December 7, 2009: Accountability woes plague local governments

The state and local governments in New Jersey raised nearly $56 billion in tax revenue in 2008. Local property taxes contributed just over 40 percent to that; the other 60 percent came from the state–mainly from income, sales and corporate business tax collections.

November 30, 2009: New study looks at tax fairness

Low-income families in New Jersey pay a higher share of their income in state and local taxes than do the richest families in New Jersey, according to a new study by the Washington, D.C. based Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP).

November 23, 2009: Thanks and Giving

New Jersey is one of the richest states in the nation and certain counties are among the richest places in the world to live; and yet about 10 percent of households in this state face hunger. We want to believe that hunger only affects people in developing countries or in poor southern states. But two percent more households in New Jersey were hungry in 2007 than were hungry in the preceding 4 years. This is an alarming trend.

November 16, 2009: House bill would provide a safety net for those losing health insurance

Over the last seven years, New Jersey employers dropped insurance coverage for workers at a rate faster than the national average, according to economist Elise Gould in her new report Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance Erosion Continues. The nearly seven percent drop (from 75.6 percent to 68.7 percent) is the 14th largest percentage decline in the nation.

November 9, 2009: Raise the wage. Protect those who need it most.

If New Jersey’s minimum wage had kept pace with inflation, minimum wage workers today would be paid $8.69 per hour instead of $7.25. And the only reason New Jersey’s minimum wage is actually $7.25 an hour right now is that the state wage is tied to the federal wage. In July of this year, the federal Fair Labor Standards Act mandated a third and final minimum wage increase.