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Christie, lawmakers agree on forecast, differ on spending

For the first time in 21 years, a New Jersey governor and the Legislature agree on how much money the state will bring in as they work out a new budget for the next fiscal year.

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REVENUE FORECASTS ALIGN IN RARE AGREEMENT BETWEEN CHRISTIE, BUDGET ANALYST

But lawmakers grill state treasurer about funding for property tax relief, pensions, and transportation fund

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NJ: Making court-ordered pension payment ‘difficult’

New Jersey’s treasurer says paying $1.6 billion into the public pension fund as a judge recently called for is difficult without more budget cuts.

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Burlington County's top students honored by principals group

The Burlington County Principals and Supervisors Association named its academic award recipients for 2014-15 at a ceremony Thursday night.

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A Cuban-American’s educational experience with democracy

As a child growing up in a communist Cuba, I could have never envisioned how far my life would come. As a child, I believed in education and the power that comes with it, but as I grew older in Cuba, I learned that reality was much different.

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PARCC, money at issue in NJ budget talks

Education spending, on everything from the PARCC tests to state school aid, looks likely to gain special notice in the coming week as state lawmakers dive into Gov. Chris Christie's proposed budget. Don't expect the process to yield a whole lot more money for schools.

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Updated: Study commissioned by Horizon says changes in out-of-network rules would cut N.J. residents' insurance costs

As Trenton tackles the issue of high medical bills that can result when patients get care outside their insurance company network, the state's largest health insurer on Wednesday released a study that concludes New Jerseyans could see lower monthly premiums if the state's current out-of-network regulations are changed.

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Determining water standard is in everyone's best interest

Local lawmakers have moved to help out with legislation that creates a state standard for the chemical. Assemblymen Herb Conaway, D-7th of Delanco, and Troy Singleton, D-7th of Palmyra, introduced legislation that would require the state to establish a specific maximum contaminant level for TCP based on research, evaluations and recommendations by the Drinking Water Quality Institute.

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Assembly OKs two bills that would modify N.J. budget process

The state Assembly approved two bills that supporters said would bring greater transparency to the state budget process by changing the way revenue is estimated and requiring more disclosure about new funding sources.

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WOULD PATIENTS SAVE CASH IF OUT-OF-NETWORK PROVIDER CHARGES WERE SLASHED?

Assemblyman Craig J. Coughlin (D-Middlesex) has been working with Assemblyman Gary S. Schaer (D-Bergen and Passaic) and Assemblyman Troy Singleton (D-Burlington), as well as Sen. Joseph F. Vitale (D-Middlesex) on writing a bill to address out-of-network costs and related issues.

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