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NJ may be vulnerable to the next economic downturn

New Jersey may be vulnerable to the next economic downtown, according to a new report released Tuesday by New Jersey Policy Perspective, just as it was with the Great Recession. Authored by a practicum of Rutgers University Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy graduate students, the report compared New Jersey’s preparedness for and response […]

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Red Bank: Rethinking Shrewsbury Avenue

Held at the T. Thomas Fortune Cultural Center on Drs. James Parker Boulevard, the session was led by graduate students in urban planning at Rutgers University’s Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. They’re participating in a “design studio” led by planners Susan Gruel and Fred Heyer, whose firm, Heyer Gruel & Associates, is based on Broad Street. About […]

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Rutgers professors co-sign ‘climate emergency’ report

A “climate emergency” has been declared in a new report signed by 11,258 academics from around the world, including two professors from Rutgers University, according to an article in The Washington Post.  Michael Lahr, a research professor at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, and Judith Weis, professor emerita of biological sciences […]

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Red Bank “magic wand” ideas sought

Here’s a ‘magic wand’ question for you: if you could instantly transform Shrewsbury Avenue in Red Bank, what would it become? Ditto for creating direct access to the Navesink River from Broad Street: what’s your dream? Borough residents and other interested parties will get to weigh in on those questions and more Wednesday night. That’s […]

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Lots of Job Hunting, but No Job, Despite Low Unemployment

“The longer you are unemployed, the more stigma is attached,” said Carl Van Horn, the founding director of the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University. Black people and older Americans are more likely to find themselves among the long-term unemployed, he said, a group that includes people out of work for more than […]

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We need a social justice movement for older workers

This Friday, as it does every month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics will release the unemployment rate for September 2019. Likely, it will remain close to its current 3.7 percent, and a mix of analysts, talking heads, and politicians, will discuss the still tight labor market and look for clues about what that number means […]

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Should all Americans be required to serve?

The debate about whether the United States should bring back the military draft is already underway. Should the nation broaden it to explore a mandatory requirement for service missions as well? Linda Stamato of the Bloustein School’s Center for Negotiation and Conflict Resolution explains why America needs to recommit to universal public service. Opinion|NJ.com (Linda […]

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How Robots Are Beginning to Affect Workers and Their Wages

Much has been written about the rise of robots and the potential impacts of automation on the economy. Yet most analysis tends to be prospective in nature, and estimates of future impacts on employment vary widely, with some studies predicting that as many as 50 percent of all workers are at risk of losing their […]

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Fixing lead in the water and other NJ debt obligations

Let me first say I support a bond issue to address the lead water crisis. We must address these problems in homes, on properties and in schools. The governor has indicated that $500 million in new debt is needed for the first part of the problem. He notes a further $100 million needs to be […]

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