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Typical New England or Midwest downtown main street. This street scene could be any small town U.S.A. Old brick buildings turned into small businesses, shops and cafe's.

OPINION: Family unfriendly

Throughout the country, and especially in New Jersey, Democrats and Republicans have supported policies and programs that are putting mom-and-pop entrepreneurs out of business, writes Fairleigh Dickinson University Rothman Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Executive Director Dale G. Caldwell.

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Gov. Phil Murphy signs the Fiscal Year 2021 Budget at the Trenton War Memorial on Sept. 29, 2020.

Kicking the can

While some of the worst-case scenarios laid out by officials for the state’s finances haven’t emerged, many analysts and experts worry New Jersey has only managed to stave off the inevitable. That anxiety hinges on items frequently derided as one-shot revenues.

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Gov. Phil Murphy delivers his revised Fiscal Year 2021 Budget Address at SHI stadium at Rutgers University in Piscataway on Aug. 25, 2020.

Murphy signs COVID-hit $32.7B budget

"We crafted this budget as we fought this pandemic—together. This is the ultimate walk-and-chew-gum moment, and we rose to meet it," the governor said at a Tuesday signing ceremony. "To be sure, not everything I or the Legislature proposed was written into this budget. That's the way the budget process works. It is a give-and-take."

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