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What Recovery? Poverty in New Jersey Continues to Rise

September 22nd, 2014 by Jon Whiten | No Comments

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.


Op-Ed: Don’t Be So Quick to Pull the Plug on New Jersey’s So-Called ‘Death Taxes’

September 22nd, 2014 by Gordon MacInnes | No Comments

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.


The Economic Opportunity Act, Which Turns One Today, Has Kicked New Jersey’s Subsidy Surge into High Gear

September 18th, 2014 by Jon Whiten | No Comments

The Economic Opportunity Act, Which Turns One Today, Has Kicked New Jersey's Subsidy Surge into High Gear

In ten months, New Jersey has awarded a total of $1.6 billion in tax incentives, bringing the total since January 2010 to $4.6 billion so far – nearly four times as much as in the entire previous decade, when the state awarded a total of $1.2 billion in subsidies.


Latest Proposed ‘Economic Opportunity Act’ Revisions Another Step in the Wrong Direction

September 12th, 2014 by NJPP Staff | No Comments

The bill will almost certainly increase the amount of subsidy dollars being awarded over the next five years at a time when these awards are already at a record high. This is bad enough on its own, since subsidies are known to be an ineffective method of growing a state’s economy. But it gets worse.


While New Jersey Bungles its Food Stamp Program, More than One in Ten New Jersey Households Still Struggling With Hunger

September 11th, 2014 by Jon Whiten | No Comments

While New Jersey Bungles its Food Stamp Program, More than One in Ten New Jersey Households Still Struggling With Hunger

New federal data showing widespread hunger in New Jersey makes clear that the state’s poor performance on food stamp outreach and implementation, and the Christie administration’s rejection of Heat and Eat benefits, is unnecessarily putting hundreds of thousands of New Jerseyans at risk.


Video: NJPP’s Raymond Castro on the Affordable Care Act and Young Adults

September 9th, 2014 by Jon Whiten | No Comments

New Jersey Policy Perspective senior policy analyst Raymond Castro appeared last night on a NJTV News segment exploring Affordable Care Act enrollment trends among young adults.


New Jersey Should Build on Minimum Wage Increase by Restoring Earned Income Tax Credit

September 9th, 2014 by Jon Whiten | No Comments

Last year New Jersey voters took a big step to improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of low-wage workers when they overwhelmingly approved the state’s first minimum wage increase in 9 years. But there is another way to help working low-income New Jersey families, one that works best in conjunction with raising the minimum wage, that’s been stalled for 4 years.


Video: NJPP’s Raymond Castro Discusses New Jersey’s SNAP Delays

August 22nd, 2014 by Jon Whiten | No Comments

“We need a much greater state commitment to this program,” Castro said. “The state does not provide any funds for outreach.”


New Jersey’s Food Stamp Failure: Hundreds of Thousands of Struggling New Jerseyans Losing Nutritional Benefits

August 20th, 2014 by Jon Whiten | No Comments

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.


Op-Ed: New Jersey Needs More Evaluation of its Business Tax Incentives

August 17th, 2014 by Jon Whiten | No Comments

As the state doubles down on these tax breaks, it must also increase the level of scrutiny it applies to them.






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