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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 Assembly Members, as well as a number of county and local elected officials.
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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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Twitter @shawlauraj
Qualifications/Experience Business executive, entrepreneur, community organizer, mother, and grandmother
To lower property taxes, we need to first focus on our fiscal responsibility, being more efficient with our resources. I propose encouraging our 565 municipalities to share a wide range of resources from street cleaning machines to specialized personnel such as civil engineers. I propose reviewing our education regulations for cost saving opportunities that will not impact the quality of education. I support restructuring taxes so that lower wage earners are not paying a higher share than the wealthy are paying on earned and capital gains. Finally, I support putting extreme ideology aside to ensure that NJ benefits from every possible federal dollar that can lower the financial responsibility left on NJ families when we leave these funds on the table.
Being more efficient with our resources will help, but it will not be enough to fund the state pension system. First, corporate tax subsidies that are going to a few large businesses must be restructured to foster growth within the vast number of small businesses in NJ. Second, we must close corporate tax loopholes that allow companies to reap the benefits of doing business in NJ without paying their fair share of taxes. Finally, make quarterly payments to the pension fund and stop raiding it when other budgets come up short.
NJ needs immediate implementation of a green energy plan and an immediate halt to all pipeline development. NJ should rejoin RGGI; proactively move to solar, wind, and hydro power; and have an aggressive plan to become independent of fossil fuels. Preserving open space should continue to be a priority, and open space should not be subject to takeover by pipelines. The DEP should perform a full assessment of damage caused by polluters in our state and have the authority to enforce penalties commensurate with the harm to our natural resources while holding polluters accountable for the full cost of clean-up.
Embracing a clean energy plan will bring new jobs to NJ. Businesses are attracted to areas where good labor resources are available, and millennials want access to urban areas without owning cars. So getting NJ’s transportation infrastructure back on track will allow businesses to attract millennials back to the state. The state should encourage companies who bring innovation and jobs that pay living wages.
1. We need campaign finance reform that keeps big money out of politics. Money in politics leaves most of us out of a process that should give everyone an equal voice. 2. We need to ensure that everyone in NJ has access to affordable healthcare. NJ must take action if the federal government drops NJ citizens from the ACA or limits Medicaid funding to the point where our most vulnerable citizens are uninsured. 3. I support efforts to create a NJ public bank that would keep our tax dollars in NJ, thus providing a source of loans for students, small businesses, and infrastructure projects while reducing management fees on investments.

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