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Several readers took issue with the paid family leave law, which Steve Manning, of Vesuvio Foods, said will be underfunded "because it will be greatly abused."
Opinion Our Point of View Prescribing reform for ailing health care system March 2, 2009 ® IN ANY OTHER STATE, when a state official calls increasingly difficult to justify providing insur- reform as a candidate, but has since backed off the health care system “the most dysfunctional ance to their workers, as previously detailed in that position, waiting to see in what direction How to Reach Us system I have seen in my entire life,” it tends to NJBIZ. Wellness programs aimed at employees Obama will move. MAILING ADDRESS pass as hyperbole. In New Jersey, though, one are having an impact, but a more comprehen- Mounting health care expenses mean cred- NJBIZ, 220 Davidson Ave, Suite 302 Somerset, NJ 08873 could forgive the small-business community for sive overhaul is needed. it-crushed small businesses are anxious for PHONE (732) 246-7677 disregarding that particular estimate as not As President Barack Obama introduced his answers. But remedies that cannot be adequate- FAX: EDITORIAL (732) 249-8886 damning enough (see story, Page 1). budget blueprint last week, hope remained that ly funded will only devolve into empty cam- FAX: ADVERTISING (732) 249-8952 The cost of health care — and, subse- he will find a solution to the nation’s health care paign promises. ◆ FAX: OPERATIONS (732) 846-0421 REPRINTS For article reprints, please quently, insurance — in the Garden State is crisis. The president stressed now is the time to contact our reprint coordinator at O u r P o i n t o f V i e w among the highest in the nation. And with the put reform on the table, even as his plans would Wright’s Reprints: 1-877-652-5295. recession bearing down hard on small busi- push the federal deficit to $175 trillion. What do you think? For photos, please see www.njbiz.com/photos nesses, employers in the state are finding it Gov. Jon S. Corzine pushed for health care Tell us at email@example.com PUBLISHER Thomas F. Curtin firstname.lastname@example.org ADVERTISING SENIOR ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Penelope Spencer email@example.com N J B I Z P o l l R e s u l t s Readers skewer Corzine over family leave, taxes ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Last week, when we asked industry advocates and insiders to discuss Jon S. Corzine’s achievements as Susan Alexander firstname.lastname@example.org How would you grade the governor’s efforts to Robin Fields email@example.com make New Jersey a business-friendly state? governor, he got a mostly positive showing. Lucille Lo Sapio firstname.lastname@example.org The small-business community, on the other hand, voted right from the spleen in the most recent NJBIZ poll. Joe Malone email@example.com “I would, however, give him a high grade,” reader Bill Losey wrote, “ for working along with [Barack] John J. Morelli firstname.lastname@example.org 5% Obama to turn America into a socialist country. “ Kevin Shawhan email@example.com A That was the overwhelming sentiment from the 529 responders, who were mostly angry over a rising Merry Solomon firstname.lastname@example.org cost of living and practices perceived as unfriendly to business. Among the adjectives hurled at the gover- EDITORIAL 9% nor: terrible, despicable, arrogant, blind, disappointing. “It’s tough to be ‘hungry’ when you're being bled EDITOR B dry by taxes,’ wrote Jim Frustieri, of DataBridge Marketing Systems. Sharon Waters email@example.com Still, some gave the governor points for trying, such as Daniel Trost, of Breakaway Communications, DEPUTY EDITOR - NEWS who gave Corzine a C “for effort, but not for results. ... It is hard to be competitive with pricing when you Joe St. Arney firstname.lastname@example.org C 11% are being taxed to death.” And, “I think he is doing an admirable job, given the economic circumstances,” DEPUTY EDITOR & REPORTER Beth Fitzgerald email@example.com wrote Shamrock Consulting’s Frank Flaherty. Workplace Issues/General News D 25% Most responders, though, were less generous with their praise. Several readers took issue with the COPY EDITOR paid family leave law, which Steve Manning, of Vesuvio Foods, said will be underfunded “because it will Meghan Shapiro firstname.lastname@example.org be greatly abused.” Roger Hansen, of Ole Hansen & Sons Inc., called it “the worst thing he has done.” STAFF WRITERS F 50% David Spatz, of Jertex Network Solutions LLC, said New Jersey is a broken state that can be fixed, but Finance/Accounting/Insurance/Law not by those who created the mess. “Honestly, what has Governor Corzine done that he can
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