New Jersey Policy Perspective press release May 30
New Jersey policymakers are considering a tax cut proposal that would drain the state's revenues by about $1.6 billion each year once fully phased in, but would that be the best use of New Jersey's resources?
The clear answer is no, according to New Jersey Policy Perspective (NJPP), the nonprofit nonpartisan organization founded in 1997 to conduct research and analysis on state issues.
Instead, NJPP argues in a series of reports launched today, policymakers should invest in more pressing needs as well as more proven drivers of economic growth to truly create a prosperous New Jersey.
The series, Invest in New Jersey, begins with Make Higher Education Affordable Again, which examines the higher education squeeze brought on by rising demand and falling state support. The report finds that the squeeze ultimately results in higher costs for New Jersey's families and more debt, and it suggests several ways to begin to reverse the squeeze: Increasing Tuition Aid Grant funding; Stabilizing higher education operating budgets by increasing state support; and Investing in innovation.
“Perennial promises of lower taxes lack credibility and deflect the public conversation away from equipping New Jersey to restore prosperity and better jobs,” says Gordon MacInnes, president of NJPP and co-author of the report. “Without accessible higher education, improved infrastructure and greater public-private partnerships for research and innovation, New Jersey’s economy will continue to fall behind those of neighboring states that are making those investments.”
Future reports in the series will examine spending on crucial infrastructure needs and investing in high-quality preschool for New Jersey’s poor and working families.