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.
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.
A newly released study by the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Policy and Governance found “little or no evidence of price increases in Seattle relative to the surrounding area.”
The modest but important impact that Tepper’s move will have on New Jersey’s budget is being used by opponents of a common sense tax structure as an example of why the state should move away from taxes being based largely on the ability to pay.
Denying drivers' licenses to undocumented residents makes everyone less safe. Other states have faced the facts on this issue, while New Jersey lags behind. We invite you to join our own experts and a panel of distinguished guests for a special briefing on on this road safety and social justice issue - and the prospects for progress in New Jersey.
Increasing New Jersey’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2021 would directly boost the pay of about 1 in 4 Garden State workers, or 975,000 men and women.
Increasing New Jersey’s Earned Income Tax Credit could boost the incomes of nearly 600,000 working families in the state who aren’t paid enough to get by.
Nearly 300,000 New Jerseyans are estimated to lack access to broadband service, particularly in rural parts of the state, hampering their ability to fully participate in the state’s economy.
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While New Jersey may lose some wealthy residents in any given year, such as Mr. Tepper, the so-called “exodus” of wealth is a manufactured crisis.
A tax cut that benefits just the wealthy few is glaringly out of step with budget priorities of New Jersey, will make it harder to restore earlier funding cuts and will make it nearly impossible to do much to tackle some of the state’s other big problems, like growing poverty.
If policymakers increase the EITC to 40 percent, New Jersey's poorest households would still pay the largest share of their incomes towards taxes, but not by nearly as much.
A key Assembly committee held a public hearing yesterday on the proposal to expand casino gambling in New Jersey, and as NJTV News reports, critics like NJPP president Gordon MacInnes were on hand to raise concerns about the plan - including the potential damage two new casinos could inflict on South Jersey's economy.
Unlike some of the other high-profile tax proposals being discussed right now by the legislature, boosting the EITC truly represents “tax fairness.”
The TANF cash benefit, which is $424 a month for a family of three, has not been increased in 29 years. Ronald Reagan was still president, and the Bangles’ “Walk Like an Egyptian” was the top hit of the day.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.