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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 Assemblymembers, as well as a number of county and local elected officials.
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    Brenda Taube (Rep) Candidate for NJ Assembly LD 2

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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.

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Qualifications/Experience Activism Experience: LGBTQIA+ Rights, Worker's Rights, Racial Justice, Pro-Peace Rallies Political Experience: Interned in State Sen. Office, worked on 3 campaigns, Policy Research experience
I intend to champion a 3-pronged approach to lower property taxes: 1) Medicare for All: A comprehensive medicare for all system removes increasingly expensive health insurance plans for public workers, resulting in cost-savings that can be suffused downward from the state to the municipalities. 2) Fairer School Funding: With Medicare for All, the significant cost of health insurance for school staff will be reduced. This allows the schools to focus on real education goals when budgeting, and enables the state to focus on traditionally under-serviced schools. 3) Government Efficiency: Increase efficiency by ending corrupt contract deals and extensions, transition all public facilities to 100% renewable energy by 2030, and more aggressive reemployment efforts from unemployment centers.
With the cost saving from a Medicare for All system and my plans for Government Efficiency, properly funding the pension system will be simple. Removing the health insurance payments from the pension system due to total coverage removed a large burden from the pension system. Proper spending on things like education, energy savings, and honest contract deals leaves the state well funded to meet its needs. I refuse the idea of using the state lottery to fund the pension, as this results in a tailspin if underfunding as seen in Indiana. The formula change resulted in smaller winnings from the lottery, fewer people buying tickets, and therefore less money going into the pension. This idea seems sensible, but in practice it is dangerous to our pension receivers and I will not let them suffer.
We must not use pipelines and temporary fossil fuel measures to power our state. I believe in a unique public-public partnership to transition state owned facilities to 100% renewable energy by 2030 and our power plants transitioned to 100% by 2035. 1) Remove the cap on the amount of energy a home is able to produce through things like solar and wind. This results in more clean energy returning to the power plants, and more money in people's pockets. 2) Off-shore wind and tidal energy production, employing local shore residents. This will produce vast sums of renewable energy and pay for itself very quickly. 3) Reduced energy waste in government buildings through energy efficient bulbs, auto-off switches, and low-power HVAC and computing devices. I oppose fracking, pipelines, and coal.
The major fields that will grow in New Jersey under my plans are: 1) Health Care 2) Clean Energy 3) Technology Health Care, including pharmaceuticals, will grow due to full funding of health care facilities, and a more sincere approach to healing patients. Clean energy will grow due to the demanding needs of transitioning to 100% renewable energy. 3) With a clean energy system in New Jersey, and health care costs not needing to be covered by corporations, it will make NJ very attractive to technology companies.

Additionally, a renewed and reinvigorated unemployment system will focus on the important issue of connecting people with existing jobs.
1) Recovering Atlantic City responsibly through investment in the people of Atlantic City instead of the property of Atlantic City. We cannot let gentrification push out the people of Atlantic City as the city recovers; we must create small business owners of residents, institute rent control, and end the state takeover. 2) Increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour now, providing tax breaks for small businesses to assist with the transition. 3) Increasing voter participation through automatic voter registration, open primaries, and restoring the right to vote to prisoners.
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Qualifications/Experience Over 25 years of experience of professional experience in the public and private sector and was a Margate City Commissioner. I'm a "Jill of many traits", which should be helpful in my district.
NJ has the highest property taxes in the nation and as a result, people and businessess are fleeing the state. We need to stop the exodus and stop the foreclosures. We do this by bolstering our gaming/hospitality industry as much as we can, while at the same time working to diversify the ecomy so we are not so dependent on one industry. The aerospace and aviation industry have been indentified as an opportuntiy for us here in south Jersey and we we need to pursue this industry and build it up. The aviation industry drives $1.5 trillion in economic activity nationwide. It offers high paid jobs and the money earned here, will be spent here.
NJ in in a tough bind regarding its pension system. There is no easy answer but I do believe that the state needs to honor its committments. Going forward, however, the state should not offer what it cannot afford. I would like to see some 401 K like pensions on the table but would consider any options.
We need to look at each option on a case by case basis. I support protecting our environment and in fact, started my own municipality's green team, which is "Bronze Certified."
In my district, we need to diversify our economy. Currently, our number one industry is gaming and the growth of gaming in nearby states, has really hurt our industry. We should utilize the assets we have including the FAA and the AC Airport and pursue the Aviation Industry, which has already been identified as an opportuntiy.
I'm extremely concerned about the exodus of people and businesses who are leaving our great state. Some legislators are advocating a reinstatement of the estate tax and I believe this would be problematic and would only continue the exodus.

Business regulations could be reformed more so that we can retain and grow jobs.

And, I'd like to see more cooperation of all people working together for a brighter NJ future so that we can lessen our debt, our property taxes and improve the quality life of every New Jerseyan.

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