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: 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.

Friday Facts and Figures: April 24, 2020

Unemployment continues to skyrocket. New Jersey needs much more federal aid.

New Jersey Needs More Federal Aid to Respond to COVID-19

More aid is needed to avoid drastic cuts to public services and programs that families rely on.

Years of Disinvestment Hamper New Jersey’s Pandemic Response

The state departments tasked with responding to COVID-19 have less funding and fewer staff than they did in 2008.

Friday Facts and Figures: April 17, 2020

New Jersey is looking to borrow billions to cover COVID-19 budget shortfalls. This crisis justifies, if not demands, such a move.

Promoting Equal Opportunities for Children Living in Poverty

Far fewer families living in poverty receive cash assistance today than when Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) was established in 1996.

Friday Facts and Figures: April 10, 2020

Senate to vote on COVID-19 response package this Monday, including bill to reduce child poverty.

Friday Facts and Figures: April 3, 2020

Local health departments lack the staff and resources to adequately respond to COVID-19.

The COVID-19 Crisis Proves the Point: New Jersey Needs More Revenue to Support Workers, Families, and Businesses

By implementing new sources of revenue, state lawmakers can avoid harmful cuts to vital services and protect New Jersey families harmed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Friday Facts and Figures: March 27, 2020

Record-number of workers file for unemployment due to COVID-19. Federal representatives reach compromise on stimulus package.

Friday Facts and Figures: March 20, 2020

Updates on the COVID-19 pandemic, the state's response, and a new feature: #PetsOfNJPP.

Tax and Budget Policy Do’s and Don’ts During a Health Crisis

Tax and budget policy decisions will determine the size and scale of New Jersey’s recovery from COVID-19.

Progress 2020 is Canceled

NJPP is canceling Progress 2020 due to the escalating COVID-19 outbreak.

New Jersey Must Expand Paid Sick Days During Coronavirus Outbreak

Expanding New Jersey's paid sick days law would support workers and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Friday Facts and Figures: March 13, 2020

Latest updates on COVID-19 and what the state and federal government should do to mitigate harm.

Friday Facts and Figures: March 6, 2020

Public budget hearings are right around the corner.

Friday Facts and Figures: February 28, 2020

Budget season is back! Catch up on Gov. Murphy's budget address here.

Budget Address FY 2021: Rapid Reaction

Live from the NJPP conference room, Nicole, Sheila, and Lou react to Governor Murphy's FY 2021 budget address (with gifs!).

Friday Facts and Figures: February 21, 2020

New coalition calls for a budget and economy for the many, not corporate special interests.

Friday Facts and Figures: February 14, 2020

Companies forfeit more than $10 million worth of corporate tax subsidies.

Friday Facts and Figures: February 7, 2020

The real reason behind Amazon's HQ2 bidding war (spoiler: it's not because they needed the tax breaks).

Friday Facts and Figures: January 24, 2020

This past legislative session was the most productive since 1985.

New Jersey Can Make Overtime Pay

The Trump administration's overtime rule leaves far too many workers behind.
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