Gov + Legislature

Republican budget calls for permanent tax cuts amid surging revenue

BY: - May 27, 2022

Senate Republicans released a budget proposal Thursday that calls for $8 billion in tax relief using excess revenue the state is projected to collect in the current and coming fiscal year. Many of their proposals appear to create recurring increases in spending and structural tax reductions that may necessitate spending cuts or tax hikes in […]

Bill to OK early vote counting is temporarily torpedoed by Senate absences

BY: - May 26, 2022

A measure that would have allowed election officials to count early votes before the polls close on Election Day failed to advance Thursday after opposition from Republicans and a single Democrat. The bill stalled after a 20-16 vote in the upper chamber but was pulled from the agenda without the voting period being closed, a […]

Senate rejects Democrat’s request for probe of nursing home deaths

BY: - May 26, 2022

State Sen. Nia Gill on Thursday demanded lawmakers vote in favor of forming an oversight committee with subpoena power to investigate the 9,100 COVID-19 deaths in New Jersey nursing homes, but Gill’s move was rejected by a narrow vote. Gill (D-Essex) characterized a probe into the deaths as one of “transparency and accountability” for the […]

Assembly hearing package of bills aimed at reducing food insecurity

BY: - May 26, 2022

The state Assembly is set to vote on a package of bills addressing food insecurity Thursday. The measures all involve the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, known as SNAP and more commonly known as food stamps. The federally funded program provides assistance to low-income families who need help buying groceries. More than 1 million people, including […]

Governor Murphy renews call for more gun control following Texas massacre

BY: - May 25, 2022

In the wake of the deadly attack at a Texas elementary school Tuesday, Gov. Phil Murphy again urged action on legislators to advance a stalled package of gun control measures. His proclamation follows a similar call issued last week after 10 people were killed by a white supremacist gunman in Buffalo. Tuesday’s attack left 21 […]

Assembly panel advances bill package aimed at lowering drug prices

BY: - May 25, 2022

Over the objections of business and industry groups, an Assembly panel approved a package of bills meant to rein in prescription drug prices after a roughly four-hour hearing Tuesday. The bills include measures that would require increased reporting from sectors of the health care industry, cap out-of-pocket costs for certain prescriptions, and create a board […]

Republican budget plan calls for updated tax brackets

BY: - May 24, 2022

Assembly Republicans want New Jersey to go big on tax relief using a voluminous surplus fueled by better-than-expected tax collections in the current and coming fiscal years. On a press call Tuesday, they pitched direct payments to consumers to offset high inflation, tax bracket tweaks that would account for more than two decades of inflation, […]

Watchdog urges N.J. to expand care for residents with developmental or intellectual disabilities

BY: - May 24, 2022

Alex Guedes has complex neurodevelopmental disabilities and medical problems that require 24-hour skilled nursing care. The 21-year-old Atlantic County man has autism, Down syndrome, and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a genetic condition that makes him susceptible to infections and injuries that can require surgery to fix. He’s on a feeding tube and frequently gulps air, a disability-related […]

Governor Murphy wants state workers automatically enrolled in student loan forgiveness program

BY: - May 24, 2022

New Jersey’s state workers should be automatically enrolled in a federal student loan forgiveness program, Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday. The governor announced the tentative plan alongside federal education officials during a roundtable at the College of New Jersey on the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, which has a history of underperformance. Murphy said his […]

Chief justice raises alarm as court vacancies reach ‘highest level in the history’

BY: - May 20, 2022

New Jersey Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner urged lawmakers and the governor to speed the approval of new judges Friday, warning the broad swath of vacant seats had stopped some counties from scheduling certain types of trials altogether. Seventy-five of the 433 seats on the Superior Court bench are vacant as of Friday, Rabner […]

Assembly panel advances curriculum transparency bill

BY: - May 20, 2022

Discussion at an Assembly education committee hearing Thursday on a bill that would require schools to post health curriculum online devolved into a shouting match over the state’s new sex ed standards, with critics warning the standards are not age-appropriate. The heated hearing came after a similar outcry erupted at a Senate meeting last week […]

Assembly panel moves forward with tax credit plan to offset unemployment tax hikes

BY: - May 19, 2022

An Assembly panel unanimously advanced a bill Thursday that would award tax credits to offset rising unemployment taxes on businesses, with the move winning plaudits from business groups and boos from a progressive advocate who said the measure would lead to a lopsided economic recovery. The bill would provide $375 million to pay off federal […]