Archive for the ‘Featured’ Category

Averting a Medicaid Crisis in New Jersey

Averting a Medicaid Crisis in New Jersey
As the nation prepares for the possible full implementation of federal health care reform, New Jersey must prepare for the coming effects on the state’s Medicaid population. On April 12, CSI-NJ hosted a forum to educate legislators, legislative staff and other policymakers about the ways the Patient...
April 26th, 2011 | Featured, Health & Welfare, Policy | Read More

Campus Green: $1.25 Billion in Unrestricted Cash at New Jersey’s Four-Year Colleges and Universities

Campus Green: $1.25 Billion in Unrestricted Cash at New Jersey’s Four-Year Colleges and Universities
Last year, the Common Sense Institute of New Jersey produced a three-part series on management practices at New Jersey’s nine senior public colleges and nineteen community colleges. One of the revelations of the Campus Green series was the large amount of unrestricted cash assets at the schools, and...
March 28th, 2011 | Education, Featured, Policy | Read More

Roll Closing Credits on New Jersey’s Film Subsidy

Roll Closing Credits on New Jersey’s Film Subsidy
This year’s Academy Awards drew of 37.6 million viewers. Whether or not Americans came away feeling their favorite movie won, or that their favorite celebrity looked fabulous, it is doubtful anyone turned off their television and thought, “New Jersey’s workers should help pay these people’s tax...
March 3rd, 2011 | Commentary, Featured | Read More

How Much Will Your Town and School District Receive in State Aid Next Year?

How Much Will Your Town and School District Receive in State Aid Next Year?
Governor Christie’s proposed Fiscal Year 2012 budget would keep state aid to municipalities at the prior year’s level. A municipality-by-municipality breakdown of state aid is available in the tables below. In 1976, when the state’s income tax was first adopted, the voters of New Jersey...
February 23rd, 2011 | Featured, Transparency | Read More

Governor Christie Proposes Budget and Reform Package

Governor Christie Proposes Budget and Reform Package
On February 22, Governor Christie introduced his proposed budget for the 2011-’12 Fiscal Year. The governor’s “Budget in Brief” can be downloaded at this link or viewed below, and a text of the budget address is available here. Download (PDF, 1.22MB) Budget highlights, The proposed budget would...
February 22nd, 2011 | Featured, Fiscal Reform, Policy | Read More

Substitution Effect: When Security Guards are enough for Public Safety

Substitution Effect: When Security Guards are  enough for Public Safety
Mark ‘Jay’ Williams Economics Fellow, Common Sense Institute of New Jersey In July, the New Jersey Privatization Task Force, charged by Governor Christie, identified a set of privatization tools and strategies that would save the state an estimated $210 million annually. The task force did identify...
February 10th, 2011 | Commentary, Featured | Read More

Average Class Size: A Decision Made by School Boards

Average Class Size: A Decision Made by School Boards
by Mark ‘Jay’ Williams Economics Fellow When policy makers use statistics to either justify or tear down a public policy, it is important that the numbers be used properly and are connected to real-world outcomes. Unfortunately, the recent debate about school budget cuts has used statistics...
January 14th, 2011 | Education, Featured, Policy | Read More