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N.J. Democrats Block Sick Leave Reform (Again)

For the third time this year, Save Jerseyans, the Senate Democrats have blocked an effort to clamp down on New Jersey’s infamous sick leave payouts. S-2947 would have limited public employees’ retirement payout to $10,000 in accumulated unused sick leave. Vacation leave would be carried forwarded for one year only. S-572 sought to end “terminal […]

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Christie Keeps Pushing to Siphon Cash from Horizon to Fund Drug Treatments

Credit: Governor’s Office/Tim Larsen Gov. Chris Christie Gov. Chris Christie has not abandoned his controversial quest to secure hundreds of millions of dollars from Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield, New Jersey’s largest health insurer, to fund drug addiction programs and other healthcare needs. And negotiations with Democratic lawmakers – who have failed to embrace his […]

Schepisi: Nonsense like THIS fuels New Jersey’s affordable housing dysfunction

I represent 23 municipalities located in Bergen and Passaic counties, all of which have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on professional fees as a result of the failure and inaction of our State to provide guidance on how to comply with Court decisions on affordable housing. The largest drivers of cost result from third […]

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NJ Treasurer Pitches Plan to Use Lottery to Help Prop Up Public-Worker Pensions

Gov. Chris Christie’s state treasurer appeared before lawmakers yesterday to make an in-person pitch for the administration’s proposal to use the revenue-generating state Lottery to help prop up New Jersey’s beleaguered public-employee pension system. Whether the lawmakers decide to play along under what’s now a tight deadline for action remains to be seen. During an […]

Obamacare’s Collapse Shows Why Americans Wanted Trump

Some 35,000 people purchasing insurance on the Obamacare exchanges in 45 counties across the U.S. could have no insurance providers to choose from in 2018. If the scenario plays out, it would be the first time that consumers are left without an insurance provider on the Obamacare exchanges since they first opened in 2014. Some […]

Showdown escalates as feds threaten shutdown of N.J. fishery

Call it the Great Flounder War of 2017. A simmering battle between New Jersey recreational fisherman and the federal agency governing fishing along the Atlantic Coast has now escalated — with potentially disastrous consequences for the fishermen. In a teleconference on Thursday morning, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) officially found New Jersey to […]

NOT SO FAST: MacArthur Demands Answers After Release of CBO’s Fishy AHCA Analysis

In case you missed it, Save Jerseyans, Republicans led by Mick Mulvaney are at war with the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) after the latter alleged that the American Health Care Act would eliminate health care coverage for 23 million Americans over the next 10 years. They’re not wrong to question the CBO’s historically shoddy analysis. Don’t […]

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FACT CHECK: Does The Trump Budget Gut Medicaid?

Last week the White House released a federal budget that, among other changes, would reduce projected Medicaid spending by $610 billion across 10 years. The proposed reduction has received a lot of negative press. Chairman of the Democratic National Committee Tom Perez, claims the budget “absolutely dismantles Medicaid.” The New York Times reports that the […]

Op-ed: AHCA can save healthcare before it implodes

Growing up in a home with a liberal mother and conservative father, I learned at a young age that two people can vigorously disagree without being disagreeable. Regrettably, the debate surrounding the American Healthcare Act (AHCA) – and most every other political or public policy issue today – makes me worry that our ability as […]

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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 […]

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 […]