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.

Investing in New Jersey’s Future Will Require New Revenues

Critical investments in public assets won’t happen without more public income.

It's Time to Restore Food Assistance for Hundreds of Thousands of New Jerseyans

Here are four reasons why New Jersey should restore “Heat and Eat” benefits.

A $15 Minimum Wage Would Help Over 1 Million Workers and Boost New Jersey’s Economy

Raising wages would help fight poverty and improve the well-being of workers and their families.

Modernizing New Jersey’s Sales Tax Will Level the Playing Field and Help the Economy Thrive

Strengthening New Jersey’s ability to compete in the 21st century economy requires updates to a sales tax code that was designed and implemented before the rise of online shopping and a service-oriented economy.

Modernizing New Jersey’s Sales Tax Will Level the Playing Field and Help the Economy Thrive

Strengthening New Jersey’s ability to compete in the 21st century economy requires updates to a sales tax code that was designed and implemented before the rise of online shopping and a service-oriented economy.

New Jersey Should Replicate ACA Penalty to Keep Coverage Affordable

This is one of the most cost-effective ways that the state can reduce premiums.

The Time for True 'Tuition Equality' is Now

Allowing undocumented students to apply for state financial aid would boost educational and economic opportunities.

A Grain of ‘SALT’: New Jersey Needs More Than Workarounds to Respond to GOP Tax Plan

SALT ‘fixes’ would mostly help state’s most well-off; plans to make state income tax fairer should move forward.

Health Care for All New Jersey Kids

As a new administration and legislature take the reins in Trenton, New Jersey has a historic opportunity to guarantee that all children in the state have health coverage.

Governor Takes Important Step on Tax Subsidy Evaluation

Better evaluation is a critical part of comprehensive comprehensive subsidy reform.

New Jersey Workers Could Lose $120M a Year in Tips Under Trump Proposal

This proposed rule opens the door to further exploitation of tipped workers.

Newark Makes Amazon Shortlist, Rejects Records Request for 'HQ2' Bid

"Winning" this race to the bottom would come with a steep price tag.

Tired ‘Outmigration’ Claims Rear Their Head In Final Days of Christie Administration

New report is latest in a long line of “studies” that twist the truth about taxes.

Signing of Amazon Tax Subsidy Bill a Fitting End to the Christie Era

The governor has now presided over the approval of an astonishing number of 9-figure subsidy deals, and with this final legislative act will clear the way for a colossal 10-figure deal. 

Let’s Drive New Jersey: Expanding Access to Driver’s Licenses is a Common-Sense Step in the Right Direction

New Jersey should be the 13th state to allow all its residents to apply for driver’s licenses, regardless of their immigration status.

Increasing Opportunities for Working Mothers Would Boost the Economy

Investments in early care and education plus stronger labor standards would have tremendous payoff.

Amazon Subsidy Bill a Big Step in the Wrong Direction

Why must we continue to put all of our economic-development eggs in this one inefficient and ineffective basket?

New Jersey’s Minimum Wage To Rise by 16 Cents on Monday

Many workers will benefit from the modest bump in wages, but many more would be helped by a $15 minimum wage.

2018 Minimum Wage Hike Will Boost 300,000 Low-Paid New Jersey Workers

16-cent inflation adjustment is good news but lawmakers must do more to boost workers and the state’s economy.

Nearly All New Jersey Members of Congress Vote ‘No’ on GOP Tax Bill

They should also put New Jerseyans first when Congress considers deep spending cuts.

Failure to Act on DACA and Dream Act Would Harm New Jersey’s Tax Revenues

Meanwhile a comprehensive fix for young immigrants would boost tax revenues.

Final GOP Tax Bill Punishes New Jersey’s Working Families

The plan enriches corporations and wealthy households while punishing middle-class and low-income families.

Dream Act Would Help Many Young New Jersey Immigrants & Boost the Economy

The positive impact of a clean Dream Act would be felt across the state.

How the GOP Tax Bill Could Undo Decades of Progress

This is the first step in a two-step agenda: cut taxes, then cut programs and services.

Senate-Passed Tax Bill Still a Raw Deal for New Jersey’s Working Families

New Jersey households with incomes over $1.4 million would receive an average $8,350 tax cut while those with incomes under $111,000 would see a tax hike averaging $120.
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