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Jon Whiten

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




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Business Incentives Boom In New Jersey Since 2010

New Jersey this year has promised $1.8 billion in tax breaks for companiesplanning to move to the state or stay in it using a redesigned program that puts an emphasis on Camden, a city that’s struggled for generations to attract jobs.

N.J. Ends $118M Contract Designed to Ease Enrollment in Medicaid and Other Welfare Programs

Gov. Chris Christie’s administration has pulled the plug on a seven-year-old $118.3 million contract for what had been billed as a “comprehensive and cutting-edge” computer system to make Medicaid, food stamps and other social welfare programs easier to manage, including some that have been hobbled by backlogs, NJ Advance Media has learned.

Rule Change Could Lead to Savings, Dilemmas for Insurance Customers

New Jerseyans who buy insurance on the federally operated health insurance marketplace could save money, but unwittingly risk losing access to their doctors, under a newly proposed federal regulation.

Insurers, Health Funds Target Out-of-Network Fees in Push to Curb Costs

In an effort to help consumers – and themselves — insurers are pushing New Jersey lawmakers to curb high medical bills from out-of-network doctors and hospitals.

Even ‘The Big Bang Theory’ Isn’t Worth That Much Money

I used to make Thursday nights at 8 o’clock must-see-tv to watch the CBS comedy, “The Big Bang Theory.” It’s the funniest show on television today and reminds me of the great comedies in my life time, like, “Cheers,” “Frasier,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “All in the Family,” among others.

Costly Savings

New Jersey has given away millions of dollars in tax breaks to bring businesses and jobs to Camden. Yet the state failed to sustain the relatively minor expense of adequate security for public employees who work in the struggling city and serve the people who live there.

Christie Talking Points Won’t Include NJ Jobs

If Gov. Chris Christie decides to run for president, as most observers expect, it’s doubtful he will be talking much about New Jersey’s economy.

New Jersey Loses Jobs in October as it Prepares for Bond Sale

New Jersey’s economy showed more cracks on Thursday as the U.S. state with the second-lowest credit rating in the country reported 4,500 jobs lost in October and an upward tick in its unemployment rate.

Daily Number: 137,000

New Jersey Policy Perspective’s Erika Nava estimates that about 137,000 of New Jersey’s estimated 525,000 undocumented residents will be affected by President Barack Obama’s announced executive action program on immigration.

N.J. Tax Incentives Have Exploded Beyond Control

When it comes to using tax incentives to lure jobs to our state, New Jersey is distinctive in two ways: one good and one bad.

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