Issues

In order to make New Jersey a better, fairer place to live, work and do business, NJPP currently focuses its work in three broad issue categories: Budget and Tax Policy, Economic Opportunity and Health Care.


Budget and Tax Policy

State budgets are more than just numbers and line items, and state tax policies are about more than just tables and rates; they are both reflections of a state’s priorities. NJPP’s budget and tax policy work aims to ensure adequate investment in the assets that help grow a strong state economy and widespread prosperity, as well as in the essential services that all residents – particularly those who are disadvantaged – need. It also aims to raise the funds required to make those investments through a tax structure that is as fair and equitable as possible.

The latest: 

Opportunity Lost: Consequences and Shortcomings of the Fiscal Year 2019 Budget

This year’s budget falls short in one key area: there are simply not enough stable sources of new revenue to sustain increased investments.

NJPP Testimony: Revenue Certification Reform is Long Overdue

Testimony by NJPP President Gordon MacInnes in support of SCR-132.


Economic Opportunity

All New Jerseyans – regardless of the circumstances they are born into or currently find themselves in – should have opportunities to succeed financially. NJPP’s work in this area focuses on improving opportunities for low- and moderate-income residents and families, and rebuilding the state’s middle class, and encompasses everything from raising the minimum wage to better integrating the state’s immigration population.

The latest: 

New Jersey’s Minimum Wage Set to Increase by 25 Cents

The new minimum wage of $8.85 remains insufficient for workers, businesses, and the economy.

Higher Ed: A Decade of Cuts and Tuition Hikes

A decade of cuts to higher education threaten access and equity for New Jersey families.


Health Care

Access to affordable, high-quality health care is essential for all New Jerseyans. This is both an economic issue and a public health issue, and NJPP’s work in this area focuses on access to health care for low-income residents, affordability of health care for all residents and businesses, and the rights of consumers.

The latest:

Trump's ACA Sabotage: Bad Medicine for New Jersey

Eighteen ways the Trump administration has undermined the Affordable Care Act.

Newest Trump Sabotage of Obamacare Could Make Health Insurance Unaffordable for Many New Jerseyans

Latest sabotage efforts will lead to higher premiums and more uninsured New Jerseyans.