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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.


Issue Brief: New Jersey’s Inadequate Support of SNAP Causing Needless Hunger

August 20th, 2014 by Raymond J Castro | No Comments

Issue Brief: New Jersey’s Inadequate Support of SNAP Causing Needless Hunger

Evidence is mounting that New Jersey’s inadequate support of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) 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.


Raising the Tipped Minimum Wage Would Increase the Economic Security of Many Hard-Working New Jerseyans

July 16th, 2014 by Daniel Munczek Edelman | No Comments

Raising the Tipped Minimum Wage Would Increase the Economic Security of Many Hard-Working New Jerseyans

Increasing New Jersey’s tipped minimum wage would help increase the economic security of more of New Jersey’s low-wage workers, and would ensure a modest baseline of support that hard-working New Jerseyans could rely on.


New Jersey’s Surge in Business Tax Subsidies Reaches New Heights

June 11th, 2014 by Jon Whiten | No Comments

New Jersey’s Surge in Business Tax Subsidies Reaches New Heights

New Jersey has awarded more than $4 billion in tax subsidies and credits to businesses this decade in a largely unsuccessful attempt to spur economic activity and boost the state’s crawl out of the Great Recession.


Increasing the Minimum Wage to $10.10: A Win-Win for New Jersey

April 29th, 2014 by Jon Whiten | No Comments

Increasing the Minimum Wage to $10.10: A Win-Win for New Jersey

Last year New Jerseyans overwhelmingly voted to raise the state’s minimum wage to $8.25 an hour and tie the wage floor to future increases in the cost of living. The increase was a big victory for New Jersey’s low-wage workers, but $8.25 an hour still doesn’t cut it in high-cost New Jersey.


Taking Bold Action on Transportation Will Give New Jersey’s Economy a Firm Foundation for the Future

April 24th, 2014 by David Rousseau | 1 Comment

Taking Bold Action on Transportation Will Give New Jersey’s Economy a Firm Foundation for the Future

To maintain and improve the state’s roads, bridges and mass transit systems, as well as to begin projects critical to our future, New Jersey should increase funding for the state Transportation Trust Fund – which has stagnated for a decade – by 25 percent for the next 10 years, up to $20 billion over the decade from $16 billion. To do so, the most sensible option is to extend the state’s 7 percent sales tax to gasoline.


New Jersey Enrollment Goals for NJ FamilyCare and Health Insurance Marketplace Plans

March 5th, 2014 by Raymond J Castro | No Comments

What does ‘success’ look like for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in New Jersey? Today, New Jersey Policy Perspective, in cooperation with the Rutgers Center on State Health Policy quantified the answer to this question by announcing detailed goals for ACA enrollment, which are being supported by a grassroots campaign organized by the NJ for Health Care Coalition.






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