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.

State Takeover of Camden Schools Did Not Improve Students’ Academic Performance

There is no evidence that the 2013 state takeover of Camden's public schools has improved students' standardized test scores.

Friday Facts and Figures: April 30, 2021

New census numbers prove that people are NOT fleeing New Jersey. Driver's license expansion to finally take effect!

Friday Facts and Figures: April 23, 2021

Repealing the SALT cap would widen the racial wealth gap. The USDA extends its universal free lunch program.

Introducing the State of Opportunity Index

The new State of Opportunity Index provides a clearer idea of the challenges we face and where they manifest.

Blueprint to Secure a Just Recovery

A message from NJPP President Brandon McKoy on the bold and comprehensive proposals outlined in the Blueprint.

Friday Facts and Figures: April 16, 2021

Gov. Murphy announces new financial assistance for residents enrolling in the state health exchange. Immigrant workers still without pandemic relief.

Structure of New Emerge Tax Credit Program Must Prioritize Equity and Transparency

Comments by NJPP Senior Policy Analyst Sheila Reynertson on draft rules governing the new Emerge tax credit program.

Tools for Building a Healthy Budget

Six ways to de-politicize New Jersey's budget-making process.

New York Approves $2.1 Billion Relief Fund for Immigrants — New Jersey Should Do the Same

New York’s Excluded Workers Fund will provide pandemic relief to approximately 290,000 immigrant workers.

Friday Facts and Figures: April 9, 2021

New York will provide pandemic relief to immigrant workers. State Attorney General unveils Use of Force Dashboard.

Friday Facts and Figures: April 2, 2021

New study finds that some of the biggest U.S. corporations paid no federal taxes. New Jersey expands access to the polls.

Roadmap to Electrifying New Jersey’s Public Bus Fleet

A fully electric bus fleet will not only reduce greenhouse gas emissions in New Jersey, but also result in significant savings for the state.

Friday Facts and Figures: March 26, 2021

Early voting bill heads to Gov. Murphy's desk. Immigrants' rights advocates unveil a new policy platform.

Cooperation with ICE Deepens Racial and Economic Disparities in New Jersey

Immigration enforcement practices violate human rights, harm public health, and worsen racial disparities.

Friday Facts and Figures: March 19, 2021

New Jersey has the highest rate of new COVID-19 cases in the country. IRS pushes back the federal deadline to file your taxes.

Friday Facts and Figures: March 12, 2021

President Biden signs the American Rescue Plan into law; New Jersey will finally receive some much-needed federal relief!

The State Budget Must Support Those Harmed Most by the Pandemic

Testimony by NJPP Senior Policy Analyst Sheila Reynertson in support of a state budget that funds New Jersey's pandemic recovery.

Friday Facts and Figures: March 5, 2021

The nation's pandemic recovery stalls due to a lack of consistent federal relief. Gov. Murphy extends utility shutoff moratorium.

Friday Facts and Figures: February 26, 2021

Budget season is back. New Jersey finally legalizes recreational cannabis. Paterson to implement a universal basic income pilot program.

Gov. Murphy’s FY 2022 Budget Address: 5 Key Takeaways

Highlights from Gov. Murphy's FY 2022 budget address, including one big omission.

Higher Education Funding Still Lags Behind Pre-Recession Levels

Years of cuts to higher education, tuition increases, and the diminishing value of financial aid make college less affordable and less accessible.

Friday Facts and Figures: February 19, 2021

New Jersey to prioritize greater vaccine equity. Governor Murphy announces a big investment in clean energy.

Tax Break on PPP Loan Expenses Will Cost New Jersey More Than $1 Billion

State lawmakers give the green light to a $1.2 billion double tax cut on federal grants through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

Friday Facts and Figures: February 12, 2021

New Jersey hits major vaccine milestone. New state health exchange is a big success.

The “Whitening” of Camden’s Teachers

As charter school enrollments grow, Camden has fewer Black teachers.
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