Senate president’s group proposes ambitious economic, fiscal reforms

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Senate President Steve Sweeney put together an Economic and Fiscal Policy Review Committee of lawmakers, academics and private sector experts to say New Jersey must change course in many areas including funding for public pensions.

Among the group’s 80-plus recommendations: merge school districts. Dr. Ray Caprio, a professor at the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy spoke about why three years after his study, it hasn’t been done.

“In my mind, a lack of accountability. Nobody’s pressing for that kind of change,” said Caprio.

The group’s government reform panel recommended a big study on mergers and shared services to cut costs. It’s something Bloustein’s Marc Pfeiffer has been advocating for four decades.

NJTV, August 9, 2018