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16th Senate District

The NJ General Election will take place on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. Voters will head to the polls to select a Governor, State Senator, and State Assembly Members, as well as a number of county and local elected officials.
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    Laurie Poppe (Dem) Attorney, licensed social worker

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New Jersey has some of the highest property taxes in the nation. What, if anything, do you propose to lower property taxes?

New Jersey's state pension system has recently been named the worst-funded state retirement plan in the country and is arguably one of our largest financial problems. How do you propose to address our state's pension issues?

How can New Jersey meet our energy needs while protecting our environment? For example, would you support energy conservation, expansion of renewable energy projects, hydraulic fracturing, and pipelines, etc?

What would you do to promote job growth in our state?

Please indicate three additional state priority issues for you (not already listed in this questionnaire) and explain how you would address them.

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Qualifications/Experience Laurie is a practicing family law attorney in New Jersey. Laurie is also finishing her clinical hours for her LCSW at Richard Hall Community Mental Health Center doing therapy.
We need to carefully evaluate spending so that we can develop reforms that promote greater efficiency keeping in mind our state’s long-term fiscal needs. This includes re-evaluating revenue streams to reduce the tax burden on our working families and addressing school funding issues. We need to focus on making New Jersey affordable for our young adults as they starting their careers and families, and making it affordable for our retirees to remain in the state they have called home.
Funding the pension must be a priority. Individuals made career decisions based on an employment package that included a pension and now we need to meet our obligation. Our failure to do so so far has hurt our state’s economy, led to credit downgrades, and has left younger generations of New Jerseyans with this burden. Ignoring this problem any longer will only hut our state more, and hurt the quality of education we provide our children and the services we can provide our citizens.
I do not support hydraulic fracturing or pipelines. I support energy conservation and expansion of clean, renewable energy projects. Our decisions today impact our children and future generations tomorrow. We should provide incentives for our students to study science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. We should provide incentives to businesses that focus on the development of alternative energy sources and we should promote the development of energy efficient structures and infrastructure.
Promote STEM education, encourage the development of renewable energy projects and sustainable development including green buildings, improve infrastructure and mass transit, develop our urban areas so that they attract young adults.
Adequately and fairly funding education, including options for college, so that our children receive a quality education without having excessive debt. Making sure that we have adequate and accessible treatment options and care for those who struggle with mental health issues and/or substance use disorders. Providing adequate services and support for young adult and adult citizens who are developmentally delayed or suffer from injuries that leave them needing supervision and care so that their aging parents are assured that they are well cared for, engaged in activities that stimulate and interest them, and enjoying a life that allows them to have a level of independence and autonomy that matches their capabilities.

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