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Campus Green Part Three: Increasing Affordability and Efficiencies

Campus Green Part Three: Increasing Affordability and Efficiencies
Executive Summary ___________________________________________________________________ The New Jersey Legislature and Governor Christie are simultaneously examining the effectiveness and affordability of the state’s public higher education system. This report is the third in a Common Sense Institute...
January 3rd, 2011 | Education, Featured, Policy | Read More

A Blueprint to Managing a New Era of Education in New Jersey

A Blueprint to Managing a New Era of Education in New Jersey
The Common Sense Institute of New Jersey and the School of Education at Monmouth University came together this Fall to study New Jersey’s educational system, and whether it is ready for a new era that will include broader options for parents and students. The groups are co-hosting education summits...
December 21st, 2010 | Education, Featured, Policy | Read More

New Jersey to Lose One Congressional Seat

New Jersey to Lose One Congressional Seat
The U.S. Census Bureau has released population data that will result in New Jersey losing one of its 13 seats in the House of Representatives. The new total of 12 seats will equal the smallest New Jersey delegation since the 1920s. New Jersey’s population increased between 2000 and 2010 to 8,791,894....
December 21st, 2010 | Featured, Policy | Read More

Show Me the County Spending

Show Me the County Spending
The Common Sense Institute of New Jersey has acquired the annual budget for all 21 of New Jersey’s counties. While counties are required to make the budgets available to the public, they are not ordinarily available online, and there is not a single site that brings together all of the budgets. New...
October 27th, 2010 | Featured, Transparency | Read More

Property Taxes Climb Despite Falling Incomes in New Jersey

Property Taxes Climb Despite Falling Incomes in New Jersey
The U.S. Census Bureau released its one-year American Community Survey data for 2009 this week, and the report highlights the blight of state taxpayers. Last year, property taxes increased and remained highest in the nation, despite median household income falling for the year. New Jersey homeowners...
October 1st, 2010 | Economic Development, Featured, Policy, Taxation | Read More

Job Watch: State May Experience Second Consecutive “Lost Decade”

Job Watch: State May Experience Second Consecutive “Lost Decade”
The latest employment data offer further evidence that New Jersey’s job recovery will be slow and suffer intermittent setbacks. The numbers also show the Garden State may incur a second-straight decade of stagnant job growth. Click for larger version The Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s ...
August 18th, 2010 | Featured, Jobs Watch, Policy | Read More

Do Property Tax Caps Work?

Do Property Tax Caps Work?
Lessons for New Jersey from Massachusetts This report was co-published with the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research New Jersey is considering a tax reform called “Cap 2.5,” under which a municipality’s tax levy on existing property could not grow more than 2.5 percent in any year, unless...
August 4th, 2010 | Featured, Policy, Taxation | Read More