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 […]

U.S. Senate Republicans block bill requiring agencies monitor domestic terrorism

BY: - May 26, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked a bill that would require federal agencies to monitor domestic terrorism incidents, including those potentially related to white supremacy. The failure of the Senate procedural vote showed again how difficult it is for Congress to agree on any response to U.S. gun violence. It followed a racist […]

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 […]

Remote voting in the U.S. House hits a second anniversary, but it may be its last

BY: - May 26, 2022

After two years of a temporary provision to allow remote voting in the U.S. House, the top 36 users of the proxy voting system are all Democrats, though Republicans have also taken advantage of it. Proxy voting was meant to keep crowds of House members smaller and thereby limit the spread of COVID-19, back in […]

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 […]

N.J. to bar cops from jailing people who skip court, don’t pay fines on minor offenses

BY: - May 26, 2022

Police in New Jersey can no longer jail people who fail to appear in municipal courts or pay fines for minor offenses, under a new directive issued Wednesday by acting Attorney General Matt Platkin. The move is intended to reduce both pretrial incarceration and potentially volatile police encounters, Platkin said. It will also save cops […]

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 […]

First month of adult-use cannabis sales in N.J. brings in $24 million

BY: - May 24, 2022

One month into the nascent cannabis industry’s launch, consumers have purchased $24 million in recreational weed, regulators said during a meeting Tuesday where more permits for dispensaries were approved.  Another five medical-only dispensaries will soon be able to start selling adult-use cannabis, joining the 12 dispensaries that started selling recreational weed on April 21. The […]

Summer hurricanes, wildfires and storms loom as FEMA faces pressure to step up

BY: - May 24, 2022

WASHINGTON — Another grueling summer disaster season is arriving, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency is under intense pressure even as its portfolio balloons, it pleads for more money from Congress and criticism comes on several fronts. The agency manages more than 300 disaster declarations a year, a dramatic increase from the average of 108 […]

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, […]