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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
Plans To Maximize Census Count Coalesce In Wake Of High-court Decision
Colleen O'Dea | July 3, 2019 | Politics
Feds abandon citizenship question, but Murphy agrees to spend $7M extra on statewide outreach effort anyway
Profile: First Latina Takes Key Role in NJ Law, Finds Time to Juggle Plenty More
Colleen O'Dea | July 3, 2019 | Profiles
Evelyn Padin, new president of the New Jersey State Bar Association, runs a private practice and a real-estate business; she’s also a restaurant owner
Legal Challenge to NJ’s Contentious New Dark-Money Law
Colleen O'Dea | July 2, 2019 | Politics
Gov. Phil Murphy reluctantly signed legislation that would require certain groups to disclose political spending. A conservative group is seeking an injunction to prevent the law from taking effect
NJ’s Minimum Wages Rises to $10 Today in First Step Toward $15
Colleen O'Dea | July 1, 2019 | Budget
The law increasing New Jersey’s minimum wage from the current $8.85 bears first fruit today
Officials, Advocates In NJ Hail High-court Ruling On Census Citizen Question
Colleen O'Dea | June 28, 2019 | More Issues
Many say Trump administration lacks sufficient time to restate case before the national nose count must start
Expansion Of Veterans Tax Break To Go Before Voters In November
Colleen O'Dea | June 26, 2019 | More Issues
Legislature approves ballot question that would extend the existing $250 deduction to those living in continuing-care retirement communities
Lawmakers Say $40M Boost to State Budget if Prisons Were Consolidated
Colleen O'Dea | June 25, 2019 | Politics
Pointing to empty beds and cells, underused jails, legislators argue they can balance budget without new taxes. Murphy dismisses scheme as ‘magic math’
Lawmakers act to ensure continuation of net neutrality in NJ
Colleen O'Dea | June 21, 2019 | More Issues
Federal agency had rolled back Obama-era rules mandating equal access to internet content as of last June
Interactive Map: New Jersey, Flush with Baby Boomers
Colleen O'Dea | June 20, 2019 | Maps, Map of the Week
New census data show increase in older population, influx of young families in Hudson River communities but declining population in farthest suburbs
Sweeping Changes to NJ’s Rules on Affordable Housing Proposed
Colleen O'Dea | June 18, 2019 | Housing
Housing advocates cheer controversial bill as builders decry proposed new requirements for high-density developments and question constitutionality
Gov Signs Dark-Money Bill, Expects Lawmakers to Roll Back Problem Parts
Colleen O'Dea | June 18, 2019 | Politics
Murphy puts his signature to a measure he doesn’t really like in anticipation that legislators will eliminate its less palatable aspects with a “cleanup” bill
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