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Motorists Could Face New Tax on Parking In Six NJ Cities
John Reitmeyer | February 15, 2019 | Budget
Assembly committee approves bill allowing local leaders to impose 3.5 percent levy on parking fees, raising revenue to boost safety around mass-transit stations
Immediate $20M Subsidy for NJ Horseracing Industry, Millions More Possible
John Reitmeyer | February 15, 2019 | Budget
Bipartisan support as governor signs legislation to help preserve industry’s ‘competitive edge.’ Potential for another $80 million over the next four years
NJ Seeks Advisor For Potential Deals Involving State Assets
John Reitmeyer | February 14, 2019 | Budget
Bridges, buildings, roads, parks all to be evaluated for their potential to help plug the hole in funding of New Jersey’s pension system
Will Trump Policy Change Put a Crimp in New Jersey’s Online Gambling Industry?
John Reitmeyer | February 13, 2019 | Politics
Murphy administration, lawmakers vow to protect state’s lucrative online-wagering sector. Attorney General Grewal weighs in with forceful letter of protest to his federal counterparts
Comptroller’s Words on Tax Incentives Go Down Better than Governor’s
John Reitmeyer | February 12, 2019 | Budget
At a hearing yesterday, the State Comptroller painted a nuanced picture of New Jersey’s big tax-incentive programs that lawmakers — who support the programs — seemed to like
NJ’s Laid-Off Workers to Get Toughest Protections in US?
John Reitmeyer | February 11, 2019 | More Issues
After recent bruising cases — like Toys ‘R’ Us — in which employees were left with little of no severance pay, lawmakers want to institute new safeguards
More Muscle For Special Agency that’s Key To Gateway Tunnel Project
John Reitmeyer | February 8, 2019 | Transportation
Senate Transportation committee unanimously approves bill granting Gateway Development Corp. important legal and financial powers
Report Notes Murphy Team’s Mistakes in Brennan Case, Key Issue Unresolved
John Reitmeyer | February 7, 2019 | Politics
Sen. Loretta Weinberg, co-chair of committee also investigating the case, seems unimpressed by the report. She says it’s ‘peppered with vagaries and inconsistencies’
Growing Mystery at Heart of Hearings into Murphy Team’s Conduct in Brennan Case
John Reitmeyer | February 6, 2019 | Politics
Legislators have another frustrating day as they continue to investigate the hiring of a person at the center of a rape allegation for a state government position
Move to Waive NJ Property-Tax Penalties for Fed Workers if New Shutdown
John Reitmeyer | February 4, 2019 | Politics
New Jersey lawmakers have fast-tracked a measure that would allow municipalities to waive the usual interest penalty charged for late payment of quarterly property taxes
$15 Minimum Wage on Verge of Becoming Law in New Jersey
John Reitmeyer | February 1, 2019 | Budget
Governor says he’ll sign compromise measure approved in Legislature yesterday elevating wages of low-paid workers nearly 70 percent by 2024
Investing Garden State’s Public Retirement Funds in Other States’ Farms
John Reitmeyer | January 31, 2019 | Budget
NJ pension officials finalizing $100 million stake in private-equity fund that specializes in buying and leasing farmland in West, Midwest and Mississippi Delta
A River of Cash: Analyzing NJ’s Multibillion-Dollar Revenue Streams
John Reitmeyer | January 30, 2019 | Budget
A new report calculates the billions of dollars that flow through the layers of government in the Garden State annually
NJ Politicos Get Eyeful of Decay in Hudson Tunnel Tour, Want Federal Funding
John Reitmeyer | January 29, 2019 | Politics, Transportation
With Democrats in control of House of Representatives, New Jersey congressional leaders believe there’s a better chance of getting money from Washington, D.C. to repair badly damaged tunnel
Dems, GOP Take Credit for Putting Lid on NJ Property Taxes, but Can Lid Stay On?
John Reitmeyer | January 28, 2019 | Budget
School aid, police and firefighter salaries, and public-worker healthcare contributions all could influence what homeowners pay
Emotional Testimony as $15 Minimum Wage for NJ Passes First Legislative Stage
John Reitmeyer | January 25, 2019 | Budget, Politics
Assembly committee votes along party lines to approve bill to raise wage after workers and employers testify about its impact on them
Wall Street Credit-Rating Agency Makes Economic Case for New Portal Bridge
John Reitmeyer | January 24, 2019 | Transportation
With federal matching funds still not granted for replacing key Northeast Corridor crossing, Moody’s suggests new bridge necessary to ‘avoid regional economic disruption’
Murphy Wants to Replace Newark Airport Monorail, No More ‘Bubblegum’ Fixes
John Reitmeyer | January 23, 2019 | Transportation
Governor appears confident that Port Authority will come up with the estimated $2 billion cost of the project
Treasury Not Worried About Slow Revenue Growth in Early FY2019 — Should It Be?
John Reitmeyer | January 22, 2019 | Budget
Despite tepid growth in tax revenues thus far in the fiscal year, Treasury Department optimistic surge is coming in second half of year
$15 Minimum Wage for NJ: Governor, Democratic Leaders Finally Make A Deal
John Reitmeyer | January 18, 2019 | Budget, Politics
Agreement after weeks of negotiations. Incremental increases from now until 2024. But carveouts for farmworkers and some other workers
Governor Goes Out to Drum Up Support for Changing — and Capping — Tax Incentives
John Reitmeyer | January 17, 2019 | Budget
Against a backdrop of tepid support from Democratic legislative leaders, Murphy makes case for overhauling New Jersey’s big tax breaks
State of the State: Murphy Doubles Down on Push to Fix Economic Incentive Program
John Reitmeyer | January 16, 2019 | Budget
During a rebuttal news conference, GOP lawmakers push back on the governor’s anti-Christie theme
Murphy’s first State of State Address Comes at Pivotal Time for NJ and for Him
John Reitmeyer | January 15, 2019 | Politics
Hopes were high among progressives when governor came into office, but tension between him and fellow Democrats has impeded his agenda
No Resumption Yet of Full Service on Raritan Valley, Atlantic City Lines
John Reitmeyer | January 14, 2019 | Transportation
Services have been greatly disrupted for safety work, but that work met a key end-of-year deadline. So, what’s the holdup?
Focus In Murphy Hiring Probe Turns To Gaps in State Rules
John Reitmeyer | January 11, 2019 | Politics
During a long day of testimony about how staffer’s rape allegation was handled, legislative select committee explores whether rules and policies are strong enough to prevent a bad situation from recurring
Audit Raises Red Flags over Control of NJ’s Massive Tax-Incentive Programs
John Reitmeyer | January 10, 2019 | Budget
Troubling questions about oversight and value to taxpayers of multibillion-dollar awards that are supposed to incentivize job creation and retention
Murphy Officials Testify It Wasn’t Their Job to Follow Up On Brennan Allegation
John Reitmeyer | January 9, 2019 | Politics
‘Nobody seems to have responsibility for anything,’ said committee co-chairwoman Loretta Weinberg on a day when lawmakers seemed frustrated with the lack of answers
Federal Shutdown Already Hurting NJ Amid Fears of Growing Impact
John Reitmeyer | January 8, 2019 | Politics
Businesses in New Jersey have already been hit by the closure of some government agencies. Paychecks, food stamps and other assistance could be held back if it drags on
Lawmakers Try to Boost NJ’s Horseracing Industry with $100M in Subsidies
John Reitmeyer | January 7, 2019 | More Issues
There’s bipartisan support in Trenton for a measure one critic decries as ‘an insult to the taxpayers of New Jersey’
For Stretched NJ Students, Help on the Way in Learning How to Manage Finances
John Reitmeyer | January 4, 2019 | Education
New Jersey’s college students are among the most debt-laden in the country. Financial literacy soon will be required in middle school
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