(TRENTON) — Assemblywoman Celeste M. Riley had the following published Thursday in The Home News Tribune:
“More than a problem for individuals, New Jersey’s lack of college affordability speaks volumes about our priorities and says even more about our state’s future. We continue to have the largest brain drain in the nation, with more than 30,000 high school graduates educated in New Jersey leaving year after year to study somewhere else. If we continue to export our best and brightest residents at this rate, how can we attract top businesses?
“And if we are left with employers that pay only minimum wages and offer the minimum in benefits, it should come as no surprise that the state will see the need for public assistance — and thus the burden on taxpayers — reach a maximum…”
To read the rest of Assemblywoman Riley’s op-ed, click here.