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.

Episodes are released every other Tuesday.


  • IssuesWatch Podcast

    The Surprising Total Cost of Government in New Jersey

    August 6, 2019
    Many people are aware of New Jersey’s $38 billion state budget. But when you add in municipalities, schools, counties and utilities, total government spending in New Jersey skyrockets way past that. Regina Egea, president of Garden State Initiative (GSI), takes us through GSI’s eye-opening research into the true cost of government in New Jersey, where all the money goes and what – if anything – can be done to reign in spending.
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    Rundown on New Jersey’s Budget

    July 23, 2019
    Governor Murphy recently signed a $38.7 billion budget for New Jersey’s 2019/20 fiscal year. In this episode, Andrew Musick from the New Jersey Business and Industry Association provides an overview of the budget: what was included, what was excluded and what was line-item vetoed by the Governor.
  • IssuesWatch Podcast

    Tax Issues Surrounding Cannabis Legalization

    July 9, 2019
    Even though legislation to legalize adult-use cannabis in New Jersey has stalled, there is still a vital tax issue that needs to be resolved. It is crucial that the state decouples from the federal law governing cannabis — Internal Revenue Code 280(E) — so that cannabis business owners will be able to deduct ordinary and necessary expenses in the same manner as their non-cannabis counterparts.
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    The Ups and Downs of Living and Doing Business in New Jersey

    June 25, 2019
    Hear from Senator Steven Oroho, Assemblyman Roy Freiman, NJTV business correspondent Rhonda Schaffler and NJCPA CEO Ralph Albert Thomas about the current business and living environment in New Jersey and what could be done to improve the state’s economy.
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    More with Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill

    June 18, 2019
    In this bonus episode, we continue our conversation with Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill, a Democrat representing New Jersey’s 11th Congressional District. She discusses the serious infrastructure issues in New Jersey and what Washington could do to help; trade relations with China; the partisan environment in Washington; and more.
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    Showdown on New Jersey’s Millionaires Tax, Tax Incentives, Pension Reform and More

    June 11, 2019
    Listen to our conversation with political analyst Ben Dworkin, director of the Rowan Institute for Public Policy, about the policy and politics underlying the current hot issues in the state capitol. He weighs in on the proposed expansion of the millionaires tax, the reality of meaningful pension reform, the prospects of the budget being passed by the June 30 deadline and more.
  • IssuesWatch Podcast

    Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill on Infrastructure, Transportation and SALT

    May 28, 2019
    “Not only is the Gateway Tunnel project the most important project in New Jersey, it’s the most important infrastructure project in the nation right now,” says Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill, a Democrat representing New Jersey’s 11th Congressional District. Listen as she discusses the Gateway Tunnel project, other vital infrastructure and transportation issues, and her efforts to fight the SALT deduction cap.
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