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Michael Symons

New Jersey 101.5

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Past articles by Michael:

NJ lawmakers: ‘Time is now’ for licenses for unauthorized immigrants

Activists and sympathetic lawmakers have long expected the Legislature to vote on driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants now that the election is over. → Read More

Voters to decide if more veterans can get NJ property tax break

Should veterans be allowed to retain their $250 property tax deduction if they move to a continuing care retirement community? Right now, they cannot. → Read More

Yet again, NJ's business climate ranked last by tax group

New Jersey has maintained an unwanted title, designated by the Tax Foundation as having the lowest-ranked business tax climate in the United States. → Read More

NJ looks to boost — even mandate — parent involvement in schools

Joint Committee on the Public Schools explores parental involvement in education in a Statehouse hearing. → Read More

Booker’s rating in NJ dips — and few here want him to be president

Just 9% of Democrats in New Jersey say Cory Booker is their preferred candidate for the Oval Office, a distant fourth place in the Monmouth University Poll. → Read More

NJ starts ‘red flag’ law allowing guns to be temporarily taken

A ‘red flag’ law that allows courts to order guns to be temporarily removed from people deemed a danger to themselves or others takes effect Sunday. → Read More

NJ partners with hospitals to develop affordable housing

Hospitals are New Jersey’s latest partner on affordable housing development, with a $12 million pilot program underway. A Paterson project is first. → Read More

No shutdown: But Murphy cuts spending, impounds more in 2020 budget

Gov. Phil Murphy vetoed $48.5 million from the budget and impounded up to $235 million more while doing so. → Read More

Murphy called this bill unconstitutional. Now he’ll sign it

Legislators expected to override Murphys threatened veto. → Read More

Immigrants who are legal but not permanent could get NJ tuition

State lawmakers give initial approval to bill directing colleges to charge in-state tuition to children of high-skilled immigrants with H-1B work visas. → Read More

NJ plans to add 100+ new medical marijuana businesses

A rapid expansion of New Jersey's medical marijuana program may go beyond what lawmakers envision in bill one vote from reaching Gov. Phil Murphy’s desk. → Read More

NJ denies full benefits to paid firefighters who volunteered on 9/11

First responders on paid assignment at Ground Zero have been eligible, but some of those who helped on their own time have not. → Read More

Marijuana legalization in NJ on hold until 2020 voter referendum

Marijuana will not be legalized for use by adults in New Jersey any time soon, with the idea now delayed until decided by a voter referendum in November 2020. → Read More

Overtime rising in NJ prisons to 775,000 hours, $38 million

Acting Corrections Commissioner Marcus Hicks says it's difficult to keep up with attrition and that recruiting classes are getting smaller. → Read More

Camden tax breaks the focus of Murphy’s incentives task force

A task force examining potential abuses of the state’s tax incentive programs sharpened its focus on projects in Camden at its second public hearing. → Read More

Atlantic City, Princeton Dinky rail service to return May 12

Rail service on NJT’s Atlantic City and Princeton Branch lines will begin May 12 – two weeks sooner than scheduled, though four months after some expected. → Read More

UP IN SMOKE: Legal marijuana bill canceled, didn't have the votes

It's not clear when, or if, the Legislature will vote again. → Read More

New Jersey’s incredibly shrinking property tax relief program

Homestead benefits once accounted for $1 of every $15 the state spent. They're now $1 of every $135. Inflation pushes out tens of thousands of homes each year. → Read More

NJ asks: Who hired Al Alvarez? Even Al Alvarez says he doesn’t know

Al Alvarez knows who he interviewed with for the position with the Schools Development Authority but couldn't say who actually told him he was hired. → Read More

New gender, sexual orientation questions possible for NJ forms

New Jersey birth certificates now allow people to document a biological sex outside of the historical male/female system. Other state forms might follow suit. → Read More