New Jersey Supreme Court hears GOP bid to block proposed borrowing

Repubican opponents of New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy’s proposal to borrow up to $9.9 billion for offsetting COVID-19-related revenue losses was argued before the state’s highest court Wednesday and they said the state’s constitution and past legal precedent should prevent the plan from proceeding. Marc Pfeiffer, assistant director of Rutgers University’s Bloustein Local Government Research […]

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Will Republican women, men stand against misogyny? | Opinion

…. in the political sphere, dismissing women, feeling comfortable ridiculing and diminishing them, abusing them verbally, has been going on for a long time, violating any sane standard for acceptable behavior. But now, what may have once been thought, even ‘uttered under the breath,’ as they say, is out in the open — and abundant […]

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We Must Rescue Health Insurance for Small Businesses and Their Workers | Opinion

Small employers are at the cross-currents of pandemic-driven forces. Many small businesses rely on face-to-face interactions, and few have deep pockets to weather shutdowns and stalled demand. The revenue freefall that businesses have experienced over the last five months makes sustaining payments for health insurance coverage challenging if not impossible. Yet, at a time when […]

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Missing unemployment checks, scarce jobs in coronavirus economy

Rutgers analyst James Hughes says the cultural and economic landscape’s been forever altered by the COVID-19 pandemic. He notes New Jersey’s still short 600,000 jobs lost to the lockdown. As for all the jobseekers, his new report sketches a bleak economic recovery that’s completely restructured by the pandemic. “It’s been essentially gasoline on the fire […]

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In tight times, towns must embrace shared services | Editorial

State and local revenues have cratered since New Jersey was slammed by the coronavirus, and the need to cut costs by sharing municipal services has taken on a greater meaning.  Data from the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) shows that Gov. Murphy is serious about shared services. … Murphy is hardly alone: In 2018, Senate President Steve Sweeney’s […]

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Selling bonds to balance New Jersey’s budget is a big mistake

It is a mistake for the governor and the Legislature to sell bonds to balance the fiscal year 2021 budget. Not only is it prohibited by the New Jersey Constitution but, more important, it is bad public policy and will ruin the state’s finances for years. Opinion by Richard Keevey, NJSpotlight, July 16, 2020

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Tax relief on home renovations in Belleville? It could be happening

Marc Pfeiffer, the assistant director of the Bloustein Local Government Research Center at Rutgers University, said the increase in taxes would go up about 20 percent a year. Township attorney Steven Martino, who helped draft the resolution, said a resident would not see a tax increase in the first year following the improvement. After that, […]

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