HOUGHTALING: Fair school funding formula key to tax reform

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Talk to mayors and council members, and they will tell you that high property taxes are the biggest complaint of citizens all over the state. But what too few voters understand is that the bulk of their property tax bills go toward the cost of paying for public schools.

That’s why any meaningful plan to achieve property tax relief has to start with a discussion of school property taxes.

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Local Assembly Members Launch Annual Holiday Food Drive

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The office of local Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey will be accepting donations of nonperishable food following the launch of their Annual Holiday Food Drive. The food drive will run from November 28, 2016 to December 12, 2016 and will benefit the Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties.

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Downey, Houghtaling Bill to Protect Domestic Violence Victims from Gun Violence Heads to Governor's Desk

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Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Gabriela Mosquera, Majority Leader Louis D. Greenwald and Assembly Democrats Joann Downey, Eric Houghtaling, Shavonda Sumter, Daniel R. Benson and Pamela Lampitt to strengthen New Jersey's gun laws and protect victims of domestic abuse from gun violence gained final legislative approval from the full Assembly on Thursday.

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Legislation From Assembly Members Houghtaling & Downey Would Create Strategic Plan to Benefit NJ Veterans

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New legislation proposed by Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey would establish the New Jersey Commission on Veterans’ Benefits, and charge the Commission with creating a five-year statewide strategic plan to ensure New Jersey’s veterans are receiving effective care and deliverance of benefits.

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Downey, Houghtaling Bill Requiring State to Reveal Complete Property Tax Data Again Goes to Governor

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Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Joann Downey and Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling to require the State of New Jersey to annually post complete property tax data for residents was approved 31-1 on Monday by the Senate, giving it final legislative approval. The bill now goes to the governor, who vetoed it during the last legislative session.

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New Houghtaling, Downey Legislation Would Spur Economic Development in New Jersey

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New legislation introduced by Monmouth County Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey would provide a roadmap toward comprehensive economic development in New Jersey by directing the Secretary of State to develop and prepare a five-year “Comprehensive State Plan for Economic Development.” The plan would devise vision, goals, and strategies for reinvigorating economic development in New Jersey.

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