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Bipartisan Bid to Help Small Businesses Avoid Trump Tax Hit
John Reitmeyer | December 17, 2018 | Budget
State lawmakers believe there’s a way to help small-business owners get around a Trump change to the federal tax code that hits them hard. It could benefit as many as 270,000 New Jerseyans
No Backing Down: Dems Make Full-Throated Defense of Their Redistricting
John Reitmeyer | December 14, 2018 | Politics
Sponsors aggrieved by suggestions their plan opens the door to gerrymandering. One accuses opponents of ‘dishonest rhetoric’
Could Advisory Board Help NJ Avoid Last-Minute Budget Shortfalls?
John Reitmeyer | December 13, 2018 | Budget
Lawmakers are hoping to implement consensus forecasting to keep state on even financial keel, but governor would still be only one who could certify state revenues
Murphy, Top Dems to Talk Tomorrow on New $15 Minimum Wage Proposal
John Reitmeyer | December 12, 2018 | Budget
Gov. Phil Murphy and Democratic leaders remain divided over key issues, including the number of workers who’d have to wait longer for the increase
Revised Draft of NJ Transit Reform Bill on Track, Ready for Murphy to Green-Light
John Reitmeyer | December 11, 2018 | Transportation
Updated measure addresses issues raised by administration’s in-depth audit of agency, seats commuters on governing board, mandates public hearings before fare hikes can be made, adds ‘customer advocate’
No 401(k)? NJ Lawmakers Try to Give Private-Sector Workers Another Way to Save
John Reitmeyer | December 10, 2018 | Budget
For people working in companies that don’t offer retirement accounts, legislators want to set up a pathway to building a nest egg
NJ Businesses Mixed on 2019; $15 Minimum Wage A Concern as Bill Is Unveiled
John Reitmeyer | December 7, 2018 | Budget
As a key lawmaker releases a new wage bill, companies report that business in New Jersey is going well but they say not well enough for a much higher mandatory wage
Governor Promises Things Will Be Much Better at NJ Transit in 2019
John Reitmeyer | December 6, 2018 | Transportation
Murphy says 2018 was spent ‘reversing years of negligence’ as he announces initiatives to improve the ‘customer experience’
‘Terrified’ Staffer: Murphy’s Team Did Not Take Allegation of Rape Seriously Enough
John Reitmeyer | December 5, 2018 | Politics
Testifying before a special legislative committee in Trenton, Katie Brennan says she went public only after having been paid little attention by members of the administration
Move to Improve Work on NJ’s Transportation Infrastructure
John Reitmeyer | December 4, 2018 | Transportation
Bipartisan effort aims to make operation of state Transportation Trust Fund more efficient, cut delays in planning and bidding
Small Businesses Get the Love from NJ After Years of Tax Breaks for the Big Guys
John Reitmeyer | December 3, 2018 | Budget
Murphy administration changes state’s economic-development focus. A new loan program, other supports on offer after years of billions of dollars in sweeteners for big companies
Former Workers Press Beef About Toys ‘R’ Us Creditor with State Pension Council
John Reitmeyer | November 30, 2018 | More Issues
Idled workers say a hedge fund that holds $300 million in state pension assets is not participating in a vital severance relief package
Lawmakers Mull Blockchain Study As Way to Upgrade Public Data Systems
John Reitmeyer | November 29, 2018 | More Issues
Task force would explore how the technology behind Bitcoin could be tapped to upgrade New Jersey's notoriously out-of-date systems.
Are There Lessons in History — and Tammany Hall — for Stalled Gateway Project?
John Reitmeyer | November 28, 2018 | Transportation
Key parts of the Hudson River rail network went into service 108 years ago yesterday. The history could be instructive for those who are trying to renew the crumbling infrastructure
Democrats Push Controversial Redistricting Overhaul, Critics Push Back
John Reitmeyer | November 27, 2018 | Politics
Despite serious criticism, Democrats in state Senate press on with a contentious proposal to change the way legislative districts are redrawn
New Jersey, Worst of All the States for Spending More Money than It Raises
John Reitmeyer | November 26, 2018 | Budget
When it comes to maintaining fiscal balance, the Garden State places dead last. Only Illinois comes close to such a poor record
Quirky and Convoluted: Business as Usual for State’s Homestead Tax Relief
John Reitmeyer | November 21, 2018 | Budget
Residents looking to popular program for pain relief from high taxes on their homes may want to skip the fine print and get to the bottom line — applications must be submitted by November 30
Pascrell, Gottheimer Pledge to Work on Restoring SALT Deduction
John Reitmeyer | November 20, 2018 | Politics
Congressmen say it’s no accident that Republicans ‘got shellacked’ in midterm elections nationwide in districts hit hard by GOP cap on federal tax deduction
State Is Counting on Tax Amnesty to Raise at Least $200 Million
John Reitmeyer | November 19, 2018 | Budget
We’ll soon find out if lawmakers were right that tax delinquents could be cajoled into paying up. If they’re wrong, the budget probably will need to be adjusted
Murphy’s Speech Recounts Policy Achievements in First Year in Office
John Reitmeyer | November 16, 2018 | Politics
Strong economy, shrinking jobless rate, emphasis on civil discourse all ticked off as governor delivers keynote at state League of Municipalities’ convention, but affordable housing gets short shrift
Who Can Solve New Jersey’s Affordable-Housing Conundrum?
John Reitmeyer | November 15, 2018 | Politics, Housing
Gov. Murphy hasn’t made affordable housing a priority, but he’s giving the closing keynote at the League of Municipalities annual conference, and local leaders — among others — are looking for guidance
Major South Jersey Employer to Start Paying $15 Minimum Wage in 2019
John Reitmeyer | November 14, 2018 | Budget
Cooper University Health Care’s new pay rate will benefit hundreds of Camden residents. Chairman George Norcross suggests other healthcare companies should follow Cooper’s lead
With Amazon HQ2 Not Likely to Land in Newark, Talk Turns to Taxes, Incentives
John Reitmeyer | November 13, 2018 | Politics
Murphy and legislative leaders say just making list of finalists has been a boon to state’s largest city, which is being positioned as a high-tech hub
Tensions as Lawmakers Launch Special Investigation of Murphy Hiring Practices
John Reitmeyer | November 9, 2018 | Politics
Woman at center of sexual-assault allegation expected to testify early next month. Murphy official criticizes ‘leak’ of information
Atlantic City Gets Higher Credit Rating but Economic Questions Still Hang Over It
John Reitmeyer | November 8, 2018 | Budget
The resort city’s debt grade tumbled to ‘junk’ status during the Great Recession. New rating reflects improvements after state takeover
Online Tool Makes It Easier for Municipalities to Share Services
John Reitmeyer | November 6, 2018 | Politics
The push to pool resources is key to driving down property taxes. Website gives local leaders a chance to explore their options — before consolidation is mandated
New NJ Transit Division to Take Advantage of Hefty Real Estate Portfolio
John Reitmeyer | November 5, 2018 | Transportation
A recent audit found the agency relies heavily on revenues from fares. A new law is aimed at leveraging its vast property holdings
2017 Tax Return Shows the Murphys Made Almost $2M More than in Previous Year
John Reitmeyer | November 2, 2018 | More Issues
Governor allowed reporters to review materials for four hours yesterday. He had released two pages from federal tax forms earlier in the week
S&P Notes Progress but Ranks NJ’s Among Worst-Funded Pension Systems
John Reitmeyer | November 1, 2018 | Budget
Report by credit-rating agency underlines immense long-term challenges to bringing New Jersey’s state pensions onto sound footing
Tipped Workers’ Baseline Pay Is as Little as $2.13 an Hour, New Move to Raise it
John Reitmeyer | October 31, 2018 | Budget
Amid broader concerns about income inequality in New Jersey, effort to ensure tipped workers will be in line for a significant raise if general minimum wage is increased
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