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Governor Responds to Questions about Handling of Sexual-Assault Charge
John Reitmeyer | October 16, 2018 | Politics
Hours before leaving on an overseas economic mission, Murphy announces independent investigation into his administration’s hiring of a man accused of sexual assault
Grewal ‘Proud to Lead’ Latest Challenge to IRS on Federal Tax Changes
John Reitmeyer | October 15, 2018 | Budget
The Internal Revenue Service proposed new rules to stymie ‘blue’ state efforts to get around a federal cap on SALT deductions. Attorneys general reveal how they plan to fight back
Clergy Urge Governor, Lawmakers to Raise Minimum Wage in NJ to $15
John Reitmeyer | October 12, 2018 | Social
With politicians seeming to have become bogged down on issue, religious coalition expresses urgency about addressing Garden State’s widening wage gap
Web Guide to NJ Property Taxes: Everything Except Why They’re So High
John Reitmeyer | October 11, 2018 | Budget
Online guidebook walks residents through all the aspects of property taxes, including how the revenue is divvied up, using easy to understand graphics and examples
Audit of NJ Transit Is In, Governor Pledges It Won’t ‘Collect Dust’
John Reitmeyer | October 10, 2018 | Transportation
Detailed analysis of operational defects, but no definitive solution is offered to agency’s severe financial woes
Countdown to New State Sales Tax on Online Shopping
John Reitmeyer | October 9, 2018 | Budget
The big holiday retail season is almost upon us. Likewise, a new state tax on online sales that’s expected to bring New Jersey hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue
Making Case for Public Bank in NJ, Even as Murphy Plan for It Hasn’t Materialized
John Reitmeyer | October 5, 2018 | Budget
Governor was a big proponent of a state-run bank when on the campaign trail, but he’s said little about it since he’s been in office
Will NJ Employers Be Obligated to Ensure Federal Tax Break for Commuters?
John Reitmeyer | October 4, 2018 | Budget
New Jerseyans, like other Americans, can get a nice tax benefit for their commuting costs, but only if their employers sign up for it. State lawmakers want to make that a requirement
Thousands of Amazon Workers in NJ to Benefit from New $15 Minimum Wage
John Reitmeyer | October 3, 2018 | Budget
Online retailer will apply increase from November 1. Decision draws out supporters of statewide wage increase, Gov. Phil Murphy included
Murphy’s Technology-Driven Tomorrow Starts with $500M Venture Capital Fund
John Reitmeyer | October 2, 2018 | Budget
In major policy address, governor envisions 300,000 new jobs by 2025, says aggressive clean-energy goals and increased financial aid for community college will help state reach that number
Sweeney Panel Proposes ‘401(k) Pension’ for Some State, Local Workers
John Reitmeyer | October 1, 2018 | Budget
Unions are already mobilizing against key recommendation from Senate President’s fiscal policy experts, who say pension change could save the state billions of dollars
Public Pension Funds Beat Expectations for 2018, Might Be Hard to Repeat
John Reitmeyer | September 28, 2018 | Budget
New Jersey has one of the worst-funded public retirement systems in the country. But it got good news yesterday, with better than expected investment returns
After a Few Glitches, Lucrative Tax Credits for AC Airport Are Almost There
John Reitmeyer | September 28, 2018 | Budget
Plan to diversify the South Jersey economy with a ‘growth zone’ focuses on aviation and technology. But further incentives are up in the air
Temporary Fare Break for Rail Customers as NJ Transit Cuts Services (Temporarily)
John Reitmeyer | September 27, 2018 | Transportation
As agency rushes to install safety equipment, service cuts will affect some of its busiest lines. Fare discount is meant to cushion the blow
State Issues New Rules on SALT Workaround And Gives Warning About IRS
John Reitmeyer | September 26, 2018 | Budget
Attorney General says he will fight IRS in court if need be, as Murphy administration looks to help residents avoid hefty tax hikes because of federal cap on deductions
Bigger NJ Tax on Aviation Fuel Advances, United Airlines Not Pleased
John Reitmeyer | September 25, 2018 | Budget
Millions of dollars in increased revenue eyed to fund extension of PATH train service to Newark airport. United spokesman raises prospect of re-evaluating future investments in New Jersey
NJ Among Most Vulnerable States if Recession Hits — Ratings Analysts
John Reitmeyer | September 24, 2018 | Budget
Moody’s, S&P fault Trenton’s reliance on last-minute scrambling for one-time sources of revenue, inadequate reserves, and absence of sustainable fiscal policies
Murphy Rows in With Continuing State Oversight of Atlantic City
John Reitmeyer | September 21, 2018 | Politics
Takeover won’t end any time soon, as new report points to ongoing ‘fiscal, operational, economic and social challenges’
Governor Positive of Better Days Ahead for NJ Transit, Tackling Thorniest Issues
John Reitmeyer | September 20, 2018 | Transportation
After another difficult summer for commuters, Murphy says his administration is ‘obsessed’ with fixing the problem-plagued agency
Stalled by Budget Mix-Up, State Funding Now in Offing to Help Local Media
John Reitmeyer | September 19, 2018 | More Issues
Aim is to foster local journalism in New Jersey and fill the void created by newspaper cutbacks. $5 million in aid is being sought
Murphy’s Revisions to Public-Employee Health Plans Could Save Taxpayers $500M
John Reitmeyer | September 18, 2018 | Budget
Workers should see only slight increases to premiums, or possibly small reductions, while governor claims the deal shows what happens when cooperation replaces conflict
As Gas Consumption Sags in NJ, State Tax on it Set to Rise Next Month
John Reitmeyer | September 17, 2018 | Budget
Further increases are possible, linked to maintenance of funding for transportation and infrastructure projects
Dollar Signs and Smiles All Round After First Three Months of Sports Betting
John Reitmeyer | September 14, 2018 | Budget
Gamblers in New Jersey bet close to $100 million on sporting events last month. Operators and lawmakers salivate at prospect of growing revenue
How to Boost Jersey Shore Tourism: End State Diversion of Revenue for a Start
John Reitmeyer | September 13, 2018 | Budget
If the region wants to extend its season, it needs more events, better marketing, and improved transportation — and the state to stop siphoning off hotel-room taxes
GOP Rub SALT in Wound, Push for Permanent Cap on Tax Deduction
John Reitmeyer | September 12, 2018 | Budget
Adding to woe for New Jerseyans, IRS undercuts Murphy administration’s attempt to help taxpayers get around federal limit on deduction for state and local taxes
Tech and Aviation Center at Atlantic City Airport Can’t Get off Ground
John Reitmeyer | September 11, 2018 | Budget
Murphy CV of lawmakers’ plan to offer tax incentives to attract industry to area once again earns the ire of Sweeney, one of the sponsors of proposed measure
NJ’s Missing Apprentices: State Urged to Do More to Increase their Number
John Reitmeyer | September 10, 2018 | Budget, Social
New Jersey compares poorly with other states when it comes to supporting apprenticeship programs. Report urges policymakers to introduce robust incentives
Would Newark Airport Pay Increase Give Murphy His Minimum-Wage Victory?
John Reitmeyer | September 6, 2018 | Politics
The governor campaigned on a promise to boost the minimum wage. If the Port Authority votes to raise salaries of airport workers, has Murphy made good on his pledge?
Talk About Stalled Trans-Hudson Tunnel, Portal Bridge Takes on Ominous Tone
John Reitmeyer | September 5, 2018 | Transportation
New Jersey officials cite national security and commuter safety — and the Titanic — as they urge Trump administration to make good on promises about infrastructure investments
Express Toll Lanes Could Help NJ Motorists Steer Clear of Congestion
John Reitmeyer | September 4, 2018 | Transportation
A proposal to build high occupancy toll lanes on state’s most crowded highways is getting serious consideration from Sweeney and Sarlo
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