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: July 24, 2020

Big proposal to expand health coverage passes through committee. Federal pandemic relief is about to expire.

Unemployment Claims Rise as Federal Relief Expires

If federal relief is not extended, it will be much harder for families to meet their basic needs.

Friday Facts and Figures: July 17, 2020

Governor Murphy signs borrowing legislation into law. Immigrants have yet to receive pandemic relief.

Building a More Immigrant Inclusive Tax Code: Expanding the EITC to ITIN Filers

Expanding the EITC to ITIN filers will boost the take home pay of thousands of workers and strengthen New Jersey's economy.

New Jersey Can Act Now to Make Health Care More Affordable: The Health Insurance Assessment Explained

A state-level health insurance assessment will allow New Jersey to expand coverage and increase affordability.

Friday Facts and Figures: July 10, 2020

New Jersey experiences an uptick in COVID-19 transmission.

Friday Facts and Figures: July 3, 2020

New Jersey's budget includes big spending cuts and a big giveaway to one billionaire.

Toeing the Line: New Jersey Primary Ballots Enable Party Insiders to Pick Winners

New Jersey's primary ballots have helped shape electoral outcomes for more than two decades, providing a substantial advantage to those on the "county line."

Friday Facts and Figures: June 26, 2020

New Jersey Legislature fast tracks three-month spending bill full of cuts.

Friday Facts and Figures: June 19, 2020

A big U.S. Supreme Court win for immigrant families, but still no pandemic relief.

Juneteenth: Honoring the Past by Building a Racially Just Future

Juneteenth is a day for remembrance and reflection on the struggle for freedom that Black Americans have pursued for more than 400 years.

Unemployment Insurance Taxes Paid by Undocumented Workers Top $1 Billion

Since 2010, undocumented workers in New Jersey have contributed more than $1.36 billion in unemployment insurance taxes, but have not received any unemployment relief.

Friday Facts and Figures: June 12, 2020

Newark proposes cutting police budget. New NJPP proposal would make the income tax fairer.

Road to Recovery: Reforming New Jersey’s Income Tax Code

New Jersey has an opportunity to make the tax code fairer while setting a strong foundation for the state's pandemic recovery.

Friday Facts and Figures: June 5, 2020

New report outlines universal basic income pilot program for Newark. COVID-19 death toll may be higher than official count.

Strengthen and Expand New Jersey’s Earned Sick Days Law

Expanding New Jersey's Earned Sick Days law will help meet workers’ needs during the COVID19 crisis and beyond.

An Ode to the Incomparable Ray Castro

On Ray's last day at NJPP, we thank him for an incredible career in the public interest.

Friday Facts and Figures: May 29, 2020

Amid calls for the state to "reopen," New Jersey experiences a small spike in COVID-19 hospitalizations.

Friday Facts and Figures: May 22, 2020

New Jersey and the rest of the nation must center racial equity in the COVID-19 pandemic response.

Friday Facts and Figures: May 15, 2020

New Jersey is facing an enormous budget shortfall, according to new data from the state Treasury.

Friday Facts and Figures: May 8, 2020

New poll shows New Jersey voters are more worried about catching COVID-19 than the economic fallout from the pandemic.

New Jersey’s Shrinking Pool of Teacher Candidates

The dwindling number of teacher candidates creates instability in the teaching profession and threatens the future of public eduaction.

Friday Facts and Figures: May 1, 2020

Skyrocketing unemployment is unlike anything we've ever seen before.

COVID-19 Unemployment Claims Will Soon Surpass Total Claims from the Great Recession

COVID-19 has caused an unprecedented spike in unemployment insurance claims.

Undocumented Workers in Service Sector Most Likely to be Harmed by COVID-19

Immigrant workers make up a disproportionate segment of New Jersey's service sector workforce.
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