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(The segment featuring NJPP’s David Rousseau in the clip above begins around the 16 minute mark.)
(Reaction to Gov. Christie’s budget address in the clip above begins around the 59 minute mark.)
Editorials and Op-Eds
Tax Cuts Won’t Produce the Jobs New Jersey Needs
Like a zombie, tax cuts are back on center stage in Trenton. Like last time around, they are the wrong prescription for our ailing economy and won’t deliver the jobs that New Jersey needs.
What Do Our Taxes Pay For? Quite a Lot.
The rhetorical drumbeat about taxes being “too high” is often like complaining to a friend about the exorbitant price of a recent meal out, but not remembering whether you’d ordered French fries or filet mignon. It leaves out a crucial part of the conversation: What we’re getting for what we spend. And we are getting a lot.
Focus on Tax Incentives Throws New Jersey’s Approach to Jobs Out of Balance
The state’s aggressive uptick in incentives has been heralded as the way to put New Jersey’s economy back on track, but by making this tool the sole focus of our economic development efforts, the state’s approach is severely out of balance.
Op-Ed: Expanding Medicaid Smart Thing To Do in Pa.
During his gubernatorial campaign, Corbett liked to say he need only “look across the Delaware River to New Jersey” for a good governing role model. This is one instance where he should follow Christie’s lead and take this federal opportunity to provide hardworking families with the security of quality health care.
Christie Makes Right Move on Medicaid Expansion
Gov. Christie is to be commended for making the right decision and expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. This is one of the most important decisions that any governor has made in Medicaid since it was established 48 years ago.
Report: Over 400,000 New Jersey Workers and State’s Economy Stand to Benefit from Ballot Proposal Raising the State’s Minimum Wage
Over 400,000 low-paid workers would benefit from a ballot measure that would raise New Jersey’s minimum wage by one dollar to $8.25 per hour and index the minimum wage to rise automatically with the cost of living, according to a new report released today by New Jersey Policy Perspective. The report finds that this wage increase would generate more than $174 million in new economic growth and support the creation of the equivalent of over 1,500 new full-time jobs as businesses expand to meet increased consumer demand.
The Problems with ‘Tax Freedom Day’
On Thursday, right-wing New Jersey activists are planning to highlight the Tax Foundation’s annual “Tax Freedom Day” report, which gives a misleading view of taxes in our state. This report misinterprets the facts about our tax system and fosters inaccurate information, while leaving out the important context of what taxes pay for.
New Jersey Should Build on Preschool Success
President Obama’s proposals to expand preschool nationwide could bolster state efforts to expand preschool to many more low-income children, according to a new Issue Brief released today by New Jersey Policy Perspective. But New Jersey’s leaders don’t have to wait for the feds: They could jumpstart a stalled expansion of preschool on their own rather than considering further tax cuts this year.
New Jersey Needs to Step in to Ensure Federal Health Insurance Exchange Succeeds
While New Jersey will not be setting up its own state-run health insurance exchange under the Affordable Care Act, or one run in partnership with the federal government, it still needs to do a lot of work to ensure as many New Jerseyans without health insurance can benefit from the landmark health care reform law.
New Report Details Sharp Uptick in NJ Business Subsidies
New Jersey officials have awarded over $2 billion in corporate subsidies in the past three years, according to a New Jersey Policy Perspective report released today.