From NJ Spotlight:
- NJ Activists Want More Transparency for Police-Related Shootings
- One proposal would put state attorney general — rather than county prosecutor — in charge of sending cases to grand jury 1 Comment
- Without Welfare Increases, NJ’s Safety Net Is in Tatters
- In a cruel irony, the administration’s reinterpretation of the rules denies emergency assistance to the poor because they are poor
- Prisoners of Fear: NJ’s Undocumented Immigrants
- Recent roundups and immigration police activity have locals afraid to leave their houses to shop, work, or take kids to school 1 Comment
- NJ’s Troubled Cities: Shrinking Tax Bases, Growing Need for Basic Services
- Experts indicate that city dwellers typically pay a greater proportion of their income in municipal taxes than do their counterparts in wealthier suburbs
- Why Is It So Tough to Track Police Shootings in the Garden State?
- The lack of hard data makes it difficult for law enforcement to do its job, raises mistrust and suspicion in local communities
- Earned Sick-Time Mandates Exhibit Healthy Growth at Municipal Level
- Facing a near-certain veto from the governor, workers rights advocates are spreading the word — and their sick-leave policies — town by town
- Profile: Former Addict Pays It Forward By Giving Back to Group That Helped Her
- ‘Chef Pam’ Johnson makes sure that Elijah’s Promise delivers far more than a nutritious meal to the food kitchen’s guests
- Advocates Urge Lifting Ban on Welfare Aid for Those Guilty of Drug Distribution
- Removing restriction on getting public assistance touted as way to help those who have served their time become productive members of society
- Work Without Wages: Helping Immigrants Fight Unscrupulous Bosses
- New Labor advocates for workers and lobbies local governments to pass ordinances preventing wage theft. It’s taking its fight to the state government as well 1 Comment
- Will Democrats Continue Dominance in Three Essex County Districts?
- Voters in the 27th and 28th districts haven’t elected Republicans to the Assembly in decades – and GOP has never won an Assembly seat in the 29th 1 Comment
- Democrats in 40th District Face Campaign Cash Gap, History of Republican Wins
- GOP dominance dates back to Nixon years; two other North Jersey districts, the 26th and the 39th, are also Republican strongholds
- Solitary Confinement in New Jersey’s Prisons: Cruel and Usual Punishment
- Isolating inmates can lead to PTSD and paranoia; new legislation could reduce the use of ‘close custody’ and put outside oversight in place 2 Comments
- Explainer: What Happens When Police Are Involved in a Shooting in NJ?
- Whether or not anyone is hurt or killed, the attorney general’s Shooting Response Team steps in and conducts a probe
- The List: I Hear NJ Singing — The Varied Poetic Voices of the Garden State
- From Amiri Baraka to William Carlos Williams, from Allen Ginsberg to Walt Whitman, New Jersey has been home and host to some of the country’s best poets 1 Comment
- Business Groups, Worker Advocates At Odds Over Local ‘Wage-Theft’ Laws
- Ordinances in five towns threaten loss of licenses; businesses say rules could backfire, resulting in loss of jobs and hurting economy
- NJ Summer Nutrition Program Helps Feed Poor Kids When School’s Out
- Anti-hunger advocates argue streamlining and simplifying program would let it reach far more hungry children
- Could Christie’s Record on Gay Marriage Hurt Him With Conservatives, Liberals?
- Does Christie have an identity issue that could hurt him in the primaries — too conservative for moderates, too liberal for the right?
- Proposed Gun Laws Take Aim at Domestic Abuse, But From Two Different Angles
- Democrats seek to take all weapons away from abusers while GOP calls for making easier for victims to get gun permits 8 Comments
- Helping Undocumented Immigrants Get on the Road to Economic Stability
- Coalition of advocacy groups asks towns, counties to endorse bill allowing those in this country illegally to apply for driver’s licenses 1 Comment
- Without Aid, College Still ‘Dream Deferred’ for Many Undocumented Students
- Recent changes in the law let unauthorized immigrants pay in-state tuition, but without needs-based financial assistance higher education can still be out of reach
- Paid Sick Leave in Jersey City Off to Healthy Start, Rutgers Report Concludes
- But business leaders argue that at one-year anniversary it’s too soon to understand full import of policy
- Advocates Challenge Local Ordinances Targeting New Jersey’s Homeless
- Successful challenge to New Brunswick panhandling ban spurs statewide look at municipal ordinances deemed violations of free-speech rights
- Christie Turns Back on NJ Immigrants in Bid for GOP Right, Critics Contend
- Governor signs on to amicus brief asking court to block Obama policy to allow some unlawful immigrant children, parents to stay in country 1 Comment
- Profile: Bob and The Boss, Working in Concert for More Than 15 Years
- Bob Benjamin, founder of the Light of Day Foundation, has attracted some of the top names in music to play for his charity
- Is the Problem of Homelessness Getting Better or Worse in NJ?
- Thousands still live in shelters and motels – and on the streets – but whether there’s been improvement depends on which numbers are compared
- Conditional Veto Could Gut Affordable-Housing Policies, Advocates Say
- Governor argues that it’s time for Legislature to significantly revise New Jersey’s landmark law 1 Comment
- Does Paid Sick Leave Have Healthy Chance of Approval in New Jersey?
- Outcome of efforts to enact local ordinances may determine prospects for statewide law
- Explainer: SNAP Helps 1 in 10 New Jersey Residents Put Food on Table
- Food stamps program was renamed, in part, to reflect Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program’s focus on healthier diet
- The List: 10 Best Places to See Indie Bands in the Garden State
- New Jersey’s vibrant music scene continues to offer a showcase for bands on the rise 2 Comments
- Taking a Bigger Bite Out of Wage Theft in the Garden State
- Local ordinances let two NJ towns refuse to renew licenses of businesses found guilty of wage theft, while stronger state law is in the works
- Explainer: A Primer on Homelessness in the State of New Jersey
- Point-in-time count reveals that nearly 14,000 men, women, and children had no place to call home — excluding tent encampments, abandoned buildings, and the like — at the start of the year
- Overburdened NJ Food Pantries Challenged to Feed More Hungry Clients
- Changes in federal utility allowance could mean less to eat for third of families now receiving food assistance
- Undocumented Children: The Human Face of New Jersey’s Tragic Immigration Crisis
- How do kids who have crossed the border from Mexico end up in New Jersey — and in the state’s immigration courts?
- Judge Rules That Christie Can Withhold $900M Payment Into Pension Funds
- Superior Court magistrate declines to issue injunction sought by public employees union, citing ‘staggering budget shortfall’ 8 Comments
- Profile: Bryan Miller Turned Personal Tragedy Into a Cause
- After his brother’s death, activist works to end gun violence 4 Comments
- Explainer: What’s Behind NJ’s Proposal to Reduce Size of Ammunition Clips
- Advocates say it would force shooters to reload more frequently; foes say larger clips help law-abiding citizens defend themselves 1 Comment
- Profile: Attorney Forms Advocacy Group to Help the Homeless in New Jersey
- Inspired by his father’s experience in the Great Depression, he represented occupants of ‘Tent City’ in Lakewood 1 Comment
- Would Higher Minimum Wage for Tip-Earners Help or Hurt Struggling Low-Pay Workers?
- Advocates decry current $2.13 per hour as unfair, while restaurant owners say hike would eliminate jobs, might backfire by reducing tips
- Bill Would Put Undocumented Residents on Road to Driving Privileges
- Advocates cite improved safety, access to work; opponents complain that it encourages illegal residency 3 Comments
- Debate Heats Up Over NJ Proposal to Ban Large Ammo Clips
- Hank Kalet | March 14, 2014 | More Issues
- Supporters of 10-round limit cite restraints on mass shooters while gun advocates see attack on right to bear arms
- New Jersey By Design: Five Visionary Projects for Rebuilding After Sandy
- Hank Kalet | February 7, 2014 | SandyBeyond short-term goals, these teams are looking to build a ‘culture of resiliency’ that melds environmental considerations with economic opportunities
- Federal Farm Bill — A Good Deal for NJ, Despite Cuts to Food Stamps?
- Hank Kalet | February 5, 2014 | More IssuesFarm groups praise compromise measure as good for state agriculture, but anti-hunger activists argue this is not the time to trim food stamp benefits
- End of Extended Benefits Makes Hard Times Even Harder for Jobless in NJ
- Hank Kalet | January 16, 2014 | More IssuesUnemployed fear they’ll hit bottom soon as they fall through gaping hole in safety net
- Supporters Seek to Make Same-Sex Marriage the Letter of the Law
- Hank Kalet | December 18, 2013 | More Issues, Social
- Legislators and advocates look to codify NJ’s marriage equality ruling and close possible exemptions
- Newark City Council Nears Vote on Paid Sick-Time Ordinance
- Hank Kalet | December 19, 2013 | More Issues
- Regulation would require most small businesses to let workers earn sick time for hours worked
- Dream Act Passes, Grants In-State Tuition to Undocumented Immigrants
- Hank Kalet | December 20, 2013 | More Issues
- But compromise and conditional veto leave advocates on both sides of the issue unhappy with outcome
- Assessing Gun-Control Legislation in New Jersey: A Moving Target
- Hank Kalet | December 10, 2013 | More Issues, Social
- Some of the more ambitious bills to help fight gun violence have been vetoed or are stalled in committee 1 Comment
- ‘Dream Act’ Advocates Accuse Christie of Reneging on Promise
- Hank Kalet | November 27, 2013 | Politics, Social
- Governor’s comments on tuition-equality appear to reverse stance that help win over majority of Latino voters
- Tuition Equality Legislation Moves to the Full State Senate
- Hank Kalet | November 15, 2013 | Education, Politics
- Bill would allow undocumented immigrants to pay instate tuition and qualify for financial aid if they attend state schools
- In the Garden State, Wedding Bells Chime for Same-Sex Couples
- Hank Kalet | October 21, 2013 | More Issues, Social
- At just a few minutes after midnight, gay and lesbian couples across New Jersey celebrated marriage equality by getting hitched
- Christie’s High Court Nominee Approved By Senate Judiciary Committee
- Hank Kalet | October 18, 2013 | More Issues
- Despite initial reservations, Democrats on panel vote to send Fernandez-Vina’s nomination on to full Senate
- Likely Christie Appeal Casts Pall on Superior Court Ruling on Gay Marriage
- Hank Kalet |September 30, 2013 | Social
- Plaintiff’s legal team doubts governor has grounds for stay, will continue battle in State Supreme Court if necessary
- Violent Crimes Climb as Police Layoffs Take Their Toll on NJ’s Troubled Cities
- Hank Kalet |September 18, 2013 | More Issues, Social
- Christie cites Camden’s move to county-wide force as financial model, cops call it union busting
- Christie Signs Extensive Package of Gun-Control Bills Into Law
- Hank Kalet |August 9, 2013 | Politics
- But critics contend governor didn’t act on two most important measures, including ban on .50-caliber weapons. 4 Comments
- Ready to Wage War Over Raising New Jersey’s Minimum Wage
- Hank Kalet |July 25, 2013 | More Issues, Politics
- Backers contend people can’t live on $7.25 an hour while foes argue hike to $8.25 would hurt business, eliminate jobs. 1 Comment
- New Jersey’s Poor Struggle to Stave Off Hunger With Federal Food Aid
- Hank Kalet |July 17, 2013 | More Issues, Social
- The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program pays less than $1.50 a meal, but some critics contend that spending is out of control 6 Comments
- Report: Immigration Reform Could Boost NJ Tax Revenues by $80M Yearly
Higher wages, more spending, increase in income taxes and sales taxes expected if undocumented workers became legal.
- Small-Business Group Asserts Minimum Wage Hike Would Jeopardize Jobs
Study claims more than 30,000 positions would have to be dropped because of increased expenses.
- Renters: Hurricane Sandy’s Invisible Victims
Living with friends or family, with no leases and no permanent address, Sandy’s displaced are hard to find and harder to help.
- Arguing the Costs of Tuition Equality
A proposed measure would let all NJ students — regardless of immigration status — pay in-state tuition at state schools.
- Democratic Gun-Reform Package No Sure Shot
Christie’s political ambitions could mean veto if governor wants to appeal to national Republican primary voters.
- Lawmakers Get Cold Feet About Campaign Finance
- By Hank Kalet, May 9, 2013 in More Issues | Democrats worry that changing rules on financial disclosure this close to election could hurt grass-roots backing for Buono bid.
- Critics Argue Christie’s Gun-Violence Plan Needs More Focus on Guns
For Democrats, the problem isn’t what the governor’s plan includes, the real issue is what it leaves out.
- Task Force Issues Report on Weapon Laws, Gun Violence
Christie-appointed panel’s proposals draw fire from both sides of issue.
- Do Gun Buybacks Reduce Gun Violence?
Buybacks take thousands of guns off New Jersey streets, but critics argue the millions spent on programs could be put to better use.
- With Future of COAH Still Cloudy, Many Towns Shelve Plans to Build Affordable Housing
Advocates argue that real losers in political turf war are low- and middle-income families who need someplace to live.
- Low- and Middle-Income New Jerseyans Priced Out of Rental Market
Advocates argue that administration’s $1 billion post-Sandy rebuilding plan won’t make much difference long-term.
- New Jersey Towns, Cities Offer Local ID to Undocumented Immigrants
Community IDs ease everyday interactions — like going to the hospital — and can help reduce fear of law enforcement agencies.
- GOP, Democrats At Odds Over Increasing Earned Income Tax Credit
Both sides agree it needs to be done to help lower income residents– but differ on when and how to do it.
- After Christie Veto, Democrats Vow to Put Minimum Wage on Ballot
Issue not likely to counter governor’s popularity, but it may make Republican legislators more vulnerable.
- The Politics of Gun Control: Christie Aims for the Center
Democrats, gun control advocates criticize Christie’s inaction compared to Obama, Cuomo
- NJ Democrats Back Obama, Propose Sweeping Gun-Control Reforms for State
Key provisions in series of bills include limits on ammo capacity and adding mental-health provision to background checks.
- Lawmakers Urged to Shore Up Image of Post-Sandy Jersey Shore
Marketing campaign sought to let tourists know that businesses are reopening, some towns had little damage.
- For NJ’s Poor, the Fiscal Cliff Means Living Even Closer to the Edge
Sequestration could make it more difficult for the state’s most vulnerable residents to meet basic needs like food and shelter.
- Minimum-Wage Standoff: No Resolution Likely Before 2013 Vote
Almost-classic contest pits low-wage advocates against much of NJ’s business community.
- Bill Would Turn Abandoned Homes Into Affordable Housing, But Will Christie Sign?
Advocates argue foreclosed properties are a drag on property values and an invitation to vandalism and crime.
- Parties Differ On Amount, Timing of Boost in NJ Minimum Wage
Senate Democrats vote $1.25 per-hour hike; GOP, Christie want slower, smaller increase.
- Deferred Action Helps Kids in Country Illegally Extend Their Stay
Sometimes called “Dream Act Lite,” deferred action grants two-year work permits not green cards and citizenship.
- Senate Hearing on Minimum Wage Follows Last Week’s Report on Income Disparity
Today’s committee meeting takes up bill boosting minimum wage, favoring cost-of-living adjustments.
- By Hank Kalet, November 15, 2012 in More Issues |Post a Comment
Complex issue turns on simple question: can towns be required to build housing for low- and middle-income families?
- By Hank Kalet, November 13, 2012 in More Issues |Post a Comment
But marriage-equality supporters here prefer action by state Legislature.
- By Hank Kalet, November 5, 2012 in More Issues |Post a Comment
Shelters and soup kitchens across the state sustain significant damage from Superstorm.
- By Hank Kalet, November 1, 2012 in More Issues |Post a Comment
Sixth District candidates stick to party lines on economy, taxes, health care, entitlements.
- By Hank Kalet, October 26, 2012 in More Issues |Post a Comment
But 12th District challenger insists less government, spending cuts will foster prosperity.
- By Hank Kalet, October 17, 2012 in More Issues |Post a Comment
Longtime incumbent Rush Holt, a liberal Democrat, challenged by GOP flat-tax conservative.
- By Hank Kalet, October 1, 2012 in More Issues |1 Comment
Banks are a scarce commodity in low-income neighborhoods, forcing residents to use alternative financial services — which are much more expensive.
- By Hank Kalet, September 25, 2012 in Healthcare |Post a Comment
Mercer County pilot project delivers the services of assisted living to apartment houses and neighborhoods with a concentration of retirees.
- By Hank Kalet, September 21, 2012 in Healthcare |1 Comment
Advocates argue it’s a matter of public health, critics claim it’s a violation of religious and parental freedom.
- By Hank Kalet, September 19, 2012 in Healthcare |Post a Comment
Automatic reductions in the federal budget, scheduled to kick in this January, could do some serious damage to the state’s hospitals and private practices.
- By Hank Kalet, September 14, 2012 in Healthcare |Post a Comment
The goal: Cut the price of healthy foods and make sure urban communities have the same options as suburban neighborhoods
- By Hank Kalet, September 5, 2012 in Healthcare |2 Comments
Agencies argue that 10 percent cut may ultimately affect the quality of care they can deliver to clients.
- By Hank Kalet, September 4, 2012 in More Issues |Post a Comment
Population growth helps keep unemployment high, while workers who find jobs often must live with pay cuts
- By Hank Kalet, August 10, 2012 in Healthcare |1 Comment
A conditional veto of a financial disclosure bill for hospitals has angered healthcare advocates, who argue there’s a big difference between what Christie says and does.
- By Hank Kalet, August 1, 2012 in Healthcare |1 Comment
NJHA opposes the law saying it would chill purchases of failing NJ hospitals by for-profits.
- By Hank Kalet, July 19, 2012 in More Issues |Post a Comment
Food pantries and community kitchens are increasingly common in Jersey’s cities and suburbs — and most can’t keep up with demand.
By Hank Kalet, July 31, 2012Civil rights for homeless communities wane across the country
By Hank Kalet, Feb. 15, 2012Locals tell the governor it’s time to back down and sign legislation that would legalize same-sex marriage.
By Hank Kalet, Dec. 22, 2011They say the home-improvement chain’s decision to pull an ad from a reality TV show that followed several Muslim families reinforces stereotypes.
By Hank Kalet, Nov. 23, 2011Civil Unions, rather than granting gay and lesbian couples equal marriage rights, have perpetuated their second-class status.
By Hank Kalet, Nov. 17, 2011Author Vivian Gornick to discuss the life of Emma Goldman, during an appearance at Labyrinth books.
By Hank Kalet, Nov. 11, 2011A small, but growing group of protestors aims to take the Occupy Wall Street movement straight to Capitol Hill.
By Hank Kalet, Nov. 10, 2011The Princetons have voted to become one, but will their decision move others to follow suit?
From WHYY NJ Newsworks:
Northeast Rail Corridor to get new New Jersey stop with its own transit village
by Hank Kalet, Jan. 28, 2015
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From The Progressive:
“Hope for Home Care Workers”: Kalet–home-care workers Progressive 4-2013
“Tent City, USA”; October 2012: Kalettheprogressive-october2012web