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Jon Whiten

Jon Whiten is New Jersey Policy Perspective's deputy director.




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Lawmakers & Advocates: Earned Sick Leave is a Win-Win for New Jersey

New Jersey would have a stronger economy and healthier people if every working man and woman could take days off when they are sick without forfeiting their pay or, sometimes, their jobs. Today, though, over 1 million New Jerseyans – most of whom work in low-wage jobs – don’t get paid when they have to take off for being sick.

Tax Breaks or Bust: New Jersey’s Misguided Approach to Economic Development in Camden

There are no guarantees that this strategy will actually work to significantly boost Camden’s economy or help its residents.

Op-Ed: Latest Transportation Funding Proposal Fails the ‘Fairness’ Test

There’s good news and bad news when it comes to securing funding for critical improvements and modernization of our roads, bridges, train lines and other transportation assets.

Graphic: New Jersey’s Jobs Recovery Still Lags as of March 2016

New Jersey is one of just 10 states that has yet to recover all of the jobs it has lost since the recession’s official start in December 2007.

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Reality Check: David Tepper’s Move Will Hardly ‘Destroy’ New Jersey’s Budget

The modest but important impact that Tepper’s move will have on New Jersey’s budget is being used by opponents of a common sense tax structure as an example of why the state should move away from taxes being based largely on the ability to pay.

Increasing Broadband Access is a Must to Improve Opportunities for New Jerseyans

While New Jersey fares better than the nation as a whole on broadband access, too many people in New Jersey lack access to this vital service, which should be universal here in the country’s most densely populated state

Fast Facts: Closing Digital Divide Could Promote Economic Opportunity in New Jersey

Nearly 300,000 New Jerseyans are estimated to lack access to broadband service, particularly in rural parts of the state, hampering their ability to fully participate in the state’s economy.

Business Lobbyists’ Attack on NJPP Minimum Wage Report Miss the Mark

The knee-jerk opposition from the business lobby to efforts to improve the lives of working men and women is so rote it’d be humorous, if economic opportunities for so many New Jerseyans weren’t at stake.

Report: A $15 Minimum Wage Would Boost a Large and Diverse Group of New Jersey Workers

Approximately 1 in 4 New Jersey workers, or 975,000 men and women, would get a raise, according to the report.

Raising New Jersey’s Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour Would Boost a Large and Diverse Group of Working Men and Women

Increasing New Jersey’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2021 would directly boost the pay of about 1 in 4 Garden State workers, or 975,000 men and women.

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