December 4th, 2013 by Raymond J Castro | No Comments
If you’d prefer to read a PDF version of this report, click here. New Jersey insurers must decide soon whether to extend substandard health plans that will eventually not comply with the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) comprehensive coverage and consumer protections provisions. Individuals and small businesses initially would have been unable to renew these plans […]
November 14th, 2013 by Erika J. Nava | No Comments
To ensure that New Jersey’s tuition equity policy is as fair and effective as possible, lawmakers need to include a crucial provision: Eligibility for state financial aid. Without this, access to higher education and a brighter future will likely remain closed to many undocumented New Jerseyans, as in-state rates for a full college education remain out-of-reach for low- and moderate-income families, particularly when one adds fees and other costs.
September 19th, 2013 by Raymond J Castro | 1 Comment
Over the last several years, New Jerseyans have heard glowing reports about how well the state’s economy is performing since the recession ended and the recovery began in June 2009. Those claims are correct for Wall Street, banks and many other businesses as a result of record increases in productivity, profits and stocks. But it’s a different world for many ordinary New Jerseyans who have lost everything or are barely getting by.
September 5th, 2013 by David Rousseau | 4 Comments
The average New Jersey homeowner will likely pay about $8,000 in local property taxes in 2013 (the average was about $7,900 in 2012), or about 10 percent of the average household income of approximately $80,000. By contrast, the average family pays just 1.5 percent of its income, about $1,200, in state income taxes (assuming two children). For this average family, property taxes are 6.5 times higher than income taxes, a proportion that increases for families down the income scale. The less one earns, the bigger the chunk that goes out in property tax payments
August 19th, 2013 by Jon Whiten | No Comments
By approving this subsidy overhaul legislation, lawmakers will ensure that New Jersey will continue to be stuck in the same policy ditch – revving the engine, as these changes propose doing, won’t change that.
August 5th, 2013 by Raymond J Castro | No Comments
Nearly 1 million low-income people in New Jersey will see their vital food assistance cut when a temporary boost to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) expires November 1, new data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) show.
July 19th, 2013 by David Rousseau | 1 Comment
The $33 billion (technically $32.977 billion) Fiscal Year 2014 budget is the second-largest spending plan in New Jersey history. It was approved in June by the legislature and signed by the governor without any line-item vetoes.
June 26th, 2013 by Gordon MacInnes | 1 Comment
Fixing New Jersey’s crumbling roads and bridges is vital to energizing the state’s lagging recovery from the Great Recession. Without a sound transportation system that allows businesses to cheaply and efficiently move their goods to market and eases the commute of working men and women, New Jersey’s economy will continue to trail its neighbors. Rather than contemplating a massive new tax cut, state policymakers should invest in this key to our state’s future.
June 17th, 2013 by Erika J. Nava | No Comments
The national immigration debate should not obscure that there is another battle taking place in New Jersey around the Tuition Equity Act (A-4225), which would allow undocumented students who meet certain criteria to pay in-state tuition rates at public colleges and universities. If enacted, New Jersey would join 15 other states that have passed laws allowing qualified undocumented students to take advantage of in-state tuition rates.
May 30th, 2013 by Gordon MacInnes | 2 Comments
Rather than cutting taxes, New Jersey policymakers should invest more in proven drivers of economic growth. This means making sure that our colleges and universities have the resources they need to educate and train a first-rate workforce, and that students and their families can afford an education beyond high school.