Vineeta Kapahi

Vineeta Kapahi, Policy Analyst, works on issues related to immigrants' rights and economic security. She has worked alongside immigrant communities as a social worker, organizer, and researcher for nearly a decade. In the summer of 2019, Vineeta served as NJPP's Kathleen Crotty Fellow, where she authored a landmark report on the benefits of expanding New Jersey's Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Prior to that, she was the Manager of Policy and Volunteer Engagement at Womankind, a nonprofit organization that addresses gender-based violence. Vineeta completed her undergraduate studies at Bard College at Simon’s Rock and Rice University and holds master’s degrees from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College and the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers. Email: kapahi (at)

What’s Included, and Missing, in Gov. Murphy’s FY 2022 Budget Proposal

New Jersey lawmakers must keep their eyes peeled on the not-so-distant future and find ways to protect new investments long-term.

Five Ways to Strengthen Tax Credits for Workers

The American Rescue Plan expands tax credits for working families, but many of these changes fall short of the need. Here's what state lawmakers can do to better support workers.

New York Approves $2.1 Billion Relief Fund for Immigrants — New Jersey Should Do the Same

New York’s Excluded Workers Fund will provide pandemic relief to approximately 290,000 immigrant workers.

Cooperation with ICE Deepens Racial and Economic Disparities in New Jersey

Immigration enforcement practices violate human rights, harm public health, and worsen racial disparities.

Gov. Murphy’s FY 2022 Budget Address: 5 Key Takeaways

Highlights from Gov. Murphy's FY 2022 budget address, including one big omission.

State of the State 2021: Rapid Reaction

Live from the NJPP Zoom room, Sheila, Vineeta, Brittany, Marleina, and Lou react to Governor Murphy's State of the State address (with gifs!).

Parents are Essential Too: Supporting Working Families During the Pandemic

Even before the onset of COVID-19, working parents faced difficulties accessing high-quality and affordable child care.

Budget Breakdown: Everything You Need to Know About the FY 2021 State Budget

In the midst of a public health crisis, New Jersey is setting an example for the nation to follow.

Census 2019: Poverty in New Jersey Remains Higher Than Pre-Recession Levels

Even though 2019 marked the end of a period of economic growth, nearly one in ten New Jersey residents lived in poverty last year.

Support Young Workers by Expanding the EITC

Testimony by NJPP Policy Analyst Vineeta Kapahi in support of expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to young adults.
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