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Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver. Governor Phil Murphy’s 2021 Budget Address on Feb. 25, 2020 in Trenton.

Senate budget hearings continue with DCA, schools

Things got a little tense as Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver, also commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs, was questioned by Sen. Michael Testa, R-1st District, regarding details for certain grants. After explaining the department often just administers such endowments, Testa pressed further, moving to affordable housing and asking why the spending proposal is light on information.

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Business leaders hash out economic solutions at chamber summit

“We need to turn dialogue into action, but we need to do it in a forceful way,” the organization's president, Tom Bracken, said. “We need to do it with respect. And we need to do it with persistence, both on an individual and a collective basis. What do I mean by that? Everybody in this room needs to engage. You have to engage. And then, collectively, we can engage. That kind of engagement and that kind of unified effort is what’s going to get something done.”

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State marks Earth Week with grant program

Guided by the theme of “Investment in Our Planet,” the new blue and green carbon initiative will provide $15 million to projects across the Garden State with the goal of creating, restoring and enhancing salt marshes, sea grass beds, forests and urban parks to help in the fight against climate change.

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