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Grantee Reports 2016

Remedying School Segregation: How New Jersey’s Morris School District Chose to make Diversity Work

The Century Foundation and Center for Diversity and Equality in Education (December 2016)

The report combines historical context, quantitative analysis and qualitative interviews and focus groups to highlight best practices of the Morris school district. Read the full report here.

Access Denied

New Jersey Work Environment Council (December 2016)

Access Denied documents New Jersey’s lack of public access to up-to-date Emergency Response Plans (ERP) on both the municipal and county level. The report highlights the necessity of ERPs given that 91 facilities in New Jersey pose dangerous risks with 12 million people regionally living or working in these danger zones.  Read the full report here.

Bring Our Children Home: Ain’t I A Child?

New Jersey Institute for Social Justice (December 2016)

This report reveals that despite reductions in incarceration rates overall, racial disparities in New Jersey are persistent. The report recommends diversion and alternatives to incarceration in order to mitigate New Jersey’s Black-white commitment disparity, the third highest in the nation. Recommendations include community-based interventions, reforming sentencing structure, and increased data collection. Read the full report here.

Fast Facts: Removing All Undocumented New Jerseyans Would Harm the State’s Economy

New Jersey Policy Perspective (November 2016)

The report provides a national comparative analysis of the loss to Gross Domestic Product if undocumented immigrants were removed, with New Jersey suffering the largest economic loss in the nation. Read more here.

Build a Thriving New Jersey

Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey (October 2016)

Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey released its Build a Thriving New Jersey blueprint urging next leaders of state government to invest $601 million annually to create affordable homes. Read the full report here.

Healthy Food, Strong Kids: Building a Community Response to Childhood Hunger

Advocates for Children of New Jersey (October 2016)

Health Foods Strong Kids analyzes funding and participation changes for school breakfast programs over time and ranks school districts that have been successful and unsuccessful in implementation. The report recommends a community response approach to the issue of child hunger, provides recommendations to close gaps in services, and highlights the importance of increasing after-school meals programs. Read the full report here.

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

Advocates for Children of New Jersey (September 2016)

This second annual report expands on its first report on absenteeism, revealing the persistent prevalence of chronic absenteeism in New Jersey and its increased likelihood to affect low-income children of color. 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 and classrooms.  Read the full report here.

Charting a New Course: A Vision for a Successful Region

Regional Plan Association (June 2016)

This report lays out a vision for the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut metropolitan region, with a focus on expanding the economy to reduce poverty, improve health, increase affordability, protect and enhance the region's natural environment, and ensure that the benefits of growth are broadly shared. Read the report here

Isolated in Essex: Punishing Immigrants through Solitary Confinement

American Friends Service Committee, NJ Advocates for Immigrant Detainees, and NYU School of Law Immigrant Rights Clinic (June 2016)

This report documents the use of solitary confinement at the Essex County Correctional Facility, the state’s largest immigration detention facility. The report finds that the use of solitary confinement is excessive, arbitrary, and disproportionate (42.1% of incidents resulting in solitary confinement were nonviolent conduct) in the facility, and presents recommendations to reform the detention system. Read the full report here.

2016 New Jersey Kids Count: A Statewide Profile of Child Well-Being

Advocates for Children of New Jersey (June 2016)

This annual report provides new data on family economic security, early childcare and education, child health and protection, teens and young adults, and immigrant families in New Jersey. Read the full report here or access data through the interactive Annie E. Casey Foundation Kids Count Data Center.

The ‘Exodus’ is More Like a Trickle: Taxes Aren't Shrinking New Jersey

New Jersey Policy Perspective (June 2016)

This report combats the tax flight myth, showing that there is no significant correlation between state taxes and interstate moves and that data from the IRS provides a different view of migration from New Jersey. Four of the top ten states residents move to have comparable tax rates and migration from New Jersey to Florida mirrors data from other northern states. Despite migration from New Jersey, more people continue to flow into the state than out and the population continues to grow. Read the full report here.

Time for Affordability: How Involuntary Out-of-Network Medical Bills Harm NJ Consumers

New Jersey Policy Perspective (June 2016)

This report documents how involuntary out-of-network medical bills cost NJ residents almost $1 billion in direct and indirect costs per year, driving up insurance premiums that are rising faster than incomes and resulting in fewer small employers who are providing insurance. Read the full report here.

A New Way Forward: Envisioning a Transportation System Without Carbon Pollution

Environment America Research and Policy Center (May 2016)

This report lays out a vision for a zero-carbon transportation system that can be implemented through policies to further urbanization and smart growth, public transportation usage, walking and biking, shared mobility, electric car infrastructure, and smart pricing to reduce congestion and incentivize low-carbon travel. Read the full report here.

Marijuana Legalization & Taxation: Positive Revenue Implications for New Jersey

New Jersey Policy Perspective & New Jersey United for Marijuana Reform (May 2016)

This report describes the economic benefits of marijuana legalization in New Jersey. According to the report, legalization could increase tax revenue by at least $300 million per year. Other benefits include increasing public safety, fixing the criminal justice system, enhancing racial justice, and bolstering public health. Read the full report here.

The Cost of Poverty: The Perpetuating Cycle of Concentrated Poverty in New Jersey Cities

Anti-Poverty Network of New Jersey (May 2016)

This report details how increased economic burdens and decreased investment in four New Jersey cities have trapped communities in a cycle of concentrated poverty. The study indicates that most impoverished municipalities shoulder a significant municipal tax burden that is often greater than their wealthier neighbors, important municipal services are crowded out of constrained municipal budgets, and residents of low-income areas often spend more than half their income on housing due to limited public and affordable housing. Read the summary and full report.

Earned Sick Leave for All Would Help New Jersey’s Workers & Boost its Economy

New Jersey Policy Perspective (April 2016)

This report highlights the positive economic (due to reduced turnover and greater productivity) and public health benefits of ensuring that all workers have access to earned sick leave. Thus far, twelve NJ municipalities have adopted earned sick day policies. Read more here.

New Jersey Non-Profits 2016: Trends and Outlook Survey Results

Center for Non-Profits (April 2016)

In its annual survey report, the Center for Non-Profits delves into 2015 non-profit funding and expenses, outlook for the coming year, and actions taken by non-profits to address new trends. The survey was conducted in January and February 2016, and the analysis is based on responses from 311 501(c)3 organizations. The survey results indicate that modest economic improvements and funding gains in 2014 slowed or declined in the last year. It also highlights the growing gap between the increasing demand for non-profit services and the capacity of non-profits to meet this demand. Read the full report here.

Raising New Jersey’s Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour Would Boost a Large and Diverse Group of Working Men and Women

New Jersey Policy Perspective (March 2016)

This report details the benefits of a $15 minimum wage on 1 in 4 NJ residents (approximately 975,000 people). 91% of workers affected by this change are aged 20 and older and 61% are full-time workers. Read the full report here

Is School Funding Fair? America’s Most Fiscally Disadvantaged School Districts

Education Law Center (March 2016)

This report, a companion to Is School Funding Fair? A National Report Card (5th edition), highlights districts with higher than average student need and lower than average school funding when compared to other districts in their regional labor market

Is School Funding Fair? A National Report Card (5th edition)

Education Law Center (March 2016)

This report evaluates and compares the extent to which state finance systems ensure equality of educational opportunity for all children, regardless of background, family income, place of residence, or school location. Fairness is measured through four indicators: funding level, funding distribution, effort, and coverage. The report finds that there are wide disparities in school funding levels across the United States. Only a few states—including New Jersey—have generally high funding levels and provide significantly more funding to school districts with the highest rates of student poverty. Read the full report here.

Stuck at the Station: 15 Years of Declining Investment Has Harmed New Jersey’s Ability to Deliver High-Quality Transit Service

New Jersey For Transit (March 2016)

This report highlights how disinvestment in NJ Transit (despite increased ridership) has stalled much-needed capital projects (Hudson-Bergen Light Rail extension, Glassboro-Camden Light Rail, bus rapid transit, etc.), and has resulted in declining efficiency and quality of transit service. Read the full report here.

2015 State of the Pinelands Report

Pinelands Preservation Alliance (February 2016)

This report details the increased threats to the Pinelands region, including the South Jersey Gas pipeline that was recently approved by the Board of Public Utilities, a second pipeline that is advancing through the approval process, and off-roading that is destroying preserved areas. The report also acknowledged the negative effects of increasing political pressure on the Pinelands Commission and staff. Read the full report here.

NY-NJ Harbor Estuary Plastic Collection Report

NY/NJ Baykeeper (February 2016)

This report indicates that approximately 165 million pieces of plastic float at any given time in the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary, which encompasses waters from the Tappan Zee Bridge to Sandy Hook. Of the 165 million pieces of plastic, at least 85% are microplastics (smaller than 5mm). Read the full report here.

Lost Opportunities for New Jersey’s Children: More Investment Needed to Reverse Years of Neglect & Stem the Tide of Growing Child Poverty

New Jersey Policy Perspective (February 2016)

This report highlights how declining Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) funding, harsh family caps that deny much-needed assistance to the children of mothers receiving TANF, and rising cost-of-living has deepened child poverty in New Jersey. In 2014, 316,000 children (34% more than prior to the Great Recession) lived below the federal poverty line in New Jersey. Read the full report here.

Showing Up Matters: Newark Chronic Absenteeism in the Early Years

Advocates for Children of New Jersey (January 2016)

This report details the state of chronic absenteeism (more than 18 absences, or 10% of the school year) within the Newark Public Schools in grades K-3. Data show that 24% of Newark students in grades K-3 are chronically absent, compared with 9% statewide. Read the full report here.

Turning to the Wind: American Wind Power is Cutting Carbon Pollution Today and Paving the Way for a Clean Energy Future

Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center (January 2016)

This report examines how the expansion of wind power can reduce carbon emissions and protect against the worst impacts of global warming. Though New Jersey lags behind other states in the production of wind power, it leads the nation in off-shore wind potential. Carbon pollution equal to 1.1 million cars could be eliminated by 2020 with a rapid expansion in wind power off the Jersey Shore. Read the full report here.