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Newark City Council Nears Vote on Paid Sick-Time Ordinance
Hank Kalet | December 19, 2013 | More Issues
Regulation would require most small businesses to let workers earn sick time for hours worked
Supporters Seek to Make Same-Sex Marriage the Letter of the Law
Hank Kalet | December 18, 2013 | More Issues, Social
Legislators and advocates look to codify NJ's marriage equality ruling and close possible exemptions
Assessing Gun-Control Legislation in New Jersey: A Moving Target
Hank Kalet | December 10, 2013 | More Issues, Social
Some of the more ambitious bills to help fight gun violence have been vetoed or are stalled in committee
‘Dream Act’ Advocates Accuse Christie of Reneging on Promise
Hank Kalet | November 27, 2013 | Politics, Social
Governor’s comments on tuition-equality appear to reverse stance that help win over majority of Latino voters
Tuition Equality Legislation Moves to the Full State Senate
Hank Kalet | November 15, 2013 | Education, Politics
Bill would allow undocumented immigrants to pay instate tuition and qualify for financial aid if they attend state schools
In the Garden State, Wedding Bells Chime for Same-Sex Couples
Hank Kalet | October 21, 2013 | More Issues, Social
At just a few minutes after midnight, gay and lesbian couples across New Jersey celebrated marriage equality by getting hitched
Christie's High Court Nominee Approved By Senate Judiciary Committee
Hank Kalet | October 18, 2013 | More Issues
Despite initial reservations, Democrats on panel vote to send Fernandez-Vina's nomination on to full Senate
Likely Christie Appeal Casts Pall on Superior Court Ruling on Gay Marriage
Hank Kalet | September 30, 2013 | Social
Plaintiff's legal team doubts governor has grounds for stay, will continue battle in State Supreme Court if necessary
Violent Crimes Climb as Police Layoffs Take Their Toll on NJ's Troubled Cities
Hank Kalet | September 18, 2013 | More Issues, Social
Christie cites Camden's move to county-wide force as financial model, cops call it union busting
Christie Signs Extensive Package of Gun-Control Bills Into Law
Hank Kalet | August 9, 2013 | Politics
But critics contend governor didn't act on two most important measures, including ban on .50-caliber weapons.
Ready to Wage War Over Raising New Jersey’s Minimum Wage
Hank Kalet | July 25, 2013 | More Issues, Politics
Backers contend people can’t live on $7.25 an hour while foes argue hike to $8.25 would hurt business, eliminate jobs.
New Jersey's Poor Struggle to Stave Off Hunger With Federal Food Aid
Hank Kalet | July 17, 2013 | More Issues, Social
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program pays less than $1.50 a meal, but some critics contend that spending is out of control
Report: Immigration Reform Could Boost NJ Tax Revenues by $80M Yearly
Hank Kalet | July 11, 2013 | More Issues
Higher wages, more spending, increase in income taxes and sales taxes expected if undocumented workers became legal.
Small-Business Group Asserts Minimum Wage Hike Would Jeopardize Jobs
Hank Kalet | June 28, 2013 | More Issues, Politics
Study claims more than 30,000 positions would have to be dropped because of increased expenses.
Renters: Hurricane Sandy's Invisible Victims
Hank Kalet | June 26, 2013 | More Issues, Housing, Sandy
Living with friends or family, with no leases and no permanent address, Sandy's displaced are hard to find and harder to help.
Arguing the Costs of Tuition Equality
Hank Kalet | June 18, 2013 | Education, More Issues, Politics
A proposed measure would let all NJ students -- regardless of immigration status -- pay in-state tuition at state schools.
Democratic Gun-Reform Package No Sure Shot
Hank Kalet | May 24, 2013 | More Issues, Politics
Christie's political ambitions could mean veto if governor wants to appeal to national Republican primary voters.
Lawmakers Get Cold Feet About Campaign Finance
Hank Kalet | May 9, 2013 | More Issues, Politics
Democrats worry that changing rules on financial disclosure this close to election could hurt grass-roots backing for Buono bid.
Critics Argue Christie's Gun-Violence Plan Needs More Focus on Guns
Hank Kalet | April 22, 2013 | More Issues, Politics
For Democrats, the problem isn't what the governor's plan includes, the real issue is what it leaves out.
Task Force Issues Report on Weapon Laws, Gun Violence
Hank Kalet | April 11, 2013 | More Issues, Politics
Christie-appointed panel’s proposals draw fire from both sides of issue.
Do Gun Buybacks Reduce Gun Violence?
Hank Kalet | April 4, 2013 | More Issues, Politics
Buybacks take thousands of guns off New Jersey streets, but critics argue the millions spent on programs could be put to better use.
With Future of COAH Still Cloudy, Many Towns Shelve Plans to Build Affordable Housing
Hank Kalet | March 25, 2013 | More Issues, Housing
Advocates argue that real losers in political turf war are low- and middle-income families who need someplace to live.
Low- and Middle-Income New Jerseyans Priced Out of Rental Market
Hank Kalet | March 13, 2013 | More Issues, Housing
Advocates argue that administration's $1 billion post-Sandy rebuilding plan won't make much difference long-term.
New Jersey Towns, Cities Offer Local ID to Undocumented Immigrants
Hank Kalet | February 26, 2013 | More Issues, Social
Community IDs ease everyday interactions -- like going to the hospital -- and can help reduce fear of law enforcement agencies.
GOP, Democrats At Odds Over Increasing Earned Income Tax Credit
Hank Kalet | February 8, 2013 | More Issues, Politics
Both sides agree it needs to be done to help lower income residents– but differ on when and how to do it.
After Christie Veto, Democrats Vow to Put Minimum Wage on Ballot
Hank Kalet | January 29, 2013 | More Issues, Politics
Issue not likely to counter governor's popularity, but it may make Republican legislators more vulnerable.
NJ Democrats Back Obama, Propose Sweeping Gun-Control Reforms for State
Hank Kalet | January 17, 2013 | More Issues, Politics, Social
Key provisions in series of bills include limits on ammo capacity and adding mental-health provision to background checks.
Lawmakers Urged to Shore Up Image of Post-Sandy Jersey Shore
Hank Kalet | January 15, 2013 | More Issues, Politics, Sandy
Marketing campaign sought to let tourists know that businesses are reopening, some towns had little damage.
For NJ's Poor, the Fiscal Cliff Means Living Even Closer to the Edge
Hank Kalet | December 19, 2012 | More Issues
Sequestration could make it more difficult for the state's most vulnerable residents to meet basic needs like food and shelter.
Minimum-Wage Standoff: No Resolution Likely Before 2013 Vote
Hank Kalet | December 11, 2012 | More Issues
Almost-classic contest pits low-wage advocates against much of NJ's business community.
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