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Michael Symons

New Jersey 101.5

New Jersey, United States

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Recent articles by Michael:

NJ lawmakers push against calls for all-virtual schools in fall

NJEA says COVID-19 will inevitably spread in reopened schools and that decision-makers who ignore that research will be culpable if deaths result. → Read More

A plan for $1,000 COVID payments to immigrants illegally in NJ

A bill directs state to spend $35 million to provide up to $1,000 in cash assistance to immigrants who use an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number. → Read More

NJ joins with neighboring Northeast states to buy PPE together

Seven states are banding together to create a regional supply chain for personal protective equipment and other supplies needed to handle COVID-19. → Read More

In 9 days, COVID-19 killed more NJ residents than the flu does in a year

Over the last decade, flu caused an average 1,285 deaths a year in New Jersey. More than that were announced from COVID-19 in the last nine days. → Read More

'When, not if' all schools close; NJ coronavirus cases jump to 50

New cases come from at least 10 counties. → Read More

Thousands in line before daylight to see Trump — NJ rally is tonight

Over 2,000 people came to the Wildwood boardwalk hours before President Trump's presidential rally in support of Democrat turned Republican Rep. Jeff Van Drew. → Read More

Murphy’s 2020 priorities: Millionaires tax, NJ Transit strategic plan

Gov. Phil Murphy made a veiled reference to seeking re-election in a State of the State that promised details on an agenda for 2020 in the weeks ahead. → 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