Members of the Board of Public Utilities voted to deregulate, or reclassify, Verizon's landline services over the next five years. Opponents say they will go through the agreement and may file a legal appeal since rates will rise.
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.
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