What’s he got to say? Kemper Project manager remains muzzled

How powerful are public employee unions in your state?

By   /  February 26, 2015  /  California, Connecticut, Labor, National, New Jersey, New York, News, Rhode Island  /  No Comments

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More than half of the public employees in 13 states are union members, and government union membership rates exceed 25 percent in 27 states.

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Gov. Christie plays offense on New Jersey pension reforms

By   /  February 24, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, Finances, New Jersey, Pensions, State Budgets  /  No Comments

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Backed into a fiscal corner, a defiant Gov. Chris Christie went on the offensive by proposing an ambitious reform to freeze existing New Jersey state pensions, create new replacement plans and eventually turn over control of the retirement system to labor unions of public workers.

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Court rules against New Jersey governor’s cuts to state pension contributions

By   /  February 24, 2015  /  New Jersey, News, Pensions  /  No Comments

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As Chris Christie rehearsed for today’s annual budget address, a state court changed his script by handling the New Jersey governor a major setback. Late yesterday, a judge ordered the state to restore $1.57 billion that Christie cut from this year’s pension contribution, a ruling likely to cause chaos with the state budget.

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New Jersey gas tax proposal stokes highway cost debate

By   /  February 24, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, New Jersey, News, Politics & Elections, State Budgets, transportation  /  No Comments

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While New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and state lawmakers consider a 25-cent a gallon gas tax hike to raise $2 billion a year to fund transportation projects, a war of words and statistics has erupted over the high cost of highways in the Garden State

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The real numbers: New Jersey faces $183 billion in state debt

By   /  February 19, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, New Jersey, News, Pensions, Politics, State Budgets  /  No Comments

Governor's Office/Tim Larsen

To part the sea of red ink engulfing New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie may need a miracle of biblical proportions. The total state debt is listed as nearly $85 billion. But buried in state records are details revealing the actual figure should be $183 billion – nearly $100 billion higher

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Northeast corridor safe for Amtrak monopoly

By   /  February 19, 2015  /  Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, National, New Jersey, New Mexico Watchdog, New York, News, transportation  /  No Comments

RUN FOR THE MONEY: Amtrak’s high-speed Acela train departs Union Station in Washington, D.C.

A congressman’s proposal to give Amtrak some private rail competition in the congested northeast corridor could be going off the tracks before it starts.

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