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The New Jersey Life Sciences Vendors Alliance (NJLSVA) is a coalition of businesses, individuals and academia who provide goods and services to New Jersey’s life sciences companies.

The NJLSVA was founded to educate suppliers on trends in industry procurement and public policy that affects the life sciences industry.

NJ Spotlight

Election 2017: New Jersey Bond Issue Edges Closer as Vo-Techs Make Case for Urgent State Funding

Trenton, NJ, November 1, 2017 — John Reitmeyer reported on NJ Spotlight that New Jersey voters will decide on November 7 whether the state should take on more than $100 million in new debt to pay for library capital projects.

But even as the fate of that proposed borrowing has yet to be determined, lawmakers are already starting to explore the next big bond issue that could go before voters.

Reitmeyer reports that a bipartisan group of legislators that is looking at ways the state can better support an ongoing rebirth of the New Jersey manufacturing industry took testimony on October 17 from representatives of the state’s 21 county vocational school districts, who are seeking more funding to help keep pace with a rising demand for technical training that’s being driven, in part, by the manufacturing sector. Continue reading

NJ Legislature’s New Bipartisan Manufacturing Caucus Explores How to Retool, Grow State’s $40B Manufacturing Industry

Trenton, NJ, September 20, 2017 — John Reitmeyer reported on NJ Spotlight that a group of state lawmakers in the midst of evaluating New Jersey policies related to the manufacturing industry got a crash course on September 19 on how technology — from robotics and automation to biotech and chemical engineering — is reshaping a sector that used to dominate the state’s economy.

The members of the Legislature’s new “manufacturing caucus” met for several hours in Paterson — a birthplace of U.S. manufacturing centuries ago — taking testimony from industry leaders on a range of topics that included how the state currently regulates and taxes the more than 10,000 manufacturers who still call New Jersey home. Continue reading

Op-Ed: NJ Assn. of State Colleges and Universities’ Dr. Michael Klein Urges ‘Modernize Contracts Laws for NJ’s State Colleges, Universities’

Dr. Michael Klein

Trenton, NJ, August 23, 2017NJ Spotlight on August 14 published the following op-ed by Michael W. Klein, J.D., Ph.D., executive director of the New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities:

The ideal college, according to President James Garfield, was having Mark Hopkins, the president of Williams College from 1836 to 1872, “on one end of a log and a student on the other.”

Times have changed a bit since Garfield graduated from Williams in 1856. To be sure, professors and their classrooms are important, but so too are libraries, laboratories, computers, and high-speed connections to the Internet.  Continue reading

Meet the New State Board of Education; Six New Christie Appointees Seated

Trenton, NJ, August 7, 2017 — John Mooney reports on NJ Spotlight that the State Board of Education just went through a significant facelift, overturning its leadership and adding six new members appointed by Gov. Chris Christie.

Here are brief bios of the new members, and of those returning to the board.

New Members

  • Mary Beth Berry – Clinton Transition services/ grant writing, Hunterdon Preparatory School, 2017; special education teacher, North Hunterdon-Voorhees Regional School District, 1989-1994
  • Mary Elizabeth Gazi – Bound Brook Partner, Dughi, Hewit & Domalewski, P.C., 2013-present
  • Kathy Goldenberg – Moorestown President, Moorestown Township Public Schools board of education, 2015-2017; member, 2007-17
  • Nedd James Johnson – Pittsgrove Adjunct elementary education instructor for field supervision, Rowan University College of Education, 2017-present; assistant superintendent, Bridgeton Public Schools, 2011-2016
  • Joseph Ricca Jr. – Morristown Superintendent, White Plains (NY) city school district, 2017; superintendent, East Hanover (NJ) school district, 2009-2013
  • Sylvia Sylvia-Cioffi – Ocean President, Township of Ocean board of education, 2014-2017

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NJ Spotlight: New Jersey Lawmakers Form Bipartisan Manufacturing Caucus; Focus on Productivity, Growth

Trenton, NJ, May 12, 2017 — John Reitmeyer reports on NJ Spotlight that, although not as dominant an industry as it was several decades ago, manufacturing is still a major part of the New Jersey economy, and a sector where a majority of employers have indicated they’re still looking to hire.

To help foster what could be a manufacturing renaissance in New Jersey — a state with a rich industrial history that dates to colonial days — state lawmakers are launching a new “manufacturing caucus” that will focus specifically on figuring out ways to craft policies that lead to increased productivity and growth for manufacturing. Continue reading

New Jersey Continues to Invest Funds into Graduate Medical Education

Trenton, NJ, March 21, 2017 — Lilo H. Stainton reports in NJ Spotlight that, while funding for charity care has been significantly reduced in recent years, Gov. Chris Christie has been steadily increasing a separate fund to assist teaching hospitals, more than tripling New Jersey’s investment over the past eight years in facilities that train the next generation of doctors.

The governor’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2018, which begins July 1, includes $218 million in Graduate Medical Education funds for the 43 hospitals that have programs for interns and residents, according to the state Department of Health, which administers it. Continue reading

NJ Colleges’ Building Projects to Benefit from $34 Million Allocation from 2012 ‘Building Our Future Bond Act’

NJ SpotlightTrenton, NJ, January 23, 2017 — John Reitmeyer reports on NJ Spotlight that it has been more than four years since voters authorized a major bond issue to help pay for new buildings and renovations at New Jersey colleges and universities.

Now, lawmakers are taking steps to allocate $34 million, which represents the remaining dollars that have yet to be spent from that bond issue.

Committees in both the Assembly and Senate voted last week to approve a list of projects that will use up what remains of the $750 million “Building Our Future Bond Act” from 2012. Continue reading

NJ Spotlight Explores How President Trump and a GOP-Led Congress Might Alter New Jersey’s Policies, Programs

New Jersey signTrenton, NJ, November 14, 2016 — It may be too early to get a sense of the specifics, but it is incontrovertible that with the election of Donald Trump as president — along with a Republican-controlled U.S. Senate and House of Representatives — change is coming to the Garden State.

NJ Spotlight editor in chief Lee Keough and reporters Chase Brush, Tom Johnson, John Mooney, John Reitmeyer and Lilo H. Stainton report on ways the new president might impact New Jersey.

To get an idea of what state leaders are considering when they look toward 2017, NJ Spotlight asked a number of them to talk about changes we might expect next year in the areas of: Continue reading

NJ Spotlight: Entrepreneurship and Innovation Are Resurgent in New Jersey; State’s Universities Are Leading the Way

New Jersey signHoboken, NJ, November 9, 2016 — Laurie Peterson reports on NJ Spotlight that it has almost become an adage: New Jersey was once the center of innovation in the country but no longer.  That title is now held by California, or Massachusetts, or New York, or even Washington.

But recently, funding, professional support, and office space for entrepreneurs have been springing up all over the state — for those who know where to find them. Universities are helping to lead the way.

A number of New Jersey universities are seeing it as part of their role to encourage business incubation. Continue reading

NJ Spotlight: Is Governor Christie Resolved to End Bi-State Tax Deal with Pennsylvania?

Tax 1040Trenton, NJ, November 8, 2016 — John Reitmeyer today reports on NJ Spotlight that Governor Chris Christie said over the summer that he wasn’t fully committed to his decision to scrap a longstanding tax agreement with the state of Pennsylvania that has allowed commuters in both states to pay personal income taxes where they live instead of where they work.

But with the start of the next tax year now getting closer, it’s looking more and more like the bistate pact will indeed be allowed to expire.

Reitmeyer reports that, across the river in Pennsylvania, state officials have already begun informing taxpayers that the arrangement with New Jersey, which has been in place for nearly 40 years, will be coming to an end as of December 31, 2016. Continue reading