‘This budget pretty clearly represents a refutation of austerity budgeting’

We get it: You either love the budget or hate the budget. And almost every member of the business community will take the second choice. We ran some of that sentiment here and here. Looking to balance it out, we sought out Brandon McKoy, the...

‘Legislature took what was already a bad budget and made it worse’

The state Senate and Assembly, as expected, passed a $32.7 billion budget Thursday — one that could come with an expanded millionaire’s sax and up to $4.5 billion in borrowing that they say will offset slumping tax revenue amid the pandemic. It also came with...

NJPP hires development director to oversee fundraising

The think tank New Jersey Policy Perspective has named a new development director, responsible for overseeing organizational fundraising. Jennifer Fekete-Donners had been associate director of advancement at the Michener Art Museum in Bucks County, and has also worked in key development roles with One Simple...

Siekerka: Tax relief can only come when there’s increased spending, needless borrowing and higher taxes. What am I missing?

The year 2020 has been like no other. Yet, it seems nothing changes in Trenton. I was taken aback when Gov. Phil Murphy and legislative leadership presented their agreement on so-called middle-class tax relief — in exchange for an income tax increase that will hurt...

Murphy optimistic about upcoming budget vote — says proposal will do ‘tremendous good’

Gov. Phil Murphy said he is proud of the budget his team has agreed upon with the state Legislature, saying it will go a long way to help families who are in crisis because of the COVID-19 pandemic. “The budget lives up to our most...

Keep it simple, New Jersey: Make budget serve residents

Sometimes, the simpler a problem is made, the clearer the solution becomes. For New Jersey, our most onerous fiscal problem is our unsustainable debt load and unbearably high cost of living. The proposed Fiscal Year 2021 state budget that our leaders in Trenton are...

1 year later, Choose says mission trip to India proving to be success

It may seem like a lifetime ago due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Gov. Phil Murphy’s trade mission trip to India with Choose New Jersey was just a year ago. Choose New Jersey CEO Jose Lozano said the trip has proven to be a success...

Child care assistance program for working families now open for enrollment

With working parents around the state looking to find child care solutions during the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday the opening of the window for applications to the state’s COVID Child Care Initiative. “We know this is of particular importance to working parents...

Illicit budget raid of Clean Communities fund will gut litter cleanup programs in N.J.

After 40 years in Trenton as a business executive and president of the New Jersey Clean Communities Council, I recognize that these are difficult times for government leaders desperate to find revenue to plug state budget holes. But responsible revenue policy must stay within the...

Murphy to announce Monday that N.J. has passed 200K COVID-19 cases

The state of New Jersey most likely will top 200,000 COVID-19 cases when Gov. Phil Murphy gives his daily update at 1 p.m. Monday. The state announced 457 positive cases Sunday, pushing the cumulative total to 199,762. And, since the reporting is of 10 p.m....

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Murphy on rising cases: This is clear evidence that we are not out of...

After a long period of steady decline in many important COVID-19 statistics, Gov. Phil Murphy said there are five counties in the state that...

Expanded indoor dining? Murphy won’t offer timeline

It’s the dreaded “sooner rather than later” response. And it’s all restaurant owners have to go on — for now — when it comes...

Transaction tax will cost U.S. savers, pensioners — and ultimately hurt N.J.

As New Jersey struggles under a large deficit due, in part, to the pandemic, some state legislators believe they have found a path toward...

Amazon opens latest delivery center, in Carlstadt

Amazon continues to roll along on the path to becoming New Jersey’s largest private-sector employer, announcing yet another new delivery station has opened in...

Stockton names CPA, alumnus as new board chairman

Raymond R. Ciccone, an accountant and alumnus, has been named chair of the Stockton University board of trustees, the Galloway-based college announced this week. Ciccone,...