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  • Tom Giangiulio Jr.
    (MAGA)

  • Gina LaPlaca
    (Dem)

  • Mark Natale
    (Dem)

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    Ryan Peters
    (Rep)

  • Jean Stanfield
    (Rep)

Biographical Information

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?

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Website ryanepeters.com
Campaign Address 223 High Street, Mount Holly, NJ 08060
1. Lowering taxes - High taxes have been the most pressing issue in New Jersey for quite some time now. We are the leader in the nation on property taxes and in the top five of a whole list of others, including income taxes and business taxes. Our taxation has far surpassed our representation. The legislature needs to say no to new taxes and enact a two-percent cap on spending increases until we can compete with the affordability of surrounding states.

2. Job Creation - Job creation goes hand-in-hand with lowering taxes. We need to bring our regulations and taxes even with surrounding states, so we can become more competitive in luring new businesses and keeping business in the state.

3. Education - School districts in my 8th Legislative District are getting crushed by school funding loses and will have to cut programs and let go of staff. We need a change to the funding formula that does not penalize suburban districts and accurately pays for children with special needs.
I have a bill in the legislature that would restore Property Tax Relief Aid to 2009 levels, before Governor Christie raided the fund and cut it in half. The state could do this by returning Energy Receipt Taxes to municipalities. Energy Receipt Taxes are the taxes utilities pay to municipalities for right of ways and emergency services. These taxes used to be collected by municipalities, but the collection was taken over by the state years ago and Trenton started taking more and more money from it. This is money that municipalities should be receiving and a fund that needs to be constitutionally capped so the state can no longer take from it.
As a state, it is our responsibility to give our residents all the tools they need to succeed so they can obtain a self-sufficient lifestyle. Being able to take care of yourself and your family starts with employment.‚Äč

We need job training programs that partner with local community colleges, apprenticeships in advanced manufacturing fields that have an abundance of job openings and public-private partnerships to raise funds for scholarships. However, we still need businesses to want to come to New Jersey.

I believe in making taxes more competitive with our neighboring states to attract businesses to New Jersey. We have the ocean to the east, Philadelphia to the west and New York to the north. Our location makes us a prime state for any entrepreneur or business owner to locate to, but we can't give them a reason to look away from us. A competitive tax structure is the best way to attract new jobs.
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