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N.J. state colleges need opportunity to control workers compensation

N.J. state colleges need opportunity to control workers compensation
BY MICHAEL W. KLEIN
COMMENTARY

"Doing more with less" is a recurring theme these days for families and businesses. It's also true for New Jersey's state colleges and universities. Step one is figuring out what you're spending in the first place. In the case of the state colleges, their workers compensation costs are a surprisingly large expense. Fortunately, the governor and the legislature are offering the institutions the authority to help themselves, while preserving and perhaps enhancing their workers' safety.

Between fiscal year 2000 and fiscal year 2009, the state colleges and universities' workers compensation claims increased over 145%, from $1.5 million to $3.7 million. These nine institutions are currently part of the State government's system that covers all State employees, and state colleges and universities think they can do better. In the face of significant appropriations cuts and tuition caps over the past several years, they have a great incentive to reduce these costs.

 

Linda McMahon, you’re no Christie Whitman!

Linda McMahon, you’re no Christie Whitman!
BY ALAN J. STEINBERG
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY

I will always be most proud to have served in the administration of former New Jersey Governor Christie Whitman. She was an outstanding Governor, wi...

N.J. might be the first state in Northeast to run out of water without action by state’s leaders

N.J. might be the first state in Northeast to run out of water without action by state’s leaders
BY JEFF TITTEL
COMMENTARY

Even with the rain we had earlier this week, New Jersey still faces drought conditions as we head into fall with reservoirs and groundwater levels well below normal. With recor...

NJEA: Christie dragging feet on federal aid while teachers wait on unemployment line

NJEA: Christie dragging feet on federal aid while teachers wait on unemployment line

With just a few days left before classes start this fall, Gov. Christie is inexplicably dragging his feet on completing a slam-dunk application for $268 million. The federal money, already approved by...

Bringing trust back to the free-market system

Bringing trust back to the free-market system
CHRISTOPHER W. YOUNG
COMMENTARY

Most would argue that the free-market system, the system of choice for most nations, has been the igniter of technological innovation, economic growth and the tool that h...

Enhance transparency by changing N.J. PAC requirements

Enhance transparency by changing N.J. PAC requirements
BY JEFF BRINDLE
COMMENTARY

It has been said that while reforms are often necessary and to the benefit of the public they sometimes have unintended consequences.

The Election Law Enforcement Commission's ...

Citizens of Newark pay too much for police misconduct

Citizens of Newark pay too much for police misconduct
BY DEBORAH JACOBS
COMMENTARY

Faced with a $70 million budget gap, Mayor Cory Booker has proposed cost-cutting measures ranging from layoffs to shutting down city pools to wiping out the city's toilet pa...

Reforming N.J. gaming industry will challenge Christie

Reforming N.J. gaming industry will challenge Christie
BY CARL GOLDEN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY

As political debates go, the one shaping up over the Christie Administration's comprehensive initiative to reform and reinvigorate the state's gaming and e...

Future of Atlantic City and gaming is too important to rush

Future of Atlantic City and gaming is too important to rush
DEAR EDITOR:

Amid much speculation that an agreement is near on a plan for Atlantic City's future, I am making it very clear that much work remains to properly examine all facets of New Jersey's sports...

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