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17th Senate District

The NJ General Election will take place on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. Voters will head to the polls to select a Governor, State Senator, and State Assembly Members, as well as a number of county and local elected officials.
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    Daryl J. Kipnis (Rep) Attorney at Law

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    Bob Smith (Dem) Attorney

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New Jersey has some of the highest property taxes in the nation. What, if anything, do you propose to lower property taxes?

New Jersey's state pension system has recently been named the worst-funded state retirement plan in the country and is arguably one of our largest financial problems. How do you propose to address our state's pension issues?

How can New Jersey meet our energy needs while protecting our environment? For example, would you support energy conservation, expansion of renewable energy projects, hydraulic fracturing, and pipelines, etc?

What would you do to promote job growth in our state?

Please indicate three additional state priority issues for you (not already listed in this questionnaire) and explain how you would address them.

Twitter @DarylKipnisEsq
Qualifications/Experience B.A. With Honors, Phi Beta Kappa, Rutgers College, 2002 Juris Doctor, Seton Hall University School of Law, 2005 Attorney at Law, State of NJ Owner of Kipnis Law Offices
Enact responsible school funding reform statewide, promote use of consolidated, shared and/or privatized services at all levels of government, reduce size of State government workforce organically through attrition and retirement, eliminate crushing business taxes and archaic over-regulation to promote development of business tax ratables in New Jersey which will also result in job creation and investment into the local economy, audit all agencies funded by property tax dollars to ensure the highest level of efficiency and eliminate waste and abuse.
Increase tax revenue to come from bringing new businesses to New Jersey, cutting spending to ensure pension obligations can be fulfilled, take the State out of management of pension funds and turn those responsibilities over to the public employees unions themselves, eliminating hundreds of millions of dollars in brokerage fees paid by the State with our tax dollars to Wall Street insiders, and allowing the unions to make the best possible decisions with respect to their pension investments to benefit their membership.
I support any clean energy initiatives that can present a solid plan of what their costs would be, the jobs they could create, and their ability to service customers. I do not support hydraulic fracturing which could damage our Jersey Shore. I opposed the construction of the proposed Williams Transcontinental Compressor Station #206 which would negatively impact the community both inside and outside of my district and provides no value to the State of New Jersey by filing to be an intervenor with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and advocated for the successful passage of resolutions opposing the project by the two County Freeholder boards with municipalities in 17th Legislative District. I am very concerned about any activity which could negatively impact our health & environment.
Eliminate archaic over-regulation of business, phase out the Corporation Business Tax and move to consumption-based taxes rather than income-based taxes, have roundtable discussions with leadership and stakeholders of the largest corporations in the world to find out what, exactly, it would take to get them to do business in the Garden State for the first time, or expand their existing commitments.

I also note that commercial real estate vacancies are a major problem in the State and intend to introduce legislation to encourage commercial landlords to rent those spaces to business owners and to work with these tenants so that both may enjoy mutual success. This will also encourage paths to business ownership for NJ residents.
I support term limits for elected officials in New Jersey.

I support the immediate repeal of the 2016 Gas Tax legislation and replace it with a better system to responsibly fund transportation infrastructure repairs and improvements which will be based on need, not politics.

I will eliminate the current bidding system which includes archaic preferred vendor lists for school purchasing, allowing teachers to obtain items for their classrooms with school funds at the lowest possible cost to taxpayers.
Qualifications/Experience Former Mayor of Piscataway, former Assemblyman 1986-2002, Elected to NJ Senate 2001 serving 2002- present. Chairman Environment & Energy Committee. Member Judiciary Committee.
NJ property taxes are a function of a wasteful educational administrative structure. 60 percent of property taxes go to local Boards of Education of which there are 600 in this state. In 1/3 of the states in the country, county based delivery of educational services has tempered local taxes while still providing an excellent education. Our voters should be given an opportunity to choose this option at the county level. My bill S2030 establishes a governance structure for county school districts.
Pension and health benefit issues are more intense because of our lagging economy. If we can turn around the State’s economic base both sets of issues can be addressed with the cooperation of the stakeholders.
As chairman of the Senate Environment & Energy committee I have proposed and supported legislation which results in energy conservation and expansion of renewable energy in our state. There will be no hydraulic fracturing in the state because we do not have those natural gas resources. Unfortunately, interstate pipe lines are solely under the jurisdiction of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). We have urged FERC to require co-location of pipe lines so that there is minimal disruption to the environment and that the pipe line companies prove that they are needed as a step in the approval process.
Job growth in this state can be promoted by targeted EDA tax credits for new companies coming into the state. Rewarding companies for moving “up the street” is a serious mistake that requires reform. Additionally, we have underfunded higher education and we are not utilizing our excellent universities to stimulate high-tech companies to move into NJ.
A. Reduction of food waste in NJ to assist hungry citizens and reduce impact on the environment.

B. Reform of the model for electric power delivery by incentivizing energy efficiency.

C. Moving NJ toward autos and trucks that reduce global climate change emission. Providing and stimulating electronic vehicle and hydrogen fueling stations.

These issues are being addressed in current legislation of which I am a sponsor.

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