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OP-ED: Positive developments

State legislators recently announced that legalizing marijuana will be decided by voters in a 2020 referendum, leaving a $60 million hole in the state budget proposal Gov. Phil Murphy released earlier this year. Despite that setback, there is another, less controversial, step state officials can take to collect tens of millions of dollars in revenue: stop wealthy developers from taking advantage of labor laws and outdated regulation and enforcement to increase profit margins by abusing workers. By, Richard E. Tolson, director of International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Administrative District Council of New Jersey, Locals 4 & 5.

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For richer, for poorer

The appellate division of the New Jersey Office of the Public Defender is never short on work. The 1,300 appeals per year the OPD takes on for indigent clients can often take up to a year and a half each. To help with the case load, the office developed a pro bono partnership with 13 private New Jersey and New York law firms. Launched in April, the partnership is already handling 35 appeals.

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