October 19, 2009: FLI program helps improve family life in New Jersey

New Jersey’s Family Leave Insurance program took effect July 1 of this year, providing workers with up to six weeks of paid benefits to care for sick family members, newborn and newly-adopted children. Governor Corzine signed the legislation in May, making New Jersey the third state (along with CA and WA) in the nation to adopt such a program, and the second to implement. California was the first state to implement paid family leave.

October 12, 2009: New report shows need for national health care reform

How is national health care reform critical to New Jersey’s public health and economy? That’s the topic of a new NJPP report that analyzes major provisions in “America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009″(H.R. 3200). The House of Representatives bill mandates health coverage for everyone – much like states do with car insurance – to prevent people from applying for health coverage only when they are ill.

October 5, 2009: Newspaper report

The decline of New Jersey’s news industry was the theme today at an event marking the release of NJPP’s new report, Less News is Bad News: The Media Crisis and New Jersey’s News Deficit.

September 21, 2009: Good news, bad news in new census data

New Jersey’s poverty rate is rising while median income is dropping, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Approximately 787,000 New Jersey residents had incomes below the federal poverty level in 2008, an increase of 45,000 from 2007. For a family of three, that means trying to provide children with a roof over their heads, adequate health care and a nutritious diet on an annual income of $17,163. The 2008 figures do not reflect the sharp economic downturn this year, and thus the real numbers today are almost certainly worse.

September 14, 2009: Fiscal reporting still a puzzle to New Jersey officials

The federal Government Accountability Office is conducting reviews of how New Jersey and some other states are spending funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and making the information available in bimonthly reports. This is a good thing, because New Jersey has not yet figured out how to integrate reporting requirements into its overall fiscal policy.