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.

Vaccination rate for prison workers jumps to 51% as Murphy postpones mandate deadline

By: - March 2, 2022

Vaccination rates among state corrections workers jumped nearly eight percentage points since a vaccine mandate for prisons and other congregate settings went into effect last month, but nearly half have yet to complete their vaccine regimen. This comes as Gov. Phil Murphy has delayed the deadline for corrections officials and workers in other non-health care […]

Senate panel advances tax cut bill, but worries remain

By: - March 1, 2022

The Senate Budget Committee advanced a series of bills aimed at making New Jersey more affordable in largely bipartisan votes Monday, but a proposal to tie New Jersey’s tax brackets to inflation faces an uncertain path amid silence from Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration. The bill, sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Steve Oroho (R-Sussex) and Sen. […]

Lawmakers move to block state investments in Russia, Belarus

By: - February 28, 2022

Senate lawmakers moved to level further economic anguish on Russia over its invasion of Ukraine by approving a bill that would bar Russian and Belarusian businesses and those with investments in the two countries from winning public dollars. The bill, which cleared the Senate Budget Committee Monday in a unanimous vote, orders state agencies and local governments to […]

New year brings tax breaks for student borrowers

By: - February 25, 2022

A trio of tax breaks for college students and their families went into effect with the start of the new year. The programs, enacted under a bill signed into law last year, allow New Jerseyans with annual household incomes of $200,000 or less to deduct up to $22,500 from their state income tax bills. “There’s […]

Murphy to end COVID press briefings after two years

By: - February 23, 2022

Press briefings that were a staple of the Murphy administration’s pandemic-era communications strategy will come to an end on March 4, the second anniversary of the state’s first case of COVID-19, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Wednesday. “We’re getting back to where we want to be, which is normal,” Murphy said. The briefings, he said, may […]

GOP: Cut top N.J. officials’ salaries to force in-person unemployment assistance

By: - February 23, 2022

Republican lawmakers on Tuesday announced a novel proposal to speed up processing for New Jersey’s lingering unemployment claims: Slash the salaries of top Department of Labor officials. The bill, the latest in a series of Republican efforts to increase the availability of in-person assistance for residents filing unemployment claims, would cut the salaries of the […]

N.J. Statehouse vaccine mandate to end Friday

By: - February 22, 2022

Controversial rules that require anyone entering the Statehouse to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a recent negative test will end Friday after a vote by a bicameral panel Tuesday. The new rules approved by the State Capitol Joint Management Commission supersede strict virus restrictions enacted by Democratic legislative leaders in October 2020 and November […]

Inflation surge behind renewed push of tax cut plan

By: - February 22, 2022

A Senate panel will weigh tying New Jersey’s income tax brackets to inflation next week, giving fresh air to a tax cut proposal that has remained stalled for more than a decade. The proposal that will come before the Senate Budget Committee on Monday would require the Division of Taxation to annually adjust New Jersey’s […]

Democrats, GOP agree on new legislative map for N.J.

By: - February 18, 2022

Republicans and Democrats adopted new legislative district boundaries Friday, their bipartisan vote an unprecedented compromise for a commission that has historically relied on a court-appointed tiebreaker to end partisan gridlock. The adopted map is likely to favor Republicans by making some competitive districts friendlier to the minority party and pitting four Democratic senators against each […]

Nearly 400 New Jersey cops faced major discipline last year

By: , and - February 17, 2022

Burlington County Correctional Sgt. Matthew Peer channeled his inner Hulk Hogan when he leaped off a metal table onto inmates to break up a jail fight. Newark Police Officer Tigee Pagan let a civilian drive his police car “in an unsafe manner” and posted a video of the illicit joy ride to Instagram. Jersey City […]

Disabled veterans decry spotty transportation services

By: - February 17, 2022

New Jersey veterans with disabilities told Assembly lawmakers Wednesday they face a complex web of disconnected transportation services when trying to reach Veterans Affairs hospitals. In a hearing before the Assembly Military and Veterans Affairs Committee, former service members recounted tales of late and missing rides, unreturned calls, and long waits that forced some to […]

More than 50% of N.J. corrections workers remain unvaccinated hours before mandate deadline

By: - February 16, 2022

Less than half of New Jersey’s state corrections workers are vaccinated hours before the deadline requiring they have at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, but the extent of the mandate’s impact on prison staffing likely won’t come into sharp relief for weeks. About 43% of the roughly 7,280 civilian and uniformed staff at […]