Friday Facts and Figures is a weekly newsletter with data points, analysis, and commentary on the biggest policy debates in New Jersey and beyond.

Friday Facts and Figures: September 24, 2021

New homelessness figures point to big racial disparities in housing. Build Back Better bill endorsed by Nobel Prize-winning economists.

Friday Facts and Figures: September 17, 2021

Marijuana cases automatically expunged. Poverty remains far too high. The Build Back Better agenda will create millions of jobs.

Friday Facts and Figures: September 10, 2021

New Jersey is one step closer to expanding housing rights for people with criminal records. President Joe Biden visits Somerset County.

Friday Facts and Figures: September 3, 2021

Hurricane Ida was one of the deadliest storms in state history. New Jersey is on pace for record-breaking overdose deaths in 2021.

Friday Facts and Figures: August 27, 2021

New Jersey is the latest state to ban jails from contracting with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Gas Tax to drop by 8.3 cents.

Friday Facts and Figures: August 20, 2021

This week marks the 25th anniversary of welfare "reform." President Biden enacts the largest-ever increase in food assistance benefits.

Friday Facts and Figures: August 13, 2021

New Census data shows that New Jersey is growing bigger and more diverse. Credit rating agency upgrades New Jersey's credit outlook.

Friday Facts and Figures: August 6, 2021

Students will be required to wear masks this fall. Governor Murphy signs landmark eviction and tenant protection bill into law.

Friday Facts and Figures: July 30, 2021

Murphy administration holds hearing on how to spend American Rescue Plan funds. Unemployment benefits do not disincentivize work.

Friday Facts and Figures: July 23, 2021

Atlantic City votes to shut down its lifesaving syringe exchange program. New Jersey is the best performing state in the bond market.

Friday Facts and Figures: July 16, 2021

Expanded Child Tax Credit payments are here! A new report finds the true poverty rate for New Jersey. NJPP has a new job opening.

Friday Facts and Figures: July 9, 2021

New data documents millions of State Police traffic stops. Expanded federal Child Tax Credit takes effect later this month.

Friday Facts and Figures: July 2, 2021

New state budget includes big investments to aid the state's recovery, but lacks bold, transformative policies to close the racial wealth gap.

Friday Facts and Figures: June 25, 2021

State budget was passed in committee mere minutes after bill language was made public. Legislature passes historic Cover All Kids bill.

Friday Facts and Figures: June 18, 2021

New Jersey spent $11.6 billion enforcing the “War on Drugs” over the last decade. New federal bill would decriminalize all drugs.

Friday Facts and Figures: June 11, 2021

Election results show the power of "the line" on primary ballots. Strong revenue collections provides big opportunity to advance equity.

Friday Facts and Figures: June 4, 2021

Stimulus checks reduced hardship during the pandemic. New poll finds that New Jersey voters support Universal Basic Income (UBI).

Friday Facts and Figures: May 28, 2021

Police and prison reform bills stall in the Legislature. NJ Transit unveils ambitious bus electrification plan.

Friday Facts and Figures: May 21, 2021

Bill to ban contracts with ICE advances through Senate committee. New housing protection bill falls short.

Friday Facts and Figures: May 14, 2021

Treasury rules state and local aid cannot be used for tax cuts. Governor Murphy announces Excluded New Jerseyans Fund. 

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.

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.

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.