Government

Keeping artists as residents (access required)

Lawmakers want to give municipalities the option to provide a dedicated funding source for local arts and culture, a move proponents argue will help the towns nurture these sometimes struggling segments of local economies.

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A hike and some help (access required)

A little-known provision of the $15 minimum wage bill — a tax credit for employers who hire workers with disabilities — could provide a career boost for thousands of state residents.

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State assembly votes to make meningitis B vaccine mandatory for students

To prevent outbreaks, colleges may soon require meningitis vaccines for students living on campus under a bill advanced by the Assembly on Thursday. Sponsored by Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz, R-21st District, Assembly Bill 1991 mandates inoculations for meningitis B recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Munoz’s bill mandates the recommendations of a CDC ...

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Expanded paid family leave bill sent to Murphy

The state Legislature sent a bill to Gov. Phil Murphy’s desk that would expand many aspects of the state’s paid family leave program. Under Assembly Bill 3975, which on Thursday passed the Senate by a 27-11 vote and the Assembly by a 50-17 vote with one abstention, the period of Family Leave Insurance (FLI) and ...

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Booker announces presidential run

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, the former mayor of Newark, announced Friday that he is running for president. “I’m Cory Booker and I’m running for president of the United States of America,” he says in the video announcement. Booker also notes that he is “the only senator who goes home to a low-income, inner city community” ...

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NJ Assembly approves United Airlines jet fuel tax hike

The state Assembly approved a bill that would effectively hike the gas tax on United Airlines, the largest airline company doing business in New Jersey, in order to finance the extension of the PATH Train to Newark Liberty International Airport. Senate Bill 2892, sponsored by Senate President Stephen Sweeney, D-3rd District, and approved in a ...

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