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Public Forum - Financing Our Future: Balancing Education, Environment, Pensions, & Taxes as Caring Communities

Five expert speakers from the fields of finance, engineering, environmental justice, ethics, and theology discussed the challenges of balancing the NJ state budget. Co-moderated by Lisa Allen of HomeTowne TV and George Lucaci of Mercury Capital Advisors, the conversation included environmental dangers in view of recent flooding in Newark, risks of tax rates and school funding costs relative to neighboring states, the need for financial restructuring, and the power of grass roots collaboration. "We need centers of community dialogue," said Rev. Chuck Rush; "it's not just about money," said Nicole Miller, of Newark D.I.G. (doing infrastructure green), "but humanity and justice."   

Camden Changing

"How do we connect the economic power of large corporations with the resident and small businesses," asks Raymond Lamboy, President and CEO of the Latin American Development Association. "Locking arms and opening the lines of communication is the most powerful thing."[1:40]

Heart of the City-TRENTON

"I'm excited by the people -particularly younger people - making a reinvestment in the city," says Dr. George Pruitt, President, Thomas Edison State University. [23:00]

NEWARK Video Reveals Civic Sensibility of the Next Generation

"For change to happen, it has to begin with us," says Allyza Umali, graduate of Rutgers University-Newark. "If we have a voice, then use it!" [16:00]  

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The papal encyclical, Laudato Si', provides a deeply coherent basis for understanding society, ecology and the environment. Enjoy key words and phrases below. 

Powerful phrases from Laudato Si'
The lessons of the global financial crisis have not been assimilated, and we are learning all too slowly the lessons of environmental deterioration." [109]  Read more

Word Counts 

  • economic/economy      81
  • wealth/wealthier           4

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