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  • Michael Amoroso
    (Rep)

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    Joann Downey
    (Dem)

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    Eric Houghtaling
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    Matthew C Woolley
    (Rep)

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

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Website https://ericandjoann2019.com
Campaign Address 106 Apple St. #200D Tinton Falls, NJ 07724
1 Supporting Women’s Health and Family Planning Services. One of the first measures I sponsored was legislation to restore $7.5M in funding for women’s health after the Christie Administration forced the closure of a number of health centers throughout the state.

2 Combating Gun Violence. While NJ has some of the strongest gun laws in the country, gun violence in the state nonetheless still accounts for an average of 475 deaths, and countless more injuries, each year. In the upcoming session, my next legislative initiative will require the safe storage of a firearm. Requiring owners to safely store their firearms and keep them out of reach of children must be mandatory to ensure kids are kept safe.

3 Protecting our most vulnerable populations. As Chair of the Assembly Human Services Committee, I advocate for the state’s most vulnerable populations. We have passed legislation that allows individuals from the LGBTQ community to easily modify their birth and death certificates, and we
Securing more funding for our schools has been a top priority for me because aid to schools is a form of property tax relief. With few exceptions, the school tax levy decides nearly two-thirds of a resident’s property tax. The historic underfunding of schools in our district forced some of our residents to pay more in property taxes to make up the shortfall in aid.

In my first-term, we began the process of getting school funding back on track by increasing the state aid going to our underfunded school districts by $131 million, and adding an additional $25 million for Extraordinary Special Education Funding. I made more progress in my current term where I secured an additional $206 million in school State aid, and an additional $55 million in Extraordinary Special Education Funding, which increased the aid to an overall figure of $250 million.
I strongly believe the best way to promote job growth is by creating an environment that will allow our small businesses to thrive. This session, I sponsored a measure that would establish the “Economic Gardening Program,” a program modeled after the Louisiana Economic Development’s Economic Gardening Initiative which provides Louisiana-based small businesses with the information they need and succeed. Small businesses are the lifeblood of communities throughout the state. Many remember the business owner who gave them their first after-school job or sponsored their Little League team. When small businesses succeed, the entire community succeeds. Taking action to bolster Main Streets in New Jersey is about lifting up municipalities statewide.

Furthermore, I will continue to urge the state to pay particular attention to our women-owned and minority-owned businesses.
Website http://ericandjoann2019.com
Campaign Address 106 Apple St. #200D Tinton Falls, NJ 07724
My three top priorities are the following: (1) Strengthening unions and worker protections. As a career electrician and a proud, 40-year member of IBEW Local 400, I have made strengthening our unions a priority in my time in the Legislature. I will continue to advance proposals that provide assistance to workers during labor disputes with an employer, strengthen and reinforce our prevailing wage laws because workers should be paid a fair wage for their work, and crack down on employers that intentionally misclassify their workers. All of these measures will strengthen our economy by giving workers the protection they need to perform their jobs to the best of their abilities. (2) Strengthening New Jersey’s Agricultural sector. Agriculture is the third leading industry in New Jersey and generates over a billion dollars of revenue annually. The State’s economy greatly benefits from the diverse industry. 3)
1 Strengthening unions and worker protections. As a career electrician and 40-year IBEW member, I have made strengthening our unions a priority in my time in the Legislature. I will continue to advance proposals that provide assistance to workers during labor disputes with an employer and strengthen and reinforce our prevailing wage laws because workers should be paid a fair wage for their work. 2 Strengthening New Jersey’s Agricultural sector. Agriculture is the third leading industry in NJ and generates over a billion dollars of revenue annually. As chair of the Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, it’s my responsibility to maintain this crucial sector to ensure longevity and profitability of all agricultural operations. 3 Making Medicaid Fairer and Simpler. For many, Medicaid is the only affordable option for long-term care coverage. I’m prepared to work with state and federal officials on developing proposals to simplify and modernize the application process.
This session, I joined the Legislative Manufacturing Caucus, which is a bi-partisan group of legislators that want to see the manufacturing industry flourish in the state. It was from that caucus that I sponsored a measure that will extend funding for manufacturing workforce development by providing $250,000 to the Department of State for the purpose of funding the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program (NJMEP). A lack of qualified applicants have prevented manufacturers from filling vacant positions at their companies. This legislation puts our underserved residents and veterans back to work correlating in maximum productivity for our manufacturers.

Going forward, I will continue to advance measures that will provide more branding to flourishing industries in this state. One measure I sponsored this session would require the State to develop and designate a “New Jersey-Made” or “NJ-Made” official logo and make it available on a website.
Website amorosowoolleyassembly.com
Campaign Address PO Box 7531, Shrewsbury, NJ 07702
1) Make NJ more affordable and create an environment that attracts high-quality jobs for residents

2) Restore the $65 million cut from LD11 schools and improve school funding state-wide

3) Incentivize redevelopment to prevent over-development and improve our quality of life
- Rededicate the income tax to school funding - Renew the two percent cap - End extravagant sick time payouts - Increase income and property tax deduction limits for senior citizens and disabled individuals - Reduce spending
- Reduce the corporate tax - Reduce the sales tax - Reduce property taxes - Support Assemblyman Wirths' bill package raising the minimum wage to $13/hour, doubling the Earned Income Tax Credit to 80%, doubling the compensation deduction for businesses and adding an economic downturn failsafe provision to the state-mandated minimum wage increase - Allow small business to group together for the purpose of self-insuring