December 4th, 2013 by Jon Whiten | No Comments
State officials and insurers are facing important policy choices regarding substandard health plans that will impact the availability of comprehensive health care that is affordable to as many New Jerseyans as possible, according to a new Issue Brief released today by New Jersey Policy Perspective.
November 14th, 2013 by Jon Whiten | No Comments
Providing tuition equity with access to aid in New Jersey would allow undocumented students to earn better livings, contribute more to our tax system and remain gainfully employed. In addition, it would allow these students to have longer career paths and job flexibility. New Jersey – with the third-highest share of foreign-born residents (after California and Texas) and fifth-highest total number of undocumented residents – would greatly benefit from tuition equity.
October 30th, 2013 by Jon Whiten | No Comments
Beginning Friday, nearly 1 million New Jerseyans will see their food assistance benefits cut, when a temporary boost to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) expires.
October 3rd, 2013 by Jon Whiten | No Comments
Business lobby groups and affiliated business owners are holding a rally in Seaside Heights today to discuss their opposition to raising New Jersey’s minimum wage – an opposition not shared by all small business owners and not supported by the facts.
September 19th, 2013 by Jon Whiten | No Comments
Three years into the national economic recovery, New Jersey’s middle class is worse off and poverty is deepening for already-poor families, a New Jersey Policy Perspective analysis of brand-new Census data finds.
September 17th, 2013 by Jon Whiten | No Comments
If there were any remaining doubts about the need for health care reform in New Jersey they should be dispelled by today’s release of the US Census Current Population Survey, which shows a dramatic increase in the uninsured in the state.
September 5th, 2013 by Jon Whiten | No Comments
Despite having been one of the top issues affecting New Jerseyans for several decades, attempts by New Jersey’s leaders to relieve the burden of property taxes have done little to change the fact that property taxes remain the most regressive taxes in New Jersey – in other words, they have the largest negative impact on those with the least resources.
September 4th, 2013 by Jon Whiten | 2 Comments
About one in eight New Jersey households (12.1 percent) cannot afford to buy enough nutritious food, according to new data released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture today. Of the 393,250 New Jersey households experiencing this food insecurity in 2010-2012, 149,500 experienced “very low” food security – meaning that one or more household members had to reduce their food intake.
August 5th, 2013 by Jon Whiten | No Comments
Nearly 1 million New Jerseyans will see a cut in their federal food assistance benefits this fall, when a temporary boost to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) is set to expire, according to new data released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
July 10th, 2013 by Jon Whiten | No Comments
With fiscal costs and benefits figuring large in the immigration reform debate, a new analysis estimates that unauthorized immigrants are already paying $10.6 billion a year in state and local taxes nationwide, including $476 million in New Jersey.