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Op-Ed: Newark Sets the National Standard for Civic Empowerment

Harry Pozycki | March 21, 2019 | Opinion

Brick City becomes first ‘Civic City’ in country, prioritizing practical solutions, problem-solving, and empowering citizens to drive government from the bottom up

Opinion: Trump Budget Would Hit NJ Hard, But That’s Not Going to Happen

Richard F. Keevey | March 20, 2019 | Opinion
The real power in the federal budgetary process lies with the appropriation committees. And it’s a good bet that Democrats and Republicans will find a way to compromise
Op-Ed: Better Child Care Options Will Benefit Both Parents and Employers
Hugh Welsh & Brigadier General Douglas Satterfield, U.S. Army (Ret.) | March 19, 2019 | Opinion
Calling on state lawmakers to address the critical lack of affordable, high-quality child care in New Jersey
Op-Ed: Here Comes the Sun for Less Money than You Thought
Barbara Blumenthal | March 18, 2019 | Opinion
With the cost of renewable energy sources continuing to decline, New Jersey will benefit — but it needs to get a couple of things right first
Op-Ed: NJ’s Pensions Are Not Expensive, So Let’s Stop Pretending They Are
Brian Rock | March 15, 2019 | Opinion
The state has to be serious about paying the debt that it owes, and this might require some tough choices
Op-Ed: America Needs to Upgrade Its Economic IQ
Frank Pallotta | March 14, 2019 | Opinion
Public policy in New Jersey and elsewhere is being influenced by poorly informed politicians
Op-Ed: Will NJ Remain Trailblazer in Support of Local News?
Josh Stearns | March 13, 2019 | Opinion
Governor signed law creating a ‘Civic Information Consortium’ but the promised $5 million is not in his budget
Op-Ed: State Must Play Critical Role in Pollinator Protection
Kelly Mooij | March 11, 2019 | Opinion
Nearly one third of the food we eat requires pollination. New Jersey must act now to protect pollinators from the threat of chemicals, specifically neonicotinoids
Op-Ed: Do We Really Need, or Want, the ‘Utility of the Future’?
Fred Fastiggi | March 8, 2019 | Opinion
A hybrid utility (part monopoly, part non-monopoly) is in no position to best serve subscribers or shareholders
Opinion: Seasoned, Smarter Murphy Retakes Top Slot Among NJ Pols
Carl Golden | March 7, 2019 | Opinion
It took little more than an hour, but when the governor was done delivering his fiscal 2020 spending plan, he was back in charge of the state’s policy agenda
Op-Ed: Applauding NJ Lawmakers for Reviewing Outdated Liquor Laws
A.J. Sabath | March 6, 2019 | Opinion
The Legislature is taking the first substantial step in recent memory toward modernizing the state’s liquor laws
Op-Ed: The True Assessment Opportunity Presented by End of the PARCC Era
David Aderhold, Scott Rocco, and Thomas Smith | March 5, 2019 | Opinion
By reconceptualizing assessment, we can develop a system that is diagnostic and provides feedback to educators and parents about their students in real time
Opinion: New Jersey Needs to Change How it Forecasts Revenue
Richard F. Keevey | March 4, 2019 | Opinion
If we switch to the model used by most other states, the emphasis then would be on the appropriateness of tax and spending policies and not on competing guesses about revenue
Op-Ed: Getting New Jersey’s Business Incentive Programs ‘Just Right’
Marc Pfeiffer | March 1, 2019 | Opinion
Recent comptroller’s report on NJ’s business incentive programs set off a vigorous public debate about their cost and their worth. But we need to stay in this high-stakes ‘game’
Op-Ed: Investment (and Planning) Urgently Needed for Water Infrastructure
Joe Walsh | February 28, 2019 | Opinion
Public works contractors see the problems first-hand — and the potential costs if New Jersey doesn’t get to grips with one of its most vital systems
Op-Ed: It Shouldn’t Be So Hard to Obtain a State ID in New Jersey
Jamal Brown | February 27, 2019 | Opinion
A bill that would make access to a state ID easier has stalled in the Legislature. Countless people would be helped if lawmakers would just move the measure forward
Op-Ed: Long-Term Care Providers Need State Help with New Minimum Wage
Jon Dolan | February 26, 2019 | Opinion
Every $1 increase in the minimum wage will cost nursing facilities up to $35 million a year and will cost assisted living facilities about $4 million annually
Op-Ed: Thousands of New Affordable Homes Now Possible for NJ
Christian Estevez | February 25, 2019 | Opinion
The courts have played a key role in helping ensure towns accept responsibility for affordable housing and the Murphy administration is undertaking landmark reforms
Op-Ed: New Jersey’s Schools Need More Reading and Less Testing
Christopher de Vinck | February 22, 2019 | Opinion
Our education system is overly focused on tests and standards, and pays far too little attention to improving children’s reading skills
Opinion: Governor May Have Learned Hard Lesson from Last Budget Standoff
Carl Golden | February 21, 2019 | Opinion
But Murphy’s recent move to monetize state assets, while it may ease pressure on the state’s finances, doesn’t address systemic fiscal problems
Op-Ed: It’s Time for New Jersey to Enact a ‘Dark Money’ Law
David Goodman | February 20, 2019 | Opinion
The imbalance between the power of ‘dark money’ groups and accountable political committees is staggering. Is legislation that would throw light on secret contributions being stalled?
Op-Ed: Measuring Energy Efficiency the Right Way
Frank A. Felder and Pranay Kumar | February 19, 2019 | Opinion
New Jersey has invested substantially in measures to improve energy efficiency. The state needs objective, independent, and timely evaluations of these initiatives
Op-Ed: A Tax Credit Program that Works, Creates Jobs, and Is Well-Run
Staci Berger | February 15, 2019 | Opinion
Elected officials are debating the future of NJ tax credits. They should look at the modest, but high-achieving, Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit program — and consider expanding it
Op-Ed: NJ Must Reduce Impact of Federal Cuts on Charity Care
Suzanne Ianni | February 14, 2019 | Opinion
Substantial reductions in funding, scheduled to take effect this October, could be devastating for the state’s safety-net hospitals. We need to protect them
Op-Ed: Kean University’s China Fiasco Illustrates Need for State Oversight
Donna M. Chiera | February 13, 2019 | Opinion
Plan to give management control of campus outpost in Wenzhou to the Chinese government has security and ethical risks
Op-Ed: Task Force Needed on Criminal Justice Response to Domestic Violence
Jane Hanson, Pamela Jacobs and Patricia Perlmutter | February 12, 2019 | Opinion
Tiffany Wilson was killed on a Newark street by her former partner. An algorithm had concluded he did not pose a risk to the community
Opinion: Let’s Leverage New Minimum-Wage Law to Get Some Key Facts
Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff | February 11, 2019 | Opinion
We have a rare opportunity to track the impacts of the minimum-wage increase on individuals, businesses, and the economy
Opinion: President Trump’s Rhetoric Belies the Truth About Immigrants
R. William Potter | February 8, 2019 | Opinion
We need more immigration, not less. It’s linked with reduced crime rates, safer neighborhoods, and a stronger economy
Op-Ed: College Graduates Often Need Help Landing the Right Job
Vince Marigna | February 7, 2019 | Opinion
Study shows 43 percent of graduates find work that leaves them underemployed, a problem that can dog them well into their work lives
Op-Ed: To Stem the Opioid Epidemic, NJ Must Take Care of Prison Population
Pranay Nadella and Aakash Shah | February 6, 2019 | Opinion
Giving prisoners medication assisted treatment — and continuing it on their release — would offer them a good chance of recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration
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