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October 10, 2018

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
NJ Sting Operation Uncovers Almost 30 Unlicensed Moving Companies
NJTV News Online | More Issues
Unregistered movers aren’t just a safety threat, they’ve been known to hold customers’ worldly goods hostage — or simply disappear with everything they’ve been entrusted with
Building a Better Future One Building Project at a Time
NJTV News Online | Social
YouthBuild gives participants a place to master skills, earn a GED, and think beyond high school

October 5, 2018

Making Case for Public Bank in NJ, Even as Murphy Plan for It Hasn’t Materialized
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Governor was a big proponent of a state-run bank when on the campaign trail, but he’s said little about it since he’s been in office
Interactive Map: NJ Leans Blue, But Not Everyone Registered Goes to Vote
Colleen O'Dea | Maps, Map of the Week, Elections 2018
Trying to call the congressional contests is more of a challenge than ever — gender, education, wealth, age, and race must all be factored into the equation
PSEG Affirms It Will Shut Down Nuclear Plants Unless It Gets Big Subsidies
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
With $300 million at stake, scrutiny of the plants’ economic viability likely to be the most contested issue
PFAS Levels at NJ Base 24,000 Times Higher than Proposed Fed Standard — Study
Jon Hurdle | Energy & Environment
Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst data shows some PFAS levels also exceed EPA health advisory
Will Van Drew Shift South Jersey’s 2nd District to Democratic Column?
Mark J. Bonamo | Elections 2018
Republican Rep. Frank LoBiondo’s retirement gives conservative state senator a good chance to add to the Democrats’ numbers in Congress
NJ Gets Report Card ‘F’ for Lack of Parity in Insurance Coverage of Mental Health
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Advocates give New Jersey — and more than half of other states — a poor grade for failing to support and enforce federal law
New Jersey Ranked ‘Most Improved’ State for Energy Efficiency
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Garden State nabs 18th spot in nationwide analysis, up five places from 2017 assessment
PSE&G Agrees to Keep Bills Stable but Fails to Get Go-Ahead for ‘Decoupling’
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Utility agrees to re-examine its shutoff policies, particularly for people who rely on medical equipment

October 4, 2018

PARCC Peace Breaks Out: Compromise Is Reached on High School Testing
John Mooney | Education
Commissioner Repollet and State Board of Education agree on fewer tests, more flexibility. Questions remain
Conservative Group Sues Over NJ Limit on When People Can Quit Labor Unions
Colleen O'Dea | Politics
Michigan-based organization files suit on behalf of three union members from Lakewood, charges Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation to get around U.S. Supreme Court’s Janus ruling
New State Funding for Autism Center to Boost Research and Treatment
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Aim is also to improve services for the thousands of New Jersey residents who have some form of the disorder
Will NJ Employers Be Obligated to Ensure Federal Tax Break for Commuters?
John Reitmeyer | Budget
New Jerseyans, like other Americans, can get a nice tax benefit for their commuting costs, but only if their employers sign up for it. State lawmakers want to make that a requirement
Murphy Announces Grants to Gear Up Schools for Science and Tech
NJTV News Online | Education
School districts have until October 25 to apply for program that’s aimed at bringing computer science, other advanced courses to high schools
Examining the Claim that Leonard Lance is Bipartisan
PolitiFact | Elections 2018
A new GOP ad maintains the Republican congressman is rated ‘among the most bipartisan in Congress.’ Factchecking website PolitiFact puts that statement to the test

October 3, 2018

Repollet Hits ‘Pause’ for Charter Schools, Rejects Latest Two Hopefuls
John Mooney | Education
Education commissioner turns down new charter schools for Trenton and Jersey City, as Murphy administration readies major review of the sector
Utilities Submit Proposals for Nuclear Subsidies
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
While some residential customers may end up paying $30 more annually, large energy users may see their bills rise by $1 million a year
Thousands of Amazon Workers in NJ to Benefit from New $15 Minimum Wage
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Online retailer will apply increase from November 1. Decision draws out supporters of statewide wage increase, Gov. Phil Murphy included
Murphy Pledges New Tax Credits, Other Programs for Housing, Communities
Colleen O'Dea | Housing
Governor says his new economic plan will help rejuvenate rundown neighborhoods, give tax credits for affordable housing
Reversal of Course on Controversial Brewery Regulations
Tara Nurin | More Issues
A contentious directive, meant to severely limit the activities of craft breweries in New Jersey, has been suspended after a large outcry
Opinion: Pension Discount Rate and Investment Rate Are Not the Same Thing
Richard F. Keevey | Opinion
Pension discussions rely on a very specialized vocabulary. Confusing discount rate and investment rate makes it all too easy to go wrong when projecting liabilities
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