Nikita Biryukov

Nikita Biryukov

Nikita Biryukov most recently covered state government and politics for the New Jersey Globe. His tenure there included revelatory stories on marijuana legalization, voting reform and Rep. Jeff Van Drew's decamp to the Republican Party. Earlier, he worked as a freelancer for The Home News Tribune and The Press of Atlantic City.

Survey finds deluge of mental health issues among state’s lawyers

By: - April 17, 2023

Half of the state's attorneys feel burnt out and isolated, while one in 10 told surveyors they had considered suicide.

State has spent just $1.1B in federal pandemic aid after nearly two years, auditor says

By: - April 13, 2023

The state auditor found roughly $5.1 billion in American Rescue Plan dollars remain unspent as inflation eats away at their value.

Little support for striking public workers in state law

By: - April 13, 2023

Decades of case law that predates the state's 1947 constitution bars public worker strikes like the one started by Rutgers faculty Monday.

Advocates see few upsides to recent pay-to-play overhaul

By: - April 10, 2023

Good government advocates warn changes to the state's pay-to-play laws under the Elections Transparency Act will enable corruption.

New Jersey teacher shortage persists, but severity unclear

By: - April 7, 2023

Tuition assistance, work-life balance improvements, and residency requirement waivers are recommended as the state struggles to find educators.

Liquor license bill to get revamp after chilly reception from legislators

By: - April 6, 2023

Gov. Phil Murphy has pushed a revamp of New Jersey's liquor license laws that would allow more restaurants to serve alcohol.

Governor’s liquor license plan lacks legislative support, top Dem says

By: - April 4, 2023

Sen. Paul Sarlo said Gov. Murphy's effort to overhaul the state's liquor rules has few friends in the Legislature.

Lawmakers say bill would lower state health care costs

By: - April 4, 2023

Lawmakers eye changes after mammoth premium hikes on state health plans approved last year.

Governor Murphy signs controversial campaign finance overhaul into law

By: - April 3, 2023

The new law sharply raises limits on political donations while weakening New Jersey's campaign finance watchdog.

Justices set new, laxer rules for obtaining police discipline records in court

By: - March 31, 2023

Justices adopted a new framework for releasing police disciplinary records during discovery, ending a Catch-22 created by the old system.

Budget analysts offer less rosy state revenue forecast

By: - March 31, 2023

Sen. Paul Sarlo, the chamber’s budget chairman, said legislators will probably use the more pessimistic revenue forecast as they draft next year's budget

Campaign finance overhaul lands on Governor Murphy’s desk

By: - March 30, 2023

A bill raising contribution limits, limiting campaign finance probes, and overhauling the election watchdog was approved in tight votes.