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.

Assembly speaker unveils $1.4 billion senior aid proposal, but its fate is unclear

By: - May 25, 2023

Speaker Craig Coughlin wants more than $1.4 billion in tax and health care assistance for the state's elderly, but Gov. Murphy has cost concerns.

Assembly clears bill allowing some 17-year-olds to vote in primaries

By: - May 25, 2023

The measure would allow those who would be 18 by November elections to cast primary ballots that year, even if they are still 17.

Familiar schisms show as lawmakers hear package of liquor license bills

By: - May 24, 2023

The measures heard Wednesday are part of a larger fight to loosen the state’s Prohibition-era liquor license laws.

Lawmakers to weigh changes to liquor license laws

By: - May 24, 2023

The bills represent the Legislature’s first push to loosen the rules piecemeal instead of through an omnibus bill backed by Gov. Phil Murphy.

Assembly speaker’s tax relief proposal likely to face tough negotiations

By: - May 23, 2023

A senior-focused property tax relief plan from Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin faces a rough road ahead as he figures out how to pay for it.

Stranger stalking bill edges closer to law

By: - May 22, 2023

A prime sponsor of the legislation said it would allow some harassment victims to protect themselves before a situation escalates.

Judge dismisses union’s lawsuit over correctional officers’ pay raises

By: - May 19, 2023

A union alleged discrimination after raises granted to corrections officers, but judge found governor, state immune and claims flawed.

Judicial retirements poised to erase progress made on appointing judges, chief justice warns

By: - May 19, 2023

Court vacancies have persisted over the last 12 months, and looming retirements could push them to record levels for the second straight year.

Remote work taxation bill set for final votes

By: - May 18, 2023

The bill would allow New Jersey teleworkers to win hefty tax credits if they successfully sue New York over income taxes.

Lawmakers advance bill to bar some county officers from chairing political parties

By: and - May 18, 2023

Critics of Sen. Vin Gopal say his bill is just an attempt to target a GOP rival, Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden.

State ‘well prepared’ to handle $2B dip in tax revenue, treasurer says

By: - May 17, 2023

Declines in capital gains collections will slash some state revenue, but New Jersey's reserves will see the state through, budget experts said Wednesday.

Official faces questions over ‘unconstitutional’ insurance mandate for gun carriers

By: - May 17, 2023

Lawmakers on Tuesday debated a new state law that requires gun owners to buy liability insurance, hours after a judge declared the mandate unconstitutional.