Category Archives: Politics

What could possibly go wrong?

From the Star Ledger: Murphy pushes taxpayer-funded bank for N.J. No state has done that in a century.  Gov. Phil Murphy on Wednesday took the first steps to make New Jersey the first state in a century to open a state-owned bank. … Continue reading

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Democrats lose NJ

From the Star Ledger: How Gov. Murphy helped Republicans win Assemblyman Jon Bramnick, the Republican leader, says he is grateful that Gov. Phil Murphy engaged so heavily in this week’s election because it helped Republicans like him win close races. “Did Murphy … Continue reading

Posted in New Jersey Real Estate, Politics, Property Taxes, Unrest | 144 Comments

The Trump Effect

From CNBC: Robert Shiller: Recession likely years away due to bullish Trump effect Nobel-prize winning economist Robert Shiller believes a recession may be years away due to a bullish Trump effect in the market. According to the Yale University professor, … Continue reading

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Hey New Jersey – Here’s what Trump did to your home values

From ProPublica: Trump’s Trillion-Dollar Hit to Homeowners

Posted in Economics, National Real Estate, New Jersey Real Estate, Politics, Property Taxes | 45 Comments

Murphy blows it

From the Star Ledger: N.J. public worker pension investments fall short  New Jersey’s government-worker pension fund investments fell short in the fiscal year that ended in June. The pension fund returned 6.27 percent, trailing the 7.5 percent the pension system assumes it … Continue reading

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Fewer options for rent controlled areas

From HousingWire: Trump’s housing-finance plan aims to curb GSE lending in areas with rent control Buckle your seatbelts, California. You may be in for another showdown with the Trump administration. You too, New York and Oregon. When Treasury released its housing finance … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Mortgages, National Real Estate, Politics, Unrest | 84 Comments

Why NJ is f*cked

From the Star Ledger: N.J. is facing a $1.2B public-worker pension time bomb In the waning days of his administration, Gov. Chris Christie left his successor Phil Murphy a parting gift, of sorts. For years, New Jersey had assumed its public pension fund would … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Politics, Property Taxes, Unrest | 85 Comments

Will Murphy own this?

From InsiderNJ: GSI Analysis: NJ’s Workforce and Revenue Results Are True Indicators of the State of Our Economy “While a declining unemployment rate is good news, our workforce remaining below 2008 levels is one sign there’s more than meets the … Continue reading

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We are so f&cked

From NJ Spotlight: AS MURPHY TAKES BOW FOR RECORD LOW UNEMPLOYMENT, CRITICS FEAR FUTURE SHOCK How much have Gov. Phil Murphy’s policies to do with the state’s unemployment rate, which recently dropped to the lowest level on record? A whole … Continue reading

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No impact?

From NJ1015: NO MELTDOWN: NJ HOME VALUES RISE, DESPITE FEARS OF TAX LAW When federal tax law was changed a year and a half ago, alarms were rung by the real-estate industry warning it would be a gut punch to … Continue reading

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To hell with local rule?

Important enough to make the main page, from Curbed: Cory Booker and Elizabeth Warren want to force cities to adopt YIMBY policies. Can they? The state of Oregon has effectively banned single-family zoning. Minneapolis upzoned nearly the entire city, 75 percent of … Continue reading

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Murphy bribes voters to get his millionaire tax

From the Star Ledger: Is a one-time $125 property tax credit really worth that much? Well, it would be a good start, Murphy insists. Admittedly, a one-time $125 property tax credit for two million residents of the state with the … Continue reading

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Burn it all down

From the Philly Inquirer: N.J. task force: Norcross-linked firms benefited from behind-the-scenes lobbying A special task force appointed by New Jersey’s governor to investigate the state’s multibillion-dollar tax-credit programs released an extensive report Monday evening, finding that two powerful brothers – lawyer … Continue reading

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IRS closes SALT loophole

From Accounting Today: It’s over: States lose fight against SALT deduction cap New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have been fighting a new cap on state and local tax deductions ever since it was included in the 2017 Republican tax … Continue reading

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Train town prices go poof

From Bloomberg: NJ Transit Train Delays Hit a Record After the Governor’s Pledge to Fix Them New Jersey Transit commuter trains have hit their worst on-time and reliability records in the 18 months since Governor Phil Murphy promised to overhaul … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, New Jersey Real Estate, NYC, Politics | 69 Comments