Gov + Legislature
Senator calls timing of Bed Bath & Beyond layoffs ‘a disgrace’
Bed Bath & Beyond is laying off more than 500 workers just before a new law goes into effect that will require large employees to pay severance to laid-off workers.
Lawmakers prepare sweeping changes to state’s business tax
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.
Election watchdog chief dodges discipline for emails deemed discriminatory
Jeff Brindle, head of the state Election Law Enforcement Commission, will not be disciplined for sending controversial work emails.
Legislators propose $3M program to treat law enforcement officers in mental crisis
Law enforcement officers face unique stressors, say three lawmakers who want to spend $3 million on mental health services for them.
20 legislators won’t seek return to Statehouse this year
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
Some cuts to state aid to schools cannot be addressed with property tax hikes because of a cap on tax increases, officials said Monday.
Measure would expand how teachers can use sick time
Teachers say they can't care for sick parents or attend school conferences for their children because of an "outdated" law on sick days.
Assembly panel green lights bills aimed at reducing car thefts
The bills' supporters say they are intended to address a post-pandemic spike in car thefts state officials say has abated.
Bills aimed at trucker safety advance, over outcry from trucking industry
Industry lobbyists warned lawmakers that bills hiking fines and requiring GPS could reduce their efficiency and burden truckers financially.
Lawmakers want to require salary information in job postings
A bill would make New Jersey the sixth state in the nation to require salary transparency in job postings.
Truckers must stay right or pay big, under bill Assembly panel to mull Thursday
A new bill would double fines for drivers of trucks weighing five tons or more who illegally use the passing lane of New Jersey highways.
What hazardous materials travel on trains around New Jersey? It’s a secret.
Authorities hide the rail routes hazardous materials travel, citing security concerns. The East Palestine disaster should change that, critics say.