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.

Stop the Raids: The Clean Energy Fund Should Fund Clean Energy

Using the Clean Energy Fund for its intended purpose will help New Jersey reach its climate goals while keeping its residents safe and healthy.

Friday Facts and Figures: January 6, 2023

New year, new minimum wage! Property tax rebate program may leave renters behind. State outlines plan for electric truck charging infrastructure.

Friday Facts and Figures: December 23, 2022

Temp Workers' Bill of Rights stalls in the Senate. Lawmakers try to roll back criminal justice reforms. ANCHOR deadline approaches.

Friday Facts and Figures: December 16, 2022

New report highlights how temp agencies pay poverty wages. Many students qualify for free lunches but lack access.

Friday Facts and Figures: December 2, 2022

New regulations would require insurance coverage for abortion care. CDC grant to bolster health departments. Domestic Workers' Bill of Rights advances out of committee.

What The Dobbs Decision Means for Abortion Rights in New Jersey and Beyond

The Dobbs decision overturned the constitutional right to abortion, leaving it up to individual states to determine abortion rights.

Friday Facts and Figures: November 18, 2022

Temp Workers' Bill of Rights on up for a vote on Monday. Congress holds hearing on Amazon injuries. Poll shows voters oppose "the line" on primary ballots.

People Pay, Hospitals Profit: Rising Prices Drive High Health Care Costs

New Jersey lost more than $1.26 billion from 2016 to 2018 to hospitals overcharging.

Social Equity Excise Fee Revenue Distribution Must Center Racial Justice

Testimony from NJPP Policy Analyst and State Policy Fellow Marleina Ubel in favor of equitable distribution of the Social Equity Excise Fee.

Friday Facts and Figures: November 11, 2022

Language access bill advances out of committee. Comptroller report blasts State Police training bureau. Students protest police in schools.

Language Access Removes Barriers and Makes Public Services More Effective

Testimony from NJPP Policy Analyst and State Policy Fellow Marleina Ubel in support of making government materials accessible in multiple languages.

Data Disaggregation Gives Lawmakers a Full Picture of Communities and Advances Equity

Testimony from NJPP Policy Analyst and State Policy Fellow Marleina Ubel in support of implementing data disaggregation.

Friday Facts and Figures: November 4, 2022

The digital economy remains largely untaxed. State prisons are rife with health and safety issues. New Jersey has a child care crisis.

Digital Taxation Hits a Roadblock, But Alternative Route to Taxing Big Tech Shows Promise

New Jersey has an opportunity to tax big tech and raise revenue for public services — and it's all about the data.

Friday Facts and Figures: October 28, 2022

Early voting starts this weekend. New Jersey to upgrade child care centers. Workers to see a slight bump in their take-home pay.

The High Cost of “Free” Representation: Why New Jersey Should Eliminate Public Defender Fees

High fees for the constitutional right to an attorney leave clients in debt and influence how they navigate New Jersey's justice system.

Friday Facts and Figures: October 21, 2022

Lawmakers unexpectedly pull Temp Workers' Bill of Rights. Advocates call on the Murphy administration to protect Clean Energy Fund.

Friday Facts and Figures: October 14, 2022

Lawmakers take steps toward ending period poverty. Less than one percent of New Jerseyans hold over $746 billion in wealth.

Friday Facts and Figures: October 7, 2022

Lawmakers clean up Child Tax Credit law so families get relief sooner. President Biden to pardon federal cannabis possession charges.

New Jersey Must Prepare for the Next Big Storm

Testimony from NJPP Policy Analyst Alex Ambrose in support of strengthening New Jersey's storm resiliency efforts.

Lessons Learned from New Census Data on Health Insurance

NJPP Senior Policy Analyst Brittany Holom-Trundy, Ph.D. breaks down new health insurance highlights and takeaways from new Census data.

Friday Facts and Figures: September 16, 2022

New court challenge to the Affordable Care Act threatens access to preventive care. Uber pays up for misclassifying workers and not paying taxes.

Friday Facts and Figures: September 9, 2022

With a new school year underway, New Jersey struggles with a teacher shortage and fewer mental health staff for Black and Hispanic/Latinx students.

New Jersey’s Black Students Suffer a Decline in Access to School Mental Health Staff

Over the past decade, access to mental health staff for Black students decreased, while white students’ access increased.

Friday Facts and Figures: September 2, 2022

One year after Hurricane Ida, New Jersey has yet to release new flood zone rules. Superior Court judge strikes down big tax break for casinos.
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