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NJ Students Voted in 2018 Midterm Elections Well Above National Average
Colleen O'Dea | September 23, 2019 | Politics
High turnout in the state was attributed to other causes, including anti-Trump sentiment, but college voters contributed
Trump Administration Again Looks to Restrict SNAP Eligibility
Colleen O'Dea | September 20, 2019 | Social
Advocates: Proposed rule change would deny many working New Jerseyans money they need to feed their families
Judge Hears Arguments For and Against State’s Dark Money Disclosure Law
Colleen O'Dea | September 18, 2019 | Politics
Fact that passage of donor-transparency measure was prompted by intra-party feud is cited as reason to doubt its bona fides
Late Changes to Election Law Throw Voters, County Clerks for a Loop — Again
Colleen O'Dea | September 17, 2019 | Politics
With opt-out forms for voting by mail just reaching some voters, and county clerks buried in paperwork, meeting Saturday’s deadline is looking increasingly doubtful
Dark Money Group That Supports Murphy Releases Its Donor List
Colleen O'Dea | September 13, 2019 | Politics
Few surprises among the contributors to New Direction New Jersey, beyond total amount — $4.5M — donated by NJEA group
A Day Of What-ifs, Spent In Service Of Ensuring Free And Fair Elections
Colleen O'Dea | September 11, 2019 | Politics
Elections officials, others gather in Princeton to hone plans to prevent cyber attacks, and other threats to democracy
State Holds Hearings on Sexual Harassment, How to Counteract It
Colleen O'Dea | September 10, 2019 | 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
Murphy Administration Boosts NJ Child Care Subsidies by $54M
Colleen O'Dea | September 9, 2019 | 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
Interactive Map: Educators’ Pay Rose 1% Last Year; Bigger Raises on the Way
Colleen O'Dea | September 6, 2019 | 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
After-School Suppers Offer Another Weapon Against Childhood Hunger
Colleen O'Dea | September 5, 2019 | Social
Participation in supper programs is rising rapidly, but new data reveals just 6 percent of eligible students sit down to a hot meal after school
Newark Before the Comeback: A City Marked by White Flight, Poor Policy
Colleen O'Dea | September 4, 2019 | Social
In the span of a few decades, New Jersey’s premier city went from being an economic driver to a struggling urban area, most of whose white population had left. The reasons were complex
Profile: Economic Sustainability is the Key for This NJ State Planner
Colleen O'Dea | August 15, 2019 | Profiles
Donna Rendeiro spent a decade working in different government agencies. She is now executive director of the state Office of Planning Advocacy and secretary of the State Planning Commission
The List: The Hottest Months in NJ Since Records Began
Colleen O'Dea | August 14, 2019 | The List
If you’ve been around since the year 2000, you have lived through most of the hottest months on record in New Jersey
Interactive Map: Cost of Education in Each School District, 2017-2018
Colleen O'Dea | August 12, 2019 | Maps, Map of the Week
Typical NJ public school district spent almost $16,000 per pupil. Total cost of educating each child was 40 percent higher when spending on busing, pensions, benefits, other costs are considered
‘Disturbing’ Increase in NJ Bias Incidents Last Year, Especially Among Young
Colleen O'Dea | August 8, 2019 | More Issues
Task force to combat youth bias is set up as Attorney General decries ‘rising tide of hate’
Capping Seven-year Battle, ‘Wage-theft’ Law Is Signed By Lt. Governor
Colleen O'Dea | August 7, 2019 | More Issues
An employer who fails to pay all wages due to a worker now faces stiffened fines and the possibility of jail time
Relief that $125M for Upgrades to NJ Libraries Finally on the Horizon
Colleen O'Dea | August 6, 2019 | More Issues
Pent-up demand for improvements; officials expect to be swamped by applications from across the state
Hospital Housing Initiative Grows Beyond Expectations, Funding Too
Colleen O'Dea | August 2, 2019 | Healthcare, Housing
At least six partnerships bringing housing to neighborhoods surrounding hospitals are expected to be underway by this time next year
NJ’s Homeless Population Decreases, But Nine Counties See an Increase
Colleen O'Dea | July 31, 2019 | Social
Annual survey likely undercounts New Jersey’s homeless; largest increase in 2019 count was in Somerset County
The List: Ranking 2020 Campaign Contributions for NJ House Candidates
Colleen O'Dea | July 29, 2019 | Politics, The List
Gottheimer leads way as Democratic incumbents are main recipients of more than $9 million in funding through the first half of 2019
NJ Homeless and Advocates Go to D.C. to Stress Need for Affordable Housing
Colleen O'Dea | July 25, 2019 | Housing
Personal stories, as well as legislative priorities, demonstrate to New Jersey’s congressional delegation that a place to call home is key to reducing homelessness
Interactive Map: Where ‘Crime Guns’ Have Been Recovered in New Jersey
Colleen O'Dea | July 24, 2019 | Maps, Map of the Week
Murphy administration compiles statistics to draw attention to its effort to hold manufacturers and dealers accountable
NJ Urged ‘to Get Creative’ on Tax Incentives, Focus on Affordable Housing
Colleen O'Dea | July 19, 2019 | Housing
Call comes amid a stalemate between the governor and leading legislators over the future of state economic-development efforts
NJ Top Court Rules Student Records Not Covered by Open Access
Colleen O'Dea | July 18, 2019 | Education
In split decision, court upholds appellate ruling, shuts the door on all requests for confidential records, even those that have been redacted
High Court Buoys Whistleblower Rights in Death Race 2012 Case
Colleen O'Dea | July 17, 2019 | More Issues
Win for trooper who claimed retaliation in wake of State Police escort of car club during high-speed parkway run
Mapping Out Alternative Ways for NJ to Redraw Legislative Districts
Colleen O'Dea | July 16, 2019 | Politics
Greater public involvement, increased transparency, and larger redistricting commission could be written into state constitution
New Foreclosure Law Aims to Inhibit Loss of Affordable Homes in NJ
Colleen O'Dea | July 15, 2019 | Housing
At start of proceedings, measure would give municipalities option to buy homes that are deed-restricted for low- and moderate-income purchasers
Audit: New Jersey Police Agencies Need Uniform Policies For Rape Kits
Colleen O'Dea | July 12, 2019 | More Issues
No backlog, but questions persist about why results of some exams were never processed at state forensic labs
NJ Goes After Employers Who Misclassify Workers as Independent Contractors
Colleen O'Dea | July 10, 2019 | More Issues
Governor says misclassification is ‘an unfair business practice and it is illegal,’ as new report proposes remedies for growing problem
The List: Ranking New Jersey’s Highest Paid Executives
Colleen O'Dea | July 8, 2019 | The List
New report says state’s average corporate CEO made about $13.4 million in 2018, while the average worker made $58,210
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