online-wagering sector. Attorney General Grewal weighs in with forceful letter of protest to his federal counterparts
More Job Losses Last Year for New Jersey’s Solar Sector — Report Asserts
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
With nearly 700 jobs shed, it’s a second straight year of decline in a sector that’s key to New Jersey’s renewable-energy future
State to Launch Local Needle Exchanges, Enhance Services at Current Sites
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
DOH says plans part of broad multiagency strategy to foster syringe-access programs, other offerings across New Jersey
Fewer NJ Kids Eating Breakfast at School Means More Hungry Children
Colleen O'Dea | Social
State ranks dead last in percentage of schools eligible for federal nutrition funds that actually participate in the program, according to new report
How Are Districts Using State Pre-school Funds?
NJTV News Online | Education
Officials in two very different districts are figuring out how best to make use of their money from Trenton
Op-Ed: Kean University’s China Fiasco Illustrates Need for State Oversight
Donna M. Chiera | Opinion
Plan to give management control of campus outpost in Wenzhou to the Chinese government has security and ethical risks

February 12, 2019

Eight School Districts Sue NJ DOE Over Cuts in State Aid
Carly Sitrin | Education
But Senate President Sweeney says they should have seen the writing on the blackboard, changes resolve long-standing inequities in state education aid
Comptroller’s Words on Tax Incentives Go Down Better than Governor’s
John Reitmeyer | Budget
At a hearing yesterday, the State Comptroller painted a nuanced picture of New Jersey’s big tax-incentive programs that lawmakers — who support the programs — seemed to like
Lawmakers Seek to Close Gap in Mail-Order Vape Sales
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Assemblyman ‘unapologetic’ about the latest effort to curb nicotine addiction, especially among young New Jerseyans
Working with Private Sector to Torque Up Municipal Energy Systems
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
New measure would harness private money, expertise to drive energy efficiency at hospitals, wastewater-treatment plants, universities, prisons
Op-Ed: Task Force Needed on Criminal Justice Response to Domestic Violence
Jane Hanson, Pamela Jacobs and Patricia Perlmutter | Opinion
Tiffany Wilson was killed on a Newark street by her former partner. An algorithm had concluded he did not pose a risk to the community
Federal Lawmakers Trying to Give SALT Deduction Back to NJ Taxpayers
NJTV News Online | Politics
Now that New Jersey residents are working on their tax returns, they’re getting a good look at how GOP tax cuts actually make them pay more
Murphy Heralds Grants to Help Workers Get on Apprenticeship Track
NJTV News Online | More Issues
Governor and labor commissioner sing praises of new focus on ‘often overlooked’ career pathway

February 11, 2019

Lawmakers Move to Improve Paid Family Leave Program in New Jersey
Colleen O'Dea | Social
Supporters wait for governor to sign legislation that would expand benefits — at a higher cost to workers — while also expanding state’s temporary disability program
Opinion: Let’s Leverage New Minimum-Wage Law to Get Some Key Facts
Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff | Opinion
We have a rare opportunity to track the impacts of the minimum-wage increase on individuals, businesses, and the economy
Big Push to Make Medicaid in New Jersey More Effective and Efficient
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
State officials, policy experts and philanthropists team up to make changes that have been under discussion for a long time
NJ’s Laid-Off Workers to Get Toughest Protections in US?
John Reitmeyer | More Issues
After recent bruising cases — like Toys ‘R’ Us — in which employees were left with little of no severance pay, lawmakers want to institute new safeguards
Another Expert Casts Doubt on Need for NJ to Subsidize Nuclear Plants
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Economist also disputes PSEG’s contention that South Jersey plants will have to close within three years unless given subsidies

February 8, 2019

Aid-in-Dying Legislation Advances After Passionate Testimony Pro and Con
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Strong disagreement over measure that would allow physicians in New Jersey to prescribe lethal doses of medication to certain patients with less than six months to live
Stop-Gap Attempt to ‘Avoid Chaos’ as Court Action Awaited in PARCC Case
Carly Sitrin | Education
A court’s recent strike-down of PARCC graduation requirements has led to widespread confusion. Lawmakers try to keep the requirements in place for current juniors and seniors
Lawmakers Seeking More Diversity Among NJ’s Public School Teachers
Colleen O'Dea | Education
Tackling thorny issue in a state where minorities are 56 percent of student enrollments, while just 16 percent of teachers are non-white
Opinion: President Trump’s Rhetoric Belies the Truth About Immigrants
R. William Potter | Opinion
We need more immigration, not less. It’s linked with reduced crime rates, safer neighborhoods, and a stronger economy
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