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The List: Dems Who’ve Scored Big Using Website for Small Donations
Colleen O'Dea | April 22, 2018 | The List
ActBlue’s digital fundraising tools let voters make mostly small donations to the candidates and causes they support — and has pulled in $3.6 million to date
Interactive Map: Where New Jerseyans Are Hungriest
Colleen O'Dea | April 20, 2018 | Maps, Map of the Week
Federal legislation before Congress could strip thousands of New Jersey’s most vulnerable citizens of their SNAP food-assistance benefits
NJ Supreme Court Rules No Taxpayer Money to Restore Active Churches
Colleen O'Dea | April 19, 2018 | More Issues
State’s top court decides taxpayer funds cannot be awarded to houses of worship still serving a congregation, even if goal is historic preservation of church structures
Who’s in the Money? NJ’s 2018 Congressional Primaries — And Sole Senate Race
Colleen O'Dea | April 18, 2018 | Politics
With the first quarter reports filed, this year’s contests are already shaping up to be expensive
Whether Undocumented Students Get State Financial Aid Now Down to Murphy
Colleen O'Dea | April 16, 2018 | Immigration
Immigrants, advocacy groups look to Democratic governor to sign off on financial aid program that would help New Jersey’s undocumented students attend college
Can Automatic Voter Registration Fill Out NJ’s Anemic Voter Rolls?
Colleen O'Dea | April 13, 2018 | Politics
Both houses pass versions of a bill that would automatically register voters when they visit motor vehicles — or other state agencies that interact with the public
Pain Relief for College Students Overburdened by Loan Debt
Colleen O'Dea | April 12, 2018 | Education
Legislators turn their attention to problems facing student borrowers, backing bills that would keep them from being overwhelmed by loan repayments
Should New Jersey Start Banking on a State Bank?
Colleen O'Dea | April 11, 2018 | Politics
Advocates say a public bank — an idea talked up by Murphy during his campaign — could create jobs, boost state earnings, and increase economic activity
Curbing the Influence of Special-Interest Groups on NJ Elections
Colleen O'Dea | April 10, 2018 | Politics
State’s independent election watchdog and Democratic and Republican lawmakers push to revise New Jersey’s campaign-finance laws
The List: No NJ Baby Bust for Unmarried Women Ages 35 and Older
Colleen O'Dea | April 9, 2018 | The List
But census data shows that births to unmarried teens plummeted by 80 percent
Interactive Map: Wealthy Suburbs Biggest Winners in NJ Property-Tax Deduction
Colleen O'Dea | April 6, 2018 | Maps, Map of the Week
Homeowners in best-off communities save far more than residents of low-income cities — and are likely to save even more if Legislature adopts governor’s proposal to raise the deduction
Making Sure Murphy Administration Prioritizes Environmental Justice
Colleen O'Dea | April 5, 2018 | Energy & Environment
Activists argue poor communities of color have been adversely affected by pollution in all its forms for far too long
Menendez’s First Campaign Video: Just a Regular Guy Fighting for New Jerseyans
Colleen O'Dea | April 4, 2018 | Politics
But Republican Hugin is first on the tube with a TV spot labeled ‘Disgraced’
New Jersey’s Midterm Congressional Contest Attracts 51 Contenders
Colleen O'Dea | April 3, 2018 | Politics
With the possibility of at least three districts flipping from red to blue, and anti-Trump feelings running high, the June 5th primary will be the one to watch
New Jersey’s Troubling Trend, Increase in Bias and Hate Crimes
Colleen O'Dea | April 2, 2018 | Social
State attorney general says rise in reported incidents partly the result of country’s ‘political leaders’ who countenance ‘intolerance and hatred’
Will Making It Easier to Vote Increase Participation in NJ Elections?
Colleen O'Dea | March 29, 2018 | Politics
Among the reforms introduced by several bills: automatic voter registration when residents renew their licenses and a secure website that will let them vote online
Census Citizenship Question to Push NJ’s Undocumented into Shadows?
Colleen O'Dea | March 28, 2018 | Immigration
New Jersey will join multistate lawsuit against federal government to prevent question from being included on next decennial census
Hungry Kids Can’t Learn: Feeding More Students Breakfast, Lunch at School
Colleen O'Dea | March 27, 2018 | Social
A package of bills seeks to expand number of poor and low-income students getting federally funded meals at school, track those not being fed
New Opportunity For New Jersey’s Distressed Towns and Cities
Colleen O'Dea | March 26, 2018 | Politics
Gov. Phil Murphy has designated 75 municipalities as Opportunity Zones, enabling them to benefit from private capital investment
Newark Airport Workers Cheer as Port Authority Votes for $19 Minimum Wage
Colleen O'Dea | March 23, 2018 | Social
The increase would be phased in, culminating in 2023. No word yet on cost of the proposal
If Murphy Holds Municipal Aid Flat, Can Property Taxes Go Anywhere But Up?
Colleen O'Dea | March 22, 2018 | Budget
The proposed budget represents the eighth consecutive year of flat funding, while inflation has continued to climb
Who Doesn't Like Free Tuition at 2-Year Colleges? Try 4-Year State Schools
Colleen O'Dea | March 21, 2018 | Education
The governor’s proposed budget includes $50 million to offset tuition at community colleges. Four-year schools are wondering when they’ll get their piece of the pie
The List: For These 10 Districts, More School Aid Still Means Much Less
Colleen O'Dea | March 19, 2018 | The List
Gov. Murphy wants to boost school aid to most districts, but many would still get significantly less than they would if fully funded under state formula
Putting an End to Sick-Pay Accrual by Longtime Public Workers
Colleen O'Dea | March 14, 2018 | More Issues
In effort to prevent county, municipal, and school workers from banking sick pay and cashing in at retirement, two Democratic senators propose an across-the-board cap of $15,000
Can New Jersey Make Net Neutrality the Law for the Garden State?
Colleen O'Dea | March 13, 2018 | Politics
In their quest to maintain net neutrality, are some New Jersey lawmakers possibly stepping into unconstitutional territory?
NJ Court Determines How Many Affordable-Housing Units Needed by 2025
Colleen O'Dea | March 12, 2018 | Housing
Ruling sets statewide housing quota for new affordable units at close to 155,000, according to Mercer County Superior Court Assignment Judge Mary Jacobson
The List: Thank You for Your Service — Property-Tax Relief for Disabled Vets
Colleen O'Dea | March 8, 2018 | The List
Slightly more than 10,000 households qualified for the tax break last year. Here's a list of the top 10 communities with the largest number of disabled-veteran exemptions
Governor Urged to Enact Big Agenda on Justice, Civil Rights — and to Fight Trump
Colleen O'Dea | March 7, 2018 | Politics
Task force recommends closing youth prisons in NJ, protecting immigrants, toughening gun laws, fighting ‘harmful’ federal policies
Opening Another Front in NJ's War Against Hunger and Homelessness
Colleen O'Dea | March 6, 2018 | Social
A trio of bills intended to reverse the inaction of the Christie years extends benefits to state's most vulnerable citizens when they're in crisis
DACA Deadline Today, but 'Dreamers' Already Here Can Stay - for Now
Colleen O'Dea | March 5, 2018 | Immigration
Six rallies planned statewide to call for pathway to permanency for undocumented Dreamers
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