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What EPA Funding Cuts Would Mean for New Jersey

3-20-17
Lawmakers say New Jersey will lose out if President Trump's proposed budget gets approved because cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency will mean the end of state programs that clean up Superfund sites and ensure clean and healthy water and air.

Federal Lawmakers Hear from FBI Director, Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee

3-20-17
FBI Director James Comey confirmed an investigation into the relationship between Russia and the Trump campaign and said there was no evidence President Obama wiretapped Trump Tower. Trump's Supreme Court pick, Neal Gorsuch, started a four-day hearing.

NJ Ranks Fifth in Patents Awarded in U.S.

3-17-17
According to the federal government, New Jersey ranks fifth in the nation for the most patents awarded over the last 40 years.

Atlantic City Cops, Firefighters Vow to Fight Court-Approved Salary, Benefits Cuts

3-17-17
A judge ruled that the state can essentially tear up its collective bargaining agreement with Atlantic City's firefighters' union.

Trump’s Proposed Budget Wouldn’t Fund Gateway Project

3-17-17
President Trump's budget proposal kills initial funding for the Gateway project to replace old, crumbling tunnel tubes under the Hudson River.

Hospitals Worry About Increased Charity Care with Proposed ACA Replacement

3-16-17
Fair Share Hospitals Collaborative Executive Director Jennifer Mancuso says though member hospitals provide $123 million worth of charity care each year, they're reimbursed just $12 million. And that cost could increase with the Republicans' plan to replace the Affordable Care Act.

Assembly Approves Opioid Antidote Bill, One Requiring Tax Returns from Presidential Candidates

3-16-17
Several measures passed through the Assembly, including one that gives first responders more leeway in administering an opioid antidote, one that would require presidential candidates to release their tax returns and another to make pet shops post USDA inspection records for all animals sold as consumer protection.

Arts, Humanities, Public Broadcasting on Chopping Block in Trump’s Budget Request

3-16-17
President Trump has recommended eliminating funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in his federal budget proposal.

Bill Would Give Pension Control Back to Police and Fire Personnel

3-16-17
A bill unanimously passed the Senate transferring management of the police and firemen's retirement system from the state back to its roughly 85,000 current and retired members by creating a board of trustees.

As Courts Rebuke Travel Ban 2.0, Demonstrators Promise to Keep Up Pressure

3-16-17
New Jersey residents rallied at Newark Airport to show that they're going to continue to speak out against President Trump's travel ban, even after federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland have blocked the order.