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Sixth District Legislators to host Mobile Office at the Katz Jewish Community Center

In an effort to bring convenient and local constituent services to the community, the 6th Legislative District will be hosting a mobile office event on August 11 between 9:00 AM-12:00 PM at the Katz Community Center located at 1301 Springdale Rd in Cherry Hill, NJ to help residents navigate through a variety of state issues and services.

The mobile office will be staffed by experienced representatives who will assist residents with questions or concerns about state issues including, but not limited to unemployment claim difficulties, PTR (senior tax freeze) assistance, utility and energy assistance programs, consumer complaints, and state financial aid.

The mobile office will also offer a variety of resources for families and seniors, travel information, activity books for children, and information on recreational activities in New Jersey.

Should you be unable to attend, the legislative offices of Beach, Greenwald and Lampitt are available Monday through Friday 9:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M. to assist constituents. Senator Beach can be reached at (856) 429-1572 or at SenBeach@njleg.org, and Assemblyman Greenwald and Assemblywoman Lampitt can be reached at (856) 435-1247, AsmGreenwald@njleg.org or AswLampitt@njleg.org.

Greenwald on NJ Transit Fare Hikes: This is a Serious Blow to Working Families

Assembly Majority Office
July 15, 2015
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Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald chided New Jersey Transit's decision Wednesday to hike fares once again on hardworking New Jerseyans:

"This is a serious blow to working families who are still absorbing the near record hikes instituted five years ago. Not only are they having more money taken out of their pockets, but the agency is adding insult to injury by cutting services.

"When the average New Jersey worker's wages have remained nearly stagnant, the only way they can make up this difference is to either work more hours, if that's even possible, or to cut back on essential needs for their families. Either way it will have a negative impact on their quality of life.

"I'm disappointed the administration did not roll up its sleeves and find more creative solutions to close this budget gap. Fare hikes should be the absolute last resort, not the go-to solution every time New Jersey Transit finds itself in a bind," said Greenwald (D-Camden/Burlington).

Majority Leader Greenwald Bill to Restore Tax Credit for Working People Now Law

Assembly Majority Office
July 7, 2015
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A bill sponsored by Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto and Majority Leader Louis Greenwald to restore a tax credit that strengthens families by encouraging hard work and reducing poverty is now law.

The law (A-4602) increases the state Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to 30 percent of the federal credit after years of Christie administration cuts to the successful anti-poverty program. The governor reduced the tax credit to 20 percent of the federal credit from 25 percent in his first budget in 2010, effectively raising taxes on low-income families by $45 million, and failed to restore it in subsequent years.

"The EITC has received strong bipartisan support over the last 40 years, because it is a manifestation of the fundamental idea that hard work should pay off," said Prieto (D-Bergen/Hudson). "The governor's action on this issue is the right thing to do, but the right time to do it was years ago. Working people in New Jersey - men and women who want nothing more than to be able to support their families - deserved much better than being reduced to annual victims of the veto pen; Democrats always recognized that. Although we remain disappointed that he has yet to come around on the issue of tax fairness, we welcome the governor finally recognizing it, too.

Democracy Act makes necessary updates to N.J. election laws | Opinion

July 6, 2015
Louis Greenwald
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By Louis Greenwald

American democracy has always been built on the power of the vote. As President Lyndon Johnson once said, "The vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice."

Despite that power, New Jersey has seen voter participation decline to historic levels in nearly every election over the past decade. We must ask ourselves why this has happened. Many factors are involved, but chief among them is our own election laws.

They are outdated relics from a different era – and a major part of the problem.

In June, our primary election achieved the dubious honor of breaking a 90-year-old record for low turnout, with just 5.1 percent of eligible voters exercising their fundamental right to vote. But this is not merely a problem that afflicts primary elections – in 2013 we experienced our lowest turnout in state history for a gubernatorial election, 39 percent.

And in 2011, we set a new all-time low for mid-term election turnout at a paltry 27 percent of registered voters.

New Jersey is ranks 39 in the United States in the percentage of eligible voters who are registered at 64.3 percent, compared to 82.8 percent for the top state. And, New Jersey is also ranked 39 in the country on average voter turnout at 54.5 percent, compared to the top state at 73.3 percent.

Democratic Leadership Urges Governor to Make Upfront $1.3 Billion Pension Payment

Assembly Majority Office
June 29, 2015
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Democratic Leadership Urges Governor to Make Upfront $1.3 Billion Pension Payment

Early pension payment projected to earn $87 million in extra investment income, shoring up underfunded system and saving future tax dollars

TRENTON - New Jersey's Democratic legislative leadership today called upon Governor Christie to make the state's $1.3 billion budgeted pension payment in early July to shore up the underfunded pension system.

The Senate and Assembly leaders authored a concurrent resolution calling upon the governor to make the upfront payment using the state's line of credit. Plans are for the Assembly and the Senate to vote on the resolution today. Democratic leaders plan to discuss the resolution during an 11:45 a.m. news conference on fiscal issues.

"Making the $1.3 billion payment now, rather than waiting until next June, would generate a projected $87 million in additional investment income for the pension system over the course of the year," said Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester).

"That's $87 million that taxpayers will not have to put into the system in the future, and that money will continue to grow year after year after year," Sweeney said. "This is a no-brainer that should draw bipartisan support."