New Jersey State Development Bank Policy Brief
NJ Citizen Action Education Fund (October 2018)
This policy brief is intended to education New Jersey advocates, policymakers, stakeholders, and the public about the need to establish a public bank in New Jersey. The policy brief explains that the purpose of a public bank would be to expand access to capital at competitive rates for creditworthy projects that are socially beneficial and are not currently funded or not funded adequately. Read the full report here.
The New Promise of School Integration and the Old Problem of Extreme Segregation: An Action Plan for New Jersey to Address Both
The Center for Diversity and Equality in Education (May 2018)
The report provides an update to a 2013 study on New Jersey’s intensely segregated schools, with more recent 2016-2017 school year data showing poverty and racial isolation persisting together. Read the full report here.
Offshore Wind Means Blue-Collar Jobs for Coastal States
NJ Work Environment Council (April 2018)
Co-authored with Center for American Progress, the report provides a regional picture of the workforce opportunities in offshore wind, including case studies and policy recommendations for implementation that support high quality job creation. Read the full report here.
The Economic Cost of Gun Violence in New Jersey
Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence (April 2018)
The report found that the overall economic cost of gun violence in New Jersey exceeds $3.3 billion, with a direct annual cost to New Jersey taxpayers of approximately $273 million. Read the full report here.
Expensive, Frustrating and Scary: Parents Reveal the Realities of Finding Child Care for Babies in NJ
Advocates for Children of New Jersey (February 2018)
The report provides a qualitative analysis of parent focus groups, building on previous studies showing severe shortages of infant-toddler child care. Read the full report here.
Language Access in Newark: How the city can improve its services and information for residents with limited English proficiency, and why it should
American Friends Service Committee (February 2018)
In collaboration with Rutgers Law School the report surveyed limited English proficient individuals in Newark to develop policy recommendations, integrating other language access model best practices from DC and New York City. The study found that 40% of respondents reported they read, write, or speak English “not very well,” with 42% stating that the quality of treatment they received when interacting with public services negatively affected them. Read the full report here.
Bring Our Children Home: A Prison-to-School Pipeline for New Jersey’s Youth
New Jersey Institute for Social Justice (February 2018)
The report details the impacts of the school-to-prison pipeline on New Jersey’s youth of color, providing historical context for Bordentown’s transition from a school to a prison and outlining opportunities for the state to create a prison-to-school pipeline by reinvesting funds into a modern Bordentown school, conducting a qualitative study, and more. Read the full report here.
State of the Pinelands 2017
Pinelands Preservation Alliance (January 2018)
In its 11th anniversary issue of its annual report Pinelands Preservation Alliance reviewed public policy actions of the past year, outlining their impacts on the pinelands region and highlighting opportunities for the new administration to protect the Pinelands. Read the full report here.
New Jersey Lead Poisoning Prevention Action Plan
Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (February 2018)
The report provides comprehensive action steps to eliminate childhood lead poisoning in ten years in New Jersey. Key policy reforms and investment in infrastructure will increase the safety of the environment, and risk-based prevention services will prevent lead poisoning in New Jersey's most vulnerable children. Read the full report here.
Let’s Drive New Jersey: Expanding Access to Driver’s Licenses is a Common-Sense Step in the Right Direction
New Jersey Policy Perspective (January 2018)
The report finds that granting an estimated 233,000 New Jersey residents a driver’s license under an expansion would also lead to safer roads, a better economy, a boost to motorist fees collections, and increased well-being for families. Read the full report here.