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Our Piece of the Pie : The Distribution of State Funds to Municipalities Across New Jersey Regions

On April 5, 2018 Walter Rand Institute Faculty Fellow Michael Hayes presented findings from his “Our Piece of the Pie” study at WRI’s Forum About South Jersey.  More than 80 people attended the Forum to learn about the distribution of state funds to municipalities across New Jersey.

It has long been speculated that South Jersey, in comparison to the rest of the State, does not receive a representative share of public funding when one considers population size and taxable property value. Professor Hayes’ study controlled for these factors and others and determined that South Jersey’s most economically distressed municipalities receive significantly less state funding assistance than similarly poor municipalities elsewhere throughout the state.

Forum attendees listened intently to Professor Hayes’ findings as well as a response panel of experts which included Honorable Assemblywoman Partricia Egan Jones; Honorable Mayor Frank Gilliam of Atlantic City; Daniel Lombardo, President/CEO of Volunteers of America Delaware Valley; and Honorable Mayor James Maley of Collingswood. The panelist reacted to the report’s findings and addressed how funding disparities influence their decision making.

The full report, executive summary, presentationpress release , and media coverage can be found here.

Posted April 5, 2018

WRI Annual Report ’16-’17

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Fiscal Year ’16 – ’17

Posted January 11, 2018

Is South Jersey Getting its ‘Fair Share’ of Public Goods?

Conducted by WRI Faculty Fellow Shauna Shames and her assistant Spencer T. Clayton, this report investigates multiple differences between counties in three New Jersey regions: North, Central, and South. The report finds striking differences in the provision of public goods across regions, with South Jersey counties on average receiving less state assistance, a smaller share of transportation infrastructure, fewer educational opportunities, and lower rates of public health and safety rates, even when controlling for population, tax rates, demographics, voter turnout, and other key possible causal variables.  The report’s accompanying slides and data-set are available as well.

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Posted January 9, 2018

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