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  • Robert J. Auth
    (Rep)

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    John Birkner Jr.
    (Dem)

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    Gerald Falotico
    (Dem)

  • Holly T. Schepisi
    (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.birknerfalotico2019.com
Campaign Address 183 Kinderkamack Rd, Emerson, NJ 07630
My top three priorities are:

1. Making North Jersey more affordable, especially for seniors, by making sure that we are getting our fair share of tax dollars back from Trenton to meet our local needs, working to reduce the costs of prescription drugs and healthcare premiums, protecting and working to expand the senior tax freeze, and providing incentives to help communities achieve greater efficiency in municipal services.

2. Keeping our communities safe from gun violence - I will vote to maintain New Jersey's gun safety rules, which are among the best in the nation, while also encouraging research and policy development to address the still looming problem of trafficking of guns from other states with less responsible gun safety policies.

3. Protecting and improving quality of life - this includes making sure all people have access to the healthcare they need, taking action to protect our environment, keeping or public school strong, and resources and programming for seniors
The largest driver of our property taxes in North Jersey is, of course, or local share of public school funding. The vast majority of communities in LD-39 have been overpaying their local share of this expense for at least a decade because the Christie administration diverted school funding that should have come to North Jersey to other parts of the state. By ending this imbalance and making sure Trenton is fully funding our local schools, we can help arrest the rise in our property taxes.

Additionally, I believe communities can achieve great savings by adopting shared municipal services and merging departments. I DO NOT support forcing communities to share services. But I do support providing incentives and assistance to make it easier for towns to study the pros and cons of specific shared service arrangements and to help defray the transition costs if the voters and elected leaders of those towns choose that option.
One of the best ways to grow our economy is to make sure our infrastructure needs are fully funded so that the workers, deliveries, and customers hat our local businesses rely on can move safely and efficiently around our state. Nearly a decade of neglect by Chris Christie has left our transportation systems -- both mass transit and roads and bridges -- in a sorry state. We need to repair that damage through smart investment and working with our federal representatives to secure the federal funds we need not just for major projects like Gateway, but also to restore NJ Transit to functionality. We should also incentivize municipalities to make smart adjustments, like the ones we made to our railroad crossing in Westwood, to improve the flow of traffic.

I will also be a strong vote in favor of job training and apprentice programs in fast growing 21st Century industries like renewable energy. I believe that with the right policies, New Jersey can be a nationwide leader in this sector.
Website www.birknerfalotico2019.com
Campaign Address 183 Kinderkamack Rd, Emerson, NJ 07630
1. Make North Jersey more affordable by making sure we are getting our fair share of funding back from the tax dollars we send to Trenton to fund our schools and first responders and take care of our infrastructure. I also plan to protect and work to expand eligibility for the senior tax freeze program to help more seniors stay in their homes or communities

2. Make sure all New Jerseyans -- especially women -- have access to the full rage of healthcare services they need at costs they can afford. This especially includes lowering the cost of prescription drugs and making sure that insurance companies aren't imposing lifetime caps, hidden coverage limits, or undue restrictions on what services patients can access or what prescriptions are covered.

3. Stand up for New Jersey's middle class by making sure people can earn a fair day's wage for a fair day's work, be protected from wage theft or pay discrimination, and have a secure retirement
We have a lot of ground to make up after years of Chris Christie soaking North Jersey without us getting anything in return. Continuing the move to a fair school funding formula is critical so that communities like mine, which have been overpaying our fair share of local education funding for years can provide some relief to local taxpayers -- Trenton ha been shortchanging Emerson to the tune of 23% per year on school funding.

I also believe it will be my responsibility as a legislator to work closely with my district's congressional representatives to make them aware of the areas where we need federal funding -- especially for infrastructure and transit.

Finally, we should provide incentives to encourage towns to develop plans for shared services. I don't believe a one-size-fits-al shared service plan should be forced on towns, but I do believe that state government can encourage towns to create plans that work for them and move in this direction.
We need to be investing in education at every level, from kindergarten through college -- including our community college and vocational training institutions -- to make sure we continue to attract the best and brightest to our state. At the same time, we need to invest in 21st century industries like renewable energy and energy efficiency so that we can employ the talented graduates o our great schools rather than losing them to other states.

Smart development that re-zones under-used or dilapidated properties to make them more attractive to businesses (while also ensuring they do not overburden local infrastructure or infringe on open space) is also a key tool in the toolbox.
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