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37th 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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  • Modesto Romero (Rep)

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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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I support fully funding the SFRA school funding formula. Education costs are one of the largest drivers of rising property taxes in many municipalities, and the best thing the state can do is take on a greater share of that cost. Beyond state funding for education, I would encourage municipalities to share services.
I supported the move to require the state to make pension payments through constitutional amendment. The problem with the pension is that every dollar we underpay today ends up costing many times that amount in the future. Had the state made regular pension payments all along, the payments we would need to make today would be more manageable. I would be open to dedicating certain revenue streams to the pension, and am generally open to other suggestions for solutions.
I do not support any of the pipeline projects in the state. I believe the state is well-positioned to increase its renewable energy capacity over the next few decades such that we would not need to rely on fossil fuels for our energy grid.
There are many ways to boost good paying jobs in the state, but something I am particularly excited about is my bill, the Garden State Film and Digital Media Jobs Act. The bill would create a tax credit to incentivize film production in New Jersey. Thanks to our proximity to New York, there is already a built-in workforce capable of doing the work, and the tax credit would direct a whole new industry to hire, work, and spend in New Jersey.
I am looking forward to the next legislative session, as I believe there will be an opportunity to do some great work on some of my longstanding core issues. The three issue areas I am most looking forward to addressing are domestic violence, access to healthcare, and firearms safety.

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