archive-org.com » ORG » N » NJPIRG.ORG

Total: 460

Choose link from "Titles, links and description words view":

Or switch to "Titles and links view".
  • Health Care | NJPIRG
    reform was taken yesterday when a bill that will introduce sweeping changes to the way insurance is sold in New Jersey was voted out of an Assembly committee Read more about Assembly Committee Clears Health Insurance Exchange Bill Resource Budget Consumer Protection Democracy Financial Reform Food Health Care Higher Ed Safe Energy Solid Waste Tax Transportation Ed s Blog Nuclear Power and the Threat to Drinking Water In the United States 49 million Americans receive their drinking water from surface sources located within 50 miles of an active nuclear power plant Keep Reading about Nuclear Power and the Threat to Drinking Water Issue Health Care Making Health Care Work Now the fight for health care reform is in Trenton and so are the health care industry s lobbyists At stake is how we set up a new insurance marketplace in New Jersey the single biggest tool we have to clean up health care Read more about Making Health Care Work News Release NJPIRG Health Care Nationwide Study of New Health Exchanges Shows New Jersey How to Lower Costs For Consumers Many states are creating health exchanges to deliver better value for consumers and New Jersey should follow their lead according to Making the Grade a new report by NJPIRG Health exchanges are competitive marketplaces that can empower individuals and small businesses with better more affordable options for coverage Under the federal health reform law each state will have an exchange up and running in 2014 Read more about Nationwide Study of New Health Exchanges Shows New Jersey How to Lower Costs For Consumers Report NJPIRG Law and Policy Center Health Care Making the Grade When it comes to health care there are few magic bullet solutions for the many problems consumers face in the marketplace insurers don t compete for

    Original URL path: http://njpirg.org/topics/health-care?page=1 (2016-04-29)
    Open archived version from archive


  • Health Care | NJPIRG
    more about The Princeton Packet Health Care Repeal Would Be Costly For New Jersey News Release NJPIRG Law and Policy Center Health Care Health Care Repeal Would Have Costly Consequences for New Jersey Consumers and Small Businesses Consumers and small businesses in New Jersey will face significantly higher insurance premiums and could see costly coverage denials and price discrimination if efforts to repeal the federal health care law prevail in Congress or in the courts according to The Cost of Repeal Examining the Impact on New Jersey of Repealing the New Federal Health Care Law a new report released today by NJPIRG Read more about Health Care Repeal Would Have Costly Consequences for New Jersey Consumers and Small Businesses Report NJPIRG Law and Policy Center Health Care The Cost of Repeal On March 23 2010 after a long congressional debate President Barack Obama signed into law comprehensive federal health care reform legislation known as the Affordable Care Act or ACA But the enactment of the law did not end the debate Even the law s strongest proponents acknowledge the need for improvements And across the country state legislators and Governors have been urged to slow or stop work on implementation of key provisions The courts are considering legal challenges to the law Members of Congress will consider attempts to repeal both the law as a whole and its key provisions This report examines the costs and benefits of repeal for the nation s consumers and businesses Read more about The Cost of Repeal Result Health Care Young People Now Covered This year the federal health care reforms that NJPIRG worked to win have started to pay off for young people In the past teens saw their premiums soar or were denied coverage when they turned 19 even if they d

    Original URL path: http://njpirg.org/topics/health-care?page=2 (2016-04-29)
    Open archived version from archive

  • Offshore Tax Havens Cost Average NJ Taxpayer $1,260 a Year, NJ Small Business $3,941 | NJPIRG
    safely and the freedom and constitutional rights this nation provides said Senator Menendez a member of the Senate Banking and Finance Committees The wealthiest Americans and the biggest corporations have earned their success but they also have a responsibility as members of the greater American community that has helped them build that success to be part of the solution It s the right thing and the fair thing to do The federal revenue lost to offshore tax havens would be more than enough to cover the automatic federal budget cuts caused by the sequester A recent NJPIRG report also found that offshore tax dodging costs New Jersey 2 8 billion in lost state revenue annually This would be enough to repair Hurricane Sandy s damage to New Jersey s gas and electric utilities systems to fix NJ Transit s trains and equipment and to make up for the projected drop in state revenue caused by the storm combined All Americans should do their part to help restore and grow our economy especially given the unfortunate and harsh cuts so many critical federal programs have had to face recently said Congressman Pallone New Jersey taxpayers many of whom are still trying to rebuild their homes communities and business after Sandy should not have to bear the burden of costly tax loopholes for the wealthiest Americans We need a fair tax system that is designed to prioritize the middle class not just the super rich NJPIRG s report additionally found that the average New Jersey small business would have to pay 3 941 to cover the cost of offshore tax dodging by large corporations Offshore tax havens give large multinationals a competitive advantage over responsible small businesses which don t use tax havens and get stuck footing the bill for corporate tax dodging Beckman s does its part to make our community better said Jerome Beckman owner of the Beckman s Newsstand in Asbury Park Our taxes help pay for roads bridges schools and other public services that my business and my customers depend on Big corporations should do the same and pay their fair share for the services that helped them build their profits Many of America s largest and best known corporations use these complex tax avoidance schemes to shift their profits offshore and drastically shrink their tax bill Pfizer for example made 40 percent of its sales in the U S over the past five years but thanks to the drugmaker s use of offshore tax loopholes the company reported no taxable income in the U S during that time The company operates 172 subsidiaries in tax havens and has 73 billion parked offshore which remains untaxed by the U S according to its own SEC filing That is the second highest amount of money sitting offshore for one U S multinational corporation The citizens of New Jersey are doing their part said Ann Vardeman Organizer with New Jersey Citizen Action Unfortunately many corporations shirk their responsibility to support

    Original URL path: http://njpirg.org/news/njp/offshore-tax-havens-cost-average-nj-taxpayer-1260-year-nj-small-business-3941 (2016-04-29)
    Open archived version from archive

  • New Jersey Receives a "C" in Annual Report on Transparency of Government Spending | NJPIRG
    a searchable or downloadable format and the website does not provide adequate information to hold companies accountable for economic development subsidies As a result of rising grading standards New Jersey s C grade from last year dropped to a C this year In order for states to keep up with rising standards and maintain high scores they must continually improve transparency New Jersey s falling score does not mean spending has become less transparent said Kim It means other states are improving faster The Christie administration continues to take transparency very seriously said the Treasurer s Office In addition to YourMoney NJ Gov the Governor signed EO 125 on February 8 2012 which makes all recovery related procurements and funding streams available on the State Comptroller s website Contracts are still available on YourMoney NJ Gov and the Division of Purchase and Property s websites but this single source highlights all of the pertinent information Since last year s Following the Money report there has been remarkable progress across the country with new states providing online access to government spending information and several states pioneering new tools to further expand citizens access to this data This report shows that many states are getting impressive results from making contracts and subsidies more transparent New Jersey should get in the lead said Kim One of the most striking findings in this year s report is that all 50 states now provide at least some checkbook level detail about individual government expenditures In 48 states all except California and Vermont this information is now searchable Just three years ago only 32 states provided checkbook level information on state spending online and only 29 states provided that information in searchable form Thirty nine state transparency websites now include tax expenditure reports providing information on government expenditures through tax code deductions exemptions and credits up from just eight states three years ago Open information about the public purse is crucial for democratic and effective government said Kim It is not possible to ensure that government spending decisions are fair and efficient unless information is publicly accessible The states with the most transparent spending stand out partly because they are comprehensive about the kinds of spending they include such as data on economic development subsidies expenditures granted through the tax code and quasi public agencies At least six states have launched brand new transparency websites since last year s report and most made improvements that are documented in the report The best state transparency tools are highly searchable engage citizens and include detailed information allowing all the information to be put to good use States that have created or improved their online transparency have typically done so with little upfront cost In fact top flight transparency websites can save money for taxpayers while also restoring public confidence in government and preventing misspending and pay to play contracts The state of New Jersey should improve the breadth and ease of access of online government spending information said

    Original URL path: http://njpirg.org/news/njp/new-jersey-receives-c-annual-report-transparency-government-spending (2016-04-29)
    Open archived version from archive

  • Tax | NJPIRG
    to financial settlements with the federal government go on to claim such settlement payments as tax deductible business expenses Read more about Report Exposes How Taxpayers Bear Cost of Corporate Settlements Report NJPIRG Law Policy Center Budget Tax Subsidizing Bad Behavior BP s recent 4 5 billion legal settlement with the Justice Department for its misdeeds in the Gulf oil spill was historic for being the largest ever criminal settlement But it was historic for another reason as well none of it is allowed to be tax deductible Unfortunately too many settlements for wrongdoing end up as tax deductions Read more about Subsidizing Bad Behavior News Release NJPIRG Law Policy Center Budget Tax IT S TIME TO LISTEN TO MAIN STREET NOT WALL STREET TRENTON December 6th With Congress scrambling to agree on ways to reduce the deficit NJPIRG and the NJ Main Street Alliance joined with New Jersey small business owners today urging Congress and the President to listen to the needs of small businesses in ongoing debates over the fate of the Bush tax cuts and corporate tax loopholes The groups were supported in their push for more equitable individual and corporate taxation by Congressman Frank Pallone Jr NJ 06 Read more about IT S TIME TO LISTEN TO MAIN STREET NOT WALL STREET Report NJPIRG Law Policy Center Budget Tax What America Could Do with 150 Billion Lost to Offshore Tax Havens Many corporations and wealthy individuals use offshore tax havens countries with minimal or no taxes to avoid paying 150 billion in U S taxes each year To put this sum in perspective this factsheet provides examples of how it could be used Read more about What America Could Do with 150 Billion Lost to Offshore Tax Havens Media Hit Tax Opinion BP Settlement on Gulf

    Original URL path: http://njpirg.org/topics/tax?page=1 (2016-04-29)
    Open archived version from archive

  • Tax | NJPIRG
    public more than 100 billion every single year For more on NJPIRG s work on fair tax policy see our tax issue page here http njpirg org topics tax Tax Read more about Letter from Congressman Frank Pallone on the Stop Tax Haven Abuse Act News Release NJPIRG Tax Offshore Tax Havens Cost Average New Jersey Taxpayer 668 a Year Each New Jersey Small Business 2 116 New Study Finds With tax day approaching a new study released by NJPIRG found that the average New Jersey taxpayer in 2011 would have to shoulder an extra 668 tax burden to make up for revenue lost from corporations and wealthy individuals shifting income to offshore tax havens The report Picking Up The Tab Average Citizens and Small Businesses Pay the Price for Offshore Tax Havens additionally found that to cover the cost of the corporate abuse of tax havens in 2011 small businesses in New Jersey would have to foot a bill of over 2 116 on average Read more about Offshore Tax Havens Cost Average New Jersey Taxpayer 668 a Year Each New Jersey Small Business 2 116 New Study Finds Report NJPIRG Tax Picking Up the Tab Some U S based multinational firms or individuals avoid paying U S taxes by transferring their earnings to tax haven countries with minimal or no taxes These tax haven users benefit from their access to America s markets workforce infrastructure and security but they pay little or nothing for it violating the basic fairness of the tax system and forcing other taxpayers to pick up the tab Read more about Picking Up the Tab News Release NJPIRG Law and Policy Center Democracy Tax Thirty Companies Contribute 41 Million to 524 Members of Congress Receive 10 6 Billion in Tax Rebates A new report released Wednesday March 21 by NJPIRG Law and Policy Center and Citizens for Tax Justice CTJ found that thirty unusually aggressive tax dodging corporations have made campaign contributions to 524 98 percent sitting members of Congress and disproportionately to the leadership of both parties and to key committee members Read more about Thirty Companies Contribute 41 Million to 524 Members of Congress Receive 10 6 Billion in Tax Rebates Report NJPIRG Law and Policy Center Democracy Tax Loopholes for Sale Recent polls show a large majority of Americans including small business owners are convinced that profitable corporations are not paying enough in taxes Citizens for Tax Justice and NJPIRG s Loopholes for Sale pursues the intersection of corporate campaign contributions to members of Congress and the absence of Congressional action to close corporate tax loopholes and raise additional revenue from corporate taxes Read more about Loopholes for Sale News Release NJPIRG Law Policy Center Budget Tax New Report New Jersey Receives a C in Annual Report on Transparency of Government Spending NJ receives a C in online access to government spending in this third annual report Read more about New Report New Jersey Receives a C in Annual Report on

    Original URL path: http://njpirg.org/topics/tax?page=2 (2016-04-29)
    Open archived version from archive

  • Tax | NJPIRG
    and distort the tax code to avoid billions of dollars in taxes Read more about Representation Without Taxation News Release NJPIRG Democracy Tax Thirty Fortune 500 Companies Paid More to Lobby Congress than they Did in Federal Income Taxes With the second anniversary approaching of the Supreme Court s decision in the Citizens United case which opened the floodgates to corporate spending on elections NJPIRG and Citizens for Tax Justice reveal 30 corporations including one based in New Jersey that spent more to lobby Congress than they did in taxes Read more about Thirty Fortune 500 Companies Paid More to Lobby Congress than they Did in Federal Income Taxes Media Hit Budget Tax NJBIZ High potential for abuse in N J s incentives to developers Efforts to promote commercial development has put New Jersey at high risk for misuse of tax revenue and has created a growing trend in which cities borrow against future growth according to a report released today by the New Jersey Public Interest Research Group Read more about NJBIZ High potential for abuse in N J s incentives to developers Report NJPIRG Law and Policy Center Tax Tax Shell Game Tax havens are countries with minimal or no taxes to which U S based multinational firms or individuals transfer their earnings to avoid paying taxes in the United States Users of tax havens benefit from access to America s markets workforce infrastructure and security but pay little or nothing for it violating the basic fairness of the tax system Abuse of tax havens inflicts a price on other American taxpayers who must pay higher taxes now or in the future to cover the government s revenue shortfall or must deal with cuts in government services The United States loses approximately 100 billion in tax revenues every

    Original URL path: http://njpirg.org/topics/tax?page=3 (2016-04-29)
    Open archived version from archive

  • Budget | NJPIRG
    are moving out of the phase in their life when they do the most commuting while driving averse Millennials move into that phase These demographic changes will likely keep driving down for decades according to the report A New Direction Our Changing Relationship with Driving and the Implications for America s Future Read more about Reduction in Driving Likely to Continue Report NJPIRG Law Policy Center Budget Transportation A New Direction The Driving Boom a six decade long period of steady increases in per capita driving in the United States is over Americans drive fewer total miles today than we did eight years ago and fewer per person than we did at the end of Bill Clinton s first term The unique combination of conditions that fueled the Driving Boom from cheap gas prices to the rapid expansion of the workforce during the Baby Boom generation no longer exists Meanwhile a new generation the Millennials is demanding a new American Dream less dependent on driving Read more about A New Direction Report NJPIRG Budget Tax Picking Up the Tab 2013 Some U S based multinational firms and individuals avoid paying U S taxes by using accounting tricks to shift profits made in America to offshore tax havens countries with minimal or no taxes They benefit from their access to America s markets workforce infrastructure and security but they pay little or nothing for it violating the basic fairness of the tax system and forcing other taxpayers to pick up the tab Read more about Picking Up the Tab 2013 News Release NJPIRG Budget Tax Offshore Tax Havens Cost Average NJ Taxpayer 1 260 a Year NJ Small Business 3 941 With Tax Day approaching it s a good time to be reminded of where our tax dollars are going NJPIRG and NJ Citizen Action were joined today by Senator Robert Menendez Congressman Frank Pallone NJ 6 Mayor Ed Johnson of Asbury Park and Jerome Beckman owner of Beckman s Newsstands to release a new NJPIRG study on offshore tax dodging The report revealed that the average New Jersey taxpayer in 2012 would have to shoulder an extra 1 260 in taxes to make up for the revenue lost due to the use of offshore tax havens by corporations and wealthy individuals Read more about Offshore Tax Havens Cost Average NJ Taxpayer 1 260 a Year NJ Small Business 3 941 News Release NJPIRG Law Policy Center Budget Tax New Jersey Receives a C in Annual Report on Transparency of Government Spending New Jersey received a C when it comes to government spending transparency according to the fourth annual report of its kind by the NJPIRG Law Policy Center Read more about New Jersey Receives a C in Annual Report on Transparency of Government Spending Report NJPIRG Law Policy Center Budget Tax Following the Money 2013 This is the fourth annual report card ranking of state government online spending transparency Read more about Following the Money 2013 News Release NJPIRG Budget

    Original URL path: http://njpirg.org/topics/budget?page=1 (2016-04-29)
    Open archived version from archive



  •