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NJ’s $300M Statehouse renovation may actually cost taxpayers $500M

Statehouse renovation, which will cost around $500 million to repay including interest, will not require direct approval by the Legislature or voters.

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Attorney General Christopher Porrino testifies before the Assembly Budget Committee. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
Attorney General Christopher Porrino testifies before the Assembly Budget Committee. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
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Here are all the fees Christie wants to hike in order to raise $20M

Gov. Chris Christie is proposing to increase and expand fees by more than $20 million to support the budget of the state Department of Law and Public Safety.

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Assembly Budget Committee holds a hearing looking at state revenues for the 2018 budget. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
Assembly Budget Committee holds a hearing looking at state revenues for the 2018 budget. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
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Will you be audited? NJ Treasury boosts enforcement to collect more taxes

The number of state Treasury Department auditors is down nearly 30 percent over eight years – but that's about to change.

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Surprise skirmish with ex-Gov. McGreevey over prisoner re-entry funding

Lawmakers last year added $5M to the state budget to support prisoner re-entry programs. They're looking for more — but actually see a cut in the budget plan.

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Health-care law repeal a wild card at NJ budget hearings

The repeal of the Affordable Care Act, if it happens, will take months to enact and years to roll out. But it's already influencing the coming year's budget.

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NJ Assembly votes to make it easier for towns to raise property taxes

Towns and counties would gain an exemption to the spending limits of the cap on property tax increases, for spending that attracts matching-fund grants.

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Michael Rispoli of Free Press testifies at an Assembly Budget Committee public hearing. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
Michael Rispoli of Free Press testifies at an Assembly Budget Committee public hearing. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
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Fears of federal cuts a feature at first NJ state budget hearing

The possible impact of federal budget cuts was a recurring theme at the first public hearing on New Jersey's proposed budget for 2018.

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Governor Chris Christie gives the State of the State Address in the Assembly Chambers at the Statehouse in Trenton, N.J. on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)
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Lawmakers react to Christie: Drug addiction important, but can’t be only focus

Gov. Chris Christie focused almost exclusively on addiction in his State of the State. The reaction among Democrats: That’s great, but that’s all?

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Slight drop in NJ sales tax takes effect January. Will you notice?

The first of the tax cuts adopted along with the nearly 23-cent increase in the gas tax takes effect on Sunday – but while everyone benefits, few may notice.

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Newspapers in jeopardy as New Jersey pushes to divert legal ads

New Jersey on Monday could become the first state to stop requiring legal notices to be printed in newspapers, spreading them out instead to government-owned websites.

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