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Three Simple Charts Show the Depth and Severity of New Jersey’s Long-Term Unemployment Problem

October 15th, 2014 by Jon Whiten | No Comments

More than five years after the official end of the Great Recession, long-term unemployment remains at historically high levels in New Jersey.

NJPP Testimony: New Jersey’s Economic Future Depends on a Swift, Bold Fix to Transportation Funding Problem

October 14th, 2014 by Gordon MacInnes | No Comments

We are at a dangerous intersection and the state’s economic future depends on the legislature and governor acting with urgency and uncharacteristic boldness.

NJPP Testimony: Earned Sick Days Policy Makes Moral, Economic and Common Sense

October 9th, 2014 by Brandon McKoy | No Comments

This legislation represents an opportunity for New Jersey to lead, and to provide all workers with the comfort of knowing that they no longer have to choose between getting paid or getting well.

Op-Ed: New Jersey Should License Undocumented Residents to Drive Legally

October 9th, 2014 by Erika J. Nava | No Comments

Just because the federal government has failed to fix the broken immigration system, there is no reason for New Jersey to stand idly by and wait.

Video: NJPP President Gordon MacInnes Explains Harm of 401(k)-Style Plans on NJTV

October 8th, 2014 by Jon Whiten | No Comments

NJPP president Gordon MacInnes appeared on NJTV News last night to discuss the financial risks if New Jersey were to move from a defined-benefit pensions system to a 401(k)-style defined-contribution system.

Op-Ed: Diverting Scarce Dollars to Open Space Would Continue New Jersey’s Reckless Financial Practices

October 8th, 2014 by Gordon MacInnes | No Comments

Yes, it would be nice to add more open space for public use. But first we need to put the state’s finances in order. Approval of the November referendum would only add to the disorder.

Ending Defined Benefit Plans Would Worsen New Jersey’s Pension Debt

October 7th, 2014 by Jon Whiten | No Comments

Moving new employees out of defined benefit pension plans and into 401(k)-type retirement accounts would not reduce New Jersey’s crushing pension debt and could cost taxpayers $42 billion for the transition, according to a study released today by New Jersey Policy Perspective and the Pennsylvania-based Keystone Research Center.

Why Indexing Matters: Low-Wage New Jersey Workers to Get Pay Bump in January

October 3rd, 2014 by Brandon McKoy | No Comments

After voters approved a raise of one dollar last November, the most important part of the legislation that ties future increases to inflation-indexing will take effect in three months, providing a rise in wages for hard working low-income employees across the state.

NJPP Taps Carly Rothman Siditsky as New Development Director

October 2nd, 2014 by Jon Whiten | No Comments

NJPP Taps Carly Rothman Siditsky as New Development Director

Rothman Siditsky, who comes to NJPP from the Star-Ledger, will work to deepen and strengthen our relationship with current supporters, engage new allies in our work and expand our capacity to take on New Jersey’s toughest fights.

Video: NJPP President Gordon MacInnes: Allowing Undocumented New Jerseyans to Drive Legally is ‘Common Sense’

October 2nd, 2014 by Jon Whiten | No Comments

MacInnes told anchor Mary Alice Williams that if New Jersey followed the lead of nearly a dozen other states and offered this policy, it would make New Jersey’s roads safer, increase the trust between immigrant communities and law enforcement and boost the state’s economy.

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