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NJ IS THIRD STATE TO BAN DISCRIMINATION BASED ON HAIR

On Thursday, Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill that expands the state law that bans race discrimination in public spaces. The Create a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair (CROWN) Act targets the type of racism that led a white referee in South Jersey to pressure a high school wrestler to make a choice: cut off his dreadlocks, or forfeit the match. California and New York have also signed the CROWN Act. (New York Times / CBS News)

REPORT: SHARING SERVICES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS 4ef2ddad-68fe-4367-af9d-5f794a541b69

A new report by Moody's Investors Service has found that the statewide effort to encourage municipalities to share resources (via this tool) is paying off. Merging services — police departments, school districts, even trash pickup — can be a logistically nightmarish process. But it's working, the report suggests: when local governments share services, what was once redundant becomes more efficient. That means more savings and less waste. (NJ Spotlight)

PLUS: Local Controls: Radical change starts with incremental change (NJ Pen)

PRINCETON SETTLES AFFORDABLE HOUSING AGREEMENT

After years of negotiations, the town of Princeton has settled its obligation to build new affordable housing units — at least in court. Last week, the town council approved a resolution to sign an agreement with the Fair Share Housing Center. Princeton must now build (or zone for) 537 units and rehabilitate 75 units. The next step is a hearing by a Mercer County Superior Court judge; it's scheduled for February 7. (Princeton Packet / NJ Spotlight)

CLEAN-ENERGY ADVOCATES SLAM FEDERAL RULING

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on Thursday issued a ruling that was quickly rebuked by New Jersey environmentalists. The agency's order raises the price of electricity produced by clean-energy sources so it nearly matches its competitors — that is, the fossil fuel industry. That's the end-game; the actual maneuvering is a bit more complicated. (WHYY / NJ Spotlight)

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