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New Jersey Consumers to Supreme Court: Our Affordable Coverage Matters

March 2nd, 2015 by Jon Whiten | No Comments

As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares for oral argument in the King v. Burwell case, consumers, employers and health care advocates from around New Jersey gathered at the Statehouse to highlight the success of the Affordable Care Act and the potential impact the King case could have on our state.


Outlook for 2016 Budget Looks Bleak for New Jersey’s Working Families

February 20th, 2015 by Jon Whiten | No Comments

As the governor prepares to deliver his 2016 budget address next week, the prospects for policies to help middle-class and low-income New Jerseyans in that spending plan look bleak.


Full Enrollment Under the Affordable Care Act Would Bring Huge Benefits to New Jersey

February 11th, 2015 by Jon Whiten | No Comments

With 2015’s Affordable Care Act open enrollment period soon coming to a close, a new analysis suggests reaching full enrollment would secure health coverage for over a million New Jersey residents while pumping over $5 billion in federal funds a year into the Garden State.


Whose Recovery? Nearly All Income Gains in Post-Recession New Jersey Have Gone to the Top 1%

January 26th, 2015 by Jon Whiten | No Comments

Whose Recovery? Nearly All Income Gains in Post-Recession New Jersey Have Gone to the Top 1%

From 2009 to 2012, 81 percent of all income growth in New Jersey went to just 1 percent of the state’s most well-off households, and New Jersey’s top 1 percent took home 27 times more than the bottom 99 percent in 2012.


Any Gas Tax Increase Should Include Tax Credit for Low-Income New Jerseyans

January 21st, 2015 by Jon Whiten | No Comments

Without an EITC restoration, households earning less than $45,000 a year would proportionately pay more towards any substantial new gas tax than everyone else.


New Jersey’s Upside-Down Tax System: The Lower Your Income, The More Of It You Pay

January 14th, 2015 by Jon Whiten | No Comments

New Jersey’s Upside-Down Tax System: The Lower Your Income, The More Of It You Pay

Low-income and middle-class New Jerseyans pay more of their incomes to state and local taxes than wealthy residents.


Nearly 200,000 Low-Wage New Jersey Workers Will Ring in New Year With Modest Pay Bump

December 29th, 2014 by Jon Whiten | No Comments

On January 1, 2015, New Jersey’s minimum wage will rise to $8.38 per hour, giving approximately 176,000 Garden State workers a slight pay increase in the new year.


Setting the Record Straight: How Generous Are New Jersey’s Public Pension Benefits?

December 17th, 2014 by Jon Whiten | No Comments

The Christie administration and other New Jersey leaders are right: The state is facing a significant pension system problem. But those who blame overly generous benefits for these woes are far off base, according to an analysis of the largest 100 public pension plans in the country released today.


Long-Term Unemployment Stubbornly High in New Jersey Years After Recession’s Official End

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, according to an Issue Brief released today by New Jersey Policy Perspective.


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.






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