A trend is slowly but surely creeping throughout the country: eliminating oversight over phone services. Under the guise of reforming or modernizing regulations, telecommunications companies’ efforts may mean an end to the only access that many have to the outside world. Specifically, some telecommunications providers are seeking to preclude their states’ public utility commissions (PUCs) from exercising their authority to ensure that basic services reach all Americans.
In a blow to states’ leadership over clean energy, the U.S. Department of Justice has filed a brief before the U.S. Supreme Court arguing that states cannot sue power plant operators that generate pollution. The Justice Department alleges that: (1) the Environmental Protection Agency has already started to regulate greenhouse emissions; and (2) states lack standing to assert a federal nuisance claim.
After making a high-profile bid for hundreds of millions of dollars in
federal education reform money, New Jersey fell three points short of
receiving "Race to the Top" funding, in part because of an error by the
Christie administration in the state’s application, records obtained by
The Star-Ledger show.
Law firms in New Jersey that employ municipal court judges are banned
from making political contributions, the state’s highest court ruled
To eliminate questions about the source of the money, attorneys can
make political donations from their personal funds, but contributions
cannot come from the firm’s business account, the state Supreme Court
said in its unanimous decision.
Since he took office earlier this year, New Jersey Gov. Chris
Christie has waged an ideological war on state employees and programs,
and advocated for unsustainable and costly privatization schemes. Even
in light of overwhelming public opposition
to privatization and the significant pitfalls associated with these
types of initiatives, the Governor established a privatization task
force by executive order in early April, seeking to identify $50 million in savings.
TRENTON — Saying “the state
simply cannot fund every worthy program,” Gov. Chris Christie today
vetoed a bill that would have restored $7.5 million for family planning
clinics that provide birth control and health screenings to thousands of
Christie also cited budget woes to veto measures creating a $100
million home buyer tax credit program and shifting $24.6 million from
the hospital charity care fund to enroll 39,000 working poor parents in
the FamilyCare health insurance plan.
Special Report: Delaware Drinking Water at Risk:
What you haven't been told about chemicals polluting the aquifer that serves Del., Md., N.J.
Tainted groundwater is spreading across thousands of acres in
northern Delaware and has reached the Potomac Aquifer, which supplies
drinking water to people across much of Delaware, Maryland and New