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DOT commissioner: Transportation Trust Fund to run dry in 2015-16

TRENTON — New Jersey’s Transportation Trust Fund has the borrowing capacity to cover the state’s proposed $1.6 billion capital improvement budget for the upcoming fiscal year, but the fund’s financial solvency will need to be addressed before next summer, the state’s transportation commissioner said Monday.

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NJ voters support state worker wage freeze but oppose gas tax hike, poll shows (NJ.com)

TRENTON — A poll released today shows more than half of New Jersey's registered voters support a wage freeze for state workers to rein in the state budget, while an even larger share oppose raising the gasoline tax.

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NJ Bill Targets ‘Patent Trolls’ (New Jersey 101.5)

A measure in Trenton goes after a business-unfriendly practice sometimes known as “patent trolling.” The sponsor of the measure claims it can help remove a threat to the innovation-based economy that New Jersey is hopeful to have.

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Jerseyans pushing 'Made in USA' movement to reshore more manufacturing (NJBiz)

Major League Baseball imports hand-stitched balls from Costa Rica for America's pastime.

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Lawmakers debate property tax relief in Christie's proposed budget (Burlington County Times)

TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie’s proposed $34.4 billion budget calls for the largest payment into the public employee pension system in state history, but lawmakers question whether it’s short on funding needed to tame New Jersey’s notoriously high property taxes.

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Patent trolls: New Jersey out to stop companies unfairly profiting from patents (NJBiz)

They are called “patent trolls” — and that's the nice nickname. Their critics feel what they do is not so nice. Or ethical. Or really anything other than a shakedown or a shameful money grab.

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Elected officials to get an earful at community meeting

By STEVEN HART

Staff Writer

HAINESPORT - A New Jersey assemblyman will be there. So will a Burlington County freeholder. As well as officials from the township, Pemberton Township and Westampton.

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NJ legislative package would help manufacturing

Legislators have introduced a package of bills proposing tax cuts, training initiatives and educational programs to help New Jersey's ailing manufacturing industry.

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Sweeney, Weinberg urge Turnpike Authority to drop plan to privatize toll collection

WOODBRIDGE – With a May deadline looming for private firms to submit proposals to take over toll collection duties on the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway, two Trenton powerhouses urged the Turnpike Authority’s board to scrap plans to privatize, saying such a plan offers no proven savings.

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Legislative panels advance arbitration award cap extension (Burlington County Times)

TRENTON — New Jersey lawmakers are racing to extend a cap on salary hikes that arbitrators can award to police and firefighter unions before it expires next week.

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