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: December 17, 2021

Lawmakers are fast-tracking a big tax break for casinos. The state moratorium on utility shut-offs expires at the end of the month.

Casinos’ Healthy Profit Margins Render Tax Break Unnecessary

Testimony by Senior Policy Analyst Peter Chen in opposition to lowering casinos' annual PILOT payments.

Prescription Drug Affordability Board Would Help Lower Prescription Drug Prices

Testimony from Senior Policy Analyst Brittany Holom-Trundy in support of a Prescription Drug Affordability Board.

When is Enough Enough for Corporate Tax Subsidies?

Testimony from Senior Policy Analyst Sheila Reynertson in opposition of the film and digital media tax subsidy program.

Friday Facts and Figures: December 10, 2021

Expanded unemployment benefits to expire this month. Child care centers require special attention for lead remediation.

Access to Affordable, Quality Child Care Enables Families to Lead Full Lives

Testimony by Senior Policy Analyst Peter Chen in support of increasing child care availability to parents who need it.

New Jersey Should Prioritize the Health of Kids and Families in the FY 2023 Budget

Testimony from Senior Policy Analyst Brittany Holom-Trundy in support of expanding access to health care and strengthening the safety net.

Friday Facts and Figures: December 3, 2021

Child care tax credit bill passes through Legislature. New Jersey set to break record for most overdose deaths in a year.

Friday Facts and Figures: November 19, 2021

House passes historic Build Back Better legislation. American Rescue Plan (ARP) presents an opportunity to invest in programs that will increase public health and safety.

New Jersey Can Use American Rescue Plan Funds to Invest in Non-Police Approaches to Public Safety

We can create safer communities, lower police violence, and reduce arrests by investing ARP funds in community-based public safety.

Harm Reduction Programs Provide Lifesaving, Critical Care to New Jersey Residents

Testimony by Policy Analyst Marleina Ubel in support of expanding harm reduction programs to provide support services to injection drug users

Expanding the Child and Dependent Care Services Tax Credit Enables Children, Families, and the Economy to Succeed

Testimony by Senior Policy Analyst Peter Chen in support of expanding the child and dependent care services tax credit

It’s Time to Decriminalize Syringes and Expunge Past Records

Testimony by Policy Analyst Marleina Ubel in support of decriminalization of syringes and expungement of past records.

Friday Facts and Figures: November 12, 2021

NJPP has a new interim director, infrastructure week is finally here, and far too many New Jerseyans remain uninsured.

New Jersey’s Uninsured: Getting the Garden State Covered

New Jersey's Black and Hispanic/Latinx residents continue to face barriers to affordable health coverage due to long-standing inequities.

Friday Facts and Figures: November 5, 2021

After a long week where votes slowly trickled in, Governor Phil Murphy was declared the winner of New Jersey’s 2021 gubernatorial election.

Friday Facts and Figures: October 29, 2021

New Jersey is the best-run state in the nation. Open enrollment begins November 1. Election Day is November 2.

We the People: Why New Jersey Needs to Expand Democracy

As New Jersey's population grows more diverse, a stronger democracy is needed so elected leaders truly represent their constituents.

Maintaining Continuous Medicaid Coverage After the Pandemic Would Advance Health Equity

Thousands of New Jersey families have relied on Medicaid during the pandemic. The upcoming expiration of continuous coverage threatens their health coverage.

Friday Facts and Figures: October 22, 2021

Most counties have fewer early voting sites than the state budgeted for. Child Tax Credit payments are helping families in poverty make ends meet.

Friday Facts and Figures: October 15, 2021

New Jersey is one step closer to a more inclusive pandemic recovery. New NJPP report makes a strong case for reimagining public safety.

To Protect and Serve: Investing in Public Safety Beyond Policing

Police spending in New Jersey outpaces investments in Health and Human Services.

Friday Facts and Figures: October 8, 2021

Bergen County ends its contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Scaling back the Build Back Better bill would hurt children and the economy.

Friday Facts and Figures: October 1, 2021

NJPP President Brandon McKoy stepping down. Senior Policy Analyst Sheila Reynertson discusses the state's finances with NJ Spotlight News.

Improving Indoor Air Quality in Schools Helps Students Succeed

Research shows that improving indoor air quality in schools may pay dividends beyond reducing COVID-19 exposure.
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