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STUDY: New Jersey is America’s 16th most burdensome occupational licensing state

New Jersey has earned another dubious distinction according to the Institute for Justice.  A new study released Wednesday by that organization ranks New Jersey as the 16th worst occupational licensing law state in America. “A job and livelihood should not depend on a permission slip from the government,” said AFP-NJ State Director Erica Jedynak in a statement reacting […]

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O’SCANLON: Failing to extend the N.J. arbitration cap will cost police, firefighter jobs

If we’re going to be honest, as effective policy makers it’s incumbent upon us to do the hard work, master the facts and policy nuances before us, and present cogent proposals to the public and the legislature. This list of policy proposals is me doing my job. The inescapable logic of permanently tying the arbitration […]

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Op-Ed: Pensions, Politics, and the New Jersey Education Association

Michael Lilley New Jersey’s public pension and health-benefit system is a looming disaster that threatens the future of the state. According to my research and a recent report by WNYC – under new, more realistic accounting standards, the total amount of the state’s unfunded public-pension and retiree healthcare liabilities is $253 billion. The state budget […]

O’Scanlon challenges Jersey City Mayor Fulop to pressure Speaker Prieto to extend Arbitration Cap

Jersey City Police Officers were awarded a 2% pay increase by a state appointed arbitrator this week. – Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, not the Democrat nominee for Governor, declared that the best interests of his city’s residents and taxpayers prevailed, according to Hudson County View.  The arbitrator’s decision will enable Mayor Fulop and the city council […]

Executive Order Is No Substitute for Obamacare Repeal, Experts Say

A executive order promised by President Donald Trump to increase competition in the health insurance market is no substitute for repealing Obamacare, according to conservative health policy experts. Thwarted by the Senate on health care legislation, the president is turning toward executive power to at least partially fulfill a key campaign promise. He told reporters […]

Jersey City cops living in affordable housing in Newport, sources say

JERSEY CITY — Two Jersey City police officers are sharing an apartment in the city’s Newport section that was set aside as affordable housing for people making less than the cops earn, sources with knowledge of the matter told The Jersey Journal. The two officers — Joseph Connors Jr. and Francesca Zappella — are rookies […]

Frustrated Trump threatens executive action on health care

Stymied by Congress and, arguably, his failure to manage difficult-to-corral congressional leaders, President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Tuesday morning to threaten executive action on health care: – Since Congress can't get its act together on HealthCare, I will be using the power of the pen to give great HealthCare to many people – […]

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N.J. shifts affordable housing funds beyond state’s inner cities

TRENTON–New affordable housing in New Jersey has long been planted, in large part, in communities where there are poor people. But in a major change, the Christie Administration has begun steering more funding for low-income projects beyond just the urban neighborhoods of the state’s largest cities. Earlier this summer, the Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency […]

Menendez friend donated $300k to N.J. Dems ahead of high-level meeting, witness testifies

NEWARK — U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez’s close friend donated $300,000 to a Super PAC dedicated to Democratic senators shortly before the New Jersey politician had a meeting with a high-ranking government health care official about a disputed Medicare policy, a lobbyist testified Wednesday. That policy, according to former Health and Human Services employees, was at […]

Senator says he met with doctor about Medicare issue at Menendez’s request

NEWARK — Tom Harkin, the former U.S. senator from Iowa, told a federal prosecutor Wednesday that he met with Salomon Melgen, a wealthy Florida ophthalmologist, as U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez was lobbying for the resolution of the doctor’s multi-million dollar Medicare billing dispute. Harkin, who previously chaired the Senate committee overseeing the Department of Health […]

LD39: GOP campaigns on the curiously ignored affordable housing crisis

“Affordable” housing — and the recent N.J. Supreme Court decision that is threatening to blow our state’s property tax burden to a new, terrible heights by mandating construction of HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF NEW UNITS (!) over the next several years — is arguably the biggest public policy story of 2017 but it’s gotten next to […]

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REPORT: NJ Transit drops big money on new office space

NJ Transit may be a hot mess, Save Jerseyans, but the notorious transportation agency isn’t spending like it. According to a new report, after NJ Transit spent $5 million over the past two years to lease and renovate an entire building floor in Newark, its leadership is spending additional millions to buy office space for 150 […]

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