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Explainer: What Will It Take to Clean Up New Jersey’s Air?
Tom Johnson | October 13, 2015 | Explainer
The state has made significant progress in the push to clean up air pollution, but much more remains to be done
Explainer: Christie Pushes Pension Alternative, But Option Already Exists
John Reitmeyer | October 6, 2015 | Explainer
Taking a look at New Jersey’s 401(k)-type public-employee deferred compensation plan
Explainer: Monitoring the Impact of the Highlands Regional Master Plan
Colleen O'Dea | September 29, 2015 | Explainer
The NJ Highlands Council is supposed to issue a monitoring report every six years. Is it living up to its responsibilities?
Explainer: American Dream Starting to Come True in the Meadowlands?
Lilo H. Stainton | September 22, 2015 | Explainer
With nearly $1 billion in public funding on the way -- making it the largest taxpayer-backed project in state history -- can the former Xanadu overcome its troubled past?
Explainer: Taking the Mystery Out of Hurricanes that Hit New Jersey
Scott Gurian | September 15, 2015 | Explainer
It’s not possible to prevent severe storms like Sandy, but knowing what to expect is a strong safeguard
Explainer: Patchwork of Laws Keep Coastal Development in Check
Scott Gurian | September 8, 2015 | Explainer
The goal is to rein in too much construction, but critics say regulations don’t go far enough
Explainer: How Transit Villages Help NJ Combat Sprawl, Car Culture
Meir Rinde | September 1, 2015 | Explainer
Built around transit hubs, these developments encourage people to walk, bike, jog, and skate to work and play, and to rely on mass transit for longer journeys
Explainer: Drug Court Offers Substance Abusers Treatment Over Jail Time
Lilo H. Stainton | August 11, 2015 | Explainer
Nonviolent criminals given a way to clean up and learn life skills -- at one-fourth the cost of incarceration for a year
Explainer: What Happens When Police Are Involved in a Shooting in NJ?
Hank Kalet | August 4, 2015 | Explainer
Whether or not anyone is hurt or killed, the attorney general’s Shooting Response Team steps in and conducts a probe
Explainer: The How and Why of NJ’s Ban on Investments in Firms with Ties to Iran
John Reitmeyer | July 28, 2015 | Explainer
Boycott became law in 2008 in response to threatening anti-Israel rhetoric by nation’s then-leader, restarting of country’s nuclear program
Explainer: Coming to Terms With the Intricacies of Fair Housing -- After COAH
Meir Rinde | July 21, 2015 | Housing, Explainer
From builder's remedy and growth share to rehabilitation and vacant land
Explainer: Looking Into the Emergency Services Length of Service Award Program
Marc Pfeiffer | July 14, 2015 | Explainer
LOSAPs are used to reward volunteer fire companies and EMT squads, but the best way to keep them out of trouble is to ensure adequate oversight
Explainer: Control of Local School Districts Comes Under Fire in Third Decade
John Mooney | July 7, 2015 | Education, Explainer
Once viewed as a pioneering initiative, the latest drama in Newark's takeover saga brings state law to the center of debate
Explainer: 1999 Ruling Still Shapes NJ Policies for People with Disabilities
Andrew Kitchenman | June 30, 2015 | Explainer
In Olmstead case, U.S. Supreme Court required that patients live in the least restrictive and most appropriate setting
Explainer: Nailing Down the Definition of Natural-Resource Damages
Tom Johnson | June 23, 2015 | Explainer
The proposed Exxon Mobil settlement has made this term part of the conversation
Explainer: How Do State Budgets Manage to Avoid Spending Required By Law?
John Reitmeyer | June 16, 2015 | Budget, Explainer
Two provisions of NJ constitution provide loopholes that allow – and actually ‘require’ -- lawmakers to circumvent mandates
Explainer: Common Core State Standards -- What Is Christie Walking Away From?
John Mooney | June 2, 2015 | Education, Explainer
Much of the backlash from parents and teachers over Common Core has really been over the PARCC assessments linked to the academic guideposts
Explainer: What’s Going On at the Delaware River Port Authority?
Meir Rinde | May 26, 2015 | Explainer
A smaller, southern version of the Port Authority of NY/NJ, both in responsibilities and -- unfortunately -- in questionable behavior
Explainer: What Was Behind the Sudden Decision to Close Izod Center’s Doors?
Lilo H. Stainton | May 19, 2015 | Explainer
NJ Sports and Exposition Authority’s close-mouthed about how and why venue had to close doors and reach deal with Prudential Center
Explainer: Special Advisory Council Tracks Status of New Jersey’s Water Supply
Jon Hurdle | May 12, 2015 | Explainer
Diverse group reports to state DEP on all aspects, present and future, of what may be state’s most precious commodity
Explainer: How New Jersey Taxes Its Millionaires – and How It Doesn’t
John Reitmeyer | May 5, 2015 | Explainer
Idea being pushed again by Democratic legislators – and opposed by Christie -- would generate anywhere from $500M to $615M annually
Explainer: Medicaid Insures Poor, Provides Services for Seniors, Disabled
Andrew Kitchenman | April 28, 2015 | Healthcare, Explainer
Federal-state program has taken on increasingly large role since 1965 launch
Explainer: Navigating the Complex Web of Federal, State Disclosure Laws
Colleen O'Dea | April 21, 2015 | Explainer
Understanding the charges against U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez means understanding the finer points of the laws he allegedly broke
Explainer: Clean Energy Program Promotes Use of Wind, Solar and Biofuels
Tom Johnson | April 14, 2015 | Energy & Environment, Explainer
Progress is being made on clean energy, albeit slowly, but big advances are not likely under the current administration as funding dwindles
Explainer: Taking Care of Business Within an Urban Enterprise Zone
Tara Nurin | March 31, 2015 | Explainer
State pols are trying to extend and reform the program but so far, Gov. Christie isn’t cooperating
Explainer: Will NJ Transit Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Ever Get to Bergen County?
Meir Rinde | March 24, 2015 | Transportation, Explainer
Plans are afoot, though not necessarily in place, to establish a single-seat, 33-minute ride from Hoboken Terminal to Englewood Hospital
Explainer: Why Must Combined Sewer Outfalls Be Upgraded, Replaced?
Chris Sturm | March 17, 2015 | Explainer
Long-term CSO permits have been issued to operators of systems that handle both wastewaters and stormwater -- for very good reasons
Explainer: Why Some Sandy Survivors Have Been Asked to Pay Back Aid They’ve Received
Scott Gurian | March 10, 2015 | Explainer, Sandy
Some coastal residents have found that what the government giveth, the government can also taketh away
Explainer: Why Property Taxes Are So High . . . and Reform Efforts Fall Short
Colleen O'Dea | March 3, 2015 | Explainer
Abundance of local governments and school districts, state mandates, and relatively little state funding are among biggest factors
Explainer: Children’s Health Insurance Program Helps Keep Medical Costs Low
Andrew Kitchenman | February 24, 2015 | Healthcare, Explainer
But families could face skyrocketing out-of-pocket costs if federal funding isn’t renewed before October
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