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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.


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.


After 23 Years of Inaction, It’s Time to Increase New Jersey’s Tipped Minimum Wage

July 16th, 2014 by Jon Whiten | 5 Comments

Proposed federal legislation to increase the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour includes a provision raising the tipped minimum to 70 percent of the full minimum wage. But with the federal legislation unlikely to make serious headway, New Jersey policymakers need to step up to ensure greater economic security for the state’s low-wage tipped workers.


New Jersey Has Awarded Unprecedented Amount of Business Tax Subsidies This Decade, Despite Little Evidence These Tax Breaks Can Grow a State’s Economy

June 11th, 2014 by Jon Whiten | No Comments

New Jersey has awarded more than $4 billion in tax subsidies and credits to businesses this decade in a largely unsuccessful attempt to spur economic activity and boost the state’s crawl out of the Great Recession.


Gas Tax Is at an All-Time Low in New Jersey

May 9th, 2014 by Mike Soszynski | No Comments

Inflation has eroded the value of New Jersey’s gas tax so badly that it is at its lowest level in history – and will only erode further without action, according to a new report from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP).


New Jersey’s Failure to Adequately Fund Higher Education Continues to Threaten the State’s Economic Future

May 1st, 2014 by Jon Whiten | No Comments

New Jersey’s Failure to Adequately Fund Higher Education Continues to Threaten the State’s Economic Future

New Jersey families hoping to send their children to college continue to face a perfect storm of declining income, cuts in state support to public colleges and universities, and steadily increasing tuitions and student fees.


Raising the Federal Minimum Wage to $10.10 an Hour Would Help Hundreds of Thousands of New Jerseyans

April 29th, 2014 by Jon Whiten | No Comments

Increasing the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour and indexing it to inflation would boost the wages of three-quarters of a million New Jerseyans, providing these workers – the overwhelming majority of whom are adults – with greater economic security and allowing them to have a firmer foothold on which to climb into the middle class.


Serious Investment in Transportation is an Important Building Block for a Strong New Jersey Economy

April 24th, 2014 by Jon Whiten | 1 Comment

In order for its economy to remain competitive, New Jersey needs a state-of-the-art transportation network and must be willing to make serious investment to maintain, improve and expand this important asset.


Many Profitable Corporations Pay Little State Income Tax – Here’s How New Jersey Can Help Fix That

April 17th, 2014 by Jon Whiten | No Comments

Many Profitable Corporations Pay Little State Income Tax - Here's How New Jersey Can Help Fix That

New Jersey’s policymakers should adopt two simple reforms that would make the corporate tax more sensible, transparent, and productive: first, establish a floor on corporate taxes paid below which a company would be ineligible for state tax incentives; and adopt “combined reporting” to prevent businesses from shifting profits out-of-state in efforts to reduce taxable profits.


New Jersey Has Highest Unemployment Rate for Veterans

March 24th, 2014 by Jon Whiten | No Comments

New Jersey’s veterans had an unemployment rate of 10.8 percent in 2013, the highest of all 50 states.






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