NJPP Blog

January 4, 2010: Tax expenditures need more scrutiny

Every year, New Jersey gives away billions of dollars through tax credits, deductions, exemptions and cooperative agreements that – once enacted – seldom get reviewed. No one knows how much money the state forgoes because few people have been interested – until now.

December 28, 2009: A Note from Tim Carden, Chairman of NJPP's Board of Trustees

What a year 2009 has been. Our state and country and world experienced wrenching challenges of historic proportions. Governmental budgets and public confidence in our institutions declined concurrently, and New Jersey led this descent on both fronts.

December 21, 2009: Too few women in New Jersey government

When the New Jersey legislature convenes in January, women will hold top leadership positions in both the Senate and Assembly. Assemblywoman Sheila Y. Oliver will become Speaker and Senator Barbara Buono will be the first woman to serve as Senate Majority Leader in the state. According to the Center for American Women and Politics, this will make New Jersey one of only a handful of states where women serve in top legislative leadership slots.

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).