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NON-MEDICAL WEED LEGALIZATION MIGHT BE LEFT IN LIMBO

 

Screen Shot 2017-11-28 at 15.20.47State lawmakers are beginning to discuss a future where the two cannabis bills — medical and recreational — would be split, and voted on separately, three legislative sources said. Two of the three anonymous sources said this idea is at this point a backup plan, because "lawmakers wanted to leverage the support of medical marijuana into the passage of adult-use cannabis," Payton Guion writes. A vote could potentially come as soon as May. (NJ.com)

9 POTENTIAL HISTORIC SITES COULD BE IN PENNEAST'S PATH

The Record's star statehouse reporter Nicholas Pugliese just moved to WHYY to cover South Jersey, and this story on the $1 billion, 120-mile PennEast pipeline project is a solid place to start. A historic preservation officer working for the state Department of Environmental Protection says several old buildings in Hunterdon and Warren counties are literally in the way of the proposed pipeline. A PennEast spokesperson said the company does agree that three sites could be considered for inclusion on historic registers — not nine. (WHYY)

REPORT: LET'S USE TAX DOLLARS TO CLOSE NJ WEALTH GAP

The headline for Colleen O'Dea's NJ Spotlight write-up of this 28-page New Jersey Institute for Social Justice report said the study has the potential to close the state's "shameful" racial wealth gap. The eye-opening report proposes a new program funded by taxpayers and run by nonprofits that would create 401(k)-like matched savings accounts, not unlike Sen. Cory Booker's so-called "baby bonds" plan. This story introduces an acronym called ALICE: "asset-limited, income-constrained and employed," adding that in New Jersey, about 40% of residents are ALICE. The term was created by the United Way, which offers a state breakdown here, with an interactive map. (New Jersey 101.5)

MURPHY: NJ WILL REMOVE MISSISSIPPI'S FLAG FROM PARK

On Friday, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Mississippi's state flag will no longer fly in Liberty State Park because the flag features the Confederate battle emblem. The symbol "is reprehensible and does not reflect our values of inclusivity and equality," the governor said. Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver tweeted, "There is a difference between acknowledging history versus glorifying it." As Matt Arcoreports, the flags are raised in the Jersey City park every spring in an annual tradition, and state Sen. Sandra Cunningham (D-Hudson), who serves the local district, was the first lawmaker to push for the flag's removal. (Buzzfeed News)

 

👀 Stories we're keeping an eye on...

Health
  • Women’s health funding survives, NJ advocates still wary (NJ Spotlight)
  • Demand for LGBTQ care leads to ‘Proud’ center expansion (NJTV News)
  • OP-ED: Assemblywoman Shanique Speight on C-sections (NJ Spotlight)
  • Lawsuit claims former HR manager warned Monroe Township school district about dangerous mold, but then covered it up, fired him (NJ.com)
Policing & Public Safety Politics Working in Jersey
  • Murphy may reject bill aimed at saving NJ highway workers’ lives. Their union isn’t happy with the pro-labor governor. (NJ.com)
  • Christie, citing MG story, raps Mendham restaurant (Morristown Green)
  • New internships for economically disadvantaged (Lawrenceville Patch)

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