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.

Lawmakers prepare sweeping changes to state’s business tax

By: - March 29, 2023

Critics call the proposal a boon to businesses already preparing for a 2.5% surtax on earnings above $1 million to expire at the end of the year.

20 legislators won’t seek return to Statehouse this year

By: - March 27, 2023

The number of lawmakers retiring this is is the largest in at least a decade and a half.

School officials suggest lifting cap on property tax hikes to boost school funding

By: - March 27, 2023

Some cuts to state aid to schools cannot be addressed with property tax hikes because of a cap on tax increases, officials said Monday.

Assembly panel green lights bills aimed at reducing car thefts

By: - March 23, 2023

The bills' supporters say they are intended to address a post-pandemic spike in car thefts state officials say has abated.

Senate panel advances nominations of new utility regulators

By: - March 21, 2023

The nominations to the utilities board are awaiting full confirmation by the state Senate.

New Jersey Senate approves campaign finance overhaul

By: - March 20, 2023

The bill would double limits on contributions to political candidates, triple donations to county party organizations, and allow the governor to remake the Election Law Enforcement Commission.

Campaign finance bill advances with new provisions targeting election law watchdog

By: - March 16, 2023

Critics say the bill would gut New Jersey anti-corruption laws, flood the state with campaign cash, and strip the independence from the state's election law watchdog.

Longtime senator and civil rights icon Ron Rice dead at 77

By: - March 15, 2023

Ronald L. Rice, a famously independent Democrat who served 36 years in the state Senate, died after an extended battle with cancer.

List grows of lawmakers retiring before next round of legislative elections

By: - March 15, 2023

Seventeen legislative incumbents have said they won't seek another term, and that number is expected to creep upward before a key filing deadline.

Attorney general sets new rules for rape kit handling, testing

By: - March 13, 2023

Attorney General Matt Platkin said the new directive will ensure that rape cases will be vigorously investigated by law enforcement.

Bergen County mayor once acquitted of corruption charges is set to become judge

By: - March 13, 2023

Six would-be Superior Court judges now await confirmation before the Senate, including one cleared of corruption charges 13 years ago.

Lobbying in Trenton dipped in 2022 amid pandemic recovery

By: - March 9, 2023

Lobbying expenditures declined slightly in 2022 as the state's regular top spender took a break, the Election Law Enforcement Commission says.