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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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  • Bruce Bergen (Dem)

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    Nancy F. Munoz (Rep) State Legislator

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    Lacey Rzeszowski (Dem) Grassroots Organizer

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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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Website www.nancymunoz.net
Twitter @nancyfmunoz
Qualifications/Experience 8 Years in the NJ Assembly
I sponsored A653 which would ban payments to public employees at retirement for newly accrued unused sick leave require forfeiture of payment for already accrued sick leave for corruption convictions, and requires documentation for use of sick leave. Statewide property tax payers are liable for hundreds of millions of dollars in such payments, and several municipalities have had to borrow to make these payments. In March 2017 I moved to force it out of committee and have an immediate floor vote on it, but my motion was tabled. In June 217, I again moved to force the bill out of committee, which motion was tabled. I have also sponsored A3102 which permits municipalities to provide information on property tax bills concerning the amount of local tax dollars saved through shared services.
I sponsored A-3905 – O'Scanlon/Muñoz to move public employee health benefits from the current “platinum plus” level to the “gold” level consistent with the benefits offered by large private employers, among other reforms, generating up to $2 billion in annual state savings and another $2 billion in local savings.

I also sponsored A-3906 – O'Scanlon/Muñoz creating a task force similar to that recommended by the Governor’s commission to develop detailed guidance for the Legislature and Executive Branch on how to implement the commission’s recommended reforms.
I sponsored A-3866 – Muñoz which requires a laboratory analysis of waste or material generated by fracking, and requires a DEP permit to treat, store, process, or dispose of such waste or material, and disclosure of plans, methods, or processes to do so.
I sponsored A-3183 – Muñoz, the “Innovate New Jersey Act,” allowing higher education institutions to dedicate unused space on campus as “business incubator” zones where businesses can operate with a five-year exemption from state corporate or income taxes, franchise fees or local property taxes, and a 10-year exemption from the sales tax.

I also sponsored A-3356 – Muñoz which provides a tax credit worth 20% of capital improvements in a manufacturing facility to help keep those jobs in-state.
Making the state more affordable by reducing the tax burden; improving education and reforming the school funding system; improving health care quality and affordability; and combatting domestic violence and sexual assault. Here are a list of bill I am sponsoring in each of the above categories:

State taxes • A-3536 • A-676 Education reform and funding ● A-1314 Health care ● A-1558 Domestic violence • A-2185 • A-4040 • A-4034 • A-4046 Sexual Assault • A-1957 • A-1061
Qualifications/Experience I graduated from NYU with a degree in Political Science. I worked in constituent services for the city council and worked in publishing. I began my political engagement through grassroots organizing.
I support all sensible efforts to reduce property taxes or to at least hold future increases to the lowest possible levels. Primarily, we need to incentivize our towns to work together to provide shared services for their communities. Additionally, New Jersey needs increased transparency on municipal spending. Currently, there are some large differences in spending between similarly sized municipalities. The residents of every town should realize when their local officials are making those choices on their behalf.  Right now, there is no central point of data aggregation to allow for that comparison. Knowledge about municipal spending will inform residents about the benefit of shared services.
The state of New Jersey’s public pension system is underfunded by at least $80 billion. Our pension problem is dire and we must honor the promises made by the state. Those solutions must work for both the taxpayers and the unions. I believe that with a fully staffed investment council and a knowledgeable governor, we will be able to make smart decisions on how we are going to invest the pension.
Energy conservation is an admirable goal, but conservation alone will not solve the earth’s environmental issues. New Jersey needs to join other states who are shifting their consumption away from fossil fuels and toward renewable sources of energy.   We must reduce transportation emissions, by improving NJ Transit and further incentivizing other forms of mass transportation. We must incentivize investment in solar and wind energy and encourage the public and private sector to meet higher renewable energy standards. New Jersey has more wind capacity than any other state on the eastern seaboard and should be utilizing this resource. We have a responsibility to protect our preserved land and I do not support unnecessary drilling for pipelines or fracking.
Job growth in New Jersey is crucial for its ability to prosper: • Our state must invest in our infrastructure, roads, bridges and rails. They are in a critical need for repair and this would also create a variety of different jobs. • Invest in clean energy, wind and solar. • Attract innovative industries by marketing the assets of the state inclusive of location and educated work force. • Invest and promote the state for its historical tourism.
Additional state priority issues that I would address are, women’s health care, pay equity, and safe and sane gun laws. Access to women’s health care has been under threat in New Jersey for several years. These resources keep women healthy and reduce future demands on our health care system. Provide equal pay for equal work. We must support legislation that strengthen penalties for wage discrimination and ban companies from asking previous salaries. I believe that a citizen’s second amendment right must be respected, but with the right comes responsibility, ie regulate ammunition purchases, create and enforce mandatory training prior to licensing, and expand liabilities to gun owners who haven’t properly stored firearms that result in injury.

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