Samantha Marcus,

Samantha Marcus

Trenton, NJ, United States

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Past articles by Samantha:

Murphy made these 20 promises to make N.J. more progressive. Here’s where they stand.

Here's how Gov. Phil Murphy promises on legal weed, the minimum wage, the millionaires tax and more have played out. → Read More

N.J.’s big deal with teachers to cut healthcare costs is backfiring in 130 school districts

Hundreds of school districts will get a break in their health care premiums because of a 2020 law, but more than 100 said it's costing them more. → Read More

N.J. restoring ‘Urban Enterprise’ program that cuts taxes in struggling cities

Acting Gov. Sheila Oliver signed a bill dedicating $42.5 million to the program to stimulate economic growth in distressed communities. → Read More

N.J. businesses to get socked with $250M unemployment insurance tax hike

The state Department of Labor on Friday notified businesses of the coming payroll tax hike. → Read More

N.J. just got more good news about its finances

Fitch Ratings upgraded New Jersey's credit outlook from negative to positive. → Read More

Largest N.J. film studio opens for business in Jersey City

The facility expects to book up to four "major" TV and film productions a year. → Read More

Murphy signs law to help hard-hit N.J. renters. It also ends eviction moratorium sooner for some.

The eviction moratorium will come to an end for some households at the end of August. → Read More

How should N.J. spend its billions in federal aid? There’s no shortage of ideas.

The administration is asking N.J. residents to weigh in on spending its $6.2 billion in federal aid. Ideas include curbing gun violence, helping immigrants and boosting businesses. → Read More

N.J. public-worker pension fund reports hefty returns. Here’s how much it made through May.

The acting director of investments said he doesn't expect much change between May and the June 30 end of the fiscal year. → Read More

N.J. ban on selling food you bake at home could be ending soon

The New Jersey Department of Health is considering a rule change that would legalize home-baking. → Read More

N.J.’s $6.9B pension contribution, debt moves spur improved credit outlook from Wall Street

Moody's Investors Service lifted New Jersey's credit rating from stable to positive. → Read More

Murphy signs $46.4B state budget with tax breaks, college aid, huge pension payment

The budget moved swiftly. The Legislature sent Murphy the spending plan Thursday, after passing it along party lines. → Read More

Murphy to sign biggest N.J. budget ever, and there’s plenty in it for you. What you’ll find.

Here’s what is (and isn’t) in the final budget. → Read More

Massive $46.4B N.J. budget with $500 tax rebates, $6.9B pension payment clears state Senate

Republican lawmakers said the state is missing an opportunity to right its fiscal ship and cut taxes. → Read More

Here’s what N.J.’s $46.4B budget could mean for you and your wallet

The state budget would provided expanded property tax relief, new tax deductions and $500 income tax rebates. → Read More

No 4th stimulus check, but N.J.’s $500 tax rebates are coming. Here’s all you need to know.

The budget includes $319 million in tax rebates for low- and middle-income households. → Read More

With N.J. budget flush with cash, lawmakers want to snag at least $500M for pet projects

The requests for "Christmas tree items" would fund revered state institutions and programs and parochial projects. → Read More

Republicans criticize big spending, ‘minuscule’ tax cuts in $46.4B N.J. budget

The spending plan, part of a deal struck by Gov. Phil Murphy and th Legislature, is now set for votes in the full Senate and Assembly on Thursday. → Read More

N.J. students could get 4 years of ‘free college’ under state budget plan

A state program that already offers two years of tuition-free college would be expanded to a third and fourth year for low-income students. → Read More

Tax breaks, college tuition relief, help for renters. How N.J. will spend its big surplus.

The final budget expands a number of existing tax relief programs while also creating a new $500 tax rebate for certain low- and middle-income households. → Read More