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Raymond J Castro

Raymond Castro is New Jersey Policy Perspective's senior policy analyst.




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New Jersey Should Apply for Local SNAP Waivers to Prevent Needless Hunger

For the state to willingly worsen the plight of struggling New Jerseyans is an indefensible policy that borders on the immoral. Legislators should do everything in their power to force the state to reverse course.

Two Key Decisions on SNAP in New Jersey Will Increase Hunger for Vulnerable Residents

SNAP serves the most vulnerable people in our state, and further cuts to the program will continue to push these families further to the brink.

New Jersey’s Middle Class is Shrinking & Poverty is Rising – But We Can Reverse the Tide

We can start make a real difference if we at least eliminate those state policies and actions that are acting making poverty worse in New Jersey.

New Jersey’s Decision to Allow Time Limits on SNAP Will Cause Severe Hunger

Officials emphasized that the termination was a federal requirement and beyond New Jersey’s control. But that is only part of the story.

New Jersey Consumers Suffer Defeat from Tabling of Landmark Health Bill

In its last scheduled meeting of the session, the Senate Commerce Committee tabled a landmark bill that would have prohibited surprise medical billing, reduced cost sharing and promoted much greater transparency.

Census Data: Affordable Care Act Helping New Jerseyans Obtain Health Coverage

The Affordable Care Act has been remarkably successful in increasing the number of New Jerseyans with health insurance, data from the U.S. Census Bureau released today shows.

Governor’s Medicaid Proposal Would Shift Costs to New Jersey Taxpayers and Health Care Providers

A proposal by Gov. Christie to sharply limit federal health care funding under Medicaid would come at a great price to New Jersey’s taxpayers and hit the state’s economy hard with the loss of thousands of jobs.

Increasing the EITC Would Boost New Jersey’s Working Families

Increasing New Jersey’s Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to 30 percent from 20 percent of the federal EITC would provide over half a million New Jersey working families with a much-needed bump in their take-home pay while giving the state’s economy a boost.

SCOTUS Makes the Right Call for New Jersey Health Care Consumers

The Supreme Court was right to recognize that health reform provides tax credits to help consumers in all states be able to afford quality health coverage. Now it’s time for people on both sides of the aisle to accept that the law is working and take steps to improve and fully implement it.

Restoring Tax Credit Would Benefit Working Families All Over New Jersey

With hundreds of thousands of New Jersey families still struggling from the economic downturn, restoring the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is critical this year.

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