Morning News Digest: December 9, 2010

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Another statehouse summit, but no deal on arbitration

Democratic leaders left Gov. Chris Christie’ office this afternoon empty-handed, again.  (Carroll, PolitickerNJ)



Senate releases ‘toolkit for business’ bills

The senate Budget and Appropriations Committee approved the release of some economic stimulus bills, part of a 30-bill packet fast-tracked by the Democratic majority as a foil to Gov. Chris Christie’s municipal toolkit.  (Carroll, PolitickerNJ)



Lawmakers advance bill package to create jobs in NJ

Lawmakers, fractured along party lines in the Assembly but acting more harmoniously in the Senate, began advancing the first wave in a package of bills designed to help create jobs in New Jersey Wednesday.  (Symons, Daily Record)



N.J. Gov. Christie criticizes NJEA reform proposal on tenured teachers

Gov. Chris Christie came out swinging Wednesday against tenure reform proposals made by the state’s largest teachers union.  (Gibson, The Star-Ledger)



NJ Gov. Christie introduced as ‘true rock star’ to Paul McCartney

Even with all his commanding presence, Gov. Chris Christie knew he shouldn’t
upstage Sir Paul McCartney.  (Method, Asbury Park Press)



N.Y., N.J. top tanks of financially savvy households

Good news for citizens of New York and New Jersey: we rank among the most financially adept people in the U.S., according to a survey of more than 28,000 people released Wednesday.  (Staff, The Wall Street Journal)



Property tax burden may force many to leave N.J.

For a growing number of families, getting by is getting tougher.

New Jersey’s property tax burden is forcing many to think about getting out by either moving to a smaller house or leaving the state.  (Mikle, Asbury Park Press)



Poll: 2 of 3 say property taxes create a hardship

Property tax bills that pump $25 billion into the coffers of school districts and local government create an economic hardship for two of every three New Jersey residents, a recent poll found.  (Schnaars, Asbury Park Press)



Revaluations hit NJ’s elderly, middle class hardest

Ask Richard F. Potts about property taxes and he will tell you that the Jersey Shore is becoming unaffordable for the middle class.  (Mikle, Asbury Park Press)



The Schools Development Authority, an agency under construction

The New Jersey Schools Development Authority (SDA) has provided the first glimpse of what it will look like next year, as it both reinvents itself and restarts court-ordered school construction projects in some of the state’s neediest cities.  (Mooney, NJ Spotlight)



State moves to block PSE&G from profiting from federal rates incentives

The state is trying to prevent Public Service Electric & Gas (PSE&G) from securing special incentives from the federal government, which critics say would boost the utility’s earnings on more than $1.6 billion worth of transmission projects.  (Johnson, NJ Spotlight)



N.J. broadcasting agency approves long-term lease agreements despite uncertain future of NJN

Despite its uncertain future, the New Jersey Public Broadcasting Authority approved two new long-term lease agreements today, then reiterated its hope that the future operators of New Jersey Network be based in the state.  (McGlone, The Star-Ledger)



Atlantic City Council accepts state oversight of basic affairs

City Council members reluctantly endorsed a plan that temporarily strips them of their autonomy in exchange for a state rescue of their bleeding budget.  (Clark, Press of Atlantic City)



Whelan helps strike deal on Atlantic City tourism district that protects police autonomy

A day after the chief sponsor of a Democratic bill to create a tourism district in Atlantic City pulled his support, party leaders settled their disagreements and struck a deal.  (Clark, Press of Atlantic City)



Oyster Creek reactor in New Jersey to close by 2019

The Oyster Creek nuclear reactor in New Jersey will be shut down by 2019, at least 10 years before its license expires, in a deal with state environmental regulators that will allow it to operate until then without building costly cooling towers, its owner said on Wednesday.  (Wald, The New York Times)



DRPA committee approves budget with fare, toll increases

Higher bridge tolls and PATCO train fares moved a step closer to reality Wednesday as a Delaware River Port Authority board committee approved a budget with a 10 percent PATCO hike Jan. 1 and a $1 bridge toll increase July 1.  (Nussbaum, The Philadelphia Inquirer)



State Senate panel has last chance Thursday to create registry and avoid federal fishing fee

A state Senate committee will get its last chance Thursday to establish a saltwater fishing registry and thus avoid a federal fishing fee of $15 per angler starting Jan. 1.  (Degener, Press of Atlantic City)



From the Back Room



Legislature set to undertake jobs bills

The Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee will meet at 1 p.m. tomorrow to begin consideration of the “Back to Work NJ” job creation and economic development initiative, according to the Senate Majority Office.  (Staff, PolitickerNJ)






A conversation with New Jersey’s Leonard Lance

Rep. Leonard Lance, a New Jersey Republican, has spent two years in political limbo as a powerless freshman in the minority party.  (Moran, The Star-Ledger)



The “kind” you like

It’s all coming back to me now. In my younger days, people used to call really potent marijuana “kind bud.” And the stuff that someone bought quickly on a lark was simply known as “commercial weed” or “schwag.” In the debate over marijuana potency in New Jersey “schwag” has also been referred to as “dirt weed.”  (Fink, NJN)



NJEA’s proposal not reform

It took only a day for Gov. Christie to catch up to those of us who laughed out loud at the NJEA’s idea of teacher tenure reform. He said the only change the NJEA was making to tenure reform was having an arbitrator decide if a teacher should be dismissed instead of a judge.  (Ingle, Asbury Park Press)




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  Morning News Digest: December 9, 2010