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.

Census 2019: Poverty in New Jersey Remains Higher Than Pre-Recession Levels

Even though 2019 marked the end of a period of economic growth, nearly one in ten New Jersey residents lived in poverty last year.

Census 2019: New Jersey’s Uninsured Rate Increased for the First Time in Years

The number of uninsured New Jersey residents increased in 2019 for the first time since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was fully implemented.

Support Young Workers by Expanding the EITC

Testimony by NJPP Policy Analyst Vineeta Kapahi in support of expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to young adults.

Friday Facts and Figures: September 18, 2020

Deal reached on millionaires tax, but there is still much more work to done to advance racial equity and economic justice.

Proposed Regulations Threaten Driver’s License Expansion Law

The state Motor Vehicle Commission recently proposed regulations that would impose unreasonable burdens on many driver’s license applicants.

Taxing High Speed Financial Transactions: An Answer to New Jersey’s Fiscal Crisis?

A financial transactions tax has the potential to raise billions of dollars in new revenue.

Friday Facts and Figures: September 11, 2020

Food insecurity on the rise. New Jersey surpasses 2010's census self-report rate.

New Jersey’s Budget Must Reject Austerity to Fund the COVID-19 Recovery

Testimony by NJPP Senior Policy Analyst Sheila Reynertson in support of a state budget that raises revenue to fund the COVID-19 recovery.

Labor Day Snapshot: How New Jersey Can Honor Workers and Improve Economic Security

New Jersey can honor workers by strengthening worker protections both during and beyond the COVID-19 crisis.

Friday Facts and Figures: September 4, 2020

New Jersey is setting an example other states should follow.

Friday Facts and Figures: August 28, 2020

Here's everything you need to know about Governor Murphy's budget proposal.

Revised Budget Address FY 2021: Rapid Reaction

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

Friday Facts and Figures: August 21, 2020

Economists urge against spending cuts. New Jersey's billionaires see their wealth soar during pandemic.

Friday Facts and Figures: August 14, 2020

State Supreme Court approves bonding. Gov. Murphy announces that certain schools can open virtually.

Does the County Line Matter? An Analysis of New Jersey’s 2020 Primary Election Results

Structuring ballots around the county line impacts election outcomes by steering voters towards specific candidates.

School Funding in New Jersey: Preparing Now for the 2020-21 School Year

Safely re-opening schools amidst a pandemic is an expensive proposition. Fortunately, New Jersey can afford to make the required investments.

Friday Facts and Figures: August 7, 2020

More than 100,000 New Jerseyans lost their employer-based health insurance due to COVID-19.

COVID-19 Job Loss Leaves More Than 100,000 New Jerseyans Uninsured

New Jersey, and the nation, must expand health care options outside of employment.

Friday Facts and Figures: July 31, 2020

Big week in Trenton as lawmakers pass major health care and immigrants' rights legislation.

The Health Insurance Assessment Will Make Coverage More Affordable and Accessible

Testimony by NJPP Senior Policy Analyst Brittany Holom-Trundy in support of the Health Insurance Assessment (HIA).

Abolishing the Racist War on Drugs in New Jersey

We're writing a new report on the real cost of the Drug War. Let us know how New Jersey’s drug war has impacted you.

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.
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