Governor Christie seeks to alter or violate the NJ Supreme Court Abbott rulings with a new funding formula of $6,599 per student for each district. He wants a “fairness” plan based solely upon student enrollment, without regard to a school district’s relative wealth or need. His plan pits the larger suburban communities which would receive higher funding, reducing their property taxes, against poorer urban cities which would receive less money and struggle mightily to provide a “thorough and efficient” education. Talaiporia says, in doing so he demonstrated the full extent of his contempt for public education. Christie’s plan: Bold or botched – or both? (NJ Spotlight)
The two bills to replenish the Transportation Trust Fund were introduced Monday, and are now available on the legislative website. The bills are S2411/A11 (27 pages) and S2412/A10 (82 pages). Each bill has a brief summary at the end and has been referred to the appropriate committees. A few subtle changes: puts a cap on how much the gas tax could increase and gives retirees a more generous break on their taxable income. (NJ Spotlight)
NJ Democratic delegates to the convention in Philadelphia, July 25-28. Here is the list with many familiar names including Rosi Efthim.
Chris Porrino, Christie’s former Chief Counsel and active during the Bridgegate investigation, is sworn in as Acting Attorney General while awaiting confirmation from the State Senate.
Some stalwart New Jersey Republicans have no intention of breaking bread or breaking out their wallets for Trump at a breakfast meeting this morning. (Charles Stile)
“THE BUSINESS OF AMERICA IS BUSINESS”
- The above quote from Calvin Coolidge during the”Roaring twenties” could be what Trump typifies. How Trump treated his A. C. managers: He pitted them, one of whom was his wife, against each other in a ferocious competition, and of course left the casinos bankrupt through mismanagement, hubris and reliance on junk bonds. The U.S. went into the great depression shortly after Coolidge’s statement.
- The lucrative world of CEO’s: The NJBIZ list of NJ’s highest paid CEO’s, starting with Evan Greenberg (Chubb Corp.) who earned $91 million.
- Gottesman looks ahead to Newark development: Longtime parking lot mogul says city is ripe for projects.
- Supporters say ‘out-of-network’ bill (A1952) could save the state around $40M.
- UnitedHealthcare, which announced earlier this year that it would pull out of the Affordable Care Act market in NJ next year has already ended coverage in advance at Hackensack University Medical Center.
- The merger of Hackensack University Health Network and Meridian Health was finalized Tuesday, uniting 11 hospitals in seven counties. These mergers often go unscrutinized by state regulators, who fail to address the resulting risks to patients losing access to care. Many health economists say mergers drive up health care costs by increasing their prices and hitting our pocketbooks.
SUMMER IS HERE
- With the first day of summer came the dedication of Gloucester County’s first state park: Tall Pines State Preserve.
- In Camden: Kevin Riordan on cultivating melons and memories of Vietnam.
- Plant invader “thugs” threaten North Jersey landscape.
- Jersey Fresh: A local farmer market coming to a location near you. Find it here.
- 74% of N.J. residents favor the bill (A893) to make beaches smoke-free – according to Fairleigh Dickinson University poll.
An acccidental politician: Flemington man writes himself in on primary ballot, wins a position.