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NJ News Commons: EYEBROWS RAISED OVER $15M FOR LAKEWOOD SCHOOLS

In the 2020 budget Gov. Phil Murphy proposed last week, it quickly became obvious New jersey politics 3 which district would receive the most funding from the state, at a price tag of $14.9 million the Lakewood School District. "But what state officials didn’t make clear is that [the proposed funding] is special treatment for the controversial district that isn’t called for in the state’s school funding formula," Adam Clark writes. The proposed budget would give Lakewood a 63 percent raise — while funding was cut for nearly 200 districts across the state. (NJ.com)

HERE ARE THE 7 LAWSUITS THE STATE IS FIGHTING FOR NOW

Patch's New Jersey editor, Tom Davis, has put together a fantastically helpful write-up of the state's current legal business — essentially, what's on Attorney General Gurbir Grewal's desk. The seven major lawsuits Grewal has taken on in the last month alone involve the border wall, offshore drilling, Title X health funding, OSHA, ExxonMobil, auto sales, and Internet gambling. (Patch)

STARTING MENTAL HEALTH EDUCATION IN KINDERGARTEN?

Today, state lawmakers will vote on two related bills. One measure would make mental health a subject children would learn in their earliest school years; it's awaiting an Assembly committee hearing. Another bill set for committee review focuses on suicide prevention. It would, like the first bill, require the state Board of Education to change state-wide standards to require districts to incorporate the topic into lesson plans, beginning in elementary school. (NJ Spotlight)

NEWARK MAYOR HINTS AT UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME PILOT

During his State of the City Address on Tuesday, second-term Newark Mayor Ras Baraka said the city is in the early stages of developing a pilot to test the feasibility of a universal basic income program. The idea, which is controversial, complex, and beset by "messy terminology," might align with the Sen. Cory Booker's federal proposals, though Baraka did not confirm a partnership with the city's former mayor. A third of Newark lives in poverty. (TAPinto Newark)

 

👀 Stories we're keeping an eye on...

Cannabis
  • Here's the plan for the legal weed bill, which could go to the Legislature as soon as Thursday, sources say (NJ.com)
  • Don’t count on NJ voters getting to decide legal weed if bill doesn’t pass this month (NJ.com)
Education Environment Transportation
  • Lawmakers, transit officials blast Trump’s denial of Gateway funding (NJ Spotlight)
  • Raritan Valley Rail Coalition to present updates on Gateway Project (TAPinto Cranford)
 

😜 Not everything is terrible...

🥧 Perfect pies to try around the Garden State in honor of Pi Day (NJ Monthly)
🌳 Oasis Motel to urban oasis: Camden-Pennsauken Gateway Park (NJ Pen)
❤️ Police assist newborn and mom stuck in apartment gas (The Record)
😆 Students tap into their feelings with the help of emojis (TAPinto Roselle)
🦖 Beachwood gets its own dinosaur sculpture (Berkeley Patch)
🏁 County opens a look back at 'Mid-Century New Jersey' (TAPinto Piscataway)

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