Verizon and the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities are in talks to deregulate landline phone service, which critics say would raise rates. But Verizon says competitive choices still remain available.
During a budget hearing Wednesday, Health Commissioner Mary O'Dowd said because so many people have gotten health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, New Jersey can reduce its charity care subsidies to hospitals.
NJ Spotlight Budget and Public Finance Writer John Reitmeyer says that it is unlikely Senate President Steve Sweeney's proposed millionaires tax will become law since Gov. Christie has vetoed similar measures four times in a row.
During the Assembly budget hearing, the state treasurer announced an unexpected $200 million windfall, which will be used for the public pension payment. But New Jersey will still owe more than $1 billion.
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