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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.


NJPP Statement: July Jobs Numbers Further Proof That Not All’s Well with New Jersey’s Economy

August 14th, 2014 by Gordon MacInnes | No Comments

The facts clearly show that New Jersey hasn’t recovered from the recession, and should be sobering to New Jersey’s policymakers.


Two Takeaways from Revel’s Closure

August 14th, 2014 by Jon Whiten | No Comments

Two Takeaways from Revel’s Closure

The announcement this week that Atlantic City’s Revel casino and resort will close next month and over 3,000 workers will lose their jobs has many important implications, but we wanted to quickly focus on two of them: the devastation that casino closings will have on the local economy and how Revel’s bust highlights the need for revising the state’s criteria for evaluating the economic impact of projects receiving state subsidies.


Video: NJPP’s Gordon MacInnes Discusses How to Improve New Jersey’s Revenue-Forecasting Process

August 12th, 2014 by Jon Whiten | No Comments

New Jersey’s governor and its Office of Legislative Services currently both create revenue estimates but don’t work together to come to a consensus agreement. MacInnes said that should change.


Bringing BEIP Back from the Dead is a Bad Idea

August 11th, 2014 by Jon Whiten | No Comments

Adding another subsidy program to New Jersey’s portfolio is a bad idea – particularly right now. We’re already seeing a massive surge in tax breaks that will cost taxpayers billions over the next decade-plus – the last thing the state needs is to add fuel to the fire.


New Jersey is Relying on Faulty Process to Estimate Revenue

August 7th, 2014 by Jon Whiten | No Comments

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.


Policy Analyst Brandon McKoy Joins NJPP to Focus on Economic Security

August 7th, 2014 by Jon Whiten | No Comments

Policy Analyst Brandon McKoy Joins NJPP to Focus on Economic Security

Urban planning and policy expert Brandon McKoy has joined New Jersey Policy Perspective as a policy analyst under the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities’ State Policy Fellowship Program. He will be focusing on economic security throughout the state, including analysis and advocacy around tax policy, nutrition, education, poverty, housing and welfare.


NJPP Statement: Assembly Bill Would Put a College Education Within Reach for More Successful High School Graduates

August 5th, 2014 by Gordon MacInnes | No Comments

Last year’s Tuition Equality Act finally opened the door to undocumented students who graduated high school in New Jersey but were denied effective access to public colleges by having to pay much higher out-of-state tuition rates. Unfortunately, the governor conditionally vetoed the part that made them eligible for New Jersey’s financial aid programs. This bill would correct that.






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