The continuing financial woes facing governments, institutions, families and individuals these days are causing us to reflect on whether the ways we have been doing things historically are indeed the best ways. The pressure to economize during tough financial times can often provide the impetus for outside-the-box thinking.
With correcting the state's dire fiscal condition of paramount importance, Governor Christie proposed last May a set of ideas he called the "tool kit" for reform. Among those reforms are several proposals supported by the leaders of New Jersey's state colleges and universities, which will help colleges manage more effectively, and we hope, lead to more families being able to afford to send students to these institutions in years to come.
Three principal parts of the higher education tool kit are worker's compensation reform, exemption from state civil service regulation, and collective bargaining reform. I commend the New Jersey Legislature for its commitment to study all three matters, and to add some ideas of its own. One of this trio — worker's compensation reform — recently advanced in the Senate with bi-partisan support including sponsors Teresa Ruiz and Tom Kean, Jr.