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  • Edward "NJ Weedman" Forchion
    (LMP)

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    Verlina Reynolds-Jackson
    (Dem)

  • Anthony S. Verrelli
    (Dem)

  • Dioh Williams
    (LMP)

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    Jennifer Williams
    (Rep)

Biographical Information

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

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Campaign Address 196 West State Street Trenton, NJ 08608
. 1. Maternal Health and Infant Mortality - will continue to work with the Governors office and my legislative colleagues to address the high maternal death/infant mortality rate in the State of New Jersey. A state which has the 5th highest maternal death rate in the United States. 2. Drinking water and wastewater systems - New Jersey's drinking water and wastewater systems are in dire need of investment and repair. I will continue to sponsor and co-sponsor legislation that will provide funding to improve the water systems throughout the State of New Jersey.

3. Healthcare and services for our seniors and military veterans - Due to rising healthcare costs and prescription medication, many of our seniors and veterans are struggling to afford or maintain health coverage. I will work closely with the legislature to make sure New Jersey provides affordable health care and prescription medication for our most vulnerable populations.
We must continue to encourage and invite business to the State of New Jersey and increase the amount of "rateables" in our municipalities. Building and encouraging economic development will allow a property tax decrease for the residents in New Jersey.
A properly and fairly instituted tax incentive program along with a strong focus on workforce development training will encourage companies to invest in New Jersey and the New Jersey workforce. Providing better access to apprenticeship programs, higher education and workforce training programs will promote job growth. I will work with my legislative colleagues to develop and fund such programs, thus making New Jersey a more attractive destination for companies to bring their business.
Website https://www.verrelliforassembly.com/
My top 3 issues are enhancing Mental Health/Addiction services, expanding economic justice, and restoring aging infrastructure. New Jersey must improve access to mental health care and addiction services because these programs save lives. I cosponsored a law that strengthens mental health condition and substance use disorder parity laws in New Jersey. Economic opportunity should be within reach for everyone, not just those at the top. I supported the $15 minimum wage law, and I cosponsored a law to increase access to the Paid Family Leave Program. I will continue to be a strong advocate for progressive legislation that holds corporations accountable to protect workers, consumers, and our environment. New Jersey needs to invest in restoring aging infrastructure. The 15th District secured $5.1 million in Transportation funding in 2019. This funding allows our Municipalities to work on projects that will create new jobs and put local people to work.
New Jersey must be an affordable place to live so that all residents can make ends meet and retire with dignity in their local community. State policies to address this issue need to keep the needs of middle class residents in mind.
New Jersey should be a leader in enhancing technical education. I have sponsored several bills in the General Assembly this session that improve access to apprenticeship programs. I sponsored a law this session, A4817, which will provide for greater recruitment and training opportunities for women and minorities in the construction industry. In addition, New Jersey schools should create more opportunities to connect interested students with technical education programs. Expanding access to these programs will put more students on the pathway towards a strong career that provides economic security to provide for a family.

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Website Www.JenForLD15.com
Campaign Address P.O. Box 5161 Trenton, NJ 08638
Fix Trenton Water Works without a forced sale or State takeover by crafting and passing legislation that will get our government to access the Environmental Protection Agency's Federal Drinking Water State Revolving Fund. This has not been done previously for Trenton. I will make that happen.

End runaway taxation for all New Jerseyans - Our state is so expensive and taxed so heavily that we are pricing ourselves out of contention for young people to stay or move to and forcing many middle-aged and older New Jerseyans to flee when they retire or have grandkids. That phenomenon has to end by making New Jersey more competitive and fair on taxes for everybody.

Increase economic opportunities and improve Jersey's affordability for all of us - While campaigning, I have met too many families struggling to work and live in in their communities or just keep up with our changing economy and business climate. This is untenable, as well as unconscionable. It should not happen in New Jersey.
We need to reform our property tax system so that our cities, towns, and counties are not so dependent on taking homeowners so much that they have no incentive to maintain or add-on and improve their properties. New Jersey needs to move from a school budget-based tax system to a more fair one in which young and old, as well as urban and suburban are treated fairly by our tax system and how their properties are assessed.

If elected, I will be a strong voice in the Assembly to examine the possibilities of fundamental changes to our current property tax system. Our current property tax system is creating ever greater stratification between rich and poor, as well as increasing the chances of gentrification in urban areas. I believe that the time for a system that establishes and freezes property taxes from the moment a homeowner buys their home until they sell their home to a new buyer has come.
We must reduce property taxes to make our state more economically attractive to business owners and the employees who work for them. As well, we must also find ways beyond tax incentives to make our cities and urban areas a beacon for new business developments (such as the large distribution warehouses being built off of Exit 8A on the NJ Turnpike), rather than the rapidly disappearing farmland and open space in more rural parts of our start. If we achieve that, then our cities and urban areas will increase the number of available employment opportunities and reduce poverty - while lessening government expenditures for social services spending and building a more stable and talented workforce for the future.