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One Year After Tuition Equity, a Gap Still Needs to Be Filled

December 19th, 2014 by Erika J. Nava | No Comments

If the governor’s intention – to give striving young men and women an “affordable way to continue their education” – is to be realized, then he and the legislature must allow undocumented students access to state student financial aid.


6,700 Jobs Does Not a Recovery Make

December 18th, 2014 by Gordon MacInnes | No Comments

6,700 Jobs Does Not a Recovery Make

While any monthly report of employment gains is certainly welcomed news, a look at the bigger picture clearly shows that New Jersey’s economy is still stuck in neutral, at a time when the national economy is shifting into higher gear.


Chart: New Jersey Ranks 95th in Pension Generosity Out of Top 100 Plans in the U.S.

December 17th, 2014 by Jon Whiten | No Comments

This chart alone should do plenty to put to rest the claim that overly generous benefits are the root cause of New Jersey’s pension woes.


NJPP Testimony: Consensus Revenue Forecasting is Important First Step Towards Sound Budget Planning

December 11th, 2014 by Sheila Reynertson | No Comments

Given the record of New Jersey’s last three budgets and the consequences of flawed revenue projections, a change in the revenue forecasting process is long overdue.


NJPP Testimony: Without Access to Financial Aid, Higher Education Remains Out of Reach for Many Undocumented New Jerseyans

December 11th, 2014 by Erika J. Nava | No Comments

Let’s do things right the second time around: Let’s give these New Jersey students access to real academic opportunity and achievement, build a stronger state economy and society, and reduce the risk of creating a permanent underclass.


NJPP Testimony: Backlog in SNAP and Medicaid Applications, Delay of CASS Contract All Have Disturbing Implications

December 11th, 2014 by Raymond J Castro | No Comments

The inability of the state to establish a modern eligibility determination system has disturbing implications for federal funding, the state budget, and struggling low-income families.


NJPP Statement: Subaru Tax Break is New Jersey’s Latest Feel-Good Gimmick

December 9th, 2014 by Gordon MacInnes | No Comments

New Jersey’s leaders need to recognize the tax subsidy shell game for what it is and instead turn their attention to investing in what works.


Three Recommendations on How to Fix New Jersey’s Transportation-Funding Emergency

December 8th, 2014 by Gordon MacInnes | No Comments

Today, the Senate transportation committee is casting a spotlight on the condition and prospects for New Jersey’s transportation network and the bank that finances it. The following may provide a useful context for the committee.


Video: NJPP’s Raymond Castro Talks Poverty on NJTV

December 5th, 2014 by Jon Whiten | No Comments

NJPP senior policy analyst Raymond Castro was one of several people interviewed in NJTV News’ report on the annual Anti-Poverty Network of New Jersey summit.


Legislative Proposal Would Improve New Jersey’s Budget Process by Establishing Consensus Revenue Forecasts

December 5th, 2014 by Sheila Reynertson | No Comments

Legislative Proposal Would Improve New Jersey’s Budget Process by Establishing Consensus Revenue Forecasts

A proposal by Sen. Robert Gordon would establish a three-person panel with representation from the state treasury, the legislative budget and finance officer and a mutually selected third member. The panel would provide a consensus forecast by mid-January with the option to adjust the estimate throughout the spring.






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