Archive for the ‘Policy’ 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

New Jersey’s Many Types of Teachers, Administrators and Staff

by Mark ‘Jay’ Williams, Economics Fellow The use of statistics is a routine and important part of the policy making process, but too often the repetition of a generalized statistic lulls advocates, legislators and the press into false assumptions. One of the most misused variables is ‘teacher’,...
March 21st, 2011 | Education, Policy | Read More

Poison Pills for New Jersey Taxpayers

Poison Pills for New Jersey Taxpayers
Since the 1980s, corporate Boards of Directors concerned about their company being purchased by other firms have established defenses meant to make that impossible. These controversial tactics, known as poison pills, usually involve a penalty that the would-be acquirer must absorb to complete the takeover....
March 2nd, 2011 | Fiscal Reform, Policy | 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

Understanding the Opportunity Scholarship Act

Landmark school choice legislation is advancing through the New Jersey Legislature. The Opportunity Scholarship Act would provide tax credit scholarships to up to 40,000 low-income students in chronically failing schools that can be used at participating public and non-public schools of the student and...
January 31st, 2011 | Education, Policy | 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