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Report: In Every County, Very Few New Jerseyans Owe Estate Tax

In 20 of New Jersey’s 21 counties, fewer than 400 heirs have estates large enough to owe the estate tax in any given year – and in the majority of counties, including every one in the southern part of the state, fewer than 200 heirs owe the tax.


Marijuana Legalization Could Bring $300 Million in Tax Revenue to New Jersey

The first-of-its-kind report in New Jersey is based on the experiences of other states, current information on marijuana users in New Jersey and the surrounding area, current pricing, and the tax structure of other states as they relate to New Jersey’s interests.


New Jersey’s Deep Cuts to Higher Education Threaten Economic Growth

New Jersey has cut funding for higher education by 23 percent since 2008 when adjusted for inflation, a decrease of more than $2,250 per student and a deeper cut than the national average.


Latest BEIP Proposal is Proof New Jersey’s Surge in Corporate Tax Subsidies is Unaffordable

If policymakers want to offer such lucrative tax breaks to corporations, they should make the hard choices and find the money to pay for them – not merely push the costs off to future policymakers.


Corporate Subsidies Keep Flowing as New Estimates Confirm They’re Creating a Growing Long-Term Budget Hole

This surge in subsidies is creating a long-term and growing economic drag that policymakers will have to grapple with for at least the next 15 years as the backlog of tax credits is paid out.


Over Three Dozen Leading New Jersey Organizations Ask the Legislature for Small-Business Tax Fairness by Closing Corporate Tax Loopholes

This letter sends a strong message to New Jersey’s lawmakers: the time to close corporate loopholes is now.


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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