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: February 25, 2022

Excluded New Jerseyans Fund set to expire next week. State-level Child Tax Credit would make New Jersey a more affordable place to raise a family.

Making New Jersey Affordable for Families: The Case for a State-Level Child Tax Credit

A state-level child tax credit would recognize the unique costs of raising children and help families set their kids up for success.

Friday Facts and Figures: February 18, 2022

Child poverty soared after the expanded Child Tax Credit expired. More teachers are retiring and fewer students are studying to become teachers.

Adjusting Work First New Jersey Eligibility Would Help Tackle Child Poverty

Testimony by NJPP Senior Policy Analyst Dr. Brittany Holom-Trundy in support of amending Work First New Jersey eligibility to include more New Jersey Families.

Police in New Jersey Earn More Than Twice as Much as Social Service Workers

To truly promote public safety, New Jersey must reassess how investments are made, recognizing that public safety depends on more than police officers.

Friday Facts and Figures: February 4, 2022

New legislation would make New Jersey more affordable for renters. New report outlines need for updating the schooling funding formula.

Easy Enrollment Would Help Lower Uninsured Rates in New Jersey

Testimony by NJPP Senior Policy Analyst Dr. Brittany Holom-Trundy in support of establishing an Easy Enrollment program.

New Jersey School Funding: The Higher the Goals, the Higher the Costs

New Jersey’s school funding formula needs to be recalibrated to meet today’s more rigorous standards so all students can succeed.

Friday Facts and Figures: January 28, 2022

Murphy administration restores funding for the Excluded New Jerseyans Fund. New report finds more funding is needed, however, to reach all excluded residents.

Property Tax Reduction Should Target Renters with Low-Incomes

Testimony by NJPP Senior Policy Analyst Sheila Reynertson in support of tax relief for renters with low incomes.

Recovery for All: Excluded New Jerseyans Fund Falls Short of Need

Even before it was cut, the Excluded New Jerseyans Fund was never funded enough to reach New Jerseyans excluded from COVID-19 relief.

New Jersey’s Redistricting Efforts Need to Consider Its Diverse Communities

Testimony by NJPP Senior Policy Analyst Peter Chen on accurately representing New Jersey's diversity through redistricting.

Friday Facts and Figures: January 21, 2022

Lawmakers rally around affordability. The Excluded New Jerseyans Fund was cut by $34 million.

Friday Facts and Figures: January 14, 2022

Updates on the lame duck session. The NJPP team reacts to the State of the State. The Legislature grows slightly more diverse.

State of the State 2022: Rapid Reaction

Live from the NJPP Zoom room, Sheila, Peter, Brittany, Marleina, Jon, and Lou react to Governor Murphy's State of the State address (with gifs!).

Friday Facts and Figures: January 7, 2022

New year rings in a new minimum wage. Comptroller report reveals lack of accountability in corporate tax break programs.

Hard Working New Jerseyans Get a Raise January 1

Scheduled minimum wage increase to $13 takes effect on January 1.

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.

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