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.

New Jersey Should Join Other States and Create a Child Tax Credit

New Jersey should use its budget surplus to support families with kids and help make parenting more affordable.

Friday Facts and Figures: June 17, 2022

New property tax relief proposal includes more renters. Jersey City raises its minimum wage. Easy enrollment bill goes to the governor.

Racial Impact Statements Are Essential When Changing Criminal Justice Policy to Advance Racial Justice

Testimony from NJPP Policy Analyst Marleina Ubel, urging the Office of Legislative Services to produce a racial impact statement for S513.

New Jersey Could Do More to Expand Reentry Services

New Jersey's FY 2023 budget fails to invest in robust reentry services, non-police crisis response, or directly in communities most harmed by the pandemic.

Friday Facts and Figures: June 10, 2022

New report calls for multi-year budgeting and consensus revenue forecasting. New Jersey is one step closer to covering all kids.

It’s Still Time for All Kids Coverage

Lawmakers must prioritize Cover All Kids funding and implementation so all kids have the affordable, high-quality health care they deserve.

Friday Facts and Figures: June 3, 2022

The number of teacher candidates in New Jersey continues to decline. It’s a bird … it’s a plane … it’s For The Many NJ!

Easy Enrollment Would Make Affordable Health Care More Accessible for All

Testimony from NJPP Senior Policy Analyst Dr. Brittany Holom-Trundy, in support of the establishment of an Easy Enrollment program.

New Jersey’s Teacher Pipeline: The Decline in Teacher Candidates Continues

Unless lawmakers act to address New Jersey's teacher shortage, there will not be enough qualified candidates to replace teachers leaving the profession.

Friday Facts and Figures: May 27, 2022

Remembering the 21 lives lost at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas on May 24, 2022.

Friday Facts and Figures: May 20, 2022

New Jersey has a multi-billion-dollar surplus, and lawmakers are already fast-tracking a bill to give a big chunk of it to profitable businesses.

It’s Time to Hold Amazon Accountable for High Worker Injury Rates

As Amazon grows into New Jersey's largest private employer, it's time to mandate health and safety protocols for its workers.

Friday Facts and Figures: May 13, 2022

Governor Murphy announces support for expanding abortion access. Corporate lobbyists push for a big tax break. Unions are having a moment.

Local Government Should Not Be Funded With Fines and Fees

Testimony by NJPP Policy Analyst Marleina Ubel in opposition of using law enforcement fines and fees to fund government services.

Friday Facts and Figures: May 6, 2022

Abortion rights are under attack. New report ties the racial wealth gap to disparities in home ownership. Inflation is good for business.

May Day: Excessive CEO Pay Stifles Workers’ Wages

Corporate CEOs often exert their influence to hoard pay, further driving income inequality while workers struggle to make ends meet.

Friday Facts and Figures: April 29, 2022

New report highlights high injury rate at Amazon warehouses. New bill would expand the state's premier anti-poverty program.

Friday Facts and Figures: April 22, 2022

Essential workers and advocates urge lawmakers to provide more direct relief to residents harmed by the pandemic. Legal weed is here!

Tracking How New Jersey is Spending American Rescue Plan Funds

With $3 billion remaining in State Federal Recovery Funds, lawmakers have a unique opportunity to provide equitable pandemic relief.

Friday Facts and Figures: April 15, 2022

Millions of residents are struggling to make ends meet. Legal cannabis sales start next week. Revenue collections are ahead of projections.

ANCHORs Aweigh: Explaining Governor Murphy’s New Property Tax Relief Program

ANCHOR should advance equity by directing more relief to renters and lower-income homeowners.

Friday Facts and Figures: April 1, 2022

Senate Budget Chair Paul Sarlo calls for multi-year budgeting. New bill would expand language access. The NJPP team just got bigger!

Friday Facts and Figures: March 25, 2022

The Affordable Care Act turns 12, New Jersey has a strong jobs report, and legal cannabis sales are delayed again — but for good reason.

Legislation Undermining the Criminal Justice Reform Act Would Harm Communities of Color

Testimony by NJPP Policy Analyst Marleina Ubel opposing presumptive pretrial detention for Graves offenses.

The State Budget Can Do More to Make New Jersey Affordable for All

Testimony by NJPP Senior Policy Analyst Peter Chen on how the state budget can make New Jersey more affordable for all residents.
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