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Trenton Tackles NJ’s Foreclosure Rate, Down but Still Highest in Nation
Colleen O'Dea | March 27, 2019 | Housing
According to state officials, there are 20,000 active foreclosure cases currently making their way through the courts
Making Imprisonment in NJ Easier on Women Prisoners, Families
Colleen O'Dea | March 25, 2019 | Social
‘Prison is truly a shared sentence as children directly suffer from the consequences of their parents’ sentences,’ says Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez
2017-2018 School Report Cards Track Police Involvement in Incidents
Colleen O'Dea | March 21, 2019 | Education
Violence and bullying most prevalent incidents. More than 150,000 instruction days lost statewide due to student suspensions
Group May Head Back to Court over Lack of NJ School Desegregation
Colleen O'Dea | March 20, 2019 | Education, Social
A lawsuit filed last year claims residency rules are to blame for lack of diversity in New Jersey public education
Dark-Money Bill Advances, Sans Requirement for Retroactive Reporting
Colleen O'Dea | March 19, 2019 | Politics
Is New Jersey actually close to legislation that would require all groups that engage in electioneering and lobbying disclose major donors?
Low-Speed Electric Bikes Get Go-Ahead from NJ Lawmakers
Colleen O'Dea | March 18, 2019 | More Issues
Current state regulations are not up to speed with e-bikes, causing confusion for some police departments
Sweeney, Murphy Deal to End Showdown Over Homeless Aid
Colleen O'Dea | March 15, 2019 | Politics
Accord paves way for needy New Jerseyans to get additional emergency housing assistance, and spares governor a veto override
Even at $90M, Lobbyist Spending in 2018 Dips to Lowest Level in Four Years
Colleen O'Dea | March 14, 2019 | Politics
More than 950 outfits filed lobbying reports with Election Law Enforcement Commission, but public still has no window into spending at local level
Interactive Map: 2018 Graduation Rate, NJ’s Best in Recent Years
Colleen O'Dea | March 11, 2019 | Maps, Map of the Week
The rate rose for almost every category of graduate. And, after years of not reporting data by gender, 2018 results show girls graduated at higher rate than boys
With Aid from Trenton Flat, Municipal Officials Foresee Problems
Colleen O'Dea | March 8, 2019 | Budget
While inflation has risen 21 percent since mid-2007, total state aid to towns is down almost 11 percent over that time
Nonprofits Do More with Less but Fear Tax Revamp Will Hit Charitable Intake
Colleen O'Dea | March 7, 2019 | Social
Amid growing demand for their services, the worry is that federal income-tax overhaul could lead some people to donate less to key service organizations
Accurate Census Count in NJ Needs State Money, Governor Is Told
Colleen O'Dea | March 4, 2019 | Politics
Concern that New Jersey could lose out on federal funds — and even lose a seat in the House of Representatives — if special efforts not made in ‘hard-to-count’ areas
New Jersey’s Grassroots Reform Groups Coalesce into Loose Coalition
Colleen O'Dea | March 1, 2019 | Politics
Groups that came together during the 2016 presidential elections or cut their political teeth on the state’s 2018 midterms are pushing on with reform agendas
Interactive Map: The High, Low, and In Between of NJ’s Property Taxes
Colleen O'Dea | February 28, 2019 | Maps, Map of the Week
Taxes edged up by less than 1 percent in the past year, the smallest bump in decades, but the dollar amount homeowners actually pay is all over the map
The State of New Jersey’s Babies Is Strong but Lagging in Important Areas
Colleen O'Dea | February 27, 2019 | More Issues
Robust family supports give New Jersey’s babies a good start in life. Yet our youngest residents don’t do as well on key health indicators
Murphy Urged to Work with Lawmakers on Emergency Housing Aid as Clock Ticks
Colleen O'Dea | February 26, 2019 | Politics
Advocates have asked governor to compromise on a bill expanding aid for the homeless, while an attempted override of his veto of the bill looms
Measure to Illuminate Dark Money in NJ Politics Is Ready for Next Hurdle
Colleen O'Dea | February 25, 2019 | Politics
Assemblyman Zwicker is ‘optimistic’ bill requiring greater disclosure of donors will get a hearing next month
Sweeney: Governor Has Three Weeks to Reach Terms on Homeless Aid
Colleen O'Dea | February 22, 2019 | Politics
At last minute, Senate President pulls vote to override Murphy’s recent veto of bill loosening eligibility rules for people in danger of losing their housing
Is New Jersey Ready to Train the Spotlight on Dark Money?
Colleen O'Dea | February 21, 2019 | Politics
The upper house is expected to vote today on a bill that would disclose the identity of sizable dark-money donors, possibly pushing it closer to becoming law
NJ Court’s Major Ruling on Disability Payments for Volunteer Firefighters
Colleen O'Dea | February 20, 2019 | More Issues
Supreme Court’s unanimous decision could have significant implications for thousands of emergency service volunteers and could increase municipal costs
The List: NJ Schools are Most Often Named for These Figures in History
Colleen O'Dea | February 19, 2019 | The List
Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson, Roosevelt: Spot the connection in the naming convention for many of New Jersey’s public schools
Interactive Map: Stats Show Lack of Diversity in Front of NJ Classrooms
Colleen O'Dea | February 15, 2019 | Maps, Map of the Week
Numerous studies have shown the benefits of a diverse teaching force, both for students of color and for all pupils
Zwicker Wants NJ to Enact Robust Internet Privacy Protections
Colleen O'Dea | February 14, 2019 | More Issues
Assemblyman says New Jersey shouldn’t wait for federal action, must take own measures to give consumers power over their personal data
Fewer NJ Kids Eating Breakfast at School Means More Hungry Children
Colleen O'Dea | February 13, 2019 | Social
State ranks dead last in percentage of schools eligible for federal nutrition funds that actually participate in the program, according to new report
Lawmakers Move to Improve Paid Family Leave Program in New Jersey
Colleen O'Dea | February 11, 2019 | Social
Supporters wait for governor to sign legislation that would expand benefits — at a higher cost to workers — while also expanding state’s temporary disability program
Lawmakers Seeking More Diversity Among NJ’s Public School Teachers
Colleen O'Dea | February 8, 2019 | Education
Tackling thorny issue in a state where minorities are 56 percent of student enrollments, while just 16 percent of teachers are non-white
Package of Bills Hopes to Knock NJ Out of the Top Spot in Foreclosures
Colleen O'Dea | February 7, 2019 | Housing
Legislation would help owners struggling to make their mortgage payments, as well as get foreclosed properties back in circulation sooner, adding to housing stock and reducing neighborhood blight
‘Reasonable Suspicion’ Lacking in Neptune Motel Arrests — Supreme Court
Colleen O'Dea | February 6, 2019 | Social
Charges from a noise complaint that led to arrest of two men on weapons possession raise Fourth Amendment issues for state’s top court
Lawmakers Approve Mechanism to Support Arts Through Property Taxes
Colleen O'Dea | February 5, 2019 | Budget
Measure OK’d by the Assembly would allow local governments to create dedicated tax levy for local artistic and cultural projects, pending voter approval
Day 1: Booker Takes Different Tack from NJ Predecessors in His Campaign for President
Colleen O'Dea | February 4, 2019 | Politics, The Booker Beat
Compare and contrast: The fourth New Jerseyan since 2000 to try for the Oval Office has an uncommon style and message
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