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Opinion: Senate President Sweeney — Poised on the Cusp of Power

Carl Golden | July 26, 2017 | Opinion

The Democratic leader has gone toe to toe with the NJEA on school funding — and bested it. A likely Murphy victory would put him in a position of undeniable strength

Op-Ed: Investing in NJ’s Prison Labor Programs Is Investing in the Future

Adam Sternbach | July 25, 2017 | Opinion
These programs are not just a way to get cheap goods, they are unique opportunities to economically empower underserved populations
Op-Ed: Expanded HSA May Be Bright Spot in Healthcare Reform
David Tepp | July 24, 2017 | Opinion
The significant benefit of an HSA is that the funds you contribute remain yours even if you do not spend them, unlike the use-it-or-lose-it drawback of a Flexible Savings Account
Op-Ed: Consumers Better Off With Competitive Electricity Markets
Darrin Pfannenstiel | July 19, 2017 | Opinion
Prices in states with competition and choice have trended downward while monopoly prices rise
Op-Ed: Frelinghuysen Moves to Destabilize ACA Marketplace
Andrew Sprung | July 14, 2017 | Opinion
Frelinghuysen is actively working to undermine the individual market for health insurance while the GOP’s repeal-and-replace legislation hangs fire.
Opinion: Greening the Garden State Gas Tax
Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff | July 13, 2017 | Opinion
A revenue-neutral way for New Jersey to lead the way on carbon pricing
Op-Ed: In Budget Aftermath, Time to Restore NJ’s Reputation
Tom Bracken | July 12, 2017 | Opinion
How many business executives who were thinking of moving or expanding here changed their minds after seeing what transpired in New Jersey up to and during the state shutdown?
Opinion: Cleaning up Urban Waters — Focus Where the People Are
Daniel J. Van Abs | July 11, 2017 | Opinion
We need to focus discretionary expenditures where they will do the most good for residents and competitiveness
Op-Ed: Don’t Play Politics with the Garden State’s Parks
Eric Stiles | July 10, 2017 | Opinion
Our public lands should not be held hostage to state budget negotiations
Op-Ed: Let’s Stop Treating Symptoms … Rome Is Burning!
Rich Ten Eyck | July 7, 2017 | Opinion
An increasing number of conditions threaten the existence of our system of public education — and this might not be a bad thing
Opinion: Christie Gets Badly Burned by Clueless Moment of Sun and Fun
Carl Golden | July 6, 2017 | Opinion
Once the photo of the governor lounging in his beach chair went viral, he couldn’t bully or bluff his way out of what the world saw — hubris on a grand scale
Op-Ed: Medicaid Cuts Would Devastate People with Lifelong Disabilities in NJ
Stephanie A. Pratico | June 30, 2017 | Opinion
Medicaid provides the resources for people with disabilities to live independently, with strong, ongoing supports, to ensure the best possible life for every person
Opinion: What the Sweeney-Prieto Plan Needs Is a District-by-District Analysis
Mark Weber | June 29, 2017 | Opinion
Sweeney-Prieto may have good intentions, but its consequences could be dire for some districts
Op-Ed: Planned Cuts to NJ Disability Support are Cruel and Do Not Save Tax Dollars
Audrey Winkler | June 28, 2017 | Opinion
Proposed changes will slash funding for critical services that people need to live independently
Opinion: Putting Guadagno’s Very Long Shot in Perspective
Carl Golden | June 27, 2017 | Opinion
A come-from-behind victory for the lieutenant governor isn’t mathematically impossible, but it’s historically improbable
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
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