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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
Lawmakers Discuss Easing Residency Requirement for NJ Transit Workers
John Reitmeyer | August 17, 2018 | Transportation
Shortage of engineers has added to agency’s troubles this summer. Governor supports hiring workers from neighboring states
NJ Gas Tax Likely to Increase Because Revenue Is Coming Up Short of Target
John Reitmeyer | August 16, 2018 | Budget
Final decision a couple of weeks away, but tax is likely to be raised by a few pennies to maintain the Transportation Trust Fund
Trump Tariffs Squeeze New Jersey Manufacturers, Disrupt Supply Chain
John Reitmeyer | August 15, 2018 | Budget
The tariffs ‘have been pretty much a nightmare,’ one executive tells lawmakers, who want to help but are not able to do much to protect local industry
Tougher Ethics Rules for Council that Guides Public Pension Investments
John Reitmeyer | August 14, 2018 | Budget
Questions raised about some previous decisions have led to new restrictions on panel that determines broad strategies and asset allocation for public-worker pension system
Making More of — and from — NJ’s Revolutionary Heritage
John Reitmeyer | August 13, 2018 | Social
State urged to do more to promote New Jersey’s central role in American Revolution as 250th anniversary approaches. Future economic benefits are emphasized
Cut Public-Worker Benefits, Merge School Districts — Sweeney Panel Recommends
John Reitmeyer | August 10, 2018 | Budget
Commission assembled by Senate President proposes aggressive measures to address New Jersey’s fiscal problems. Teachers union responds in the negative, governor noncommital
NJ Transit Boosts Budget, While Commuters Line Up to Complain About Service
John Reitmeyer | August 9, 2018 | Transportation
State agency votes to increase operating and capital budgets by $200 million all told, admits the addition will stem but not solve ongoing problems
NJ Transit’s Service Cuts Bring Fresh Hell as Agency Pushes to Meet PTC Deadline
John Reitmeyer | August 8, 2018 | Transportation
NJ commuters to New York City went through ‘summer of hell’ last year. They face renewed misery because of latest service changes, suspensions
Princeton Merger Pays Off in Property-Tax Slowdown, Better Services
John Reitmeyer | August 7, 2018 | Budget, Planning
Five years after borough and township consolidated, officials say homeowners and municipality have saved money, and services have improved
Bridge and Tunnel Slow Woes: Major Route 495 Repair Will Clog the Lincoln
John Reitmeyer | August 3, 2018 | Transportation
Traffic pileup: Transportation officials warn construction will lead to severe congestion, delays for ‘next two-and-a-half years’
Newark Receives Grant to Foster Minority-Owned Businesses
John Reitmeyer | August 2, 2018 | More Issues
One of five cities in country chosen for small aid program, Newark still eyes the big prize — Amazon’s HQ2
Make Extra Mortgage Payments, Get a New State Tax Credit
John Reitmeyer | August 1, 2018 | Budget
Homeowners in high-cost New Jersey could get a small NJ tax break as GOP still pushes for federal tax changes harmful to the state
Meadowlands Hotel-Room Tax Quietly Expanded Beyond Former Strict Limits
John Reitmeyer | July 31, 2018 | Budget
In little noticed move, tax broadened to cover all hotels in 14 district towns, not just those located within environmentally sensitive area
Rule Allowing State Workers to Donate Unused Leave to Co-Workers to be Made Law
John Reitmeyer | July 30, 2018 | Politics
Sen. Loretta Weinberg behind effort to legally codify New Jersey’s donated-leave policy, which has been praised for promoting teamwork
Radio Station Suspends Hosts for Using Racial Slur Against State Attorney General
John Reitmeyer | July 27, 2018 | Politics, Social
Politicians of every stripe jump to support AG Gurbir Grewal, the first Sikh-American in the country to hold such a position
Hoping for the Next Google, State Will Help Pay Rent of Startups and Tech Firms
John Reitmeyer | July 26, 2018 | More Issues
Keen to make New Jersey hospitable to new cutting-edge businesses, governor announces modest incentives he says could be beefed up if they deliver results
NJ Picked as ‘Learning Lab’ to Improve State Services Using Digital Technology
John Reitmeyer | July 25, 2018 | More Issues
Better information for NJ Transit riders, a more efficient Newark Airport. These and other government initiatives are promised
Sweeney Maneuvers to Strip Governor of Key Budget Power, Denies It’s Hostile
John Reitmeyer | July 24, 2018 | Budget, Politics
Governor has sole authority to certify revenues. But, if Senate President is successful, that won’t be the case for much longer
‘Sin Taxes’ Are Unlikely to Deliver Revenue Bonanza to New Jersey
John Reitmeyer | July 23, 2018 | Budget
Lawmakers in NJ recently enacted new taxes on e-cigarettes and sports betting. Analysis suggests the new taxes won’t do much for state coffers
Extra Homestead Credit in Pipeline, But Budget Ploy Keeps Lid on Amount
John Reitmeyer | July 20, 2018 | Budget
Homeowners who waited in vain for full NJ property-tax credit in May will get a makeup credit. But state has ways to keep lid on what’s paid out
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