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Mark J. Magyar

State Pension Board Trustees Suing Over Christie’s $2.4 Billion Cut
Mark J. Magyar | December 11, 2014 | Politics
Lawsuit asks courts to order governor either to make payments or restore COLAs, employee contributions to prior level
Analysis: With Bridgegate Panel At Standstill, All Eyes On U.S. Attorney
Mark J. Magyar | December 9, 2014 | Politics
Fishman denies report that indictments are imminent, as Democrats and Republicans issue dueling reports in Bridgegate investigation
Moody’s: New Jersey’s Pension Funds Could Run Dry in Just 10 Years
Mark J. Magyar | December 4, 2014 | Budget, Politics
Bond-rating agency cites NJ Treasury admission in bond prospectus that puts unfunded liability at $83 billion under new federal standards
Explainer: Drop in Casino Tax Revenue Reflects Industry’s Decline in New Jersey
Mark J. Magyar | December 3, 2014 | Explainer
Casino taxes support programs for elderly and disabled, but budgetary impact is limited because state’s casino tax rate is so low
Analysis: Partisan and Labor Politics Drive Battle Over Health-Benefits Reform
Mark J. Magyar | November 26, 2014 | Budget, Politics
Big question is whether Christie, Legislature set health-benefit payments or unions get back collective-bargaining rights
Analysis: NJ Public Employees Pay High Percentage of Healthcare Costs
Mark J. Magyar | November 18, 2014 | Healthcare
Under 2011 law, employee healthcare contribution are based on ‘ability to pay’ with sliding scale ranging from 3 percent to 35 percent of premium
Size Doesn’t Matter -- Study of NJ Municipal Government Costs Concludes
Mark J. Magyar | November 17, 2014 | Budget, Planning
Rutgers analysts question ‘conventional wisdom’ that consolidation of state’s 565 municipalities would produce property tax savings
Analysis: GOP Gubernatorial Gains Bolster Christie’s Presidential Hopes
Mark J. Magyar | November 6, 2014 | Politics
RGA role in ‘blue state’ upsets, trips to Iowa and New Hampshire give Christie the boost he wanted for 2016 race
Explainer: What Is the ‘Cadillac Tax,’ and Why Does It Matter to New Jersey?
Mark J. Magyar | November 4, 2014 | Explainer
Obamacare excise tax would hit New Jersey harder than most states, Christie and his pension/health benefits commission warn
Analysis: Christie-Cuomo Deal Shows Need For Real Reform at Port Authority
Mark J. Magyar | October 30, 2014 | Politics, Transportation
Transparency bill is good first step, but Legislature also needs to strengthen agency against political interference by governors, advocates say
Sweeney Urges Pension Funding Overhaul to Reduce Impact On State Budget
Mark J. Magyar | October 28, 2014 | Politics
Senate president’s plan to shift from 100% funding goal to ‘manageable’ private sector standard of 85% would save billions of dollars
Christie’s Airport PATH Deal Undercuts Rail Tunnel, PA Bus Terminal Needs
Mark J. Magyar | October 24, 2014 | Politics, Transportation
Transit advocates say $1.5 billion earmarked for redundant Manhattan-Newark Airport PATH service should be spent on tunnel or bus terminal
Analysis: New Jersey Facing Hefty Price Tag For New Rail Tunnels
Mark J. Magyar | October 22, 2014 | Transportation
Agreement on cost share for use of Northeast Corridor line and rail tunnels behind schedule, but federal law will make NJ pay more
New Commissioner Calls For Transportation Tax, New Tunnel, Expanded Light Rail
Mark J. Magyar | October 20, 2014 | Politics, Transportation
Fox: If Transportation Trust Fund is refinanced again by a ‘gimmick’ -- and not a dedicated tax -- ‘we’ve failed’
Analysis: Liberal Analysts Drop $42 Billion Bombshell Into NJ Pension Debate
Mark J. Magyar | October 8, 2014 | Politics
Think tanks cite Pennsylvania actuarial study in warning against hidden costs of switch from traditional pension to 401(k) plan
Analysis: Would an Elected Comptroller Solve NJ’s Pension Crisis?
Mark J. Magyar | October 7, 2014 | Budget, Politics
Moody’s: While New Jersey’s pension crisis is one of nation’s worst, independent comptroller kept New York State out of trouble
State Assembly Targets Governor’s Suppression of Rebate Data
Mark J. Magyar | September 30, 2014 | Politics
Legislation would require Christie administration to publish town-by-town data on net property taxes it removed from state’s website
Analysis: Merger of Cash-Starved NJDOT with Turnpike Authority ‘Cash Cow’ eyed
Mark J. Magyar | September 29, 2014 | Politics, Transportation
Turnpike, Parkway generate $400 million a year in excess toll revenues -- and most of it already goes into state budget
Tab for Unfunded Retiree Benefits Pegged at $30,000 per Household
Mark J. Magyar | September 26, 2014 | Politics
Three months after Christie’s pension cuts, governor’s own panel says failure to make pension payments has made problem worse
Analysis: Transportation Funding Fix Now Appears To Be On Fast Track
Mark J. Magyar | September 23, 2014 | Transportation
High-level talks, new DOT chief, and Christie’s own political calculus augur well for agreement on a long-term solution for Transportation Trust Fund
Explainer: How Does New Jersey Tax Gasoline Sales?
Mark J. Magyar | September 23, 2014 | Explainer
NJ levies both a gas tax and a petroleum products gross-receipts tax, but both add up to the second-lowest gas tax in the nation
Analysis: Facing Budget Problems, Christie Plays Tax Amnesty Card
Mark J. Magyar | September 18, 2014 | Budget, Politics
Corzine’s 2009 tax amnesty generated a record $725 million windfall, but it would take a concerted campaign to match that success
Christie Administration, Unions Battling Over Hedge Fund Fees, Contributions
Mark J. Magyar | September 17, 2014 | Politics
Union leader urges Treasury to complete pay-to-play probe, questions investment with firm whose principals donated to RNC
Coalition Pushes to Replenish State's Transportation Trust Fund
Mark J. Magyar | September 17, 2014 | Transportation
NJ Forward includes gas tax increase as one funding option, urges merger of transportation agencies and more public-private partnerships
‘One Sheriff, One Paycheck’ Campaign Targets Pension/Pay Double-Dipping
Mark J. Magyar | September 15, 2014 | Politics
Retired state police major seeks to turn Mercer sheriff race into referendum on widespread abuse of pension loophole
Christie Grappling With Bond Downgrades, Budget Shortfalls, Casino Closures
Mark J. Magyar | September 11, 2014 | Budget, Politics
NJ’s fiscal woes mount as S&P cuts credit rating, Treasury admits budget shortfall and Trump Taj Mahal becomes fifth casino to face closure
Explainer: Why NJ's Unfunded Liability for Retirees Is $90 Billion and Rising
Mark J. Magyar | August 12, 2014 | Budget, Politics, Explainer
Funding gap grows because NJ continues to underfund pensions and covers retiree healthcare costs on pay-as-you-go basis
Analysis: Christie Needs Pension Panel for Political and Practical Reasons
Mark J. Magyar | August 11, 2014 | Politics
Governor’s choice to head commission is former Reagan Treasury official who laid out options for cutting pension benefits in 2012 policy paper
Analysis: Specter of Willie Horton Hangs Over Push for Speedy Vote on Bail Reform
Mark J. Magyar | August 4, 2014 | Politics
Christie aspirations, state politics drive constitutional amendment to ballot this November despite unanswered questions about costs, legality
Christie Cites ‘Cadillac Tax’ In Push To Cut Public Employee Benefits
Mark J. Magyar | July 30, 2014 | Budget, Politics
Governor: Obamacare tax would cost New Jersey $261 million in 2018 and $837 million by 2022 if health insurance costs aren’t cut
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