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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.


It’s Time to Allow New Jersey’s Undocumented Residents to Drive Legally

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.


What Recovery? Poverty in New Jersey Continues to Rise

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.


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.






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