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.

Repealing TANF’s ‘Family Cap’ Makes Moral and Economic Sense

Recent national research has shown that these caps do not affect parental choices as intended but instead penalize the babies, who are denied cash assistance, and the families, which are driven deeper into poverty.

More Riders, Less Investment: A Blueprint for Failure on Public Transit in New Jersey

Despite transit’s clear benefit to New Jersey, the state has systematically shirked its responsibility to invest the dollars necessary to create a world-class public transit system that is reliable and affordable.

Closing Corporate Loopholes Would Make Tax Code Fairer & Boost Revenues

Expanding combined reporting in New Jersey would level the playing field for all businesses in New Jersey while increasing the resources that states need to be able to invest in vital services like higher education, transportation infrastructure and public safety.

Eliminating the Estate Tax Protects Inherited Wealth at the Expense of Shared Prosperity

Losing the funds from this tax would seriously threaten investments in the assets that build a strong state economy for all of us, while benefitting very few.

NJPP Launches Kathleen Crotty Fellowship

This new fellowship will honor Kathy’s legacy by providing an eager student committed to public service with an intensive summer experience working in New Jersey policy and advocacy, under the guidance of experienced mentors at NJPP.

New Jersey’s Investment in Infrastructure is Fifth Lowest in Nation

New Jersey’s investment in all types of capital improvements has also been declining, from 1.76 percent of the state’s economy in 2004 to 1.4 percent in 2013.

Four Key Fixes for New Jersey’s Tax Subsidy Programs Highlighted in New National Report

Regularly forecasting budget impact, limiting annual spending, putting subsidies in the state budget and restricting corporations' ability to redeem more in credits than they owe in taxes are common-sense reforms desperately needed in the Garden State.

NJPP’s Gordon MacInnes Provides Live Reaction to Governor’s Budget Address

Among other things, he pointed out that the budget address lacked a fix for New Jersey's most pressing problem - the pending insolvency of the Transportation Trust Fund.

Budget Address Lacks Transportation Plan, Doubles Down on Cutting Taxes on Inherited Wealth

The governor is holding out his proposed fix on transportation, apparently, until he can secure big tax cuts for New Jersey’s wealthiest families. But trading a gas tax hike for the elimination of the estate tax has absolutely no resemblance to “tax fairness.”

2017 Budget Preview: Plenty of Challenges and Many Unanswered Questions

The state budget is more than a laundry list of government spending. It is an official statement of what counts - and doesn’t - in meeting the needs of the people of New Jersey and, hopefully, in investing in the assets that are proven building blocks of a strong economy.

Lost Opportunities for New Jersey’s Children

Dwindling cash assistance through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program has harmed families and children, but New Jersey can reverse course.

Still No Answers to Key Questions on Casino Expansion

Given New Jersey’s track record with gambling – one of big promises, a lack of delivery on those promises and little long-term economic benefit – one would think there’d be more caution and skepticism about expanding casinos to North Jersey.

NJPP’s Gordon MacInnes Joins Legislative Leaders & Advocates Calling on New Jersey to Raise the Minimum Wage

"We’ve got a minimum wage, at $8.38 an hour, that doesn’t come close to allowing a full-time worker to have a chance in New Jersey.”

New Jersey Should Apply for Local SNAP Waivers to Prevent Needless Hunger

For the state to willingly worsen the plight of struggling New Jerseyans is an indefensible policy that borders on the immoral. Legislators should do everything in their power to force the state to reverse course.

Raising the Minimum Wage Would Boost New Jersey’s Working Men and Women

Inadequate wage floor keeps many workers in poverty.

Closing Corporate Tax Loophole Would Make New Jersey a Fairer Place to Do Business

“Our research clearly shows that most of New Jersey’s largest employers already operate in combined-reporting states and in some cases, have been doing so for decades."

Two Key Decisions on SNAP in New Jersey Will Increase Hunger for Vulnerable Residents

SNAP serves the most vulnerable people in our state, and further cuts to the program will continue to push these families further to the brink.

Nearly All of New Jersey’s Largest Employers Already Subject to ‘Combined Reporting’ in Other States

This important reform is so common in other states that nearly all of New Jersey’s largest employers already use it when filing state taxes elsewhere.

New Jersey’s Middle Class is Shrinking & Poverty is Rising – But We Can Reverse the Tide

We can start make a real difference if we at least eliminate those state policies and actions that are acting making poverty worse in New Jersey.

NJPP Mourns Passing of Former Trustee Herb Greenberg

New Jersey Policy Perspective joins many across New Jersey and beyond in mourning the loss of former NJPP board member Herb Greenberg, who passed away on Jan. 19 after a long fight with cancer.

Eliminating New Jersey’s Estate Tax: Like Robin Hood in Reverse

Eliminating the estate tax would deprive New Jersey of resources needed to promote widespread prosperity while benefiting the state’s highest net-worth households the most.

New Website Launched to Keep an Eye on Bogus Business Rankings

This website should be immediately bookmarked and frequently consulted by all of the Garden State's leaders who care about growing the economy and creating broadly shared prosperity.

There Are Too Many Unanswered Questions on Casino Expansion

The stated rationale for expanding casinos to North Jersey is that this will save Atlantic City, generate thousands of new jobs and create millions if not billions in new economic activity. Hefty promises, all.

Jun Choi Elected Chair of New Jersey Policy Perspective

Choi, who joined NJPP’s Board in 2013, becomes the sixth Chair since the policy organization's founding in 1997.

2016 State of the Stats: What the Numbers Say About New Jersey’s True Condition

The state's economic recovery is one of the slowest in the country, leaving a shrinking middle class and creating undue hardship for the poorest New Jersey residents. And the facts are clear: From transportation to higher education and beyond, New Jersey is failing to invest in the assets that are proven to grow the economy and create broadly shared prosperity.
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