Commemorating Constitution Day and Remembering its Architects

The U.S. Constitution was approved 232 years ago today; its ratification was made possible by the efforts of four resolute patriots September 17 is Constitution Day. It marks the 232nd anniversary of the approval of the United States Constitution. The work of the Continental Congress was not ratified until nine months later and the government […]

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Transition2018: Bloustein faculty, staff, alumni will have an impact on New Jersey’s future

Carl Van Horn, Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and Director of the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development and a widely recognized expert on workforce, human resources, and employment policy issues with extensive experience in public and private sector policymaking, was named Senior Advisor to the Transition for Strategy and Policy and will also serve as a co-chair of the Stronger and Fairer Economy […]

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New Jersey budget challenges are significant and immediate

The new governor faces immediate budget problems. After inauguration in January 2018, the Budget for fiscal year 2019 must be submitted in March. And for the first six months of 2018, the governor must manage the budget he will inherit — and end with the year in surplus. Richard F. Keevey is former New Jersey […]

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NJ’s fiscal future: A direction for the new governor

The fiscal future of New Jersey is bleak. New Jersey has struggled to balance its budget for two decades. In the early 1990s, the state was AAA by each Rating Agency. Over the last eight years, it was reduced seven times – it is now the second lowest. Some organizations have argued for large tax […]

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Budget basics: How New Jersey spends your money

New Jersey has a strong central government. The governor has potent appointment and financial powers. New Jersey’s local governments like to tout their home-rule powers — and they’re correct in certain circumstances — but when it comes to municipal, county, and school finance the state’s powers and oversight are quite significant. The office of the […]

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A solution for the social security dilemma | Opinion

By Richard F. Keevey Social security is a vital component of the American safety net. Without social security many retired and disabled workers – as well as survivors and dependents – would be without a source of income. But social security is on an unsustainable path, as is the debt of the nation. NJ.com, April […]

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New Jersey Bonds Add to Pension Costs as Bills Rise

“The pension debt service is skewed to the out-years,” said Richard Keevey, a fellow at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, who was budget director for former Governor Jim Florio, a Democrat. “It starts out low and rises sharply.” Bloomberg.com, March 11

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