Video: NJPP’s Brandon McKoy Talks Poverty on NJTV

As part of a segment that aired last night, NJTV News talked to NJPP policy analyst Brandon McKoy about the latest poverty data released earlier this month by the U.S. Census Bureau. While the official poverty rate dropped a slight amount in 2014, it remains far higher than it was before the Great Recession and in 2000.

McKoy told NJTV that in order to truly fight poverty, New Jersey’s economy needs to be working well for all in the state – but that won’t happen if the strategy continues to focus on reducing taxes for those who are already doing well.

“What the data really shows is that this is a state that’s kind of stuck,” he said. “Until our leaders start thinking about issues and ideas other than tax cuts and tax breaks for corporations, we’re really going to continue to be stuck.”