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NJ Spotlight

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

NJ Spotlight: Industry Voices Op-Ed: ‘New Jersey’s Universities Are Key to Innovation and the State’s Prosperity’

NJ SpotlightMontclair, NJ, October 21, 2016 — NJ Spotlight on October 3 published the following op-ed that was authored by:

James Barrood, President and CEO, New Jersey Technology Council
Thomas A. Bracken, President and CEO, New Jersey Chamber of Commerce
Anthony S. Cicatiello, President, The Research & Development Council of New Jersey
Debbie Hart, President and CEO, BioNJ
Dean J. Paranicas, President and CEO, HealthCare Institute of New Jersey
Michele N. Siekerka, President and CEO, New Jersey Business & Industry Association

They wrote:

New Jersey is the cradle of American innovation in such transformative fields as telecommunications, the life sciences and chemicals, and is home to many iconic companies.  These industries have produced countless advances that have benefitted society enormously while driving our state’s economy for well over a century.

Much progress has been made in recent years to meet their needs and those of other industries and retain the substantial socioeconomic benefits New Jersey derives from a robust innovation economy.  Continue reading

NJ Spotlight: New Jersey Scientists Developing Unique Antibiotic to Treat Deadly MRSA

Lab 3 VerticalMontclair, NJ, October 16, 2016 — Lilo H. Stainton reports in NJ Spotlight that the discovery of antibiotics nearly a century ago is heralded as one of the great advances in modern medicine.

But these wonder drugs have become less effective over time, and tens of thousands of Americans now die every year when physicians run out of ways to ward off deadly infections.

Pharmaceutical companies are now responding, and at least three-dozen new antibiotics are now under development nationwide, experts said. A team of researchers in New Jersey is one of the leaders in this effort, and its work on a novel approach could be ready for patients by 2020. Continue reading

NJ Spotlight: Number of Jerseyans with Health Insurance Grows

Healthcare America 2Montclair, NJ, September 17, 2015 ― Andrew Kitchenman today reports in NJ Spotlight that many New Jerseyans now have health insurance as a direct result of the Affordable Care Act, but new Census numbers show the increase was less than previously projected.

But the new Census data released Wednesday had other good news for ACA supporters.  More New Jersey residents obtained insurance through their employers last year — that statistic undermined claims by ACA critics that the law would result in a decline in employer-provided coverage. Continue reading