New Jersey

Nanny State of the Week: New Jersey’s great leaf-blowing war

By   /  October 24, 2016  /  Nanny State of the Week, New Jersey, News  /  No Comments

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Fall brings temperate weather, changing colors, falling leaves and — if the nannies in New Jersey have anything to say about it — backbreaking labor.

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Is New Jersey prosecutor combining cases to protect asset forfeitures?

By   /  October 3, 2016  /  Criminal Justice, New Jersey, News  /  No Comments

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Jermaine Mitchell was given two bad options. Allow the government to keep the $171 dollars seized from him during an arrest, or lose an additional $4 dollars if his appeal to get the money back proved successful. When Mitchell was arrested in April and charged with multiple counts of possession and distribution of narcotics, Jersey […]

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Thousands may not graduate in New Jersey after exit exam changes

By   /  June 17, 2016  /  Education, National, New Jersey, News  /  No Comments


Recent changes to New Jersey graduation requirements led to more than 10,000 students using an appeal process in which a portfolio of a student’s work determines if they are able to graduate. That’s at least a five-fold increase over last year’s graduating class, and includes only school districts that complied with a settlement requiring the […]

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After Puerto Rico’s collapse, is your city or state next?

By   /  June 6, 2016  /  Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, News, Pensions, State Budgets, State Government, Texas  /  No Comments

TREASURELESS ISLAND: Puerto Rico faces empty coffers, heavy debts, and a dwindling ability to pay.

With short-term budget troubles and colossal long-term debt, Kentucky, Illinois, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Connecticut, in particular, are much closer to the basket case economic condition of the Caribbean territory on the Mercatus fiscal health index than they are to states such as Texas, Missouri, Florida, or Nebraska, where budgets are balanced and public pension systems may yet be salvaged.

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Why this Newark public school teacher chose a charter for her child

By   /  May 17, 2016  /  Education Blog, New Jersey  /  No Comments

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A veteran teacher with Newark Public Schools has written about why she sends her 13-year-old son to a charter school. “I have taught in Newark’s district schools for 17 years,” she writes. “Currently, I am in a school that works on behalf of the students. I would love to say that this is a consistent practice; but that is not […]

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‘Financial reality is not negotiable’: Puerto Rico bankruptcy could send dangerous signal to states

By   /  May 6, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, National, New Jersey, New York, News, State Budgets  /  No Comments

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Puerto Rico defaulted on a $370 million bond payment on Monday, but a congressional restructuring of the territory’s debt could set a dangerous precedent for states.

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