January 26th, 2015 by Jon Whiten | No Comments
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.
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.
January 14th, 2015 by Jon Whiten | No Comments
Low-income and middle-class New Jerseyans pay more of their incomes to state and local taxes than wealthy residents.
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.
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.
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.
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.
September 30th, 2014 by Jon Whiten | No Comments
Allowing all residents the opportunity to drive legally would make New Jersey safer, help its economy and increase the well being of many families, policy analysts and immigrant-rights advocates said today on a conference call with reporters.
September 22nd, 2014 by Jon Whiten | No Comments
While some gains have been made over the past several years, the “Jersey Comeback” announced years ago has stalled out, stunting the opportunities for the vast majority of working New Jerseyans.
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.