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Latest Tax Expenditure Report Shows Clear Need for More Info on Business Tax Subsidies

February 27th, 2015 by Jon Whiten | No Comments

New Jersey’s most recent Tax Expenditure Report released this week leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to accounting for the revenue being lost to the state’s business tax subsidy programs.

Video: NJPP’s Gordon MacInnes Discusses the Budget and the Transportation-Funding Crisis on NJTV News

February 26th, 2015 by Jon Whiten | No Comments

When Gov. Christie discussed his budget plan for 2016 on Tuesday, one very important word was conspicuously absent: transportation.

Video: NJPP’s Jon Whiten Talks Business Tax Subsidies on NJTV News

February 25th, 2015 by Jon Whiten | No Comments

NJTV News took a critical look at New Jersey’s over-reliance on business tax subsidies to try to keep or create jobs on last night’s newscast, and turned to NJPP to help explain the problem with this strategy.

Problems Paying BEIP Rebates Should Be Wakeup Call: Time to Slow Down Unaffordable Tax Breaks

February 24th, 2015 by Jon Whiten | No Comments

The fact that the governor is not including funding for New Jersey’s oldest business tax subsidy program in the coming budget is the clearest proof yet that these special tax breaks are simply unaffordable.

NJPP Statement on Budget Address: Time to Chart a New Course

February 24th, 2015 by Gordon MacInnes | No Comments

New Jerseyans hoping to hear an accurate assessment of the state’s financial situation today would surely be disappointed, as the governor devoted his entire budget address to public-employee pensions and health benefits. Granted, this is a crucial challenge facing the state, but it is not the only or most immediate problem – not by a long shot.

DREAMers Need Financial Aid

February 20th, 2015 by Erika J. Nava | No Comments

The bottom line is that without financial aid, the Tuition Equality Act will severely limit educational and economic opportunities.

Outlook for 2016 Budget Looks Bleak for New Jersey’s Working Families

February 20th, 2015 by Jon Whiten | No Comments

As the governor prepares to deliver his 2016 budget address next week, the prospects for policies to help middle-class and low-income New Jerseyans in that spending plan look bleak.

Op-Ed: Three Reasons Not to Trade an Estate Tax Cut With a Gas Tax Increase

February 18th, 2015 by Gordon MacInnes | No Comments

It increasingly appears that the political price to salvage the state’s core economic asset and secure the governor’s signature on a gas tax hike is to eliminate or reduce New Jersey’s estate tax.

How New Jersey Would Benefit from Full Affordable Care Act Enrollment, in One Graphic

February 11th, 2015 by Jon Whiten | No Comments

Maximizing enrollment under the Affordable Care Act is a must for New Jersey’s residents and its economy.

NJPP Weighs in on Proposed Accounting Standards for State & Local Tax Subsidies

February 6th, 2015 by Jon Whiten | No Comments

For pure excitement, proposed changes to accounting standards by an obscure oversight board may rank near the bottom of the reader’s list. However, these standards can greatly improve government transparency and make clear the results of decisions made by New Jersey policymakers.

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