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Several of Christie’s ‘tool kit’ reforms will help N.J. colleges

Several of Christie’s ‘tool kit’ reforms will help N.J. colleges
BY DARRYL G. GREER
COMMENTARY

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.

 

NJN must be saved

NJN must be saved
BY ALAN J. STEINBERG
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY

Let me emphasize at the outset that I fully support Governor Chris Christie's proposal to end the $11 million subsidy of NJN and transfer its operati...

Urge support of NJN and its New Jersey voice with a secured public funding base

Urge support of NJN and its New Jersey voice with a secured public funding base
BY MICHELE S. BYERS
THE STATE WE'RE IN

New Jersey's budget crunch has extended its reach to New Jersey Network (NJN), the state's public television station since 1968. NJN has become the place to go for...

Setting the record straight on the ARC tunnel project

Setting the record straight on the ARC tunnel project
BY PETER KASABACH
COMMENTARY

New Jersey Future has long supported the Access to the Region's Core (ARC) tunnel project for a number of reasons.

The tunnel will allow a doubling of NJ Transit capacity bet...

Inflation or deflation — which will it be for U.S. economy?

Inflation or deflation — which will it be for U.S. economy?
BY ROY NERSESIAN
COMMENTARY

Let me tell you what it'll not be: return to normalcy. We are going to pay the full price of thirty years of financing prosperity by debt and Walmart's shipping of manufactur...

Privatizing key N.J. DEP functions will lead to environmental disaster

Privatizing key N.J. DEP functions will lead to environmental disaster
BY JEFF TITTEL
COMMENTARY

Governor Christie's corporate takeover of our environment continues. Executive Orders and a Red Tape Review Task Force have targeted fundamental environmental protections and r...

NJEA supports high-quality public charter schools

NJEA supports high-quality public charter schools
BY BARBARA KESHISHIAN
COMMENTARY

For 15 years, public charter schools have been part of the public education landscape in New Jersey. They are now a well-established part of New Jersey's public school ...

Weathering New Jersey higher education’s perfect storm

Weathering New Jersey higher education’s perfect storm
BY HARVEY KESSELMAN
COMMENTARY

Higher education in New Jersey is not immune to the winds of change in today's political and economic climate. Colleges and universities throughout the state — indeed the ...

CGI: How a global effort encourages local action

CGI: How a global effort encourages local action
BY JEANETTE FRIEDMAN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY

About a week before I covered the Clinton Global Initiative in Manhattan, I read the galley proofs for Program or be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Di...

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