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Keeping N.J. Politicians Accountable: Increasing Transparency is Essential to Instilling Trust

Keeping N.J. Politicians Accountable: Increasing Transparency is Essential to Instilling Trust
BY TROY SINGLETON
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY/OPINION

Voters of all political persuasions who went to the polls on Election Day consistently noted one fundamental flaw in government — they feel they cannot trust their elected officials.

But can we blame them?

It’s utterly impossible to overemphasize the importance of trust — and consequently, transparency — in our political landscape. Increasing transparency in government is essential to instilling the trust and accountability of elected officials to our bosses, the residents of New Jersey. In order to reduce the cynicism residents feel about government, its citizens must be truly included in the mechanics of government. We can do this only through the free flow of information, which cannot be obstructed or diminished in the interest of political expediency.

 

The Drawback to Applying Sales Tax to Gasoline: How Not to Fund N.J's Transportation Trust Fund

The Drawback to Applying Sales Tax to Gasoline: How Not to Fund N.J's Transportation Trust Fund
BY SAL RISALVATO
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

"In recent months, the dire state of New Jersey's infrastructure network and the depleted Transportation Trust Fund have been the focus of numerous legi...

Understanding Atlantic City’s Future

Understanding Atlantic City’s Future
BY MICHAEL BUSLER
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY/OPINION

Atlantic City is facing some very uncertain times. After about 30 years of solid growth with good opportunities available to most peo...

N.J. Pensions: All Payers Treated Equally?

N.J. Pensions: All Payers Treated Equally?
BY JOSEPH MONZO
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY/OPINION

Your local tax collector is a payment point for a number of other entities and obligations. A very large portion of the property taxes...

A Wise Approach to Ending Child Poverty in N.J.

A Wise Approach to Ending Child Poverty in N.J.
BY NANCY PARELLO
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY

With more than half of New Jersey’s children living in families where no parent is fully employed, a new report from the Annie E. Casey Founda...

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