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Op-Ed: Switching Lottery Profits to Pensions, Another Reckless Budget Gimmick

Gordon MacInnes | June 23, 2017 | Opinion

The Lottery switch is one more scheme that will dig NJ’s already deep hole of shrinking support for essential services and investments even deeper

Op-Ed: Fixing NJ’s Behavioral Health Issues Isn’t as Easy as Extra Beds

Don McDaniel | June 21, 2017 | Opinion
Just adding more beds — while a step in the right direction — won’t solve the problem: patients need improved access to behavioral health and providers need payment reform
Opinion: Sweeney-Prieto School Aid Plan Could Defuse Campaign Issue
Carl Golden | June 20, 2017 | Opinion
Compromise could be seen as settling the matter for at least a year, but right now it’s still up to Christie to say ‘yea’ or ‘nay’
Op-Ed: 10 Questions to Ask Senators About the AHCA, If Only They Let Us
Betsy Ryan | June 13, 2017 | Opinion
The future of health insurance for Americans is being decided by 13 Republican senators behind closed doors
Op-Ed: New Jersey Needs Updated Voter Processes
Steven Esposito | June 12, 2017 | Opinion
Living in our fast-paced world requires adapting to a changing electorate
Op-Ed: Waffling in D.C. Means Higher Health Insurance Premiums for NJ
Christine Stearns | June 8, 2017 | Opinion
When rates jump as much as 50 percent, it’s unclear whether consumers on individual exchange in those states will be able to afford health insurance at all
Opinion: Communities Matter for Better Health
Joel C. Cantor | June 6, 2017 | Opinion
As the national health reform debate grinds on, we should not forget that communities also matter for better health.
Op-Ed: Putting NJ on the Road to Financial Stability and Fairness
Analilia Mejia | June 5, 2017 | Opinion
Solving our state’s budget woes is possible but requires state legislators to demonstrate guts and a strong sense of fairness
Op-Ed: New Jersey’s Coming College Enrollment Crisis
Darryl G. Greer | June 2, 2017 | Opinion
A significant decline in the number of NJ high school graduates who will be seeking college degrees should be a major concern for the next governor and other leaders
Opinion: NJ Needs a Better Approach to Water Supply Planning
Daniel J. Van Abs | June 1, 2017 | Opinion
The key is finding a balance between specific requirements to guide future administrations, without getting so prescriptive as to constrain evolution
Op-Ed: The Trump Budget — It Will Never Happen
Richard F. Keevey | May 31, 2017 | Opinion
The federal budget process does not award the president the power of the line-item veto, which severely limits his ability to shape the final budget
Op-Ed: In NJ, as in Nearby States, Competitiveness Drives Affordability
Michele Siekerka | May 30, 2017 | Opinion
The only way to stem our tide of outmigration is to bring our economic policies in line with our direct regional competitors — Pennsylvania and New York
Opinion: Disorder in the Courts, the Case Against Electing Judges
Carl Golden | May 26, 2017 | Opinion
The corrosive effect of ‘justice for sale’ would be devastating to the idea that the courts represent a fair and just forum for grievances
Op-Ed: NJ Must Add Financial Safeguards to New Mental Health Funding Model
Robert L. Parker | May 25, 2017 | Opinion
Without a ‘safety net’ for mental health providers, as many as 20,000 residents could lose access to life-sustaining services
Op-Ed: The Opioid-Addiction Industrial Complex — America’s Dirty Secret
Scott Rudder | May 24, 2017 | Opinion
The United States is in a crisis of its own making. We are by far the largest consumer of opioids on the planet
Op-Ed: Asbestos and Lead — Two Deadly Threats that Must Both Be Eliminated
Bonnie Anderson and Debra Coyle McFadden | May 23, 2017 | Opinion
The idea that we can ignore one hazardous chemical because we are focused on eliminating another is dangerously short-sighted
Op-Ed: New Jersey Immigrants Lack Adequate Legal Representation
Alexandra M. Goncalves-Pena | May 22, 2017 | Opinion
The promulgation of executive orders specifically targeting immigrants has left thousands of residents in New Jersey vulnerable to arrest, detention, and deportation
Opinion: Are Gov. Chris Christie’s Pot Policies ‘Beyond Stupidity’?
R. William Potter | May 19, 2017 | Opinion
That’s how Christie characterized the beliefs of those who support legalization and taxation of marijuana use for adults. Is this the pot calling the kettle black?
Opinion: Imperfect Accuracy, Imperfect Honesty — the Sean Spicer Dilemma
Carl Golden | May 18, 2017 | Opinion
When President Trump said his press secretary couldn’t speak with ‘perfect accuracy,’ he suggested Spicer may be lying — leaving him in an impossible situation
Op-Ed: Memo to Gov. Chris Christie — Hands off Horizon
Drew Harris | May 17, 2017 | Opinion
The plan to raid Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield reserves to pay for drug treatment programs is truly a case of robbing Peter to pay Paul
Op-Ed: Restore Voting Rights to People on Parole and Probation
Scott Novakowski | May 16, 2017 | Opinion
NJ bans almost 95,000 people from voting because of a criminal conviction. Over three-quarters — about 70,000 — are on parole or probation
Op-Ed: Underneath NJ — an Unhealthy, Costly, Disgusting Problem
Robert Briant Jr. | May 15, 2017 | Opinion
What we need right now is a comprehensive strategy for improving our water and sewer infrastructure
Opinion: A New Jersey Voter’s Guide to State Tax Policy
Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff | May 12, 2017 | Opinion
The focus of New Jersey’s tax policy should be to avoid being notably uncompetitive, particularly within our region
Op-Ed: Puppy-Mill Bill Veto by Christie Fosters Cruelty Against Man’s Best Friend
Brian R. Hackett | May 10, 2017 | Opinion
The governor’s conditional veto lets him virtually rewrite the bill while pretending that he supports it — after a few changes have been made
Op-Ed: Improve Odds for NJ’s Disadvantaged Kids by Giving Them IEPs
Irwin Stoolmacher | May 9, 2017 | Opinion
Thousands of students in New Jersey would benefit from Individualized Education Programs tailored to their difficult childhood experiences
Op-Ed: Leadership, Investment Can Fix NJ’s Aged, Unreliable Public Rail System
Ed Potosnak | May 4, 2017 | Opinion
Until the early 2000s, NJ Transit was a model for the kind of high-quality, efficient, reliable public transit system other states aspired to build and maintain
Op-Ed: Would ‘Trumpcare’ Be Bad for New Jersey’s Teeth?
Cecile A. Feldman | May 1, 2017 | Opinion
Nearly 500,000 state residents now qualify for dental care that was out of their reach before the ACA; the ACHA wants to strip away that essential coverage
Op-Ed: Senate President Sweeney Must Post the PARCC Bill
Sue Altman | April 28, 2017 | Opinion
This is not the first time that education advocates have watched a key bill languish and die a slow death at the senate president’s hands
Op-Ed: Just Say No to Nuclear Subsidies
Steven S. Goldenberg | April 27, 2017 | Opinion
Nuclear subsidies, or zero-emission credits, have been tried before, chiefly to the detriment of residential and business ratepayers
Op-Ed: Parole Reform Needed in New Jersey
Roseanne Scotti | April 26, 2017 | Opinion
New Jersey’s parole system is broken and serves neither the interests of justice nor public safety. The system is economically unsustainable, ineffective, and counterproductive
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