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Editorials and Op-Eds
New Jerseyans Want Earned Sick Days. Will Our Leaders Step Up?
When a New Jersey worker gets sick or needs to care for a family member, should she have to lose wages and risk losing her job? To us, and the thousands of advocates working to bring earned sick days to the 1.2 million Garden State workers who lack this basic benefit, the answer is clearly no. And, as it turns out, an overwhelming majority of our neighbors agree.
New Census Data Confirms: Real Poverty is Rampant in New Jersey
Despite being the second wealthiest state in the nation, New Jersey has a higher real poverty rate than 35 other states with about 1.35 million, or one in seven, residents living in poverty, according to the recent Supplemental Poverty Measure released by the U.S. Census Bureau. That’s 44 percent more than the 930,000 that are living under the official federal poverty level.
For New Jersey Lawmakers, No More Excuses to Block Tuition Equity
The last standing political excuse for blocking tuition equity in New Jersey – the governor’s opposition – no longer exists after the governor’s surprising and clear endorsement of the policy last week. New Jersey lawmakers are now free – finally – to stop punishing the children of unauthorized residents by putting a college education out of reach.
Busting the Business Lobby’s Minimum Wage Myths
While it’s no surprise that the business lobby opposes anything that might increase costs, what is surprising about its campaign to defeat the minimum wage increase on November’s ballot is the inaccurate — and sometimes outright false — information being presented as gospel. Let’s separate those myths from reality.
And Now for the Good News: Medicaid Expansion is Right on Schedule
Although most press accounts about the rollout of federal health care reform in New Jersey have focused on computer glitches related to the online health insurance Marketplace, one key component is running smoothly: the state’s online application for Medicaid coverage.
Nearly 1 Million New Jerseyans Will See Cuts to Food Assistance This Week
Beginning Friday, nearly 1 million New Jerseyans will see their food assistance benefits cut, when a temporary boost to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) expires.
Small Businesses, Advocates and Experts Support Raising New Jersey’s Minimum Wage
Business lobby groups and affiliated business owners are holding a rally in Seaside Heights today to discuss their opposition to raising New Jersey’s minimum wage – an opposition not shared by all small business owners and not supported by the facts.
Three Years Into the Recovery, Most New Jerseyans Still Left Behind
Three years into the national economic recovery, New Jersey’s middle class is worse off and poverty is deepening for already-poor families, a New Jersey Policy Perspective analysis of brand-new Census data finds.
Number of Uninsured New Jerseyans Rose Dramatically in the Last Decade
If there were any remaining doubts about the need for health care reform in New Jersey they should be dispelled by today’s release of the US Census Current Population Survey, which shows a dramatic increase in the uninsured in the state.
New Report Examines Why Significant Property Tax Reform Has Been Out of Reach in New Jersey
Despite having been one of the top issues affecting New Jerseyans for several decades, attempts by New Jersey’s leaders to relieve the burden of property taxes have done little to change the fact that property taxes remain the most regressive taxes in New Jersey – in other words, they have the largest negative impact on those with the least resources.