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Grantee Reports 2013

State of the Climate: New Jersey

Rutgers Climate Institute (October 2013)

The Rutgers Climate Institute's inaugural State of the Climate: New Jersey highlights information related to temperature, precipitation and sea level rise for New Jersey. Read or download the full report.

Poverty Benchmarks 2013

Legal Services of New Jersey (September 2013)

The annual Poverty Benchmarks report is an ongoing project of LSNJ’s Poverty Research Institute. Poverty Benchmarks 2013 is the seventh in the series and provides a comprehensive look at issues of poverty relating to low-income individuals and families in New Jersey. Download the full report.

Fixing Roads & Bridges is Essential to Growing New Jersey's Economy

New Jersey Policy Perspective (June 2013)

The report examines the deteriorating state of New Jersey's roads and bridges, and makes a series of recommendations on how to begin to fix this vital infrastructure. Investing additional state funds to jumpstart the process of making New Jersey’s roads and bridges safe, reliable and efficient would help grow the state’s economy. Read the press release or download the full report.

Issue Brief: It's Time for Tuition Equity

New Jersye Policy Perspective (June 2013)

Implementing tuition equity for undocumented students will be a step towards integrating the state's large foreign-born population and will create better opportunities for many smart, hard-working students from struggling families. Read the press release or download the full report.

Invest in New Jersey: Make Higher Education Affordable Again

New Jersey Policy Perspective (May 2013)

Rising demand and falling state support for higher education have ultimately resulted in higher costs and more debt for New Jersey's families. The report suggests several ways to begin reversing these problems: Increasing Tuition Aid Grant funding; Stabilizing higher education operating budgets by increasing state support; and Investing in innovation. Read the press release or download the full report.

Infrastructure Investments Necessary for Economic Success

Facing Our Future (April 2013)

Year after year, administration after administration, New Jersey has deferred investment in its utilities systems, roads and bridges, public transportation and water supply systems – and those systems have decayed. The reasons are many: revenue shortfalls, the requirement to adopt a balanced budget, increased costs and/or reduced private investment. Those systems all require the increased investment critical to our long-term economic success. Sandy exposed and highlighted these existing problems. Today, we are forced to face our infrastructure deficiencies now, and to act with urgency. Read the executive summary or download the full report.

New Jersey Jail Population Analysis: Identifying Opportunities to Safely and Responsibly Reduce the Jail Population

Drug Policy Alliance (April 2013)

Nearly 40 percent of individuals in New Jersey jails are incarcerated only because they cannot afford to pay their nominal bail amounts. Read the press release or download the full report.

The Crisis Continues Inside Police Internal Affairs

ACLU of New Jersey (February 2013)

More than three-quarters of police departments were unable to provide answers or provided wrong answers regarding the basic rules surrounding access to internal affairs. Read the press release or download the full report.

Newark Kids Count 2012-2013: A City Profile of Child Well-Being

Advocates for Children of New Jersey (February 2013)

At the very time of life when strong families, healthy starts and positive learning environments are most important, Newark’s youngest children face daunting odds that can damage their development. Read the press release or download the full report.

The Impact of Superstorm Sandy on New Jersey Towns and Households

Rutgers Newark School of Public Affairs and Administration (October 2013)

The report finds that one year after Superstorm Sandy, New Jersey towns and residents across the state still face $28.3 billion in unmet recovery needs. It is revealed that damage was far more widespread than has been understood to date, stretching beyond the coastal communities and disproportionately affecting low- and moderate-income families. Download the full report.

Failure to Act: New Jersey Jobs and Communities are Still at Risk from Toxic Chemical Disaster

New Jersey Work Environment Council (October 2013)

This report finds that New Jersey jobs and millions of residents are still at risk from toxic chemical disaster - five years after the NJ Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) under former Gov. Jon Corzine adopted rules to implement the NJ Toxic Catastrophe Prevention Act that were supposed to drastically reduce that risk. Read the full report.

Meeting the Child Care Challenge: A Kids Count Special Report

Adovcates for Children of New Jersey (December 2013)

This special report finds that, in New Jersey, the typical family spends nearly a quarter of its annual salary on child care and has few ways to determine whether that care is good for their children. Low-income and single-parent households face an even tougher financial battle. To address both cost and quality, Advocates for Children of New Jersey (ACNJ) made several short- and long-term recommendations. Read the press release and full report.