The New Jersey Peoples’ Tax Assembly was a deliberative event conducted in 2003 organized by the New Jersey Coalition for the Public Good. Its aim was to provide recommendations for steps to reform New Jersey’s tax system, commonly seen as unfair. The Tax Assembly involved nearly 100 delegates whose selection was meant to provide appropriate gender and geography representation. These delegates given information to help them form opinions and guide their small group discussions. Facilitators compiled notes from the discussions into a report which was presented to the state legislature.
Obesity is still a prevailing problem in the United States. It is also the second leading cause of preventable death. Statistics show that about 33.8% of American adults are obese. The percentage of children who are considered overweight is also an alarming approximate 17%. The issue has provoked large reactions from various foundations, government and private organizations to support organized interventions.