Progress 2020: Virtual Speaker Series

Progress 2020 is back! Please join us for a virtual speaker series as we explore the long-term solutions that spread prosperity to every resident in every corner of the Garden State.

Upcoming Events

The next Progress 2020 virtual seminar will be Thursday, August 20th at 5:00 PM. Stay tuned for details!

Past Events

Rethinking Corporate Tax Subsidies

July 14, 2020
Featuring: Greg LeRoy, Executive Director of Good Jobs First; Sheila Reynertson, Senior Policy Analyst at NJPP; and Tim Sullivan, CEO of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority. Moderated by Julia Sass Rubin, Rutgers University Professor and NJPP Trustee.

It’s been a year since New Jersey’s biggest corporate tax subsidy programs were allowed to expire, giving the state an opportunity to rethink such massive corporate giveaways with dubious return on investment. Join NJPP to discuss the current state of economic development programs in New Jersey as well as new ideas that prioritize equity, communities, and workers over failed trickle-down ideology.

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Building an Anti-Racist State Budget

July 9, 2020
Bill Rodgers, Chief Economist at the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development; Adriana Abizadeh, NJPP Board Member and Executive Director of the Kensington Corridor Trust; and Amol Sinha, Executive Director of the ACLU-NJ. Moderated by Brandon McKoy, President of NJPP.

State budgets are more than just numbers and line items, they are moral documents that reflect our collective priorities and values. Join NJPP to discuss how New Jersey can begin to dismantle structural racism and inequality through this year’s budget and beyond.

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The Recovery Starts Local

June 18, 2020
Marc Pfieffer, The Bloustein Center for Local Government Research at Rutgers University and Sheila Reynertson, NJPP. Moderated by Louis Di Paolo, NJPP and former Dumont Borough Councilmember.

The COVID-19 pandemic has stretched New Jersey’s state and local finances thin, endangering investments in public services that our communities rely on. Tune in for for an in-depth conversation on the role of state and local finance in an equitable pandemic recovery.

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Securing a Fair and Healthy Recovery

June 5, 2020
Featuring: Michellene Davis, RWJBarnabas Health, Joyce Campbell, Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, and Giridhar Mallya, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Moderated by Heather Howard, NJPP Trustee.

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the shortfalls in the nation’s health care infrastructure and social safety net. This conversation provides insight into emerging challenges and options for relief, and highlights the many ways that communities of color are being disproportionately harmed.

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Pursuing Racial Equity During a Crisis

May 21, 2020
Featuring: Olugbenga Ajilore, Center for American Progress and Erica Williams, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Moderated by Brandon McKoy, NJPP.

This discussion highlights the many ways that communities of color and low-income households are being disproportionately harmed by the COVID-19 crisis and explores critical solutions to providing relief.

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