New Jersey Policy Perspective produces independent research and analysis on policy solutions to advance social, economic, and racial justice. From data-driven reports to policy briefs and explainers, we work to provide lawmakers, legislative staff, advocates, community leaders, and reporters with the facts and figures behind the most pressing policy issues facing the Garden State.

Friday Facts and Figures: March 18, 2022

New report details the benefits of the Child Tax Credit. Lawmakers try to dismantle bail reform. Foundations propose a new public health institute.

Breaking Down Governor Murphy’s FY 2023 Budget Proposal

State lawmakers have a big opportunity to make New Jersey affordable for all thanks to stronger than expected tax collections.

Friday Facts and Figures: March 11, 2022

Budget season is back, featuring a full pension payment, more funding for schools, a healthy surplus, and a new property tax relief program.

Prescription Drug Affordability Board Would Help Lower Prescription Drug Costs

Testimony by NJPP Senior Policy Analyst Dr. Brittany Holom-Trundy supporting the establishment of a Prescription Drug Affordability Board.

Using American Rescue Plan Funds for Corporate Tax Cuts Undermines an Equitable Recovery

Testimony from NJPP Senior Policy Analyst Sheila Reynertson opposing a proposal to use federal recovery funds for a new business tax break.

Friday Facts and Figures: March 4, 2022

Governor Murphy unveils a new property tax relief program. New Jersey gets its first credit upgrade since 2005!

Revenue from Cannabis Legalization Should Go Toward Strengthening Communities Harmed by the Drug War

Testimony from Policy Analyst Marleina Ubel recommending how revenue from the cannabis Social Equity Excise Fee should be spent.

Read Across America Day Book Recommendations

NJPP staff shares their recommendations for books that have either helped shape their policy views or do what books do best: entertain, inform, and provide an escape.

Friday Facts and Figures: February 25, 2022

Excluded New Jerseyans Fund set to expire next week. State-level Child Tax Credit would make New Jersey a more affordable place to raise a family.

Making New Jersey Affordable for Families: The Case for a State-Level Child Tax Credit

A state-level child tax credit would recognize the unique costs of raising children and help families set their kids up for success.

Friday Facts and Figures: February 18, 2022

Child poverty soared after the expanded Child Tax Credit expired. More teachers are retiring and fewer students are studying to become teachers.

Adjusting Work First New Jersey Eligibility Would Help Tackle Child Poverty

Testimony by NJPP Senior Policy Analyst Dr. Brittany Holom-Trundy in support of amending Work First New Jersey eligibility to include more New Jersey Families.

Police in New Jersey Earn More Than Twice as Much as Social Service Workers

To truly promote public safety, New Jersey must reassess how investments are made, recognizing that public safety depends on more than police officers.

Friday Facts and Figures: February 4, 2022

New legislation would make New Jersey more affordable for renters. New report outlines need for updating the schooling funding formula.

Easy Enrollment Would Help Lower Uninsured Rates in New Jersey

Testimony by NJPP Senior Policy Analyst Dr. Brittany Holom-Trundy in support of establishing an Easy Enrollment program.

New Jersey School Funding: The Higher the Goals, the Higher the Costs

New Jersey’s school funding formula needs to be recalibrated to meet today’s more rigorous standards so all students can succeed.

Friday Facts and Figures: January 28, 2022

Murphy administration restores funding for the Excluded New Jerseyans Fund. New report finds more funding is needed, however, to reach all excluded residents.

Property Tax Reduction Should Target Renters with Low-Incomes

Testimony by NJPP Senior Policy Analyst Sheila Reynertson in support of tax relief for renters with low incomes.

Recovery for All: Excluded New Jerseyans Fund Falls Short of Need

Even before it was cut, the Excluded New Jerseyans Fund was never funded enough to reach New Jerseyans excluded from COVID-19 relief.

New Jersey’s Redistricting Efforts Need to Consider Its Diverse Communities

Testimony by NJPP Senior Policy Analyst Peter Chen on accurately representing New Jersey's diversity through redistricting.

Friday Facts and Figures: January 21, 2022

Lawmakers rally around affordability. The Excluded New Jerseyans Fund was cut by $34 million.

Friday Facts and Figures: January 14, 2022

Updates on the lame duck session. The NJPP team reacts to the State of the State. The Legislature grows slightly more diverse.

State of the State 2022: Rapid Reaction

Live from the NJPP Zoom room, Sheila, Peter, Brittany, Marleina, Jon, and Lou react to Governor Murphy's State of the State address (with gifs!).

Friday Facts and Figures: January 7, 2022

New year rings in a new minimum wage. Comptroller report reveals lack of accountability in corporate tax break programs.

Hard Working New Jerseyans Get a Raise January 1

Scheduled minimum wage increase to $13 takes effect on January 1.
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