There is little debate over the fact that New Jersey must address its public employee pension and health benefit obligations or face financial calamity. Questions abound: What is the impact of funding the current pension system? What role do health benefit obligations play? What are possible solutions to avoid a crisis?

On Jan. 19 at 1 p.m., “Conversations on New Jersey Education,” NJSBA’s program broadcast over, will feature a discussion on New Jersey’s pension problems. Ray Pinney, NJSBA director of member engagement and host of the program, will speak with Tom Byrne, chair of the State Investment Council and a member of the New Jersey Pension and Health Benefit Study Commission.

About the Program Conversations on New Jersey Education is similar to a live radio talk show, except it is broadcast through the Internet. The 45-minute show airs live, and recordings are also available to download later, or to listen to “on demand” online. To hear the live show or past recorded broadcasts, visit NJSBA’s BlogTalkRadio web page.

Participate in the Show If you would like to ask a question during a future BlogTalkRadio show, the call-in number is (347) 989-8904. Note that the call-in number is a New York area code. Local/long distance charges from some telephone companies may apply.

Add a Reminder There are four ways to get show reminders: Receiving individual emails, syncing up with your favorite calendar application, downloading to Outlook, or via SMS to your cellphone. Click the “add reminder” button on NJSBA’s BlogtalkRadio web page for more information.