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Premiums Doubled Once Obamacare Took Full Effect, Report Says

Obamacare introduced new regulations into the health care marketplace that contributed to premiums doubling after the legislation took full effect in 2014, according to a report the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released Tuesday evening. HHS compared premiums in the exchange marketplaces in 2013, one year before Obamacare regulations took full effect, to […]

Here’s What’s in Trump’s ‘Taxpayers First’ Federal Budget

The Trump administration will respect taxpayers, balance the budget, return the country to 3 percent economic growth, and push a parental leave requirement in its fiscal plan to be released Tuesday, said Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney. Mulvaney called it a “taxpayers first budget.” “This budget was written through the eyes of […]

N.J. police are cracking down on seat belts

TRENTON — Police across New Jersey will be cracking down on seat belt violations starting Monday, likely handing out more than 20,000 tickets over the next two weeks. Part of a national campaign known as “Click It or Ticket,” New Jersey law enforcement agencies will adopt a “zero tolerance” policy for motorists and passengers not […]

Lawmakers want to know why cost of disasters like Sandy is skyrocketing

WASHINGTON — Legislation to renew operations of the Federal Emergency Management Agency through 2020 would require a study of why disaster costs continue to rise and what can be done about it. The bill was introduced Friday by the leaders of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the chairs of the subcommittees that oversees […]

Anthony Weiner sobs in court as he pleads guilty in sexting case

NEW YORK — Former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, whose penchant for sexting strangers ended his political career and led to an investigation that upended the presidential race, pleaded guilty Friday to criminal charges in connection with his online communications with a 15-year-old girl. Weiner pleaded guilty to a charge of transmitting sexual material to a […]

Obamacare’s ‘Potentially Unconstitutional’ Feature Set For Reckoning

The U.S. District Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia is scheduled to hear from President Donald Trump’s administration and House leadership May 22 in the ongoing battle over funding the Obamacare cost-sharing reductions (CSRs). Background Under the leadership of former Speaker John Boehner, the House filed suit against the Obama administration in 2014, […]

GOP governor candidates argue over N.J. property taxes in final debate

NEWARK — The two leading candidates running for the Republican nomination to succeed Gov Chris Christie agreed on at least one thing in their second and final primary debate Thursday night: New Jersey needs lower property taxes. But they didn’t agree on how to make that happen. Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno and state Assemblyman Jack […]

Ex-N.J. treasurer: 11 observations to guide you through N.J.’s tax policy

Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff Every four years, like a scene from “Groundhog Day,” candidates for New Jersey governor serve up a warmed-over menu of policy platitudes. My favorites concern taxes. No issue that touches so many people invites more political obfuscation, misrepresentation, and outright nonsense. Here are a few observations to help you make sense of it […]

District dishes out $150K settlement over selling booze at school

PERTH AMBOY — The city board of education has paid out $150,000 to settle a five-year-old lawsuit over the illegal selling of alcohol at an elementary school and another settlement could be in the works, court documents show. The whistleblower lawsuit was filed in June of 2012 by school secretary Susan Nieves accusing another secretary, […]

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