Grantee Reports 2015

Fast Facts: New Jersey’s Average Home Values Are Well Below Estate Tax Threshold

New Jersey Policy Perspective (December 2015)

This report shows that New Jersey's estate tax does not affect most middle-class households within the state through data that indicate that only 4 percent of New Jersey estates include enough wealth to owe any estate tax. Read the full report here.

Fast Facts: Crucial Tax Credits for New Jersey Working Families at Risk if Congress Fails to Act

New Jersey Policy Perspective (November 2015)

This report details the vulnerability of the federal Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit, key federal tax credits that have increased economic opportunity for New Jersey's working families. If Congress does not take action, the tax credit provisions will expire at the end of 2017. Read the full report here.

Fast Facts: Allowing Undocumented Residents to Drive Legally Would Help New Jersey

New Jersey Policy Perspective (November 2015)

This report highlights the economic and public safety benefits of expanding access to driver’s licenses. The expansion of access to driver's licenses will result in fewer uninsured and unlicensed drivers on the road and improve trust between immigrant communities and law enforcement. It will also garner $245 million in new insurance payments (that will hold insurance premium payments down for everyone) and the State would be able to collect $5.2 and $9.5 million in license and permit fees and upwards of $7 million in new registration fees. Read the full report here.

Expert Report on the PennEast Pipeline Project: Economic Impact Analysis for New Jersey and Pennsylvania

New Jersey Conservation Foundation (November 2015)

This report analyzes the economic impact study released by PennEast in support of its proposed New Jersey pipeline. NJ Conservation Foundation's report, developed by The Goodman Group, Ltd., indicates that PennEast’s analysis overstates the total jobs produced by the pipeline by two-thirds or more. Read the full report here.

Newark Public Schools: Budget Impacts of Underfunding and Rapid Charter Growth

Education Law Center (November 2015)

This report concludes that the lack of adequate state funding (as measured by the School Funding Reform Act formula) and the diversion of dollars from district schools to rapidly growing charter schools has resulted in substantial cuts to teachers, support staff, and special education and other programs in Newark district schools in order to balance the school budget. Read the full report here.

Food for Thought: 5th Annual New Jersey School Breakfast Report

Advocates for Children of New Jersey & New Jersey Food for Thought Breakfast Campaign (October 2015)

This report details the progress that the New Jersey Food for Thought Breakfast Campaign (led by Advocates for Children of New Jersey and the New Jersey Anti-Hunger Coalition) has made since 2010. Data indicate that the number of students eligible for free- or reduced-price school meals who participated in the school breakfast program rose more than 100,000 between 2010 and 2015. Read the full report here.

Levied on Very Few, New Jersey’s Estate and Inheritance Taxes Support Colleges, Health Care & Other Services

New Jersey Policy Perspective (September 2015)

This report concludes that the elimination or cutting of New Jersey's inheiritance taxes, levied on only 10 percent of all New Jersey households, will threaten resources needed for public colleges, safe communities, health care and other important services. Read the full report here.

Showing Up Matters: The State of Chronic Absenteeism in New Jersey

Advocates for Children of New Jersey (August 2015)

This report details that approximately 10% of New Jersey students enrolled in K-12 schools are chronically absent (absent for at least 10% of the school year). Absenteeism affects both the academic success of individual students (New Jersey 4th grade students with three or more absences from school scored significantly lower on national math and reading exams than students with no absences from school) and classrooms (as teachers help students who have missed school, other students may receive less individual attention and the educational pace may slow down). Read the full report here.

Governor’s Medicaid Proposal Would Shift Costs to New Jersey Taxpayers and Health Care Providers

New Jersey Policy Perspective (July 2015)

This report examines Governor Christie's proposal to limit health care funding under Medicaid through a Medicaid per capita cap that would result in the loss of about $15 billion in federal funding for New Jersey over eight years, forcing the State to offset the loss of the funds by terminating insurance coverage for many, reducing benefits, increasing the co-pays to those still eligible, reducing already low reimbursement rates to providers, cutting other essential state services, raising additional revenue or, probably, some combination. Read the full report here.

Executive Actions on Immigration Would Help Many New Jerseyans While Boosting the Economy

New Jersey Policy Perspective (July 2015)

This report highlights the positive economic benefits of President Obama's November 2014 immigration executive actions on New Jersey. About 200,000 New Jersey residents would benefit from the new Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program and the expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Undocumented immigrants would likely see wages rise by 5 to 10 percent, and the executive actions would create 1,500 new jobs per year and boost the state's economy by $11.9 billion over the next decade. Read the full report here.

Increasing the Earned Income Tax Credit Would Boost New Jersey’s Working Families

New Jersey Policy Perspective (June 2015)

This report highlights the positive economic benefits of raising the state's Earned Income Tax Credit from twenty percent to thirty percent. This increase would help 524,000 New Jersey families and allow the state's lowest earners to raise their annual take-home pay by as much as $600. Read the full report here.

Closing Corporate Tax Loopholes Would Help New Jersey’s Small Businesses & Provide Resources to Build Economy

New Jersey Policy Perspective (June 2015)

This report explores the use of combined reporting, an accounting measure that treats the parent company and subsidiaries of multistate corporations as one entity for state corporate income tax purposes, allowing each state to tax the appropriate share of the combined nationwide profits. Adopting this measure would level the playing field for the state's small businesses and would allow NJ to raise an additional $235-470 million each year. Read the full report here.

23 Hours in the Box, Solitary Confinement in Immigration Detention

New Jersey Advocates for Immigrant Detainees (June 2015)

This report is an investigation of the overuse of solitary confinement in New Jersey’s immigration detention centers. The report concludes that the system is unnecessarily harsh and unfair, and that it violates state regulations and international standards. Read the full report here.

Risky Business: New Jersey Must Hold Corporations More Accountable in Subsidy Deals

New Jersey Policy Perspective (May 2015)

New Jersey continues to award record-setting corporate tax subsidies in an unsuccessful attempt to grow the state's economy, and has lowered the standards corporations must meet in order to qualify for tax breaks in order to do so. This report highlights the need to fix the net benefits test that the New Jersey Economic Development Authority uses to determine corporate subsidy approval. Read the full report here.

Earned Sick Days in Jersey City: A Study of Employers and Employees at Year One

Rutgers Center for Women and Work (April 2015)

Jersey City passed New Jersey's first earned sick time ordinance in 2013 and the measure went into effect in January 2014. This report evaluates the impact of the ordinance on employers and employees after one year of implementation and concludes that the ordinance has had positives benefits (including increased productivity, reduced turnover, and higher job satisfaction) and neutral impacts on employers and employees. Read the full report here.

2015 New Jersey Kids Count: A Statewide Profile of Child Well-Being

Advocates for Children of New Jersey (April 2015)

This annual report provides a snapshot of child well-being in New Jersey, and is intended to inform policymakers and the public of the progress of and challenges to ensuring the health, welfare, and safety of all New Jersey's children. This year's report includes a new section that breaks down key indicators of child well-being by race in order to better understand and create solutions to address the disparities that exist among children of different races. Read the full report here.

Tuition Equality Act is a Half-Measure Without Access to Financial Aid

New Jersey Policy Perspective (April 2015)

New Jersey’s Tuition Equality Act, signed into law in 2013, extends in-state tuition rates at New Jersey public colleges and universities to most undocumented New Jersey high school graduates. While this law has increased access to educational opportunities for all New Jersey students, this report highlights the importance of allowing state financial aid for undocumented students as a lack of financial assistance has kept many students from pursuing additional education. Read the full report here.

2015 New Jersey Non-Profits Trends and Outlook

Center for Non-Profits (March 2015)

This annual survey of the New Jersey non-profit community was conducted in January 2015 to gauge experiences, trends, and expectations of non-profit groups. The survey tracks prior year funding and expenses, outlook for the coming year, and actions taken by non-profits to address trends. The report notes that despite some incremental improvements, increased demand and limited funding continue to challenge the non-profit community. Read the full report here.

Maximizing Affordable Care Act Enrollment is a Must for New Jersey

New Jersey Policy Perspective (February 2015)

This report details how full enrollment in the Affordable Care Act would bring $2.3 billion more in federal funds to New Jersey, in addition to the $2.9 billion in federal funds New Jersey is already receiving through its enrollment in the Affordable Care Act. Full enrollment would generate $7.2 billion annually in new economic activity and create an estimated 58,000 new jobs in New Jersey. Read the full report here.

Stronger Together: The $12 Billion Impact of Community Development Corporations in New Jersey

Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey (February 2015)

This report highlights the economic impact of New Jersey's community development corporations (CDCs) over the last 25 years. In the past 25 years, NJ CDCs have had $12 billion of economic impact, generated $320 million in state revenues, created 82,000 new jobs, and provided job training to more than 10,500 local residents. Read the full report here.

The State of Sandy Recovery 2015

Fair Share Housing Center (February 2015)

This annual report documents how more than 15,000 families are still waiting to finish rebuilding two and a half years after Hurricane Sandy damaged or destroyed more than 55,000 homes in New Jersey, and makes suggestions for improving  the recovery process.  Read the full report here.