Sweeney Pledges More Aid for “Underfunded NJ Schools”

By Salvador Rizzo • 05/02/17 12:47pm

Senate President Steve Sweeney drew a line in the sand over school funding on Tuesday, saying his house would only pass a budget that shifts state dollars to underfunded urban and suburban districts this year.

Gov. Chris Christie has drafted a $35.5 billion spending plan for fiscal 2018 — $13.8 billion […]

By |May 4th, 2017|Ridgewood Schools|0 Comments

Reader says ,NJ Pension Liabilities paying for the past and ignoring investment in the future

Paying for the past instead of investing for the future? Explains much of why NJ’s economy is in the toilet. Will.be an interesting test case on what to do as the state spirals down into oblivion. New legislation will be needed to resolve the liabilities, many of the needed federal & state laws haven’t been […]

By |April 28th, 2017|NJ Pension Crisis, Trenton|2 Comments

Reader talks NJ Pension Fix

…this has been a problem for almost 4 decades. I wish there was a magic solution. Sen Moynihan was trying to figure this out and commented how convoluted and arcane the process was. I would think holding our washington reps accountable and stop re-electing them unless they work to divert more money home would be […]

By |April 24th, 2017|NJ Pension Crisis|1 Comment

Another report shows N.J. has worst public pension debt in U.S.

By Samantha Marcus | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
on April 20, 2017 at 6:14 PM, updated April 21, 2017 at 8:14 AM

TRENTON — Another study has found New Jersey’s public pension system is in the worst shape of any state in the nation.

The state’s pension woes helped boost how much money public pension systems across […]

By |April 21st, 2017|NJ Pension Crisis|27 Comments

THE LIST: TOP 10 PUBLIC CONTRACTORS AND THEIR POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS

COLLEEN O’DEA | APRIL 17, 2017

Complexity and confusion about the law may have discouraged contractors from contributing directly to candidates and parties last year

For more than a decade, New Jersey’s pay-to-play laws have provided a check on businesses’ ability to contribute money to politicians in the hope of getting a government contract in return.

Last year, […]

By |April 17th, 2017|Bergen County|0 Comments

Unused sick days are costing us billions, as Democrats dawdle

Updated on April 16, 2017 at 3:31 PMPosted on April 16, 2017 at 3:30 PM

BY STAR-LEDGER EDITORIAL BOARD

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Sick pay is for those who get sick. If you don’t get sick, you shouldn’t get sick pay. Period.

The same goes for all fringe benefits. If you’re not disabled, you don’t get disability. If you’re not unemployed, you […]

By |April 17th, 2017|Bergen County|2 Comments

N.J. State Police troopers have to pay their own tolls, court rules

file photo by Boyd Loving

By S.P. Sullivan | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
on April 14, 2017 at 10:23 AM, updated April 14, 2017 at 4:51 PM

TRENTON — The New Jersey State Police does not have to reimburse state troopers for toll fares during their commute to and from work, an appeals court has ruled in […]

By |April 15th, 2017|Bergen County|4 Comments

NJ LAWMAKERS WRANGLE OVER WHO DECIDES HOW TTF BILLIONS WILL BE SPENT

photo courtesy of the Ridgewood Police

JOHN REITMEYER | APRIL 13, 2017

Senate President rejects Republican senator’s claim that new commission could politicize how projects are selected

Senate President Stephen Sweeney speaks during a news conference in Linden yesterday to announce state funding for a long-planned road project.

After last year’s renewal of the Transportation Trust Fund, there’s now […]

By |April 14th, 2017|Bergen County|0 Comments

How N.J.’s public pension investments performed compared to U.S.

By Samantha Marcus | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
on April 13, 2017 at 8:15 AM, updated April 13, 2017 at 8:51 AM

TRENTON — State-run government pension funds spent $10 billion on fees and performance bonuses in 2014 to private managers of their alternative investments, a strategy that has stirred controversy in New Jersey.

The report from […]

By |April 13th, 2017|NJ Pension Crisis|1 Comment

N.J. labor union president steps down pending probe into missing cash

By Susan K. Livio | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
on April 07, 2017 at 6:08 PM, updated April 07, 2017 at 8:32 PM
CWA Local 1039 President Lionel Leach stepped down Thursday union officials pursue an internal investigation into possible missing funds. (CWA 1039)

TRENTON — The president of a local chapter of the Communications Workers of […]

By |April 8th, 2017|NJ Pension Crisis|1 Comment