New Public Policy Think Tank Launches in New Jersey

Press Releases — By Paul Tyahla on April 29, 2010 at 6:58 PM

Common Sense Institute of New Jersey seeks to bring free market solutions to the challenges facing the Garden State.

RANDOLPH, NEW JERSEY – Jerry Cantrell, a leader in the effort to bring fundamental tax reform to New Jersey, today announced the formation of a new nonpartisan public policy think tank. The Common Sense Institute of New Jersey (CSI•NJ) is a member of the State Policy Network, and will explore and advance public policy alternatives that foster individual liberty, personal responsibility and economic opportunity for all New Jersey residents.

Cantrell is the organization’s president, and brings a lifetime of experience studying public policy and bringing solutions to the forefront. Aside from Cantrell’s successful career in the private sector, he has served on his local school board and as president of the New Jersey Taxpayers Association and the New Jersey Taxpayers Alliance.

“New Jersey clearly needs new ideas and serious study of existing policies to emerge not only from this budget crisis, but from the decade of economic struggle that has hamstrung our citizens,” said Cantrell. “The State is taking a long-overdue look at questions regarding the proper role of government and has an extraordinary opportunity to lead the nation in economic restoration. CSI•NJ looks forward to being part of developing its solutions.”

CSINJ also announced that Paul V. Tyahla has joined the Institute as Executive Director. In his role, Tyahla will lead research projects and communicate CSI•NJ’s findings to the legislature and media. Tyahla had most recently worked as Vice President of Government Affairs for the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey, where he advocated free market policies on issues affecting New Jersey’s business community.

“I am excited by the opportunity to work on such important issues at a critical point in our state’s history,” said Tyahla. “CSI•NJ will bring an important and needed voice to serious public policy discussions, and I look forward to helping develop and communicate the ideas that can make New Jersey an even greater place to live, work and learn.”

Initially, CSINJ plans to study and report on issues related to government transparency, taxes, economic development and education.


Paul Tyahla, Executive Director
Phone: 973-919-6880
E-Mail: [email protected]

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