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NJ News Commons: MURPHY SHARES $44.8B SPENDING PROPOSAL

2022 BUDGET: Yesterday, Gov. Phil Murphy delivered the state's 2022 budget address.

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The $44.8 billion plan is 10% bigger than last year's, but there are no new taxes to fund the increase. This budget features a full, $6.4 billion contribution to the state's pension system for public employees — the first of its kind since 1996. The state Legislature must sign-off on it by July 1. (NJ Spotlight / WHYY

More:

  • Text of Murphy’s prepared budget address to Legislature (Politico)
  • Republicans say budget won’t help NJ (ROI-NJ / NJ.com)
  • Murphy budget would spend more on NJ unemployment upgrades after 11 months of problems. Is it enough? (NJ.com)
  • How Murphy proposes to spend on job training, infrastructure, capital improvements and economic recovery (ROI-NJ)

AG DIRECTS PROSECUTORS TO DROP CASES, HALT ARRESTS


On Monday, after three years of debate, Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation that legalizes and decriminalizes marijuana, Yesterday, state Attorney General Gurbir Grewal issued a directive for prosecutors to shift focus away from marijuana possession crimes — that is, to drop these cases. Grewal also established an interim guidance document for police departments. (Politico)

MURPHY SIGNS 7 BILLS INTO LAW, TARGETING HEALTH CARE


Seven health care bills became state law yesterday. One law signed by Gov. Phil Murphy targets triage in hospitals. The aim is to tighten up how hospitals perform under time pressure, in accordance with regulations over how patients with life-threatening injuries are transferred into trauma centers. (Patch)
  • "Our prehospital-care providers are on the front lines of our health care system. They need to be able to think on their feet, and recognize immediately when a patient needs to be transported to a top-tier trauma center to achieve the best outcomes," said state Sen. Cruz-Perez.

4TH GUARD CHARGED IN WOMEN'S PRISON ABUSE SCANDAL


The state's investigation into the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility, a women's prison in Clinton, added one more defendant yesterday: a supervisor that allegedly decided to not record proof of what state Attorney General Gurbir Grewal calls "brutal attacks." Lawmakers are pursuing an impeachment attempt against Department of Corrections Commissioner Marcus Hicks, who has faced mounting pressure to resign. (USA Today Network New Jersey / NJ.com)
 

😷 Coronavirus—

  • FDA to review Johnson & Johnson's coronavirus vaccine Friday (Patch)
  • Here’s how to sign up to get the COVID-19 vaccine in NJ (WHYY)
  • Newark’s COVID-19 positivity rate decreases (NJ Spotlight)
  • Small businesses (fewer than 20 workers) to front of PPP line (ROI-NJ)
  • As Newark schools prepare to reopen, teachers union wants COVID-19 testing for students (Chalkbeat Newark)
  • Little Egg Harbor woman beats COVID after her 105th birthday — while sporting truly fabulous sunglasses (Patch)

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