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.
Gov. Christie is looking the crisis of deep child poverty right in the eye, and turning away without action.
Proposal would cost the state about $17 billion over the next 10 years as the price for finally enacting a gas tax increase for essential transportation capital funding over the next 8 years.
This bill will have far-reaching negative effects on the state's ability to pay for essential services, contractual obligations and key investments.
Dueling Senate and Assembly committees worked against the clock to get a complex cluster of tax hikes and tax cuts to Christie’s desk before time runs out.
Never in the last three decades have we gotten this close to actually doing something about the alarming problem of deep child poverty in New Jersey.
Instead of raising the threshold to help relieve “smaller estates,” lawmakers seem determined to give away the farm - making New Jersey an outlier in the most damaging way.
Surprise out-of-network medical bills contribute to New Jersey's health care affordability problem. It's time for reform.
"People are fleeing the Garden State and they’re taking all their wealth with them. Or, are they?"
At a time when New Jersey can’t even meet its constitutional and moral obligations, let alone make investments critical to our future, our legislative leaders are choosing to dig our financial hole even deeper.
It’s time to set the record straight about who is moving in and out of New Jersey, why they do and what it means for the state’s wellbeing.
Now is the time to update our corporate tax code and get in line with the 25 other “combined reporting” states, which include every single state in the Northeast.
Legislation would restore financial integrity to the "net benefits test," ensure fair wages, prevent extra rewards for some known federal tax dodgers and ensure comprehensive review and analysis.
When New Jersey United for Marijuana Reform and New Jersey Policy Perspective partnered earlier this week to release a new report on the positive revenue implications of legalizing marijuana in New Jersey, NJTV News was there.
In 20 of 21 New Jersey counties, fewer than 400 estates are large enough to owe the New Jersey estate tax in any given year.
If policymakers want to offer such lucrative tax breaks to corporations, they should make the hard choices and find the money to pay for them – not merely push the costs off to future policymakers.
The Department of Human Services Commissioner says families in WorkFirst NJ are offered a ”very large” package of benefits from other programs. But that's just not the case.
The fact that full-time work isn’t enough to lift a New Jerseyan out of poverty should be enough to convince everyone to raise the minimum wage.
This surge in subsidies is creating a long-term and growing economic drag that policymakers will have to grapple with for at least the next 15 years as the backlog of tax credits is paid out.
Policymakers who are concerned about record levels of inequality and making sound investments that benefit all New Jerseyans should take this report to heart, and preserve the estate tax.
If you want tax fairness, the EITC is the most efficient and effective way to help fix a tax structure that is out of balance.
Stagnant wages have combined with rising costs for housing and other necessities to force more mothers into low-wage work simply to make sure their families have food on the table, a roof over their heads and clothes on their backs.
Earned sick days don’t only benefit working people; they help employers too. By investing in their workers, business owners reap the benefits of a more productive workforce and with lower employee turnover that is both expensive and disruptive.
There are no guarantees that this strategy will actually work to significantly boost Camden's economy or help its residents.