TRENTON – Former state Treasurer David Rousseau is joining New Jersey Policy Perspective as an analyst during this year’s state budget season.
He will be regularly blogging on the liberal think tank’s website, www.NJPP.org about both the policy and the process of the fiscal year 2013 budget, and other state financial issues.
Rousseau has worked for more than 20 years on state budget and economic issues in both the Legislative and Executive branches. Prior to his tenure as treasurer, he served as deputy treasurer, as well as budget director for state Senate Democrats.
“In boom years and bust, I’ve seen all kinds of budget policies in Trenton — tax cuts, tax increases, one-shot revenue schemes, budget collapses, rosy revenue projections and pension bond schemes, just to name a few,” Rousseau said. “Given NJPP’s long track record of astute and insightful economic analysis, I think this is a great opportunity to inform New Jerseyans of the crucial issues at hand.”
NJPP President Gordon MacInnes said Rousseau will be tackling a budget season that promises to be exciting, with the state’s fragile economy, tax cut plans proposed by Gov. Chris Christie and the Democratic Party, and questions about revenue projections.
“In all the years I’ve been associated with politics and government, I can recall no one who combines the experience and perspective David Rousseau has gained from both the executive and legislative branches,” MacInnes said in a statement. “He will help put the fiscal year 2013 budget issues in perspective, cover important hearings, and provide an inside look at practices largely missing in most comment and coverage.”
For about the past year, Rousseau served as a chief financial consultant for Trenton’s city government.