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Richard F. Keevey

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
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
Opinion: Federal Aid to New Jersey is Negative — But Not Because of the Shutdown
Richard F. Keevey | January 11, 2019 | Opinion
The Garden State perennially pays significantly more to the federal government in taxes than it gets back and that’s not about to change anytime soon
Opinion: Pension Discount Rate and Investment Rate Are Not the Same Thing
Richard F. Keevey | October 3, 2018 | Opinion
Pension discussions rely on a very specialized vocabulary. Confusing discount rate and investment rate makes it all too easy to go wrong when projecting liabilities
Opinion: A Good Start Toward a Multiyear Budget Strategy for New Jersey
Richard F. Keevey | September 10, 2018 | Opinion
There are no quick fixes for the state’s ongoing budget crisis, but the best place to begin is with the chronically underfunded pension system
Opinion: The New Jersey Budget Strategy Must Be Better
Richard F. Keevey | June 12, 2018 | Opinion
Either we move the budget discussion to a multiyear approach or we will fail to address our tax and spending issues and be right back at it again next year with no permanent solutions
Opinion: Remembering Our Heroes
Richard F. Keevey | May 25, 2018 | Opinion
On Memorial Day, we both celebrate what made our country great and acknowledge our responsibilities for its future
Opinion: New Jersey’s Tangled History of Debt and How It Got that Way
Richard F. Keevey | May 21, 2018 | Opinion
Part two of an examination of capital planning and budgeting in the Garden State, the long and the short of it
Opinion: Capital Planning and Budgeting Do Not Exist in New Jersey
Richard F. Keevey | May 2, 2018 | Opinion
New Jersey does capital planning in a fragmented manner — there is no prioritization of projects and no overall plan to finance needed infrastructure investments.
Opinion: Federal Aid to New Jersey Is Secure
Richard F. Keevey | March 29, 2018 | Opinion
Despite draconian cuts originally proposed in the president's budget, Congress made more rational decisions and provided hefty increases in discretionary spending
Opinion: The First Murphy Budget — a Dicey Proposal
Richard F. Keevey | March 15, 2018 | Opinion
A former budget director casts a skeptical eye on the governor’s proposed $37.4 billion budget, and finds much to be concerned about
Opinion: Federal Aid Cuts to NJ Are Not Happening, Despite Trump Rhetoric
Richard F. Keevey | January 25, 2018 | Opinion
But nasty budget bargaining is still lurking
Op-Ed: Property Taxes Can’t Be Reduced, So Stop Making Promises, Unless …
Richard F. Keevey | January 10, 2018 | Opinion
Promises aren’t going to bring property taxes down; implementing one or more admittedly difficult reforms might do the trick, however
Opinion: New Jersey Budget Challenges Are Significant and Immediate
Richard F. Keevey | November 14, 2017 | Opinion
The new governor has many ambitious plans, but first he must make sure the 2018 fiscal years ends with a surplus — as required
Budget Basics: New Jersey’s Fiscal Future, a Path to Improvement
Richard F. Keevey | October 19, 2017 | Budget, Budget Basics
A series that details the fundamentals of New Jersey's budget, as well as its current budget woes
Budget Basics: How the State Budget Is Developed and Revenue Estimated
Richard F. Keevey | October 13, 2017 | Budget, Budget Basics
A series that details the fundamentals of New Jersey's budget, as well as its current budget woes
Budget Basics: Surplus and Deficits — How Are They Computed?
Richard F. Keevey | October 5, 2017 | Budget, Budget Basics
A series that details the fundamentals of New Jersey's budget, as well as its current budget woes
Budget Basics: Employee Retirement Benefits — the Problem Is Large
Richard F. Keevey | October 2, 2017 | Budget Basics
A series that details the fundamentals of New Jersey's budget, as well as its current budget woes
Budget Basics: Property Tax — Can It Realistically Be Reduced?
Richard F. Keevey | September 28, 2017 | Budget Basics
A series that details the fundamentals of New Jersey's budget, as well as its current budget woes
Budget Basics: State Debt — Is It Too Much? Do We Need More?
Richard F. Keevey | September 26, 2017 | Budget Basics
A series that details the fundamentals of New Jersey's budget, as well as its current budget woes
Budget Basics: How Large Is the New Jersey Budget, Really?
Richard F. Keevey | September 22, 2017 | Budget Basics
A series that details the fundamentals of New Jersey's budget, as well as its current budget woes
Budget Basics: Where the State Gets Its Money (part 2)
Richard F. Keevey | September 20, 2017 | Budget Basics
A series that details the fundamentals of New Jersey's budget, as well as its current budget woes
Budget Basics: Where the State Gets Its Money (part 1)
Richard F. Keevey | September 15, 2017 | Budget Basics
A series that details the fundamentals of New Jersey's budget, as well as its current budget woes
Budget Basics: How New Jersey Spends Your Money
Richard F. Keevey | September 13, 2017 | Budget Basics
A series that details the fundamentals of New Jersey's budget, as well as its current budget woes
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: If Infrastructure Is the Problem (and It Is), What’s the Solution?
Richard F. Keevey | April 25, 2017 | Opinion
New Jersey’s infrastructure — and the nation’s — are in need of a massive infusion of capital
Op-Ed: Yes, We Should Change the Affordable Care Act — to Keep It
Richard F. Keevey | January 30, 2017 | Opinion
The powerful lies and deceptions about why the ACA should be scrapped did their job, as did the unbelievable ineptitude of the Democrats and the press
Op-Ed: Debt is Critical for Governments; However, All Debt Is Not the Same
Richard F. Keevey | July 9, 2015 | Opinion
New Jersey’s bonded debt is the fourth-highest per capita in the U.S., but most of it was issued for important infrastructure purposes
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