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: 

FY 2020 Budget: Rapid Reaction

Live from the NJPP conference room, Ray, Sheila, and Lou react to the FY 2020 budget (memes inside).

NJPP: FY 2020 Budget Turns Page on Gimmicks, Invests in Rainy Day Fund

$401 million deposit in rainy day fund is the first in over a decade.


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 Rises to $10.00

The minimum wage — for most workers — is now $10.00 an hour.

Fast Facts: Driver’s License Expansion Would Pay for Itself and More

Driver's license expansion would generate tens of millions of dollars in annual revenue.


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:

NJPP: State-Based Exchange Will Ensure Health Care is Affordable

A state exchange will keep health care affordable and increase enrollment.

It’s Time for All Kids Health Coverage

The best investment a state can make is in its kids — that's why it's critical all children have health coverage.