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South Jersey Students Get Civics Lesson In Push For Legislation Making Cranberry Juice State Beverage

Students in Erin Zarzycki’s fourth-grade class want New Jersey to have an official beverage — and have persuaded their local lawmakers to back their proposal making cranberry juice a state symbol.

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NJ Lawmaker Wants Quicker Warnings About Lead In Drinking Water

If a New Jersey water company or utility discovers elevated levels of lead in its drinking water supply, federal law requires the information to be given to customers within 60 days.

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Fine Print: New Guidelines Spell Out How NJ’s Equal-Pay Law Should Work

Equal-pay protections were revamped in 2018, giving New Jersey the strongest such rules in the United States

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Murphy’s Plan For NJ Transit: Where The Money’s Going To Come From

Governor’s plan for boosting the agency’s funding relies on continued diversions from Turnpike Authority and Clean Energy Fund

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N.J. Considering Diversity Fund To Boost Minority-Owned Businesses

Minority-led start-ups can face several hurdles to stay alive let alone thrive — even in one of the most diverse states in the nation.

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NJ Lawmakers Revisiting Ban On Declawing Cats

The bill from state Sen. Troy Singleton, D-7 of Delran, would prohibit veterinarians in the Garden State from declawing any cat except under select circumstances where the procedure is necessary for the animal’s health.

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Environmental-Justice Bill Would Curb Pollution In ‘Burdened Communities’

Before new facilities could be built that add to toxic stress on a community, cumulative impacts of pollution would have to be determined

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In Annual Budget Address, Murphy Proposes 5% Hike In State Spending

First-term governor renews call to extend rate now paid by richest households to all who make earn more than $1 million

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Bill To Help Environmental Justice Communities Released From Committee

The Senate Environment and Energy Committee released Senate Bill 232 on Feb. 21, which concerns environmental permits in burdened communities.

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State Starts To Apportion All $60M Affordable-Housing Funds In 2020 Budget

Plan is to put priority on smaller rental or ownership units that typically have ties to community-based groups looking to address local housing-equity issues

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