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New Jersey Business Today delivers the Garden State’s top business and government news six days a week. Here’s a look at the most popular stories of 2017 based on the number of subscribers who read them.

  1. Three Reasons NJ’s Property Taxes Are Higher than Everyone Else’s. At the Affordability Summit, Tom Byrne, of Byrne Asset Management, said New Jersey’s property taxes are higher than everyone else is because we spend more on education, public employee health benefits and public safety.
  1. NJ CPAs Recommend Tax Moves to Make Before 2017 Ends. The New Jersey Society of CPAs offered some timely advice as federal tax reform was signed with just a week left in 2017.
  1. What Will the Murphy Administration Mean for New Jersey Businesses? The Asbury Park Press’ Michael Diamond took a look at Gov.-elect Phil Murphy’s agenda, including a millionaire’s tax and a steep minimum wage hike.
  1. Immigration Services Releases New I-9 Verification Form. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency released a new version of the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification in July.  The forms are required for all new hires and need to be kept on file according to existing storage and retention rules.
  1. President Trump Announces Tax Plan. NJBIA’s Mike Wallace broke down the specifics of the administration’s first comprehensive tax reform plan as it was originally proposed in April. The one he eventually signed into law is different.
  1. Reminder: Employers Must Use New I-9 Form by Monday. A follow-up story reminding employers to start using the new form.
  1. NJBIA Opposes the Governor’s Horizon BCBSNJ Plan. NJBIA opposed the budget proposal to draw down the insurance company’s capital reserves, arguing the money paid by businesses and their employees serves as a safeguard and helps maintain price stability.
  1. Pundits: What a Gov. Guadagno or Gov. Murphy Will Mean for NJ Businesses. A month before the election, NJBIA brought together three of the state’s top political experts to look into the future of what a Phil Murphy or Kim Guadagno administration may mean for New Jersey businesses.
  1. State Budget Approved Ending 3-Day Government Shutdown. Legislative leaders and the governor reached a deal to end the state budget impasse just in time to open state parks and facilities for the Fourth of July holiday.
  1. Former NJEDA CEO Caren Franzini Succumbs to Illness. Caren Franzini, an NJBIA trustee and longtime CEO of the Economic Development Authority, lost her battle with cancer in January.