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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.

Counties, towns weigh withdrawal from state health plan

By: - October 10, 2022

Rate hikes of more than 20% approved last month for county and local workers are pushing local officials to consider other insurers.

Horizon restructuring faces little opposition at first public hearing

By: - October 7, 2022

Horizon, the largest health insurance firm in the state, is seeking to reorganize its corporate structure

New Jersey lawmakers want a state Voting Rights Act

By: - October 5, 2022

Bill would give the Division on Civil Rights and state courts broad powers to prevent discriminatory voting rules.

Governor Murphy signs bill fixing state child tax credit

By: - October 4, 2022

The legislation corrects an error in the bill, signed in June, that would have delayed the tax credits until 2024

Bag ban fix will get its own tweaks, Assembly sponsor says

By: - October 4, 2022

Assemblyman John McKeon said he is frustrated by the food industry's failure to prepare for the long-gestating bag ban.

Assembly sends $100M+ child tax credit bill to Governor Murphy’s desk

By: - October 3, 2022

Gov. Murphy is expected to sign the bill, which fixes a drafting error that would have delayed awards under the new program to 2024.

Murphy names his first State Board of Education nominees

By: - September 30, 2022

Governor seeks to replace incumbents opposed to state's sex education standards, but senatorial courtesy could snare his plans.

Committee approves bill to permit police at polling places in public schools

By: - September 30, 2022

Assembly panel clears measure allowing police at polling places in schools, a rollback of a recent law enacted to prevent voter intimidation.

Steep hikes for natural gas rates launch Saturday

By: - September 30, 2022

Natural gas rates for most New Jerseyans will jump by up to 25% Saturday in a climb fueled by Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Tax credits could replace senior freeze rebates

By: - September 29, 2022

Sponsors say a shift to tax credits would get aid to elderly and disabled New Jerseyans sooner while cutting postage costs for government.

Assembly panel to hear fix to child tax credit bill

By: - September 27, 2022

Lawmakers are poised to fix a drafting error that would've delayed payments under the state child tax credit until 2024.

Former governor, congressman Jim Florio dies at 85

By: - September 26, 2022

Jim Florio, the 49th governor of New Jersey who championed the superfund cleanup and state's assault weapons ban, died Sunday. He was 85.