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NJ NEWS COMMONS: LEADERS TO MAKE ANOTHER PUSH FOR LEGAL CANNABIS

Sen. Pres. Steve Sweeney puts the odds of passing legislation that legalizes recreational cannabis at 50/50. This are starting to happen: lawmakers are gearing up to "start going after votes," he said. In March, the crucial vote was canceled because state senators couldn't round up enough votes. Gov. Phil Murphy has said he'll sign the bill — it just has to make it to his desk. (NJ.com)

NJ SCHOOLS: MIXED GRADES THIS YEAR ON REPORT CARD

The results of the so-called 'Nation’s Report Card' are in, and John Mooney's summary is so well-said: "On one hand, New Jersey’s students do as well on the exams [...] as those in practically any other state. On the other hand, that’s still not very well." The reading test grades dropped significantly (since 2017): only 40 percent of fourth-graders were found to be “proficient.” (NJ Spotlight)

TAX RETURNS: MURPHY EARNINGS LOWEST IN NINE YEARS

Gov. Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy earned $2.2 million last year — that's what's on their 2018 tax return, and it's a third of what they pulled in in 2017 ($6.8 million). For a fuller picture of their income, taxes paid, tax rate, and charitable contributions since 2010, check out this chart. Only 2 of the 119 lawmakers in this state released their returns — that's a shame. (The Record)

VACANCIES CAUSE CHAOS IN NEWARK PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Several jobs in Newark Public Schools — from department heads to special education teachers — are still open, and it's causing tension district-wide. That's what was discussed at the Board of Education meeting on Tuesday: 105 vacancies, with most (73 vacancies) at the high school level. (TAPinto Newark)

 

🙈 We're also keeping an eye on—

  • NJ Transit enlists ally for delayed North Brunswick station (NJTV News)
  • Carpenters union $1M funds super PAC’s push to help Dems (Politico)
  • New rules to stop utilities from shutting off power (NJ Spotlight)
  • Lead in water: property rights, replacing pipes (USA Today Network NJ)
  • Town must provide for electric vehicle charging (TAPinto Westfield)
PLUS:
  • Wall of Honor unveiled at Hasbrouck Heights police department (TAPinto)
  • Council race pits planner vs. convicted drug offender (Morristown Green)

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