Mercer County an Exemplar of Special Needs Support

by Daniel Meara, Communications Manager for Arc Mercer View the entire newsletter for more articles: 2017 – NJAC County Biz – July Some well-known words of Mahatma Ghandi’s echo in Mercer County: “The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its vulnerable members.” How deeply Mercer takes this quote to heart is evident in its support for people with special needs and their families. The county’s commitment to providing programs that assist and integrate the people with special needs has won it the admiration of many, not least being Senate President Stephen Sweeney.  Senat...
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State House News

July 7, 2017   State Budget Snapshot On July 4th, the Legislature passed and Governor Chris Christie signed into law his final spending plan of $35.1 billion for State fiscal year 2018, which contains the following items pertinent to county government. Transportation Funding: $2.0 billion for the State’s Transportation Capital Program, which includes approximately $400.0 million  in Local Aid for counties and municipalities and a supplemental allocation of $26.0 million.  The table below provides an overview of Local Aid Allocations for State fiscal year 2018. ...
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2017 NEW JERSEY COUNTY ADMINISTRATORS CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

October 20th & 27th 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Rutgers University - Continuing Education Center at Atrium - 300 Atrium Drive (Atrium Corporate Park) - Sycamore Room 117 - Somerset, NJ Rutgers University Center for Government Services, in cooperation with the New Jersey Association of Counties, is pleased to present a certificate program on county administration designed to enhance the operational and functional knowledge of county administrators and professional staff. This two-day Basic Certificate Program covers essential components in the administration of county government.  Sessio...
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NJAC BOARD of DIRECTORS MEETING

State House Annex Building - Committee Room 6    9:30 a.m.  Networking between NJAC county and business associate members 10:00 a.m.  Board Meeting commences by the announcement of President Heather Simmons The Board of Directors of the New Jersey Association of Counties is scheduled to meet in Committee Room 6 of the State House Annex Building in Trenton on Friday, September 22nd.
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State House News

June 16, 2017 911 Fees As previously reported, NJAC is in the process of collecting and summarizing the data from all twenty-one counties concerning the costs associated with operating and maintaining county 9-1-1 centers. As of this writing, 15 counties have reported that they’ve spent over $219.0 million in capital improvements over the last five years.  These improvements may include facility upgrades; and, the purchase or lease of hardware and software such as telephone systems, computer aided dispatch, location mapping technology, voice recording technology, data analytics, and NextG...
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Horizon’s Innovations are Driving Improvements to Healthcare

by Allen J. Karp, Senior Vice President of Healthcare Management for Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey View the entire newsletter for more articles: 2017 – NJAC County Biz – June Our healthcare delivery system is caught in a time warp. At one end of the spectrum, medical technology and approaches to care have never been more advanced.  Yet, the way our health system is organized and financed is a relic of the past, making health care more expensive, untethered to quality and economically unsustainable. Health care costs in the U.S. have risen annually and now top $3 trillio...
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State House News

May 26, 2017 Caps on Binding Interest Arbitration Awards NJAC plans on working with the New Jersey State League of Municipalities (NJSLOM) and the New Jersey Conference of Mayors (NJCM) to urge members of State Legislature and Governor Chris Christie to enact legislation that would permanently extend the 2% cap on binding interest arbitration awards set to expire on December 31st of 2017.  The 2% cap on binding interest arbitration awards first enacted in 2010 and extended for an additional three years in 2014, enables county governments across the State to effectively control public saf...
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Somerset County Freeholder Honored at Annual Conference

During last week's 67th NJAC Annual Conference held at Caesar's Resort and Hotel in Atlantic City, the New Jersey Association of Counties recognized and awarded Somerset County Freeholder Director Peter S. Palmer for his tireless dedication and commitment to the organization and county government on May 12, 2017. Honorable Peter S. Palmer has 55 years of public service which began in 1962 where he served on the Bernardsville Board of Education.  His career as a Somerset County Freeholder started in 1997 after serving on the Bernardsville Borough Council for 17 years and then 10 years as the t...
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