Michael Symons, New Jersey 101.5

Michael Symons

New Jersey 101.5

New Jersey, United States

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Recent:
  • New Jersey 101.5
Past:
  • The Asbury Park Press NJ
  • MyCentralJersey
  • Daily Record
  • North Jersey News
  • WWL-TV

Recent articles by Michael:

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

Family leave expansion, plus higher tax, on verge of approval

A significant expansion of paid family leave appears likely to be approved. It could bring with a $360 million payroll tax hike for middle-class workers. → Read More

Murphy close to signing new tax — on rain!

A bill that would allow local governments to create stormwater utilities was sent to the governor's desk. → Read More

How minimum wage hike could drive up NJ's Medicare spending

State is being pressed to increase Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements along with the $15 minimum wage, or patients will pay more or providers could close. → Read More

Deal reached on gradually raising NJ minimum wage to $15

New Jersey's elected leaders reached agreement on a $15 minimum wage – by 2024 for most, 2026 for seasonal and small-biz workers and 2027 for farm workers. → Read More

Murphy to snow-prep critics: Quit whining about the brining

Gov. Phil Murphy says he's got no time for the overpreparing critics who say he now overreacts to storms after one in November created a nightmare commute. → Read More

Sorry, NJ: State tax refunds won’t come until (at least) March

Division of Taxation says refunds from tax returns filed electronically will be paid in around four weeks. Paper returns could take three times longer. → Read More