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Michael Symons

New Jersey 101.5

New Jersey, United States

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Recent articles by Michael:

The richest and poorest counties in New Jersey, ranked

Federal data shows every county enjoyed income gains in 2021 to varying degrees, with one up 10% but some only about half that. → Read More

Winter tax break for NJ home heating fuels? Lawmakers float plan

With prices rising for natural gas and electricity, proposed legislation would offer a tax break for homes that rely on those sources for heat. → Read More

Wait, how much? NJ Turnpike extension cost hits ‘astounding, absurd, shocking’ amount

More than 30 members of the public rip the spiraling cost for the proposed project at the monthly Turnpike Authority meeting. → Read More

Former top aide to NJ Senate president pleads guilty to fraud

Tony Teixeira admitted to a conspiracy to pad expenses charged to political committees affiliated with former Sen. Ray Lesniak. → Read More

These are NJ gamblers’ favorite places to wager billions, ranked by revenue

Casinos, racetracks and their sports betting partners reported $4.3 billion in gaming revenue in 2022, through October. A breakdown of where it's spent. → Read More

How they voted: NJ Assembly approves new limits on carrying guns

After narrow approval in the Assembly, the legislation now awaits two additional votes in the Senate. → Read More

Latest NJ privacy push: Personal data on cars being resold

Lawmakers consider requiring car dealers to reset a car's computer systems before selling or leasing a previously driven vehicle. → Read More

Good news (and a little bad) about NJ ANCHOR property tax relief

Fewer than half the expected recipients have applied in the program's first two months. The deadline was extended a month, and an ad campaign is coming. → Read More

NJ wants more renewable energy — but grid needs upgrades to handle

Nine changes were recommended to the Board of Public Utilities. Four are now being proposed, while five more complex ideas need further debate first. → Read More

Record streak for New Jersey job growth snapped in October

Though the private sector added jobs, a loss in local government employment means New Jersey lost jobs overall for the first time in nearly two years. → Read More

Time runs out for NJ food banks now covered by plastic bag ban

The Nov. 4 deadline for food banks to stop distributing plastic bags wasn't extended, but the state suggests that enforcement start with 90-day warnings. → Read More

The 10 school districts in NJ with biggest loss of students

Around two-thirds of school districts in New Jersey are going through enrollment declines. See which are down most and check your district here. → Read More

Murphy plan to solve NJ school mental health debate: Fund both

The state will proceed with its switch to a new model for a school-linked mental health program – but for one year, keep funding the existing one, too. → Read More

NJ seeing a problem with more kids getting diet and muscle pills

Lawmakers and advocates say the change is needed to address an increase in body image issues leading to eating disorders. → Read More

Are your cops biased or corrupt? NJ to expand public reports on discipline

Police departments in New Jersey will have to disclose more information about serious misconduct by their officers starting in 2023. → Read More

Vote restores NJ bear hunt, sets its December 2022 start date

Dozens of opponents turned out at the meeting of the Fish and Game Council, which voted unanimously to restore the annual hunt. → Read More

NJ concealed-carry gun bill rewritten to gain key endorsements

With changes to ensure that retired officers aren't affected, police unions now back the proposed legislation. → Read More

NJ gets millions of dollars from Google in settlement over ‘misleading conduct’

All told, Google will pay $391.5 million to 40 states in what is the largest-ever multistate privacy settlement with state attorneys general. → Read More

Lawmakers look to crack down on nursing homes that don't improve

Sponsors say the intention isn't to be punitive, but the escalating penalties could include the loss of beds for Medicaid-paid residents. → Read More

Report finds lots of problems with training at NJ State Police

A periodic report by the state comptroller says the State Police are shortening or eliminating training courses and not vetting some instructors and coaches. → Read More