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Op-Ed: On Affordable Housing, Some Officials Stuck Back in the Fifties
Stuart Sendell | August 6, 2018 | Opinion
Politicians may try to impede affordable housing in New Jersey, but they can’t stop market forces that favor towns with mass transportation over isolated suburbs
Op-Ed: Governor Must Protect Ticket Buyers, Veto New Anti-Consumer Measure
Brian Berry | August 3, 2018 | Opinion
Proposed legislation would benefit ticket sellers, not sports fans and concertgoers. What’s more, it skirted normal process of review and debate
Opinion: How to Curb Governor’s Extraordinary Budget Power
John S. Wisniewski | August 2, 2018 | Opinion
State Senate has approved constitutional amendment to strip governor of ability to certify revenues, but it’s not the only possible fix. Legislature has a remedy if it wants
Opinion: New Jersey and the ACA, Perfect Together
Joel C. Cantor and Katherine Hempstead | July 31, 2018 | Opinion
Despite GOP actions to destabilize Affordable Care Act, the individual insurance market is doing well in Garden State. And new legislation in NJ is helping with affordability
Op-Ed: Harnessing Offshore Wind — Do it Fast, But Do it Right
Clarke Bruno | July 30, 2018 | Opinion
Murphy administration wants to jumpstart clean energy, but state law prohibits whole category of companies from bidding on key work. That could be costly for ratepayers
Op-Ed: EDA Challenges NJ to Rethink ‘Old Ways,’ Become Innovative Again
Tim Sullivan | July 27, 2018 | Opinion
State agency launches program to rekindle spirit of innovation in New Jersey, invites local governments to compete for new planning awards
Op-Ed: New Jersey Should Adopt Safe Nurse-to-Patient Limit
Ann Twomey, John Brady and Donna Kelly-Williams | July 24, 2018 | Opinion
Having too few nurses working in healthcare facilities is to the detriment of patients and staff. Legislation to set reasonable ratio is proposed for NJ. It could save lives
Op-Ed: With Tunnel Repairs in Offing, Bikes are Key to Keeping People on the Move
Neile Weissman | July 23, 2018 | Opinion
It’s imperative to make contingency plans for a shutdown of Hudson rail tunnels. Step one: Widen bike paths on George Washington Bridge to accommodate far more riders
Op-Ed: Let Public Challenge State’s Environmental Damage Settlements
Raymond Lesniak | July 20, 2018 | Opinion
Citizens were denied right to challenge settlement in case of ExxonMobil’s massive environmental damage in New Jersey. NJ Legislature must ensure that right
Op-Ed: Governor Must Ensure Climate Program Protects NJ’s Most Vulnerable
Rev. Fletcher Harper | July 18, 2018 | Opinion
‘Imploring’ Murphy to set strong cap on New Jersey’s carbon pollution, as state rejoins Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative
Op-Ed: Separating Families — Wrong at the Border and Wrong in New Jersey
Jazmyne McNeese | July 17, 2018 | Opinion
NJ punishes children of parents in prison, but pending legislation would help mitigate the damage
Op-Ed: Time for NJ’s Health Insurers to Help Counter Trump Sabotage of ACA
Andrew Sprung | July 16, 2018 | Opinion
Governor and legislators have done their bit to try to hold down cost of premiums. When will insurance industry step up?
Op-Ed: Governor Is Great, Not Weak, for Compromising on the Budget
Doug Johnston | July 12, 2018 | Opinion
Murphy is already better at his job than many who held the position before him. Media ‘malarkey’ does him a disservice
Op-Ed: To Vote Has Value to the Soul
Ron Pierce | July 11, 2018 | Opinion
New Jersey must restore voting rights to people on parole, on probation, and in prison
Opinion: The Not So Hidden Agenda to Stall Expansion of Public Charter Schools in NJ
Laura Waters | July 10, 2018 | Opinion
Follow the money behind two-pronged legal and academic attack. Realize the endgame is a moratorium on charters
Opinion: New Jersey Scores Another Own Goal with ‘Horrendous’ Tax Choices
Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff | July 9, 2018 | Opinion
Garden State’s competitiveness severely weakened by political leaders’ budget deal. Taking the easy way out, they made worst possible policy decisions
Opinion: Governor Doesn’t Even Get Half a Loaf as Sweeney Takes the Cake
Carl Golden | July 3, 2018 | Opinion
Legislative power has been reasserted after budget struggle. It’s difficult to see how Gov. Murphy can maneuver around emboldened Senate President
Op-Ed: Imposing Small Fee on Plastic and Paper Bags Will Help NJ Fight Litter
Sandy Huber | July 2, 2018 | Opinion
Bags litter the Garden State’s highways and byways. Not just an eyesore, they are a big environmental concern
Op-Ed: New Jersey Needs This Tool to Reduce Flooding and Water Pollution
Jim Waltman | June 29, 2018 | Opinion
The Garden State’s sources of pollution almost defy counting: pesticides, fertilizers, petroleum, antifreeze, septic systems, sewer pipes, and pet waste — to name just a few
Op-Ed: Making NJ Truly Healthy Means Giving Everyone Same Opportunities
Diane Hagerman | June 28, 2018 | Opinion
Healthy living is hard to achieve for many New Jerseyans, who face significant economic and social obstacles. We need to build a ‘culture of health’ for all our residents
Op-Ed: The Garden State’s Illusive 180-Day School Year
Marc Gaswirth | June 27, 2018 | Opinion
New Jersey statute mandates students attend school for 180 days each year, but everything from fire drills to teacher conferences can whittle that figure down
Op-Ed: Balancing Budgets Without Political Consequences
Sheila Reynertson | June 26, 2018 | Opinion
Long-term, short-term, midterm — determining which spending plans can take New Jersey comfortably and safely into the future
Op-Ed: Bring NJ’s Independent Schools into Budget Discussions
Eugene J. Cornacchia | June 25, 2018 | Opinion
Although the state’s independent colleges and universities offer diversity of community and opportunity, they may go unrecognized during broader budget discussions
Opinion: Front-Row Seats for the Trenton Power Struggle
Carl Golden | June 22, 2018 | Opinion
It’s not about any of the issues that Murphy and Sweeney have made their own, it’s about who calls the shots, the governor or the Legislature — and the conflict is only going to get uglier
Op-Ed: Reducing Disposable Bags Means Both Paper and Plastic
Rocco D’Antonio | June 21, 2018 | Opinion
Plastic bags may have a worse reputation, but their paper equivalents are at least just as bad for the environment
Op-Ed: Ten New Ways to View A Career in Manufacturing
John W. Kennedy | June 20, 2018 | Opinion
New Jersey’s manufacturing and STEM industries are very much alive and well, with 11,000 companies, 360,000-plus employees, and $46 billion in output
Op-Ed: Let’s See if Lawmakers Stand Up to Unions by Voting to Curb Unused Sick Days
Christian Barranco | June 19, 2018 | Opinion
Legislators need to show courage to ‘bring public-sector workers in line with everyday working people’
Op-Ed: A Cascade of Travesties
Michael Heffler | June 18, 2018 | Opinion
PennEast hacks an unconscionable pipeline-review process
Op-Ed: State’s New Law on Absenteeism — Only the Beginning
Cynthia Rice and Peter Chen | June 15, 2018 | Opinion
Schools that succeed in reducing absenteeism go beyond just complying with state and district rules to encourage and support attendance as a fundamental part of their mission to educate
Op-Ed: Helping New Jerseyans Take Control of Where Their Electricity Comes From
Curt Macysyn | June 13, 2018 | Opinion
The way electricity is consumed and produced is changing. We no longer need to rely on large, centralized generation to keep the lights on
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