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2016 Budget Preview: Unmet Needs Growing as Economy Lags

February 20th, 2015 by Sheila Reynertson | No Comments

If you’d prefer to read a PDF version of this report, click here. What are the prospects for next year’s state budget? In a word: bleak. With New Jersey’s chronically sluggish economic recovery, the state has serious financial problems because revenues are not growing fast enough to meet the state’s biggest obligations. It has practically […]


Maximizing Affordable Care Act Enrollment is a Must for New Jersey

February 11th, 2015 by Raymond J Castro | No Comments

Maximizing Affordable Care Act Enrollment is a Must for New Jersey

Securing full federal funding via higher enrollments is an ambitious but achievable goal. In fact, New Jersey is more than halfway there.


Tax Increase to Fund Transportation Should Be Combined with Credit to Help Low-Income Families

January 21st, 2015 by Jon Whiten | No Comments

Tax Increase to Fund Transportation Should Be Combined with Credit to Help Low-Income Families

As New Jersey policymakers close in on a deal to boost New Jersey’s transportation funding, a bold solution that raises at least $1 billion in new revenue a year through new gas taxes is essential if New Jersey wants to take advantage of one of its greatest economic assets – its location – and rebuild a strong state economy. Equally essential is strengthening a key tax credit for working families – the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) ­– to ease the disproportionate pinch a gas tax increase would mean for low-income households.


Issue Brief: 2015 Minimum Wage Increase Will Boost Pay for About 5 Percent of New Jersey’s Workers

December 29th, 2014 by Jon Whiten | No Comments

Issue Brief: 2015 Minimum Wage Increase Will Boost Pay for About 5 Percent of New Jersey’s Workers

Policymakers were smart to include indexing in their work on the 2013 wage increase, but that does not mean they can “set it and forget it.” There is clearly more work to be done to improve the economic security of the Garden State’s low-wage workers.


New Jersey Has Modest Public Pension Benefits

December 17th, 2014 by Stephen Herzenberg | No Comments

New Jersey Has Modest Public Pension Benefits

While one of the central tenets of repeated calls for major changes to New Jersey’s public pension system is the claim that public employee pensions are overly generous, retirement benefits for the state’s public workers are already among the least generous of all large public-sector pensions in the country, in part because of cuts enacted in the pension reforms of 2011.


Fact Sheet: Despite National Recovery, More New Jersey Families in Crisis

December 2nd, 2014 by Brandon McKoy | No Comments

Fact Sheet: Despite National Recovery, More New Jersey Families in Crisis

The key measurements of economic security from 2013’s Census data tell a distressing story for New Jerseyans.


Issue Brief: New Jersey’s Long-Term Unemployment Crisis

October 15th, 2014 by Jon Whiten | No Comments

Issue Brief: New Jersey's Long-Term Unemployment Crisis

If you’d prefer to read a PDF version of this report, click here. More than five years after the official end of the Great Recession, New Jersey’s economic growth is stalled, lagging far behind the recoveries of the nation and our neighbors. One harrowing byproduct of this soft recovery is that the share of jobless […]


How to Dig an Even Deeper Pension Hole

October 7th, 2014 by Stephen Herzenberg | No Comments

How to Dig an Even Deeper Pension Hole

In the face of its multi-billion-dollar unfunded pension liabilities, New Jersey would be ill-advised to switch to a transparently inferior retirement plan design such as 401(k)-style accounts. In fact, high investment returns combined with low costs make DB pensions the most cost-effective retirement plans over the long term, which benefits taxpayers and public-sector retirees.


Share the Road: Allowing Eligible Undocumented Residents Access to Driver’s Licenses Makes Sense for New Jersey

September 30th, 2014 by Erika J. Nava | No Comments

Share the Road: Allowing Eligible Undocumented Residents Access to Driver’s Licenses Makes Sense for New Jersey

Allowing all residents the opportunity to drive legally would make New Jersey safer, help its economy and increase the well being of many families. The Garden State should follow the lead of 11 states and Washington D.C., and ensure that all drivers, regardless of their immigration status, are tested, trained, licensed, insured and accountable for their driving records.


Issue Brief: Despite National Economic Recovery, Poverty in New Jersey Continues to Rise

September 22nd, 2014 by Brandon McKoy | No Comments

Issue Brief: Despite National Economic Recovery, Poverty in New Jersey Continues to Rise

As the rest of the country marches out of the Great Recession of 2009, New Jersey is almost alone in watching its condition worsen. 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. The 2013 American Community Survey data released last week by the US Census Bureau show that the state still suffers from rising levels of deep poverty, increasing income inequality and a struggling economy even as these metrics are improving for most of the nation.






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