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About Matthew Borowick

Matthew Borowick is the Associate Vice President for Alumni and Government Relations at his alma mater, Seton Hall University, located in South Orange, N.J. With over 20 years of experience in government relations, Matthew represents Seton Hall from the State House to Capitol Hill.

Donald Payne 1934-2012

Congressman Donald Payne passed away last week.  I attended his funeral service on Wednesday.  It was a remarkable tribute to a man who gave his life to public service. The funeral was an incredible celebration of his life.  Governor Christie, … Continue reading

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Christie Releases FY13 Budget; Higher Ed Sees Some Gains

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (a Seton Hall Law School alumnus) delivered his budget address to the NJ Legislature on Tuesday, February 21.  Higher education, public and private, saw a proposed increase of $107 million, or 5.4%, from the FY12 budget. … Continue reading

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Obama Sets Sights on Higher Ed Costs

In just a couple weeks it seems the debate about the cost of a college education moved from overdrive to light speed.  What kicked the discussion into a higher gear was President Obama’s call for a “shared responsibility” among federal … Continue reading

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Fighting for Student Aid

We are in a tough economy, no doubt.  Unemployment continues to hover around the 9% range.  Federal revenues do not match federal spending levels.  A “supercommittee” has been formed to deal with rising federal budget deficits. Few spending items have … Continue reading

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A Round Table Discussion

I attended Monday’s higher education “round table” run by the Assembly budget committee.  It was an interesting session.  Members of the committee were joined by several higher education representatives. Much of the discussion centered around student aid and recent cuts … Continue reading

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We Have a Map!

As you probably saw in today’s Star-Ledger, the state’s redistricting committee has made its decision.  Tie-breaking voter, professor Alan Rosenthal of Rutgers, chose the Democrats’ proposal over the one the Republicans submitted.  With that, Senate President Stephen Sweeney exclaimed that … Continue reading

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Governor Says No More Cuts to Higher Ed

Governor Chris Christie delivered his Fiscal Year 2012 budget address to the Legislature today.  He stated that, ”I propose to keep funding steady for higher education.  After several years of cuts to operating support to colleges and universities, there will be … Continue reading

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Fees for Nonprofits? A Taxing Question

A bad economy and reduced tax rolls mean hardships for state and local governments.  In response, many have reduced budgets.  Others are looking for new and enhanced sources of revenue.  And some say they’re looking in all the wrong places. … Continue reading

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Budget Discussions Continue; Earmarks Debated

Senate and House leaders are trying to reach agreement on an “omnibus” continuing resolution (CR) spending bill to fund the federal government for the remainder of fiscal year 2011, which began on October 1st.  The “omnibus” part means that it … Continue reading

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Earmarks the Talk of the Town

Among the many federal budget issues being discussed these days is the fact that the federal fiscal year 2011 budget has not yet been passed.  Considering the federal 2011 fiscal year started on October 1, that’s not such a good … Continue reading

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