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: 

Cuts to Higher Education Harm Students Who Already Face the Greatest Barriers

New Jersey slashed funding for higher education by more than 20 percent per student between 2008 and 2018.

Tax Cuts For The Rich Are Worse Than You Think

Yes, the richest households pay a lower total tax rate than you do.


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: 

Prosperity for All: Expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit for Childless Workers

Three ways to expand and strengthen New Jersey's Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

Standing With Dreamers: DACA Goes to the Supreme Court

DACA arguments open at the Supreme Court. Here's what it means for New Jersey.


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:

More Hispanic and Asian Children Uninsured Likely Due to Chilling Effect

New census data demonstrates the enormous harm of federal anti-immigrant policies here in the Garden State.

New Proposed Rule Threatens the Future of Medicaid

A rule change, quietly proposed in July, threatens access to medical care for 1.7 million New Jerseyans.