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September 17, 2018

Conflict Continues Over What It Should Take to Graduate High School in NJ
John Mooney | Education
State wants to give students option of more than one type of test to graduate, but debate is strong over consequences, unintended and not
Op-Ed: Let’s Be Smart About Community Solar in New Jersey
Chris Sturm | Opinion
NJ’s recently signed energy legislation will allow many more residents and businesses to access solar energy. We must learn from other states how to do it well

September 14, 2018

Dollar Signs and Smiles All Round After First Three Months of Sports Betting
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Gamblers in New Jersey bet close to $100 million on sporting events last month. Operators and lawmakers salivate at prospect of growing revenue
Countdown to Critical First Step in Offshore-Wind Application Process
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Key action for governor’s ambitious clean-energy goals imminent, as developers press to take advantage of federal tax credits
Officials Defend Pace of Coastal Back Bays Study as Residents Fend off Floods
Jon Hurdle | Energy & Environment
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers considers range of defenses, including new floodwalls and storm-surge gates, but construction unlikely before 2026
Push to Improve Insurance Coverage of Mental Health for New Jerseyans
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Legislators advance measure seeking to ensure same level of benefits as for medical issues. It could ease financial burden on families
DRBC Seeks to Block PennEast from Cutting Trees Along Pipeline Route
Jon Hurdle | Energy & Environment
Agency fears damage to water resources from premature felling of trees but is told it must resubmit request through proper channels
Op-Ed: Paid Family Leave Helps Babies, Not Just Their Parents
Cecilia Zalkind | Opinion
With members of a state Senate committee expected to vote Monday on a bill to expand family leave in New Jersey, the benefits should be clear

September 13, 2018

How to Boost Jersey Shore Tourism: End State Diversion of Revenue for a Start
John Reitmeyer | Budget
If the region wants to extend its season, it needs more events, better marketing, and improved transportation — and the state to stop siphoning off hotel-room taxes
Governor Urged to Block Discharge of Fracking Waste in Delaware River Basin
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
A ban on fracking in the watershed is expected later this year, but there’s still a proposal to allow discharge of fracking waste in the region. Murphy is being asked to prevent that happening
Incomes Rose in NJ Last Year but Significant Number of Residents Remain in Poverty
Colleen O'Dea | Social
Earnings rose for New Jerseyans in 2017, according to new census data, and fewer people were categorized as poor. Women continue to earn less than men
In Surprise Move, State Board Tables Vote on Cutting Back PARCC
John Mooney | Education
Board president and education commissioner say more discussion needed, but some wonder if there were enough votes to make the change
Legislation Aims to Improve, Update Medicaid’s Eligibility Process
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Lawmakers, healthcare advocates push to update application process and more
Forcing NJ Universities to Come Clean on All their Hidden Fees
Carly Sitrin | Education
The cost of tuition at colleges and universities in the state is one thing. But many students are blindsided by extra ‘hidden’ fees and legislators are pushing for transparency
Op-Ed: The War on Cannabis Has Failed — Let’s Be Smart About Legalizing It in NJ
Scott Rudder | Opinion
With the legalization of cannabis approaching for New Jersey, we can draw on the experience of other states to get it right
Watch Out, New Jersey Voters, Mail-In Ballot Rules Have Changed
WNYC News | Politics, Elections 2018
Residents who voted by mail in 2016 have been automatically registered to cast their ballots by mail in 2018

September 12, 2018

GOP Rub SALT in Wound, Push for Permanent Cap on Tax Deduction
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Adding to woe for New Jerseyans, IRS undercuts Murphy administration’s attempt to help taxpayers get around federal limit on deduction for state and local taxes
NJ Urged to Electrify Transit Sector Rapidly, Starting with Bus Fleet
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
There isn’t a single electric bus in NJ Transit’s fleet of 2,200 vehicles. Environmentalists are pushing for that to change posthaste
What Do You Want to Know about Medicaid in NJ? New Website Has Answers
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Data Dashboard, open to all, is aimed at making information more accessible and should help with decisions about allocating funds
There’s Money for Upgrading NJ Election Security but Little for Vital Paper Trail
Colleen O'Dea | Politics, Elections 2018
Despite expert opinion that, without paper ballots, New Jersey’s election system is far from secure, state allots negligible amount to remedy that weakness
Op-Ed: Life Sciences Are Key to Building an ‘Innovation Economy’ in New Jersey
Dean J. Paranicas | Opinion
Biopharmaceutical, biotech and medical technology companies comprise one of the state’s strongest sectors. They’re crucial to generating new jobs, products and services
MacArthur Accuses Democratic Challenger of Puffing Up Résumé
NJTV News | Politics, Elections 2018
Republican congressman swings hard at Andy Kim, his Democratic opponent in 3rd Congressional District, calls him ‘a fraud’

September 11, 2018

Stricter Chinese Recycling Rules Make It Harder to Dispose of Waste in NJ
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
China will no longer accept some materials and wants others to be much cleaner. As a result, recycling has become more complicated and more expensive for communities across New Jersey
New Federal Guidelines Seek to Limit CT Scans on Kids
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Similar protocols have already been adopted by some New Jersey hospitals and healthcare providers to help keep children from possible harm
Tech and Aviation Center at Atlantic City Airport Can’t Get off Ground
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Murphy CV of lawmakers’ plan to offer tax incentives to attract industry to area once again earns the ire of Sweeney, one of the sponsors of proposed measure
Law Requiring Minimum Recess in Elementary Schools Is Put on Hold
John Mooney | Education
Years in the making, a new obligation for elementary schools to provide at least 20 minutes of recess daily won’t go into effect this year
Millennials Not Hotfooting It Out of New Jersey After All — Report
Colleen O'Dea | Social
Painting a different picture from two recent studies, a new report finds that young adults are not leaving the Garden State any faster than previous generations
Op-Ed: Why Unions are More Vital than Ever for All Workers in New Jersey
Allan Lichtenstein | Opinion
As union membership continues to decline in the Garden State, it’s worth remembering that unions have been crucial in raising wages for all workers
All NJ State Troopers Will Be Wearing Body Cameras by Next Summer
WHYY News | More Issues
Attorney General confident that most interactions with police are positive, so ‘we invite the scrutiny’

September 10, 2018

Cost of Health Insurance on Individual Market in NJ to Drop Significantly in 2019
Lilo H. Stainton | Healthcare
Governor heralds new state law and federal approval of another New Jersey program as main factors in curbing prices
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