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Why NJ Should Tie Business Incentives to Smart Growth

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

New Jersey is poised to hand out $137 million in tax credits to two companies — Panasonic Corp. and Bayer HealthCare — that recently announced plans to relocate their headquarters in the Garden State.

State Planning Commission to Meet on February 16th After Long Hiatus

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

New Jersey’s State Planning Commission will meet on Wednesday, Feb. 16, for the first time in more than a year. The commission now has a quorum thanks to the appointment of members of the executive branch by Gov. Chris Christie last month. Five of the 10 seats reserved for public members and local government representatives […]

Planning Advocacy Head Offers Public Comments, but Few Hints About Future of State Planning

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Gerry Shargenberger. Source: Atlantic Heights Herald
The status of the Office of Planning Advocacy (formerly the Office of Smart Growth—and before that the Office of State Planning, for those keeping score), as well as the entire state planning apparatus, has been in doubt for years, stretching back to the Corzine administration. (See our Future Facts on the subject, State Planning: […]

Historic Preservation Tax Credit Awaits Governor’s Signature

Friday, January 14th, 2011

Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks Lodge 128 / The Charms Building. Asbury Pary, NJ. One of the 10 most endangered historic buildings in 2009
The New Jersey Senate voted unanimously Tuesday to approve the Historic Property Tax Credit Act (S-659), which now awaits the governor’s signature. (The Assembly has already passed an identical version of the […]

A Look Back at Governor Christie’s First Year

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

As a candidate for governor, Chris Christie expressed support for a strengthened state planning process, pledging to improve interagency coordination, discourage suburban sprawl and focus all existing incentive programs on urban revitalization.
Christie’s urban platform called for providing affordable, quality housing for those who need it most; making cities attractive to business and job growth; […]

Fare Hikes and Service Cuts Announced for NJ Transit

Friday, March 5th, 2010

Source: NJTransit“New Jersey Future understands the gravity of the state’s current budget crisis, and we recognize that hard choices are necessary to address the situation. We believe, however, that placing this burden solely on transit riders, and not on the transportation system as a whole, sends the wrong message about New Jersey’s […]

Poll Shows New Jersey Residents Concerned About Transportation Funding

Monday, March 1st, 2010

A new Monmouth University poll commissioned by New Jersey Future and the Tri-State Transportation Campaign  finds that 95 percent of New Jersey residents think it is important that we pay to maintain and improve our transportation system.
Source: www.monmouth.edu
Yet almost half of the state’s residents don’t know that the Transportation Trust Fund is going broke. The […]

Budget Ax Falls on Transit, Spares Roads

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Newark Penn Station. Source: John O'Boyle/The Star-Ledger
In his address to the Legislature last Thursday, Governor Chris Christie proposed a number of cost-cutting measures designed to balance the state budget. Among those cuts was a $32 million reduction in the state’s payment to NJ TRANSIT. “The state cannot continue to subsidize New Jersey Transit to the […]

Groups to Governor Christie: No Cuts to Transit!

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

Today New Jersey Future, along with 10 other planning, labor and environmental groups, released the following statement calling on Governor Christie to not cut funding for NJ Transit:
NJ Transit's Riverline in Trenton. Source: NJ.com
A broad coalition of labor, environmental, and planning groups called on Governor Christie to reconsider his proposal to drastically cut NJTransit funding, […]

Governor’s Housing Opportunity Task Force to Assess State Planning Act

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

Governor Christie signing Executive Order 12 (Governor Photos/Tim Larsen)
Earlier this week Governor Christie issued Executive Order No. 12 , which creates a “Housing Opportunity Task Force” to recommend how the state should address a variety of questions related to providing affordable housing.
The task force is charged with reviewing not only the Fair Housing Act and COAH […]

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