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: 

Fast Facts: New Jersey Second Hardest Hit State Under Senate Tax Proposal

22 percent of Garden State households face tax hike; plan delivers greatest rewards to wealthiest families.

State and Local Tax Deductions Benefit Tens of Thousands of New Jerseyans of All Incomes in Every Congressional District

By Sheila Reynertson and Jon Whiten To read a PDF version of this report, click here. As Republican lawmakers in Congress move forward with their tax


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: 

As DACA Ends, Here's How New Jersey Can Help DREAMers

Allowing undocumented students access to state financial aid is a good start.

New Jersey Must Make Higher Education a Priority Again

The new governor and legislature taking the reins in 2018 must begin to reset state investments and support for public higher education. New Jersey’s future depends on it.


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 Sabotage Threatens Health Care for New Jerseyans

We run down the New Jersey impact of the latest executive branch actions on the ACA.

New Senate Proposal Greatest Threat Yet to Health Care in New Jersey

Graham-Cassidy bill would cause 71 percent jump in New Jerseyans without coverage.