Op-Ed

The Catch-22 of our generation: The struggle to afford child care

As I have gone out talking to the folks in my district this summer, one slightly under-the-radar issue that has come up often is the struggle to afford child care.

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It's time to break the cycle

With the so-called “war on drugs” now in its fourth decade, the resultant casualties have left many to note that this disastrous policy has replaced slavery and the Jim Crow laws as a way to disenfranchise minorities in America.

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Opinion: Damping fires of Ferguson -- Let's finally have an honest conversation about race

I watched with deep sorrow and despair as the events unfolded in Ferguson, Mo., over the last couple of weeks in the wake of the shooting of Michael Brown. This episode has raised a firestorm of legal and racial issues, which brings with it both rational and inflammatory commentary and behavior from those on differing sides of this tragic American saga.

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A risk-based bail system would serve public safety in New Jersey: Opinion

As Holder pointed out at the 2011 National Symposium on Pretrial Justice, “Nearly two thirds of all inmates who crowd our county jails — at an annual cost of roughly nine billion taxpayer dollars — are defendants awaiting trial.”

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Opinion: Atlantic City's transformation remains an ongoing investment for N.J.

Over the past several years, Atlantic City has undergone an impressive transformation from a casino town into a diversified resort destination. As the vice chairman of the New Jersey General Assembly committee charged with overseeing gaming issues in our state, I am optimistic about the direction in which this transformation is heading.

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NJ has chance to provide better schools and jobs: Opinion

New Jersey has the 38th-worst unemployment rate in the nation, and for construction workers the jobless rate is even worse. At the same time, thousands of school children, their teachers and other staff face serious health and safety hazards and poor learning conditions in buildings that may be more than a hundred years old.

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Reigniting NJ’s manufacturing engine

As New Jersey’s economic recovery continues to lag behind our neighboring states, we have to be more aggressive in our approach toward bringing jobs and economic opportunity to our state. Throughout our history, broad-based job growth and job creation have ensured that economic opportunity was there for thousands of New Jersey citizens across several generations.

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Assessing how we teach our teachers

Burlington County Times

By Assemblyman Troy Singleton

Collectively, as a state, we have a vested interest in the outcomes of our students. Bright, well-prepared students are the cornerstone of a healthy economy and a vibrant quality of life for our state as a whole.

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Opinion: Base N.J. aid to colleges on student performance, not enrollment

NJ.com

By Troy Singleton

When Rutgers University’s Board of Governors voted last month to raise tuition 3.3 percent amid student outcry, the university’s vice president for budgeting, Nancy Winterbauer, said, “I know lots of them are struggling. But we’re a public institution where state funding is flat — it’s at the level it was in the ’90s — and we simply can’t provide the quality of an education that our students need without raising tuition.”

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Opinion: N.J.'s high foreclosure rate shows housing market has been slow to recover

www.nj.com

With the second-highest foreclosure inventory in the country (7.2 percent) and the unfortunate distinction of being one of only four states where the foreclosure percentage rose over the past year, we cannot afford to sit idly by in New Jersey while other states continue to rebound from the housing crisis that laid waste to our economy.

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