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Young people with face masks back at work in office after coronavirus quarantine and lockdown, talking.

Murphy lifting mandate on remote work, masks in offices

“We encourage all employers to do the right things for their specific workplaces,” the governor said. “While we are rescinding some requirements, that doesn’t mean we don’t expect you to be flexible and to work with employees — particularly those who are juggling family obligations such as child care.”

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Black male holding open sign and looking out at the glass of the door. African American cafe man owner with face mask reopening after pandemic virus. Startup small business after Covid-19 quarantine.

The coverup continues

New Jersey is one of just a few states maintaining an indoor mask requirement despite recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control that fully vaccinated people, in most circumstances, do not have to wear face coverings indoors. While continuing the rule caused confusion among many business owners and workers, some say it’s a simpler approach than the alternative – requiring masks only on unvaccinated residents.

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New Jersey Treasurer Elizabeth Maher Muoio answers questions after giving her report to the NJ Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee meeting on May 14, 2019.

Flush with cash

New Jersey in a peculiar situation: too much money and not a solid idea of where to spend it. As of the latest estimates, the state is looking at a $6.3 billion closing balance come June 30. That’s thanks to billions of dollars in federal aid, nearly $4 billion of bond issue proceeds and higher tax revenue fueled by pent-up consumer demand.

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