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NJ Spotlight--Who Wins, Who Loses After Christie Wields His Line-Item Veto Pen?

Millionaires and retired public workers wind up in the win column, but current public workers, businesses, and homeowners rack up a loss

With overall spending going up by less than 3 percent, there isn’t much extra money to spread around in the new, $34.5 billion state budget that Gov. Chris Christie signed into law late last week.

Despite that modest growth, a closer look at the new budget reveals there are some who have reason to celebrate. They include retired public workers, thanks to a boost in funding for the public-employee pension system, although it is still deep in debt.


John Reitmeyer | July 5, 2016


Star Ledger--'Devil is in the details' of Christie school aid plan

UNION COUNTY — When Gov. Chris Christie revealed his "Fairness Formula" education plan that would allocate $6,559 per student in every school district, Rahway Superintendent Patricia Camp learned her school district would get an 18 percent increase in school funding.

But Camp is reluctant to accept the numbers at face value.

"So Christie's proposal would get us an additional $4 to $5 million in state aid," Camp said. "But how much of that would we get to use for the students versus having to give back for property taxes? The devil's in the details, as always."

Under Christie's plan, 75 percent of school districts would get an increase in state aid and relieve the property tax burden from local residents. The plan would reduce aid in urban areas and increase aid in several suburban towns.


Katie Park | For NJ.com| on July 03, 2016 at 2:31 PM, updated July 04, 2016 at 2:21 PM  


Star Ledger--N.J. schools get first look at 2016 PARCC results

TRENTON — New Jersey schools on Thursday received their first opportunity to see whether student scores improved this year on the controversial PARCC exams. 

The state Department of Education released preliminary student scores from this spring's math and English tests for schools and teachers to review, spokesman David Saenz said. 

The reports reflect only individual student scores and do not draw comparisons between students in other schools or districts, according to a memo sent to school districts.

Statewide results are not yet available, and districts are prohibited from sharing their students' scores with the public until final reports are released later this summer, according to the state. 

Adam Clark | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com| on July 01, 2016 at 8:45 AM, updated July 01, 2016 at 9:15 AM