Sheila Reynertson

reynertson website 200x200Sheila Reynertson, Senior Policy Analyst, focuses on budget and tax issues with an emphasis on advocating for state fiscal policies that benefit working families of New Jersey.

Sheila’s research interests include: budget planning, corporate taxation, progressive taxation policy, supportive work/family policies and women’s economic empowerment.

Before joining NJPP in October 2014, Sheila worked as an advocacy coordinator at MergerWatch, a national women’s health advocacy organization. Previously, Sheila worked in the health care sector as a private childbirth coach in New York City. She currently serves as President of the Board of Health in Hopewell.

Email: sheila (at) | Phone: 609-393-1145 ext. 12


New Jersey’s Rainy Day Fund, Nearly Empty, is The Fourth Smallest in the Country

Just as households are advised to sock away savings to last them through an emergency, common-sense financial practice says that states should do the same. But the lingering effects of the Great Recession and the lack of a real economic recovery mean that New Jersey isn’t even saving enough to get by for half a week.

NJPP Testimony: Consensus Revenue Forecasting is Important First Step Towards Sound Budget Planning

Given the record of New Jersey’s last three budgets and the consequences of flawed revenue projections, a change in the revenue forecasting process is long overdue.

Legislative Proposal Would Improve New Jersey’s Budget Process by Establishing Consensus Revenue Forecasts

A proposal by Sen. Robert Gordon would establish a three-person panel with representation from the state treasury, the legislative budget and finance officer and a mutually selected third member. The panel would provide a consensus forecast by mid-January with the option to adjust the estimate throughout the spring.

New Jersey Has Ninth Slowest Post-Recession Revenue Growth

The path to economic recovery for the country as a whole is looking hopeful as total state tax revenue continues to grow after the Great Recession. However, a new state-by-state analysis paints a less rosy picture of New Jersey.

Another Migration Myth Busted: Most Income Doesn’t ‘Migrate’ When Residents Leave New Jersey

The vast majority of income counted by the IRS as “lost” due to out-migration does not depart the state. When most residents leave New Jersey, either for a job in another state or to retire, they don’t actually take their income with them. Instead, that income usually stays with its employer in New Jersey, and is earned by other residents already in the state or by those who move in.