NJ Spotlight: Is NJ's $1.2B School Transportation System Ripe for Savings?

NJ Spotlight: Is NJ's $1.2B School Transportation System Ripe for Savings?

NJSpotlight.com’s John Reitmeyer reports on the latest report in GSI’s series on the true cost of New Jersey’s government and opportunities for savings: Adding It All Up: New Jersey’s Opportunity to Reduce $200 Million in School Transportation Costs:

“taxpayers could see annual savings of as much as $146 million with better use of technology and more consolidation of student bus services, according to a new report that analyzes everything from how the state’s school districts hire bus drivers to how they design daily routes.“

GSI Research: Adding It All Up: NJ’s Opportunity to Reduce $200 Million in School Transportation Costs

GSI Research: Adding It All Up: NJ’s Opportunity to Reduce $200 Million in School Transportation Costs

How can New Jersey save $200 million of the $1.2 billion currently spent on student transportation?

That’s the question we answer in Adding It All Up: New Jersey’s Opportunity to Reduce $200 Million in School Transportation Costs the second in a five-part series focusing on the true size of New Jersey’s expansive government, how much is being spent in specific categories and, most importantly, identifying opportunities where it can be made more efficient.

GSI Analysis: A Low SALT Diet Would Lower New Jersey’s Fiscal Pressure

GSI Analysis: A Low SALT Diet Would Lower New Jersey’s Fiscal Pressure

January’s state revenue report did not paint a pretty picture for the state with revenue collections far below projections from the state Treasurer.

“An avalanche of data has emerged that high tax states are experiencing a significant out-migration of high-income taxpayers,” said Garden State Initiative president Regina M. Egea. “The argument that out-migration from high-tax northern states is a result of weather falls flat in the face of data indicating that California, the high tax capital of the West Coast, is facing similar outmigration threats.“

For New Jersey, this is not a new phenomenon.

APP.com: NJ's $117 billion spending problem, writ large: Bergmann

APP.com: NJ's $117 billion spending problem, writ large: Bergmann

Opinion Editor Randy Bergmann of the Asbury Park Press (APP.com) writes on the Adding It All Up report issued by Garden State Initiative this week:

“Commissioned by the conservative think tank Garden State Initiative, the report reinforces my long-held belief that New Jersey doesn’t have a revenue problem, it has a spending problem.  The state’s $34.7 billion budget represents only about one third of all the money raised by New Jersey's 1,522 government entities – 21 counties, 565 municipalities, 590 school districts, 88 charter schools, and 257 authorities, boards and commissions. As the report notes, there is one government entity for every 6,000 New Jersey residents.” 

NJBIZ: Report suggests NJ government groups cut down their $117B in spending

NJBIZ: Report suggests NJ government groups cut down their $117B in spending

NJBiz.com’s Daniel J. Munoz reviewed Garden State Initiative’s new research report: Adding It All Up: An Impartial Look at New Jersey’s $117 Billion Government:

“GSI, according to the report, plans to scrutinize spending on student-transportation services, school facilities, government inspection and the road maintenance process as areas of potential savings at upwards of $1 billion.”

“Why do four different layers of government need to plow the streets?” reads the report. “Why do so many school districts need to manage their own student transportation needs?”

GSI Opinion: Here’s Why Your New Jersey Property Taxes Will Never Go Down (Unless There’s Radical Change)

GSI Opinion: Here’s Why Your New Jersey Property Taxes Will Never Go Down (Unless There’s Radical Change)

The irony was not lost on many people when Governor Phil Murphy bragged during his recent State of the State address that “In 2018, New Jersey saw the lowest increase in statewide average property taxes on record.”  Republican legislators and many Democrats were quick to point out that the slowed rate of growth is a direct result of a policies that predated Murphy.

NJ Spotlight: Treasury Not Worried About Slow Revenue Growth in Early FY16 -Should It Be?

NJ Spotlight: Treasury Not Worried About Slow Revenue Growth in Early FY16 -Should It Be?

John Reitmeyer of NJ Spotlight writes on last week’s state revenue report which showed tax revenue coming in well below projections and cites analysis offered by GSI:

“But an analysis of the same tax-collection data by the Garden State Initiative, a right-leaning think tank based in Morristown, suggested only 2.1 percent growth in tax collections through the first half of the fiscal year is a cause for real concern. The pace of growth will have to “accelerate geometrically” through the final six months of the fiscal year to meet the year-end goal of 7.5 percent, the group’s analysis said. “