Academic research on local government fiscal and administrative issues

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Support of New Jersey local government fiscal and administrative policy development, implementation, and analysis

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New Jersey is served by more than 1,500 distinct local government agencies: municipalities, school districts, utilities, counties, and more. Yet, even with this wealth of opportunity, precious little substantive research as been done within the local government environment to inform some of our State’s most pressing policy issues.

The Bloustein Center for Local Government Research, or Bloustein Local, will serve as a focal point to disseminate, through a variety of mechanisms, aggregated data, research and analyses useful to New Jersey’s elected and appointed officials, faculty and researchers, policy analysts and practitioners.

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Prior to the pandemic in mid-March, NAIOP NJ had planned to convene several experts to examine New...

New Jersey Supreme Court hears GOP bid to block proposed borrowing

Repubican opponents of New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy’s proposal to borrow up to $9.9 billion for...

Op-Ed: What Should Happen If State Supreme Court OKs Emergency Debt Issuance

The constitutionality of the new law authorizing state debt without voter approval is about to be...

In tight times, towns must embrace shared services | Editorial

State and local revenues have cratered since New Jersey was slammed by the coronavirus, and the...

Tax relief on home renovations in Belleville? It could be happening

Marc Pfeiffer, the assistant director of the Bloustein Local Government Research Center at Rutgers...

Small NJ city at center of corruption probe as ex-lawmaker charged

“Elected officials should really watch who are they are appointing to positions, where they can...

Report: Transition Plan for the Return of Local Control to Newark Public Schools Final Report

In a unanimous vote, the New Jersey State Board of Education gave final approval to returning the...

Local governments face financial crunch from coronavirus

The coronavirus pandemic has wrecked state finances – ballooning its spending, decimating its tax...

Many public employees cannot work from home. Towns are searching for new options.

Marc Pfeiffer, assistant director of the Local Government Research Center at Rutgers University’s...

Report: Transition Plan for the Return of Local Control to Jersey City Public Schools, First Annual Report

The Jersey City school board regained full control of the school district in early 2017, after a...