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Like New York, New Jersey is Considering Yacht Tax Break

March 31st, 2015 by Gordon MacInnes | No Comments

When New Jersey is financially stable enough to meet its pension obligations, modernize its transportation networks, reduce the property tax burden on middle-class families and meet the growing needs of those without jobs or sliding into poverty, maybe then it could consider a proposal to give a tax break to folks buying expensive boats.

New Data Worth Noting: New Jersey’s Middle Class is Shrinking & Personal Income Growth is Slow

March 31st, 2015 by Brandon McKoy | No Comments

The continuing struggles of New Jersey’s working families are clearly shown in two new reports worth highlighting.

Graphic: After February Jobs Data, New Jersey’s Recovery Still Lags Far Behind

March 26th, 2015 by Jon Whiten | No Comments

Graphic: After February Jobs Data, New Jersey's Recovery Still Lags Far Behind

New Jersey has recovered just 64 percent of the jobs it lost in the Great Recession.

Op-Ed: Halt Business Tax Subsidies Until New Jersey Reports on Their Results

March 25th, 2015 by Gordon MacInnes | No Comments

New Jersey cannot meet its current obligations like pensions and health benefits, is looking at a bankrupt Transportation Trust Fund and has slashed property tax rebates and credits. We simply can’t continue to give away business subsidies without any evidence about the results.

Video: NJPP President Gordon MacInnes Critiques Camden Tax Breaks on NJTV

March 25th, 2015 by Jon Whiten | No Comments

On Tuesday night, NJTV News took a look at questions surrounding many of the generous business tax subsidies that have gone to Camden projects in the past year and a half.

Gov. Christie Takes a Big Step Backward on Immigration Policy

March 25th, 2015 by Erika J. Nava | No Comments

Gov. Christie, long referred to as a “moderate” on immigration policy thanks in part to his approval of a Tuition Equality bill in 2013, on Monday joined a partisan lawsuit aimed at scoring political points against President Obama.

NJPP Testimony: Legislation to Improve Budget Process a Step in the Right Direction

March 23rd, 2015 by Sheila Reynertson | No Comments

This piece of legislation will not make New Jersey’s process perfect, and it certainly will not fix our great state’s current budget and financial crisis, but it is an enormous step in the right direction – a step towards clarity, transparency, collaboration, advance planning, good governance and true fiscal discipline.

Video: NJPP President Gordon MacInnes Discusses Fixing the Transportation Trust Fund on NJTV

March 21st, 2015 by Jon Whiten | No Comments

New Jersey Policy Perspective president Gordon MacInnes was one of a handful of leaders and advocates who testified in front of an Assembly committee Thursday on the need to fix New Jersey’s Transportation Trust Fund, and to do so soon.

Would a Cash Balance Pension Plan Actually Save Taxpayers Money?

March 19th, 2015 by Sheila Reynertson | No Comments

Cash balance plans appear to increase the risks workers face without necessarily reducing risks for employers and taxpayers. So if the rewards don’t add up, is the plan worth the risk?

NJPP Testimony: Time to Fix New Jersey’s Transportation Funding Woes, and To Do So Fairly

March 19th, 2015 by Gordon MacInnes | No Comments

Excuse me for repeating what is widely known and unanimously accepted, with one important exception: the bank for rebuilding our transportation networks is broke and we are already tardy in guaranteeing its refunding. Time’s running out and short-term, last-minute can kicking is not tolerable.

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