The General Assembly on Thursday approved legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Troy Singleton condemning the official use of the Confederate flag and urging any states that still support the image to officially do away with all references to it.
Singleton's resolutio (AR-255), approved by a vote of 72-0-1, was inspired by the brutal murder of nine black Charleston churchgoers by a young man inspired by white supremacist ideology. With images surfacing of the shooter brandishing the flag and displaying it on the car he drove and the clothing he wore, a controversy has reignited over the proper place for the Confederate flag in contemporary American society.
Letting doctors and hospitals continue to charge anything they want and leaving consumers with no ability to hold them to reasonable pricing through arbitration is not an option.
THE Affordable Care Act did a lot to expand access to health care and help make the cost more affordable for millions of consumers. But making health care more affordable will require us to change the business of health care.Read more
TRENTON – The Assembly Budget Committee today passed a $35.3 billion budget plan that Democrats say will focus on education and a beleaguered retirement fund, including a full five-sevenths pension payment for the 2016 fiscal year.
The budget passed on party lines, with the Republicans on the committee voting no and Democrats voting yes. The budget relies on three major revenue streams, including a “true” high income surcharge on individuals who make over $1 million a year, a one-time 15 percent surcharge the state’s on corporate business tax, and a projection by the Office of Legislative Services that predicts $700 million of increased revenue between FY2015 and FY2016.Read more
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that President Obama’s health care law allows the government to provide nationwide tax subsidies to help poor and middle-class people buy health insurance, a sweeping vindication that endorsed the larger purpose of Mr. Obama’s signature legislative achievement.
The 6-to-3 ruling means that it is all but certain that the Affordable Care Act will survive after Mr. Obama leaves office in 2017, and will give it a greater chance of becoming an enduring part of America’s social safety net.Read more
Some GOP lawmakers react favorably to idea of making quarterly payments as show of ‘good faith’ and to take advantage of investment returnsRead more
TRENTON — Legislation to permit fire districts to merge is up for a vote before the full New Jersey Assembly this week.
Assembly Bill 3006 would permit fire districts in two or more towns to merge if the board of fire commissioners in each district approves a resolution to do so, as well as the governing bodies of the respective towns. The bill also would permit multiple fire districts in a single municipality to merge if the commissioners and governing body approve the consolidation.Read more
TRENTON — Legislation inspired by a Cinnaminson firefighter’s sudden death and his family’s ensuing loss of health coverage has undergone significant revisions but is poised for a possible Assembly floor vote.Read more
Given New Jersey's lagging recovery from the recession and our sluggish job growth rate, we need to do a better job of determining whether tax-relief incentives are achieving their goals and working in the taxpayers' best interests.
EARLIER this month, Governor Christie conditionally vetoed legislation (A-939), a measure I sponsored that was designed to improve reporting and disclosure requirements on state tax expenditures intended to boost our economy.Read more
When Garry Goldberg looks to hire a new taxi driver, he says he not only schedules an in-person interview but also performs an unrequired background check on the applicant.Read more