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  • Daniel R. Benson
    (Dem)

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    Michael Bollentin
    (IAA)

  • Thomas Calabrese
    (Rep)

  • Wayne P DeAngelo
    (Dem)

  • Bina Shah
    (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 www.BollentinforAssembly.vote
Campaign Address P.O. Box 1629 Hightstown, NJ 08520
There are many reasons why I am running for state assembly because there are many issues we face as a state. The importance of these issues are as personal as ones name. First, I do not claim to have all the answers to these complex issues. I can only strive to obtain as much information as possible to make educated decisions. With that said, I want to address tax reform, to include eliminating waste and redundancy, and increase fiscal transparency. I want to address may social issues like the opioid epidemic, marijuana reform and health care. I believe improvements to how we address addiction through education, community action and rehabilitation reform would help decrease the number of deaths. By legalizing marijuana, regulation and taxing it, like tobacco and alcohol, the state would generate a significant revue stream while decreasing crime. Health care reform is vital for a healthy society, re-evaluating the system is crucial.
Property taxes are one of the biggest reasons why people are leaving the state. I believe that eliminating redundancy and waste is the place to begin. Re-examining and simplifying the tax code is another important component. If the data supports it, a flat tax could be part of the answer. Politicians make promises of what they will do and usually end up finding excuses as to why they couldn't come through. I make no promises other than to do my best to be the voice for the people of the state. The fact of the matter is that we have a failing system in place and the only way to fix things is to clear out the broken piece and replace with new. New perspective, new ideas, new passion, new drive, and new people.
One suggestion I would make to promote job growth, would be to support the "blue collar" industries. There is a great need for well-trained persons to fill construction trades and a plethora of other low-tech jobs. There has been such a large push for everyone to go to college that we are driving a generation into deep debt with no real means to make a living. I believe the reality is college is not for everyone, for a multitude of reasons. Vocational training and programs to help people transition to new careers would offer options that are complex to navigate without said training. In addition, the legalization of marijuana would create many jobs in cultivation and dispensing while, as stated prior, add a significant revenue stream for the state.
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