Steve Pakradooni’s Plan for New Jersey
As your LD4 Senator, I will address property tax. New Jersey ranks #1 as the highest property taxed state in the nation. Out of 3,141 counties in the United States, Gloucester County ranks 28th on the list of highest property taxes. In Washington Township, about $70 of every $100 of your property tax bill is allocated to the school district, regardless of whether you are a senior, or do not have children in the school district. Our school funding formula is broken.
It is time to refine and redefine “fair share” so no community funds more than 25 percent of its school operating budget. It is time to end property tax increases due to home improvements. It is time to freeze property taxes for homeowners over 65-years old, regardless of their income or length of residency. It is time to revise the tax code and make New Jersey more competitive, affordable, and business friendly. It is time to for common sense solutions and build a sustainable New Jersey.
As your LD4 Senator, I will focus on building an open economy that promotes growth and opportunity for all, focused on adopting business-friendly by-laws, tax benefits, eliminating capital gains tax, and substantially lowering corporate business tax. New Jersey is the home to many industries in the food, pharmaceutical, chemical, and petrochemical space, with many goods and services made in New Jersey, and they need to stay in New Jersey. I will support upgrading our infrastructure, improving safety, and expanding inter-state commerce. It is time to focus on, and invest into, our state economy and aging infrastructure which will provide good-paying jobs and improve quality of life.
As your LD4 Senator, I will pave the path forward for free, fair, and secure elections, making it easier to vote, but harder to cheat. The aftermath of the 2020 election cycle showed us that our Constitution delegates the important task of administering elections to each state – and our state opted for vote-by-mail. The integrity of our electoral process has been limited because of a lack of citizen awareness, involvement, adequate training, and the unwillingness of officials to prevent fraud or prosecute abusers. It is time to restore people’s trust in elections. It is time for increased security and voter ID. It is time that every lawfully cast vote is accurately counted.
As your LD4 Senator, I will protect and defend the rights of law-abiding residents. New Jersey’s gun laws are among the strictest in the nation, with many citizens considering these laws an infringement on their Second Amendment rights. It is time to standardize the processing of firearm ID’s and permits and oppose fee increases. It is time to speed up gun permit application processes and expedite it for those facing imminent danger. It is time to reform any law that violates a citizen’s constitutional right to due process, and support resources that help address mental health issues and crisis’s that result in gun violence.
America is a melting pot, famous for, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free”. But it is time to fix our broken immigration system. It is time we establish and support a national immigration policy that secures our borders and respects the rule of law and procedure for naturalization. It is time to support the use of a national E-Verify system for employers to utilize during job hiring processes. It is time to end the “sanctuary city/state” policies and promote state, federal, and law enforcement cooperation.
Healthy children and families are the foundation and our future. It is time to support education and innovative approaches that reduce teen and unwanted pregnancies. Options should be offered from adoption, to support groups, and father mentoring programs. Parents have the right to choose the education of choice for their children, including public, private, religious, or home school, and parents have the right to make choices for their children’s curriculum within the public school system.
Every resident has the inalienable right to bodily integrity and should be free from any threat or forced mandatory vaccination as a condition of employment. Anyone who exercises not to be vaccinated must not be denied any rights, privileges, or citizenship.
As your LD4 Senator, I support your rights, liberties, and freedoms.
As your LD4 Senator, I will support limited state restrictions, which have a powerful impact on both personal and economic freedom, and the overall economy. It is time to restore New Jersey and limit state restrictions. It is time to limit restrictions imposed on New Jersey residents, businesses, corporations, decisions about your healthcare, your child’s education curriculum, your body autonomy, and more. It is time for a smarter, sustainable, and transparent state government.