Veterans: An Untapped Pool with a Rich Skill Set

Of the approximately twelve million veterans in the United States, nearly 30 percent report having a disability and 13 percent report a service-connected disability. Both physical disabilities such as amputation, scars, and disfigurement, along with the stigma of potential psychological disorders make it more difficult for veterans to find employment. Coupled with the lack of access […]

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NJ has regained nearly 90% of jobs lost to pandemic, and pay is rising too

February’s jobs report was the strongest since last July and showed that New Jersey is making up ground. Through February, New Jersey recovered 89.9% of the jobs it lost in March and April of 2020, while the U.S. recovered 90.4%, according to Rutgers University economist James W. Hughes. Job growth in February was spread across most […]

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Walkability and Redlining: How Built Environments Impact Health and Perpetuate Disparities

Built environments can shape how active an individual is, while policy decisions made decades ago impact health disparities today. To address these critical social determinants of health, experts are calling for increased cooperation between urban planners and the public health field. In November 2021, the US Senate passed the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), […]

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Biden Can Fix the Anti-Worker H-1B Immigration Visa Scam

The safeguards for immigrant workers in America’s largest guest-worker program are clearly deficient. Joe Biden has a clear roadmap, the legal authority, and the duty to right this wrong by taking executive action. Every April 1, the government decides, via lottery of all methods, which employers will get new visas for the H-1B, a temporary […]

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Some towns look at consolidation, push back

With 564 municipalities and close to 700 school districts, the idea of sharing services in New Jersey seems logical. But it’s been met with continued resistance over the years by those who defend the sanctity of home rule. Marc Pfeifer, a senior policy fellow at Rutgers University, explains how consolidation is different than shared services. “Shared […]

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Suspending students isn’t the answer. Restorative justice programs in schools are a better solution. | Opinion

Three million school students are suspended every year and over 100,000 are expelled for disruptive behaviors and other infractions. Last year, 56,000 students were suspended in New Jersey. Suspended and expelled students are missing millions of instructional days But does removing students from school reduce the incidence of aberrant behavior? The short answer is no, […]

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What does the interest rate hike mean for NJ consumers?

Looking to put the brakes on inflation the Federal Reserve has announced a quarter-point hike in its key rate, with several additional increases to follow. According to Rutgers University economist James Hughes, this begins a process that could have a profound impact on Garden State residents in the months to follow. He said the quarter-point […]

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