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

    Coronavirus Tax and Business Update and Q&A

    March 27, 2020
    News about the coronavirus crisis is coming at us at dizzying speeds. Sometimes it’s hard to know what’s important and what isn’t. In this Facebook Live recording, NJCPA’s Ralph Albert Thomas and Jeff Kaszerman provide updates on issues important to CPAs and businesses. They focus on what’s happening both in New Jersey and at the national level.
  • IssuesWatch Podcast

    New Jersey Budget Overview

    March 17, 2020
    Governor Phil Murphy has issued his proposed $41 billion budget for New Jersey’s next fiscal year. Hear a brief overview of the budget, which includes an expansion of the millionaire’s tax, an increase in the cigarette tax, an increased contribution to the public worker pension fund and more. Also, hear about the results of our member poll about the budget proposal and it’s impact on New Jersey’s economy.
  • IssuesWatch Podcast

    All About the Streamlined Business Reinstatement and Dissolution Program

    March 3, 2020
    New Jersey business owners now have an easier way to dissolve or reinstate their business. The New Jersey Department of the Treasury is offering a temporary program to help businesses return to good standing with the state without the cumbersome filing process typically associated with reinstatement or dissolution. It’s a great opportunity for businesses to either clean up their records or to expeditiously regain their legal status in the quickest, most-efficient way possible. The director of the New Jersey Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services, Jim Fruscione, tells us all about the program and how CPAs can help their clients take advantage of it.
  • IssuesWatch Podcast

    A Primer on the Presidential Primaries

    February 18, 2020
    The race to become the next President of the United States is on. But first we have to get through the nationwide primary elections, a process which can often be confusing. In this episode, we break it all down. We look at the primary process itself – caucuses, primaries, delegates, super delegates, why New Jersey’s primary is so late – and the strengths and weaknesses of the candidates. Learn all of this and more when you listen to our discussion with Bill Pascrell III of Princeton Public Affairs Group.
  • IssuesWatch Podcast

    The Battle that Legalized Sports Betting and the Impact on New Jersey’s Economy

    February 4, 2020
    The road to legalization of sports betting in New Jersey was quite a bumpy ride. It wasn’t something that happened through the normal legislative process. Rather it was the result of a David versus Goliath legal and political battle that was waged by former New Jersey Senator Raymond Lesniak for more than a decade. He talks to us about that battle and the economic impact sports betting has had on New Jersey.
  • IssuesWatch Podcast

    What You Need to Know About the New Pass-Through Business Alternative Income Tax Act

    January 13, 2020
    On Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed into law the Pass-Through Business Alternative Income Tax Act. This new law allows flow-through businesses in New Jersey to elect to pay income taxes at the entity level instead of at the personal income tax level. Since there is no limit on deductions on the federal level for state and local taxes paid by businesses, this new law stands to save New Jersey business owners an estimated $400 million annually. Learn more about how this idea became law and what CPAs and business owners need to know to take advantage of it
  • IssuesWatch Podcast

    An Advocate for New Jersey Businesses

    January 7, 2020
    Would you believe there’s a New Jersey government agency that will advocate for your business when you have to deal with other government agencies? In this episode, we explore a little-known gem called the New Jersey Business Action Center. The center helps new businesses get started and existing businesses grow by answering questions and solving problems they have with New Jersey laws and regulations, permitting, exporting and more. And best of all, there is no cost to use the center’s services.
  • IssuesWatch Podcast

    All About Impeachment

    December 10, 2019
    Allegations of bribery! International intrigue! Dramatic revelations! We’re not talking about the latest blockbuster movie – we’re talking about the impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump. Washington lobbyist Robert Zucker talks to us about how the impeachment process works, what’s happened so far and what might happen next.
  • IssuesWatch Podcast

    Should New Jersey Create a Public Bank?

    November 26, 2019
    In this episode, we talk with NJ Spotlight reporter John Reitmeyer about the controversial issue of creating a state-owned bank in New Jersey. Governor Murphy recently issued an executive order establishing a State Bank Implementation Board tasked with creating an outline of what types of loans such a bank would issue and how it would operate. Listen to learn more about the details as well as what those who support the idea and those who oppose it are saying.
  • IssuesWatch Podcast

    New Jersey's Economy: Good or Not So Good?

    November 12, 2019
    In this episode we talk with Michael Lahr, director of the Rutgers Economic Advisory Service, about New Jersey’s economy: where it stands now and where it may be headed. In particular, we look at the state’s fiscal and tax environments in comparison with our neighboring states.