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    Louis D. Greenwald
    (Dem)

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    Pamela R. Lampitt
    (Dem)

  • John Papeika
    (Rep)

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    (Rep)

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Please indicate your top three state priority issues and explain how you would address them.

What, if anything, do you propose to address concerns regarding property taxes?

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

Website https://www.assemblydems.com/louis-greenwald/
Campaign Address 2240 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
The main driver of NJ's lack of affordability is our high property taxes. While we have capped property taxes from increasing no more than 2% each year, increased state aid to our local schools & encouraged shared services to reduce costs, NJ's property tax system is broken. I believe it’s time for structural change to our entire tax system. Second, if we're going to keep our communities safe, we need to pursue a multi-pronged approach. Currently, I'm working to create partnerships with hospitals to develop intervention strategies to break the cycle of violence and gun violence in our communities. Finally, It has been an absolute disappointment to watch President Trumps attacks on health care, particularly women's healthcare. We recently introduced a bill package to codify the ACA here in NJ. We also restored funding to women's health care & should the federal government decide to cut funding, I introduced A2765 to ensure women continue to receive the care they need here in NJ.
When I first ran for office the two most pressing issues were auto insurance and property taxes. While were able to tackle auto insurance reform, our over reliance on property taxes has grown into an affordability crisis for middle-class families. We boast the highest in the nation, doubling over the last 20 years. It doesn’t discriminate in who pays; it is a burden that exists in boom economies and recessions. Our property taxes affect the quality of education, our ability to balance the state budget and the health of our public employee pension and benefits. New Jersey is no longer affordable for our seniors, working and middle-class families. The path forward is complex but, in many ways, the property tax crisis we’re facing mirrors the auto insurance crisis we faced over twenty years ago. Back then, we had the political will to set aside partisan disagreements and push forward bold solutions. We must do the same here.
In many ways, I agree with Governor Murphy when he campaigned on targeting growth in the STEM fields. In New Jersey, there are approximately 1.5 available STEM jobs available for every unemployed person and that number is expected to grow. In the legislature, we re-established the commission on Science, Innovation and Technology to jump start our innovation economy and allow collaboration between businesses and academic institutions. We are also encouraging people to go to school for STEM careers by establishing a college loan redemption program for those STEM degree seeking individuals. Our healthcare sector boom is just one example of how investing in STEM can spur our economy. We have a real opportunity to create educational pipelines for good paying careers.
Website www.pamlampitt.com
Campaign Address 2240 Marlton Pike West Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
Mental Health- Our neglect of mental health care has exacerbated the opioid crisis and has caused healthcare costs to skyrocket. It is critical that mental health conditions are caught early on to produce better outcomes. That is why I have introduced legislation requiring health coverage for screenings of patients over the age of 12. School Safety-Schools should be a place where children feel safe. I have tackled these issues head on in the Education Committee, passing a package of bills enhancing school security measures as well as another package aimed at curbing sexual misconduct through harsher penalties for abusers and enhanced education. Women’s Health-The recent attacks on women’s health in states like Alabama are proof that we as a state must enact measures to protect women’s health. That is why I sponsored legislation to ensure continued access to family planning services in NJ in the event restrictions are placed on Title X funding for these services by increasing state aid
While New Jerseyans have become accustomed to comprehensive public services and the best public schools, we must take steps to reduce property taxes to ensure that NJ remains a place where families want and can afford to live. Lowering property taxes does not have to mean a decrease in the quality of services or education for our children. We can reduce the property tax burden by consolidating services within our localities, which is why I have introduced legislation to encourage municipalities to develop shared services agreements. By sharing services, towns can realize cost savings through enhanced negotiating power and reduced administrative costs. Additionally, we must end the abuse of paid sick time in the public sector which has resulted in massive payouts for a benefit that was intended to be used to keep workers healthy, not pad retirement plans. My measure to limit public employee paid sick time payouts would close this loophole and save taxpayer dollars.
To promote job growth in NJ, it is critical that we educate and retain a skilled workforce in growing industries. Our K-12 system and institutions of higher education are top in the nation, but we must do more to ensure that we are training the next generation in sectors where they are needed. To address this issue, I have sponsored a bill creating a pilot to support apprenticeship programs across the state that train employees in high-growth industries. STEM fields are among the fastest evolving industries and we must grow NJ’s STEM workforce. We have an untapped STEM workforce… Women. Women comprise only 15-25% of this workforce and to inspire more women to enter STEM fields we need to engage them early. This is why I authored a bill to develop an outreach program to encourage female students to pursue degrees/careers in STEM. By building a workforce in demand industries, we can attract businesses in these sectors to the Garden State, bolstering both job and economic growth.
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