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Editorials and Op-Eds
Will New Jersey Finally Fix its Transportation Funding Crisis?
Legislative leaders, a new business/labor coalition, the newly confirmed transportation commissioner and even the governor agree that the Fund needs more money, and soon. While that’s a good starting point, it disguises the test for all involved: Will they step up big and provide sufficient, steady funding, or will they try to buy a few years and just deepen the hole for others to fill in later?
Don’t Be So Quick to Pull the Plug on New Jersey’s So-Called ‘Death Taxes’
New Jersey has dug its own hole by two decades of financially imprudent actions. The last thing we need is to deepen the hole by eliminating important taxes that serve an important purpose.
New Jersey Needs More Evaluation of its Business Tax Incentives
As the state doubles down on these tax breaks, it must also increase the level of scrutiny it applies to them.
How to Keep New Jersey From Becoming a Failed State
New Jersey is in danger of becoming a failed state. Not in the same way as Somalia and other truly desperate places, but compared to its peers in America, New Jersey is sliding toward failure, with statistic after harrowing statistic to prove it.
Despite the Fear-Mongering, Corporate Tax Increases Aren’t ‘Job Killers’
The relationship between economic growth, job creation and state taxes is far less simplistic than some folks let on with their rigid “no new taxes” stance.
What Recovery? Poverty in New Jersey Continues to Rise
While some gains have been made over the past several years, the “Jersey Comeback” announced years ago has stalled out, stunting the opportunities for the vast majority of working New Jerseyans. The state still suffers from rising levels of deep poverty, increasing income inequality and a struggling economy – even as these metrics are improving for most of the nation.
New Jersey’s Food Stamp Failure: Hundreds of Thousands of Struggling New Jerseyans Losing Nutritional Benefits
New Jersey’s inadequate support of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is resulting in the delay or the denial of critical food benefits to hundreds of thousands of struggling New Jerseyans and the potential loss of up to $500 million in federal funds annually.
New Jersey is Relying on Faulty Process to Estimate Revenue
New Jersey should make improvements to the way it estimates revenues in order to create a more fiscally responsible budget, according to a new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
After 23 Years of Inaction, It’s Time to Increase New Jersey’s Tipped Minimum Wage
Proposed federal legislation to increase the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour includes a provision raising the tipped minimum to 70 percent of the full minimum wage. But with the federal legislation unlikely to make serious headway, New Jersey policymakers need to step up to ensure greater economic security for the state’s low-wage tipped workers.
New Jersey Has Awarded Unprecedented Amount of Business Tax Subsidies This Decade, Despite Little Evidence These Tax Breaks Can Grow a State’s Economy
New Jersey has awarded more than $4 billion in tax subsidies and credits to businesses this decade in a largely unsuccessful attempt to spur economic activity and boost the state’s crawl out of the Great Recession.