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Most Eligible Newark Teachers Take a Pass on New Bonus Program

Friday, January 04, 2013

As Newark’s landmark teachers contract begins to be implemented, only about 20 percent of district teachers who can opt to earn bonuses for exemplary evaluations and service in hard-to-fill slots have actually decided to do so.

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Budget Cuts Loom as Shortfall Tops $700M

Friday, January 04, 2013

With New Jersey facing a $705 million budget shortfall that could easily double by June, the Senate Democratic budget chairman yesterday called upon the Christie administration to lay out a plan to close the gap before the size of the deficit becomes virtually unmanageable.

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Newly Consolidated Princeton Greets New Year

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Princeton borough and township became one Princeton on January 1, using the borough form of government. The new mayor and council were sworn in as part of a celebration that included a “Consoli-Cake.”

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NJ Facing Major Fiscal Crisis in Years Ahead, Panel Reports

Friday, December 14, 2012

New Jersey faces staggering long-term fiscal problems, with pension and health benefit liabilities, infrastructure, and other budget needs adding up to more than $200 billion in future program costs, according to a blue-ribbon budget study released yesterday.

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Ten Years to Rebuild Smarter, More Resilient Jersey Shore, Experts Say

Monday, December 10, 2012

It will take a decade to rebuild the Jersey Shore, and when it is done its economy may be different and there may be a much smaller population, according to a disaster expert who oversaw the recovery of New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

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Citing New Concerns About Costs, Christie Vetoes Health Benefit Exchange Bill -- Again

Friday, December 07, 2012

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie vetoed the Legislature’s health benefit exchange bill on Wednesday, saying he wants answers to questions about the potential cost to the state of the exchange -- a key component of the Affordable Care Act.

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Shifting NJ School Board Ballots to November Leaves Financing, Controversy Behind

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Moving New Jersey’s school board elections to November was expected to raise the stakes of these historically sleepy races, but at least in this first year, the money didn’t live up to expectations.

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Smart Grid, Meters, No Magic Bullet for Damage Done by Major Storms

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

In the wake of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy, some policymakers and legislators say the state needs to create a smarter power grid, making the system more resilient and quicker to recover from major storms.

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JCP&L Rate Hike Request Doesn't Cover Costs Piled On by Sandy

Monday, December 03, 2012

When Jersey Central Power & Light filed a rate increase request late Friday, it was modest by utility standards. It seeks only a $31.5 million increase, a proposal that would boost monthly bills for most residents by 1.4 percent.

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Sweeney Wields ‘Big Stick’ as Senate Passes Shared-Services Bill

Friday, November 30, 2012

Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester) yesterday scored yet another bipartisan legislative victory when the Senate passed his controversial bill that would force municipalities to share services or face a loss of state aid.

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Renaissance Schools Get Board’s Go-Ahead in Camden

Thursday, November 29, 2012

A proposal to build up to five new “renaissance schools” in Camden under the fledgling Urban Hope Act passed a key hurdle early yesterday morning as the Camden school board gave the go-ahead to the controversial plan.

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Officials Tackle Daunting Task of Rebuilding NJ Coastal Towns

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

As state officials began a series of hearings to map out how New Jersey plans to rebuild the coast, which is the heart of a $38 billion tourism industry, more questions than answers were raised as a Senate committee began exploring how best to recover from the storm. It could be a long time before any consensus is reached.

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Storm Costs Won't Necessarily Spell Budget Disaster

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Hurricane Sandy shut down much of New Jersey’s economy for a week to 10 days and wreaked havoc on Shore towns that are the backbone of summer tourism.

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NJ Schools May Face Influx of Students Displaced by Storm

Friday, November 09, 2012

It’s only a trickle so far, with most New Jersey schools just beginning to reopen this week, but Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath will likely mean a sizable number of children displaced not just from their homes but from their schools.

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Moody's Maintains NJ Utility Credit Ratings, Despite Soaring Restoration Costs

Thursday, November 08, 2012

The worst storm ever to hit New Jersey has caused enormous headaches for its two biggest electric utilities, as well as millions of their customers, but will not result in lower credit ratings, according to Moody’s Investors Service.

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NJ Voters Turn Out, Despite Obstacles and Irregularities

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Despite personal hardships, shifting polling sites, frustration and anger over electronic and provisional ballots, and confusion and miscommunication regarding new voting rules, New Jerseyans made on thing clear on Tuesday: they wanted to exercise their right to vote.

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NJ's Aging Infrastructure No Match for Superstorm

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Even before Hurricane Sandy slammed into the state, New Jersey faced mind-boggling upgrade costs to modernize its aging infrastructure: from drinking water facilities, to mass transit, to structurally deficient bridges — among other pressing projects.

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Appellate Court Upholds NJ Superintendent Salary Caps

Friday, October 26, 2012

Ever since Gov. Chris Christie in late 2010 imposed tight limits on school superintendent pay, there was the presumption that this issue would ultimately have to be decided in the courts.

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Water Companies Will Earn Faster ROI on Infrastructure Upgrades

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Parts of New Jersey's water and sewer systems are more than 100-years old. Given that the average usable life of pipe is about 50 years, this situation is an accident waiting to happen. Why don't the utilities move to address the problem? They're worried about how long it will take them to recoup their investments. But they now have one less thing to worry about: A state agency has made it possible for them to recover their money far faster.

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The Legal Question for Camden: What Constitutes a Toxic School?

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Does a child attending a low-performing New Jersey school district -- arguably the state’s lowest-performing district -- have a constitutional right to pursue a better education elsewhere?

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