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Grantee Reports 2017

New Jersey Must Make Higher Education a Priority Again

New Jersey Policy Perspective (October 2017)

The report privdes a history of the 21 percent decline in financial support for public college costs since the Great Recession and recommends the formation of a diverse commission to explore and analyze key solutions to develop the most effective investments. Read the full report here.

The Uncomfortable Truth: Racism, Injustice and Poverty in New Jersey

Anti-Poverty Network of New Jersey (September 2017)

The report explores ways in which structural racism perpetuates poverty in the state and recommends ways in which the state can address structural racism as an explicit public priority. Read the full report here and here.

An Examination of Policy Options for Achieving Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions in New Jersey

Rutgers Climate Institute (September 2017)

In collaboration with Georgetown Climate Center and the World Resource Institute, the report outlines the status of current greenhouse gas emissions, legal and policy frameworks to address emissions, leading mitigation policies in other states, and policies that could improve conditions in communities that bear disproportionate environmental burdens. Read the full report here.

Showing up Matters: A Look at Absenteeism Inside Newark’s High Schools

Advocates for Children of New Jersey (September 2017)

The report identifies school disengagement, social-emotional health, geographic distance from schools, personal safety, and other issues as contributing factors to poor attendance and makes policy recommendations to reduce chronic absenteeism. Read the full report here.

Fast Facts: New Jersey’s Marketplace Leads the U.S. in Making Health Care Affordable

New Jersey Policy Perspective (August 2017)

The report finds that New Jersey’s Marketplace has low deductibles and the nation’s slowest growth in premiums. However, threats to cut subsidies would undermine these savings that benefit both consumers and taxpayers. Read the full report here.

Protecting Infants and Toddlers: A Five-Year Review

Advocates for Children of New Jersey (August 2017)

The report examines reforms to state policy and practice for young children, from birth to age three, under the care of the state child protection system and makes recommendations for further improvement. Read the full report here.

Rough Waters Ahead: The Impact of the Trump Administration’s EPA Budget Cuts on the Delaware River Basin

Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center (August 2017)

The report finds that, considering the Environmental Protection Agency has jurisdiction for more than 1,000 pollution permits in the Delaware River, proposed budget cuts to EPA water programs would slash enforcement by more than 25 percent. Read the full report here.

Crossing the Hudson: How to Increase Transit Capacity and Improve Commutes

Regional Plan Association (August 2017)

The report urges complementary investments that address the problems of the transit system as a whole, address inadequacies of the current system, create capacity for more robust economic growth, and improve service and reduce travel times on both sides of the Hudson River. Read the full report here.

From Candidate to Governor Elect: Recommendations for Gubernatorial Transitions

Rutgers Center on American Governor (July 2017)

This report outlines recommendations for the transition period between the election of a New Jersey governor and his or her inauguration to lay the groundwork for a productive administration. The report draws on recollections, advice and stories from former government officials, political operatives and transition team members. Read the full report here.

Evaluation of the Port of New York & New Jersey Clean Trucks Program Rollback

Coalition for Healthy Ports (June 2017)

The report found a dramatic increase in the risk of premature death from exposure to diesel emissions from trucks serving the Ports of NY&NJ will result from the Port Authority’s decision to not enforce its previously enacted ban on older trucks. The report recommends for the Port Authority to implement clean truck programs funded by container fees, create incentives to expedite clean truck replacements with port container fee waivers for clean trucks, and adopt diesel emissions-reduction policies similar to those in California that can dramatically decrease harmful pollution across the entire goods movement industry. Read the full report here.

An Agenda for a Renewed Democracy in New Jersey

New Jersey Institute for Social Justice  (June 2017)

Co-published with the Brennan Center for Justice, the report finds that New Jersey disenfranchises more formerly incarcerated people living and working in its communities than any other state in the Northeast. It recommends the legislature implement automatic voter registration, restore voting rights to residents with past criminal convictions who are living in the community, and set minimum early voting requirements. Read the full report here.

Unequal & Unfair: New Jersey’s War on Marijuana Users

American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey (May 2017)

The report provides a comprehensive analysis of New Jersey’s marijuana possession practices. Findings include increasing arrests for marijuana possession, racial disparities in marijuana arrests at an all-time high, $143 million per year used to enforce marijuana, and nine out of ten marijuana arrests are of users rather than dealers. Read the full report here

2017 New Jersey Kids Count: A Statewide Profile of Child Well-Being

Advocates for Children of New Jersey (June 2017)

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.

Environmental Policy Guide

New Jersey League of Conservation Voters Education Fund (May 2017)

This report provides a comprehensive environmental policy agenda for its Green in 17' campaign. Recommendations include achieving 100% clean energy by 2050, modernizing public transit, and promoting environmental justice. Read the full report here.

Quality Costs How Much? Estimating the Cost of Quality Child Care in New Jersey

Advocates for Children of New Jersey (April 2017)

The report provides cost estimates of operating a child care center or family child care home at various quality levels. Findings indicate that current funding levels of publicly funded care centers cannot meet higher state standards that define quality and that maintaining quality without an increase in childcare subsidy rates is impossible. Read the full report here.

New Jersey Non-Profits 2017: Trends and Outlook Survey Results

Center for Non-Profits (April 2017)

The report details non-profit funding and expenses, outlook for the coming year, and actions taken by non-profits to address 2017 trends. Read the full report here.

Get the Lead Out: Ensuring Safe Drinking Water for Our Children at School

Environment New Jersey (February 2017)

This report assesses New Jersey’s state policies at a C- for protections for children against lead. Among its recommendations are requiring lead testing in water outlets in schools and disclosing all available information about lead in water infrastructure. Read the full report here.

Bridging the Two Americas: Employment & Economic Opportunity in Newark and Beyond

New Jersey Institute for Social Justice (April 2017)

The report frames NJISJ’s Newark 2020 efforts to create 2,020 jobs by 2020 as it finds that just 18 percent of Newark jobs are held by local residents and only 10 percent of those workers earn at least $40,000 a year. Read the full report here.

Blueprint for Economic Justice and Shared Prosperity

New Jersey Policy Perspective (March 2017)

Blueprint for Economic Justice and Shared Prosperity details how the state can protect and invest in its assets, including education and transportation, and build a vibrant and equitable economy. Read more here.

Repealing the Affordable Care Act Would Devastate New Jersey

New Jersey Policy Perspective (February 2017)

The report found that 1.1 million NJ residents would lose benefits, $4.2 billion in federal funding would be lost each year, 86,000 jobs would be lost, and 777 people would die due to lost insurance. It also provides county specific statistics with infographics. Read the full report here.

State of the Pinelands 2016

Pinelands Preservation Alliance (January 2017)

In its 10th anniversary issue of its annual report Pinelands Preservation Alliance highlights the increased threats to the Pinelands region, stalled environmental policy initiatives to protect the Pinelands, and development projects that have quickly advanced. Read the full report here.