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Monday, June 29, 2020
NJ State Budget 2020: Key Points to Watch in $7.7 Billion Bill »
John Reitmeyer - June 29k, 2020 - NJ Spotlight   Lawmakers plan final votes Monday on a three-month spendi...
Thursday, June 25, 2020
COMMENTARY | Local govt.'s can counter new budget challenges by finding sources of untapped revenue »
PaulColangelo, CEO of Avenu - Route Fifty - June 25, 2020 While we’re deep in the midst of the Covid-19 crisis, mo...
Monday, June 22, 2020   (0 Comments - view/add)
Lawmakers Are Likely to Pass Supplemental Spending Bill by End of June »
John Reitmeyer - June 22, 2020 - NJ Spotlight It’s unclear whether the Legislature will make noteworthy changes to G...
Friday, June 19, 2020   (0 Comments - view/add)
Virus is Squeezing State and Local Public Workers’ Personal Finances, Survey Finds »
Bill Lucia, Sr. Reporter - June 18, 2020 - Route Fifty Employees are also worried about the amount of debt they are c...
Tuesday, June 16, 2020   (0 Comments - view/add)
Murphy Looking to Borrow Nearly $2B From Feds to Keep Unemployment Fund Solvent »
John Reitmeyer - June 16, 2020 - NJ Spotlight Loan would cover unemployment fund — which has paid out more than $6 b...
Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Explainer: Checking the Math Behind Murphy’s $10B Budget-Shortfall Estimate »
John Reitmeyer - June 15, 2020 - NJ Spotlight Totals vary depending on which revenue projections are used as the sta...
Wednesday, May 27, 2020   (0 Comments - view/add)
Murphy, Lawmakers Have Only Weeks to Make Hard Budget Choices »
John Reitmeyer - May 22, 2020 - NJ Spotlight   State Treasurer Elizabeth Maher Muoio outlined spending cut...
Wednesday, May 13, 2020   (0 Comments - view/add)
House Democrats Offer Coronavirus Package with $1 Trillion for State and Local Governments »
Andrea Noble, Staff Correspondent - Route Fifty - May 12, 2020 , The $3 trillion proposal would also allow states...
Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Virus Downturn Will Further Strain Troubled Public Pension Funds »
Bill Lucia, Senior Reporter, Route Fifty, May 12, 2020 New research warns that the nation’s worst-off retiremen...
Wednesday, April 29, 2020   (0 Comments - view/add)
Murphy Gives Local Officials Option to Push Back Property-Tax Payments »
John Reitmeyer - NJ Spotlight - April 29, 2020   Governor gives cities, towns ability to lengthen grace pe...
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Fitch Ratings Takes Scalpel to NJ Debt Grade, Cutting It Back to ‘A-’ »
John Reitmeyer - NJ Spotlight - April 22, 2020   Firm also reduces state rating outlook from, ‘stable’ to...
Tuesday, April 7, 2020
NJ’s Bonded Debt Dips for Second Straight Year, But State Remains One of Most Indebted in U.S. »
J OHN REITMEYER - NJ Spotlight - April 7, 2020 Even as bonded debt dipped to $44.4 billion by end of fiscal 2019, N...
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Opinion: In Troubling Times, We Still Need to Consider Major Fiscal Issues »
Richard F. Keevey, NJ Spotlight Opinion - March 25, 2020   Gov. Murphy and the Legislature should develop...
Tuesday, March 10, 2020
NJ Teachers Closer to Seeing Concessions on How They Contribute to Health-Care Costs »
John Reitmeyer - NJ Spotlight - March 20, 2020   Senate president and head of state’s largest teachers uni...
Thursday, March 5, 2020
Interactive Map: Tracking Results of Property-Tax Uptick Across NJ »
John Reitmeyer - NJ Spotlight - March 5, 2020 After a few years of slowing growth, increased property taxes came bou...
Thursday, February 27, 2020
Murphy’s Budget Proposal: No Boost in Municipal Aid for Cash-Strapped Local Governments »
Colleen O'Dea - NJ Spotlight - February 27, 2020   Murphy is third governor in row to hold municipal aid f...
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Will the Third Time be the Charm for Murphy’s Millionaires Tax? »
Michael Aron - NJTV News - February 25, 2020 Sweeney says he’ll support a tax this time if the governor puts an e...
Thursday, February 20, 2020   (0 Comments - view/add)
State Watchdog Group Hopes to Take Bite Out of Costly Local-Government Benefits »
John Reitmeyer - NJ Spotlight - February 20, 2020   Decade after State Commission of Investigation reporte...
Wednesday, February 19, 2020
With Budget Season at Hand, A Competition for Ears in Trenton »
John Reitmeyer - NJ Spotlight - February 19, 2020   A mong the groups vying for the attention of govern...
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
NJ Is Set to Change a Key Assumption About Public-Employee Pension Investments »
John Reitmeyer- January 21, 2020 - NJ Spotlight Planned lowering of assumed rate of return mirrors other states’ reac...
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
2020 State of the State Address »
State of the State Address      "Building a New Jersey that Works for Every Family"...
Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Big Week for NJ’s Debt: State to Issue $800M+ in Bonds for Transit, Libraries, Schools, More »
John Reitmeyer - NJ Spotlight - January 7, 2020   Voters have signed off on some of the bond issues, but n...
Wednesday, December 18, 2019
A State's Sassy Approach to the Social Media Game »
Kate Elizabeth Queram - December 18, 2019 - Route Fifty On any given day, you may see the official New Jersey Tw...
Tuesday, December 17, 2019
NJ Lawmakers Take Next Step in Enacting SALT-Cap Workaround for Small Businesses »
John Reitmeyer - NJ Spotlight - December 17, 2019   The struggle to free New Jersey from Trump’s $10,000 S...
Thursday, December 12, 2019
Pascrell, Other House Dems, Introduce Bill to Scrap Federal SALT Cap »
John Reitmeyer - NJ Spotlight - December 12, 2019   Measure would ease burden on those hit hardest by Trum...
Friday, December 6, 2019
Sweeney Pushes New Revenue Forecasting Model for State Budget »
John Reitmeyer - December 6, 2019 - NJ Spotlight A Revenue Advisory Board would bring together representatives from...
Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Newark Mayor Sues New York City Over Relocation of Homeless Population to New Jersey »
by Emma Coleman - Route Fifty Newark Mayor Ras Baraka’s administration filed a lawsuit against the city of New York a...
Wednesday, November 27, 2019
Explainer: Little Known, Council on Local Mandates Wields Big Stick »
Colleen O'Dea - NJ Spotlight   P anel has power to void state laws by ruling they constitute an unfunded m...
Friday, November 22, 2019
Op-Ed: Consider a Tax Increase to Fix NJ’s Underfunded Public-Worker Pension Systems »
Fred Beaver - NJ Spotlight - Opinion Several other approaches have been suggested — and largely ignored — over t...
Thursday, November 14, 2019
Governor’s Plan for Public Bank Is Met by Acclaim — and Some Concerns »
John Reitmeyer - November 14, 2019 - NJ Spotlight New board will have a year to come up with a business plan for t...
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Murphy Takes First Key Step Toward Establishing a ‘Public Bank’ »
John Reitmeyer - November 13, 2019 - NJ Spotlight Gov. Phil Murphy is planning to sign an executive order Wednesday...
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
American Dream, Source of Argument for and Against Reform of NJ Tax Incentives »
John Reitmeyer - October 29, 2019 - NJ Spotlight   Megamall probably could not have come to life without m...
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
In the wake of high-profile ransomware attacks, local governments are looking to cyberinsurance »
Andrea Noble - October 4, 2019- Route Fifty Local governments facing an onslaught of ransomware attacks are increasin...
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Governor Hasn’t Given Up on Plan for a Public Bank in New Jersey »
John Reitmeyer - October 15, 2019 - NJ Spotlight A state-run bank was one of Gov. Phil Murphy’s big proposals when h...
Thursday, October 3, 2019
Judge Rules Against NJ, Other States in Case Against Federal SALT Cap »
John Reitmeyer - October 1, 2019 - NJ Spotlight Right of federal lawmakers to place $10,000 limit on tax exemp...

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