IssuesWatch Podcast

This bi-weekly podcast, hosted by NJCPA Vice President of Government Relations Jeff Kaszerman, covers the latest New Jersey policy and political issues, because you need to know both. The focus is on business and economic issues impacting the business community and all New Jerseyans.

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IssuesWatch Podcast

Episodes

  • IssuesWatch Podcast

    New Jersey Budget Analysis, Take Two

    September 9, 2020
    On Aug. 25, Governor Phil Murphy issued his proposed budget for New Jersey’s abbreviated 2021 fiscal year, covering Oct. 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021. Among other things, the budget includes: $4 billion in borrowing; $1.25 billion in cuts and savings; and $1 billion in tax increases, including an expansion of the top individual tax rate to those earning more than $1 million and restoration of the 2.5-percent CBT surtax. Listen as Richard Keevey and Dale Florio — who helped us analyze the Governor’s original budget proposal back in March just as the pandemic was ramping up — take an in-depth look at the budget and its political prospects.
  • IssuesWatch Podcast

    Public Policy in New Jersey Amid the Pandemic

    August 25, 2020
    As New Jersey continues to battle through the coronavirus pandemic, there are numerous legislative and public policy issues impacting the state’s business community. This episode provides a rundown on the following issues: allowing more businesses to reopen; liability protection for businesses; a move to use the workers’ compensation fund for coronavirus claims; a “spyware” bill that could be harmful to New Jersey businesses; and new funding for New Jersey Economic Development Authority programs. Also, hear an update on a possible CPE deadline extension for New Jersey CPAs.
  • IssuesWatch Podcast

    CPA Evolution

    August 11, 2020
    The process of becoming a certified public accountant is a rigorous one – and for good reason. CPAs are trusted professionals for the businesses they work for and the clients they serve. But with rapid changes in the business world, new skills and competencies are being sought by those hiring CPAs. That’s where the CPA Evolution initiative comes in. In this episode, Colleen Conrad from the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) and Julia Woislaw from the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) discuss the proposed CPA Evolution model, its benefits and the next steps. View the PowerPoint slides Learn more about CPA Evolution
  • IssuesWatch Podcast

    COVID-19’s Impact on the Financial Markets

    August 4, 2020
    It’s no secret that the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the economy has been significant and largely negative. But what about the financial markets? In this episode, Jeff Hanson, CPA – a financial planner with Traphagen CPAs & Wealth Advisors – discusses the short- and long-term impact of the pandemic on the financial markets. Have the markets followed the economy? Which markets have been impacted more than others? What’s the outlook for the coming year? Tune in for answers to these questions and more.
  • IssuesWatch Podcast

    Free Counseling and Guidance for New Jersey Businesses

    July 28, 2020
    Many New Jersey businesses have been negatively impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. And those that are open, or preparing to reopen, have many issues to consider and rules to comply with. Fortunately the New Jersey Business Action Center (NJBAC) – a business advocacy team within the New Jersey Department of State – can help with the answers. In the latest episode of the IssuesWatch Podcast, Melanie Willoughby, the executive director of the NJBAC, tells us about the free services they provide and how you can talk or chat live with their representatives.
  • IssuesWatch Podcast

    New Jersey Fiscal and Economic Outlook

    July 14, 2020
    The coronavirus pandemic has had a devastating impact on New Jersey’s businesses as well as the state budget. In this episode, Jeff talks with Senator Steven Oroho and NJ Spotlight budget reporter John Reitmeyer about the fiscal and economic health of the state.

    How are the Governor and Legislature addressing the state’s massive revenue decrease in the short term? What can we anticipate in Governor Murphy’s budget proposal that has to be issued by Aug. 25? Will Governor Murphy’s borrowing/bonding plans go through? Hear the answers to these questions and more.

    This episode is sponsored by Provident Bank.

  • IssuesWatch Podcast

    The State of the Economy

    June 9, 2020
    Listen as two noted economists – Daniel Bachman, Ph.D. of Deloitte and James Hughes, Ph.D. of Rutgers – discuss the short- and long-term impact of the coronavirus pandemic on both the national and New Jersey economies. How long will it take to get back to pre-crisis levels? How many businesses are expected to survive and how many will go out of business? How long will the economic fallout from the crisis last? Hear their expert opinions on these topics and more.
  • IssuesWatch Podcast

    NJEDA Small Business COVID-19 Grant Program: Phase 2

    May 28, 2020
    The NJEDA's Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program just received $50 million in additional funding. Jeff talks with Tim Sullivan, CEO of the NJEDA about this second phase.
  • IssuesWatch Podcast

    NJEDA Coronavirus Relief Programs

    May 14, 2020
    Business owners are facing numerous financial hardships in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. To help New Jersey businesses cope, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) launched a variety of programs and services, from grants and loans to payment moratoria and fee waivers. On May 13, Jeff talked with Tim Sullivan, NJEDA Chief Executive Officer. They discussed those programs, as well as other NJEDA resources.
  • IssuesWatch Podcast

    Student Loan Debt Relief Measures

    May 5, 2020
    ​On May 4, 2020, Jeff was joined by NJCPA members Melissa Dardani, CPA, and Zachary Cohen, CPA. They discussed the student loan debt relief measures enacted in response to the coronavirus pandemic on both the national and New Jersey levels. Learn more about student loan debt at njcpa.org/studentloandebt.