I supported and voted in favor of the Cap 2.0 Law. I support eliminating payouts to public workers for unused sick leave. I would like to see an increase in shared services and a reduction in local mandates.
I voted in favor of the bill that requires the State to pay it's pension contributions on a quarterly basis. I feel both parties need to resume negotiations and come up with a long-term reform plan.
I support renewable energy projects - conservation, wind farms - not fracturing.
Continue to propose tax reductions that would make New Jersey more competitive with other states and enhance our economy.
Education Reform - SCR31 - Proposes a Constitutional Amendment to provide that State aid to school districts be allocated on equal per pupil basis.
Domestic Violence - Prime Sponsor of "Lisa's Law" Establishes four year pilot program in Ocean County for electronic monitoring of certain domestic violence offenders.
Curbing Opiate Abuse - sponsor of several bills regarding this epidemic.
Emma is a wife, mother, mental health counselor, and yoga teacher. She is stepping into politics at this time because she wants to utilize her skills as a communicator and a problem-solver to serve the people of New Jersey. Her primary values are compassion and authenticity, both of which she's cultivated through years of counseling and spiritual practice. She believes government and politicians can do good work when they come from a place of being open-hearted and open-minded. She knows we can't give in to the divisiveness and disillusionment around us. Emma wants to be a hopeful voice in an increasingly cynical world.
To lower property taxes, we must increase the state’s contribution to public school funding. When the state budget provides adequate funding for local school districts, property taxes will stabilize or go down, because the locality will not be forced to make up the difference. We also should incentivize towns to share services, which will reduce the overall burden on taxpayers. I also am in favor of providing property tax rebates for seniors and low-income New Jerseyans.
The state must honor the commitment to pay public and teacher pensions. Until we meet this crisis head-on, our financial status as a state will continue to suffer. During the Christie administration, our credit was downgraded eleven times. I am in favor of an amendment guaranteeing state pension contributions. The state also should divest from private equity and hedge funds.
New Jersey must become a leader in clean energy technology. We should begin to transition away from oil and gas, and to invest in solar and wind energy. I am against building more pipelines, and I am against fracking. We should also seek environmental justice, making sure that threats to vulnerable populations, such as lead in our drinking water, are addressed. Climate change is real and we must act now to prepare for sea level rise, while reducing our greenhouse gas emissions statewide.
Job growth depends on multiple factors. The overall goal is to make the economy fairer, and to provide more opportunities for New Jerseyans to have high paying and stable jobs. One aspect to growing the economy is to invest in workforce development. I am in favor of free community college. I would like to see an expansion in workforce development, trade and training opportunities. Job growth goes hand in hand with developing our green economy, and encouraging innovation. As my District is on the “Jersey Shore” we must also be good environmental stewards. We need to preserve the shore and Bay for the enjoyment of locals and tourists, which will bolster the tourism economy.
Addressing the opioid epidemic: Funding substance abuse treatment also must be a high priority in the state budget. When we invest in treatment, we are bringing citizens back into the workforce and consumer pool, which helps our economy. It also is the right thing to do.
Protecting healthcare: We must work at the state level to ensure access to affordable, high-quality care for all. We must fund Planned Parenthood and insure all children in the state.
Homelessness and Affordable Housing: The state needs to make sure that funds for affordable housing are spent responsibly. The goal should be a coordinated and centralized assessment system, to streamline care. We must have emergency shelter, transitional housing, and wrap-around services to stabilize and reintegrate consumers.