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Russ Cirincione's Platform

For the past 30 years, we've had the same representation. It's clear that something needs to change.

This is a people powered movement for justice, because the time is now for economic, social, racial, and environmental justice.

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Medicare for All

Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Rights guaranteed in the Declaration of Independence. We need to be healthy to pursue happiness. This means we must guarantee the right to healthcare. To have a healthy nation, we need ALL people to be healthy. New Jersey will save $2.5 BILLION in our annual budget by switching to Medicare for All.

Because many people in New Jersey work in the healthcare industry: Russ' signature policy amendment to Medicare for All calls for a just transition for all people who currently work in the health insurance industries, because we care FIRST about PEOPLE - I will only vote if a bill FULLY protects working People in NJ who will be displaced w/ CHOICE OF JOBS & more money :  I will DEMAND in any bill that I sign on: - all earned private pensions and benefits guaranteed; - 300,000+ employees are 60 or older are paid 100% of current salary until age 65!

The median wage in health insurance is $54,400, but only about $39,400 in health care administration.Healthcare admins and health insurance admins will be the first to get job training and job relocation options! And the new jobs will pay better!

1.5 million displaced workers are guaranteed: 1 yr. salary & $20k each for education, training and relocation expenses!Importantly, this has to be combined with a federal job guarantee: The Green New Deal, the best economic stimulus package this country has ever seen, will provide national, paid, on-the job training for those people displaced. They can CHOOSE a high paying, union job, based on their skill sets, OR learn those skills they want! And, they have the opportunity to fill lots of vacancies w/ the federal govt.! So there's a just transition being developed, too. We care about the PEOPLE. I will fight for the massive investment in those employees who will need new jobs.

Medicare for all will save Americans who make less than $240,000 a year an average of 10% of their income. Life saving insurance will be guaranteed to all people, and have better results than the current system.  The current system lets people die because it's only goal is to profit off of sick people. That is morally reprehensible. It leaves 30 million people uninsured, more under-insured, and we are all paying the most for health care and drugs - on the planet - and we don't even have the best results. Did you know a Medicare for All system is projected to save Americans $10 TRILLION over the first 10 years? We will save money, have better results, and we will cover everyone. Plus, it includes vision, dental, long term care, and mental health coverage, which is not included in current systems.

More Reading: 
Economic study on the payoffs of Medicare for All: 
https://t.co/gMdm1dfzFa?amp=1
https://www.peoplesworld.org/article/looking-after-workers-who-will-lose-their-jobs-under-medicare-for-all/

Medicare for All.

Medicare for All will prioritize our health and well being. Every one of us will be able to make our health decisions fully, instead of allowing companies and boardrooms to make health decisions for us. Right now, most of us don't read the fine print on our insurance policies. The insurance companies decide what doctors we can see, what drugs we can afford, what services we can get, all without our input, and without our say. They make decisions that affect our lives for their profit, only. So Medicare for All will put the power back in our hands. If we need coverage for our health, we will get it. We're fighting to put decisions about our health in our own hands.
- True "single payer."
- Full Guaranteed Coverage for everyone.
- Vision, Dental, Eye coverage included.
- Save trillions over a decade.
- Net savings of 10% for 95% of Americans.
- Lower costs of prescription drugs by 50%
- End Medical Bankruptcy and erase medical debt.
- Sign Pramila Jayapal's proposed bill for Medicare for All and also Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All bill.
- Repeal the HYDE Amendment which denies women the right to determine their own health.

- Russ's Signature Policy Proposal: A just transition for all people who work in the health care industry.
Russ's Signature Policy will benefit New Jersey employees in the health care industry: All displaced employees are guaranteed salary, and a stipend for relocation and job training. All earned private pensions and benefits guaranteed. 300,000+ employees are 60 or older are paid 100% of current salary until age 65.
- Combined with the Federal Jobs Guarantee in the Green New Deal. We care about the PEOPLE.
- New Jersey will save $2.5 BILLION in our annual budget by switching to Medicare for All. This will lower our property taxes, which go to paying for health insurance of public employees.
- 700,000 New Jerseyans who have no health insurance now will be covered.

Why Russ is the best choice for New Jersey:
The incumbent Democrat takes big money from the health insurance companies and Pharma lobbies. He's taken a lot of their money.
He opposes Medicare for All and has said so publicly, repeatedly, at his town hall and in other scenarios. If we want Medicare for All, it's clear that the incumbent will not fight for it. We deserve a better Democrat to represent us.

Every other industrialized nation has switched to a single-payer program. None have gone back to the one we have. With Medicare for All, life saving insurance will be guaranteed to all people, and we will get better results.  The current system leaves us with no choices - all of the choices are made by the HMOs and Pharma industry. There are millions of people un-insured or under-insured in this country, and we are all paying the most for health care and drugs - on the planet - and we don't even have the best results. We will save money, have better results, and we will cover everyone, with Medicare for All.

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Medicare for All

Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Rights guaranteed in the Declaration of Independence. We need to be healthy to pursue happiness. This means we must guarantee the right to healthcare. To have a healthy nation, we need ALL people to be healthy. New Jersey will save $2.5 BILLION in our annual budget by switching to Medicare for All.

Because many people in New Jersey work in the healthcare industry: Russ' signature policy amendment to Medicare for All calls for a just transition for all people who currently work in the health insurance industries, because we care FIRST about PEOPLE - I will only vote if a bill FULLY protects working People in NJ who will be displaced w/ CHOICE OF JOBS & more money :  I will DEMAND in any bill that I sign on: - all earned private pensions and benefits guaranteed; - 300,000+ employees are 60 or older are paid 100% of current salary until age 65!

The median wage in health insurance is $54,400, but only about $39,400 in health care administration.Healthcare admins and health insurance admins will be the first to get job training and job relocation options! And the new jobs will pay better!

1.5 million displaced workers are guaranteed: 1 yr. salary & $20k each for education, training and relocation expenses!Importantly, this has to be combined with a federal job guarantee: The Green New Deal, the best economic stimulus package this country has ever seen, will provide national, paid, on-the job training for those people displaced. They can CHOOSE a high paying, union job, based on their skill sets, OR learn those skills they want! And, they have the opportunity to fill lots of vacancies w/ the federal govt.! So there's a just transition being developed, too. We care about the PEOPLE. I will fight for the massive investment in those employees who will need new jobs.

Medicare for all will save Americans who make less than $240,000 a year an average of 10% of their income. Life saving insurance will be guaranteed to all people, and have better results than the current system.  The current system lets people die because it's only goal is to profit off of sick people. That is morally reprehensible. It leaves 30 million people uninsured, more under-insured, and we are all paying the most for health care and drugs - on the planet - and we don't even have the best results. Did you know a Medicare for All system is projected to save Americans $10 TRILLION over the first 10 years? We will save money, have better results, and we will cover everyone. Plus, it includes vision, dental, long term care, and mental health coverage, which is not included in current systems.

More Reading: 
Economic study on the payoffs of Medicare for All: 
https://t.co/gMdm1dfzFa?amp=1
https://www.peoplesworld.org/article/looking-after-workers-who-will-lose-their-jobs-under-medicare-for-all/

The Green New Deal.

An immense economic stimulus package that will create 20,000,000 new jobs and transition our economy to 100% renewable energy. The Green New Deal addresses multiple issues at the same time: the climate crisis, income inequality, racial inequality and rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure. defending national security, create public housing, more schools, more parks, more bridges, more mass transportation (like high speed rails). 

- Ban fracking.
- 100% renewable energy by 2030.
- Cut electric bills in half, near-free energy by 2030.
- A just transition for all the workers in the fossil fuel industry, including pay, training, and new energy sector jobs that are safe. (no more black lung).
- Federal jobs guarantee to rebuild our nation. Union jobs that pay well. Create hundreds of thousands of local New Jersey jobs in the clean energy sector.
- Build new, modern schools, and build new transportation systems like high speed rail.
- Funding for public community ownership of utilities.
- Hold fossil fuel executives accountable for their gross negligence and intentional deception of Americans for 30 years.
- A constitutional amendment for the right to a clean, healthy environment to all Americans.
- End all fossil fuel subsidies from American taxpayers ($400 Billion).

Russ's Signature Policy Additions for New Jersey: 
- Build up to 50 offshore wind farms to power our state and nation, each of which create around 5,000 jobs in New Jersey communities.
- Guarantee pensions for all affected workers in the fossil fuel industry.
- Expand clean up of superfund sites and get all of them cleaned up.
- Build High Speed Rails and Electric Buses for faster commutes.
- Rebuild our water infrastructure in our townships and fully address the Newark water crisis.
- Locally owned renewable energy. Each company must vow to benefit the public.

The New Jersey Climate Crisis is here:  New Jersey is particularly threatened by the climate crisis. NJ-6 is a shoreline district. We will feel the effects of climate crisis the worst, and faster than anywhere else. It's not enough to
- "Ground Zero" for climate crisis.
- Our tourism industry worth $44 Billion and with thousands of jobs is threatened.
- For New Jersey, we are the fastest warming state, we have already hit the 2 degree threshold.
- In April 2019, a wildfire of 11,000 square miles tore through Middlesex.
- Lake Hopatcong had to close because the warm summer let toxic blue-green algae grow, closing the lake for swimmers.
- By 2035, more than 60,000 New Jersey homes will experience bi-weekly flooding. (The Union of Concerned Scientists and Zillow report). Billions in property value and hundreds of millions in tax revenue are threatened.

The Green New Deal is the largest Economic Stimulus package for working America. We will invest in all of our communities, our homes, our children, each other, our neighbors, our forests, shores, and future. It is the only plan that will give us a fighting chance against the climate crisis, create the freshest air we've ever breathed and the purest water we've ever drank, and is what all climate scientists support. We should listen to the scientists that are responsible for all of our modern lives - computers, internet, cell phones, airplanes, every technology that helps American progress is owed to scientists. They've said we have to go 100% renewable. The time is now. When is a good time to have fresh mountain air? This is an investment in America, in our own health, and the health of our friends and family. It has to happen now, because if we wait, it will be too late.

We must evolve to 100% renewable energy by 2030. This is about ending pollution and outdated technology of oil. We will switch to better, clean, limitless, energy sources of the sun and wind. Instead of fighting wars for oil overseas, and instead of relying on other economies for oil, we will let the energy come to us and absorb it. We estimate that by 2030, our electric bills will be cut in half if we go 100% renewable energy. This is about saving money for the People of New Jersey and America.

How we pay for it:
End the $400 Billion corporate welfare to the fossil fuel industries.
By creating jobs that will be in our communities for generations.

Why Russ Cirincione is the best choice for New Jersey: 
My opponent takes big money from the fossil fuel industry. He's taken money from the biggest polluters, including: TransCanada (the builders of the keystone pipeline), and other fossil fuel companies, like Duke Energy, Dominion Energy, and PSE&G.

I don't trust someone whose taken fossil fuel money to protect us from their poisonous product. And it's obvious that he wont. He does not support the Green New Deal, and has called for "clean energy" by 2050, which allows for nuclear and "un-natural" gas, which almost all scientists have said will not protect our planet and will doom our species.

It's not enough to only oppose offshore drilling for oil. Drilling for Oil anywhere threatens our shore and the health of our families. That's why we're the better choice for NJ-6.

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TUITION-FREE PUBLIC COLLEGE, and STUDENT LOAN DEBT CANCELLATION.

College is the path to opportunity for Americans. Everyone should be able to get a college education if they want it. Can you imagine - the next Einstein could be slip through the cracks, because they couldn't afford college.  That's why we must guarantee tuition free public colleges to be competitive in the future.  

Regarding student loans, here's some things I've heard people say: "I can't start a family because I can't afford my student loan payment." Or, "I've been paying off my student loan for 20 years and barely made a dent." This is wrong. We told students to go to college because they had to be competitive in today's world. If a college degree is required for the jobs of today, we have to make sure that all of our people are prepared to be the best they can be. We all benefit from a well educated work force.

There is $1.5 trillion  in student loan debt, it is the 2nd largest debt behind mortgages. 90% is held by the federal government, at high interest rates. It affects nearly 50 million Americans.This is a huge drain on the economy and it shackles students who are only trying to better themselves.  Cancelling student loan debt would boost our economy so former students have money to start businesses, purchase more products and services, buy homes, and start families.

- Free Public College
- Student Loan Debt Cancellation
- Free trade schools funded by the government

Free Public College
Cancel Student Loan Debt

All Americans deserve the opportunity for a education, regardless of their income. In today's economy, most jobs require a college education. We're going to make public college tuition-free to provide opportunity for all.

This is about opportunity for all Americans. Good jobs require a good education.

Free public college is actually an earned benefit, because students must still dedicate the majority of their time to studying and doing well in college. It also benefits our society as a whole, with a more competitive work force, and with more knowledgeable people surrounding us, we can rely on others to do their jobs well.

If we want to keep a democracy, we need our People to be freethinkers, so no one will be fooled by con-men like trump. College is an opportunity for people to become free thinkers in a less structured environment. We can only truly be free if we learn what opportunities are available to us, how the world affects us, and what we don't know.

If we're going to remain competitive in an international economy, we need to keep up with other nations who are educating their people at a much higher rates. We used to have the most college educated people here, but we've fallen to #11 worldwide.

Regarding student loans, we're going to cancel student loan debt. Here's some things I've heard people say: "I can't start a family because I can't afford my student loan payment." Or, "I've been paying off my student loan for 20 years and barely made a dent." Student loan debt is $1.5 trillion. It is the 2nd largest debt behind mortgages. 90% is held by the federal government, at high interest rates. It has already been paid for. It affects 45 million Americans. This is a huge drain on the economy and it shackles students who are only trying to better themselves.  Cancelling student loan debt would boost our economy so former students have money to start businesses, purchase more products and services, buy homes, and start families. The investment pays for itself within 5-10 years when we consider the benefits to our economy.

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End Corruption and Citizens United.

Politics is dirty because, since citizens united, big money flows freely in elections.Politicians take money from the very special interests and corporations that they are supposed to govern. This is a disqualifying conflict of interest.  That's why we are people powered and we reject all corporate and reject all lobbyist money. If we want sane environmental policy, we must cut off the flow of dirty fossil fuel money.  That's why I'm rejecting all fossil fuel industry money, and I've taken the pledge to put the health of our people and families first. The founding fathers certainly didn't want politicians influenced by money.Americans deserve free and fair elections — free from the corrupting influence of big money donors. The Supreme Court has effectively legalized bribery. We need public financing of our elections. Super PACs should be banned, private donations to politicians and campaigns should be banned, and a clean public financing system should be implemented to end the takeover of our government by corporations and billionaires.

HR-1, For the People Act, is touted by the establishment as ending corruption. But it's not enough, because it is merely a disclosure rule of dark money, and provides a public financing option, not a mandate. We have to mandate the public funding of elections, ban lobbyists, and ban big business from donating to politicians. Because we're fighting for a government of the People.

Learn More: https://represent.us/anticorruption-act/

End Corruption.

We need to restore the power to the People, by ending the big money corruption in politics. We need clean and fair elections. We need to restore public confidence in government.
- I pledge to never take corporate PAC money or lobbyist money for my entire career.
- End Citizens United.
- Ban private donations and Super PACs.
- Kick lobbyists out of Washington.
- Publicly financed elections, with Democracy Dollars.
- Free airtime for political candidates.
- The American Anti-Corruption Act : https://represent.us/anticorruption-act/
- End the "revolving door" of politicians becoming lobbyists.
- Require disclosure of tax returns for all federal candidates.
- Ban nepotism to prevent politicians from hiring unqualified people.
- Ban members of Congress and high level government employees from owning stock.
- Require all government officials to sell any assets that pose a conflict of interest or the appearance thereof.
- Lifetime ban on any politician from becoming a lobbyist.

Signature Policy for New Jersey: 
- Create an independent "Corruption Oversight" board that investigates claims of corruption within states.

If we want a government of, by, and for the people, we need to end the influence of big money. Politics is dirty because our elections are dominated by big money. We've got legalized bribery at the highest levels of government. Politicians take money from the very special interests and corporations they are supposed to govern. This is a disqualifying conflict of interest. If we want nice things, we have to cut off the big money that's spent in elections. If we want sane environmental policy, we must cut off the flow of dirty fossil fuel money. If we want Medicare for All, we have to end the money from HMOs and Pharmas from influencing our elections. If we want internet freedom, we have to end the telecoms wires of money to candidates.

Americans deserve free and fair elections — free from the corrupting influence of big money donors. So we're going to ban PAC donations to politicians and switch to the public financing of our elections. We're going to kick lobbyists out of Washington. We're

If we end corruption, we will save money and prioritize the needs of the 99%. Because government will not hand out lucrative, no-bid, pork filled contracts to the industries that fund their campaigns.

In New Jersey, we are dealing with corruption scandals of our own. 70% of tax subsidies are given by our New Jersey government to a corporation, then the corporation sells those tax subsidies to another company, for a profit, completely tax free. That's bad business for New Jersey. Did you hear that under the Christie administration, 12 companies faked a move to New York to receive $100 million from taxpayers in tax credits? That's our money that was dished out to them, that should have been invested in creating jobs.  

Democracy dollars has been proven effective in Seattle, where every citizen receives $100 in "Democracy Dollars" vouchers that they can donate to a political candidate. Use it, or lose it.

Why Russ is the Better Democrat for New Jersey: No one can serve two masters. It's either the money, or the People. Russ stays loyal to the People and rejects all the corrupting big money: No corporate pac and no lobbyist money. Russ has publicly pledged to do so for his entire career. This stands directly opposite to the incumbent's campaign, which is financed by the biggest corporations in this country that have business before Congress.

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End Corruption and Citizens United.

Politics is dirty because, since citizens united, big money flows freely in elections.Politicians take money from the very special interests and corporations that they are supposed to govern. This is a disqualifying conflict of interest.  That's why we are people powered and we reject all corporate and reject all lobbyist money. If we want sane environmental policy, we must cut off the flow of dirty fossil fuel money.  That's why I'm rejecting all fossil fuel industry money, and I've taken the pledge to put the health of our people and families first. The founding fathers certainly didn't want politicians influenced by money.Americans deserve free and fair elections — free from the corrupting influence of big money donors. The Supreme Court has effectively legalized bribery. We need public financing of our elections. Super PACs should be banned, private donations to politicians and campaigns should be banned, and a clean public financing system should be implemented to end the takeover of our government by corporations and billionaires.

HR-1, For the People Act, is touted by the establishment as ending corruption. But it's not enough, because it is merely a disclosure rule of dark money, and provides a public financing option, not a mandate. We have to mandate the public funding of elections, ban lobbyists, and ban big business from donating to politicians. Because we're fighting for a government of the People.

Learn More: https://represent.us/anticorruption-act/

Lower Property Taxes for New Jersey.

The average New Jersey homeowner has seen their annual property tax bill more than double in the last 20 years. The average tax bill was $8,767 last year, according to state data. More than half of our property tax bills go to fund our public schools, and a significant part pay for healthcare expenses of local municipal government employees. My wife and I are lucky enough to own a home in Old Bridge, New Jersey. Our property taxes are below average. I promise to fight to lower property taxes for New Jersey because it affects me too.

We're going to lower property taxes in New Jersey by reducing the tax burden on New Jersey, and ensuring that the federal government invests in our schools and Medicare for All will significantly reduce the cost of health insurance burdens on our local governments.

Russ's Plan for New Jersey:
- Double Federal Investment in Public Education from the federal level to fully fund schools.
- Medicare for All will reduce the cost of health coverage for our local government. It will cost significantly less than the current system, and it will cap the inflation related to health care expenses.

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End Corruption and Citizens United.

Politics is dirty because, since citizens united, big money flows freely in elections.Politicians take money from the very special interests and corporations that they are supposed to govern. This is a disqualifying conflict of interest.  That's why we are people powered and we reject all corporate and reject all lobbyist money. If we want sane environmental policy, we must cut off the flow of dirty fossil fuel money.  That's why I'm rejecting all fossil fuel industry money, and I've taken the pledge to put the health of our people and families first. The founding fathers certainly didn't want politicians influenced by money.Americans deserve free and fair elections — free from the corrupting influence of big money donors. The Supreme Court has effectively legalized bribery. We need public financing of our elections. Super PACs should be banned, private donations to politicians and campaigns should be banned, and a clean public financing system should be implemented to end the takeover of our government by corporations and billionaires.

HR-1, For the People Act, is touted by the establishment as ending corruption. But it's not enough, because it is merely a disclosure rule of dark money, and provides a public financing option, not a mandate. We have to mandate the public funding of elections, ban lobbyists, and ban big business from donating to politicians. Because we're fighting for a government of the People.

Learn More: https://represent.us/anticorruption-act/

A Living Wage.

I support a $20 minimum wage, indexed to inflation. If we had properly adjusted it since its creation, it would be $33 an hour.

Today the United States has the worst inequality since 1928, says an AP Report based on most recent Census Bureau Data. But, apparently, we’ve been in an economic growth period for the last decade. Many hardworking Americans have not felt the return. Almost all of the new income, the product of all of our hard labor, goes to the top 1%. Many people feel like we’re in a recession, because we’re squeezed out of every dollar we earn, at every turn.  Inequality results from our government’s policy failures. And income inequality is a threat to our democracy, because if people are not making enough money to live, this increases financial stress which increases crime. If we want to address crime and make our State safer, we should provide more economic opportunity and relieve financial stress.

In Middlesex and Monmouth County, 90,000 people, or more than 10% of the population, make minimum wage. That’s why I’ve committed to fighting for a living wage of $20 an hour indexed to inflation. One job should be enough to support a family. MIT has a Living Wage Calculator For Middlesex, New Jersey, which indicates that for a family of 2 adults, with 1 child, the living wage is $27. For Monmouth County, it's a little above $20.

"The living wage shown is the hourly rate that an individual in a household must earn to support his or herself and their family. The assumption is the sole provider is working full-time (2080 hours per year). The tool provides information for individuals, and households with one or two working adults and zero to three children.

Why Russ is the Better Democrat for New Jersey: 
The minimum wage has not increased in ten years. Yet the cost of nearly everything has gone up. Russ understands the struggle of working people in this country. His family was lucky - his mom was able to stay home and raise the kids. Russ believes that one job should be enough - one working parent should earn enough to provide for a family. Russ will fight for better wages in New Jersey and nationwide, based on his fundamental belief that we all should earn enough to live, and that increasing economic spending power of millions of people across this country will lead to growth in the economy and increase safety in our communities by reducing economic crimes.

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Democracy in the Workplace

We need more democracy in our economy. Workers should get a say in how the companies we work for work, and how the economy works. Because right now, the economy is set up for small monarchies in different areas.

I will be one of the most pro-union Congressional Representatives in the country. I'm a union guy through and through, as a member of DC-37, AFL-CIO, AFSCME. Unions won us the weekends, child labor protections, the 40 hour work week. Unions helped build the highest standard of living the world has ever seen. It's no secret that the decline of wages over the past thirty years has been linked to the decline of unions.

Strong unions means better wages, better working conditions, and a bigger share of the profits that employees create. Union employees earn more per hour, and receive better benefits, on average, than non-union workers. Divided we beg, united we bargain.

I support these policies to strengthen unions and increase democracy in the workplace, for all of us: 
- Promoting the right to bargain for better wages, better hours, better benefits, and working conditions.
- Promote the right to overtime pay and to join a union.
- Right to strike for federal employees, and a ban on allowing the temporary strike busting workers from becoming full time employees.
- End the "independent contractor" and "supervisor" loopholes. Companies will no longer be able to label employees as "independent contractors" to avoid paying benefits.
- Eliminate the "franchise" loophole, so that employees are protected in the workplace.
- Employee Governance: Encourage 50% of board of directors are elected by the employees of the company.
- Abolish all "Right to work for less and get fired" (AKA Right to work) laws across the country.
- Expand Union recognition with Union Card Signage - 51% of employees sign a union recognition card, the union is immediately recognized and negotiation must begin within 10 days, and within 90 days there must be a contract, or then binding arbitration must begin. During this time, employers may not interfere with union activities outside of the negotiations.
- Standardized union contract clauses.
- Union contracts must be upheld by the new owner when one company buys another.
- Protect pensions and the Keep Our Pension Promises Act.
- A just transition under Medicare for all, which protects the medical benefits that  employees have bargained for. The National Labor Relations Board will oversee new union contracts that require all benefits that have gone to the employer by virtue of the savings of Medicare for All, go to the workers in form of benefits or increased wages.
- Federal Contractors must be held to high labor standards:  (1) a union shop (2) must pay living wage (3) may not export jobs overseas (4) must not have exorbitant CEO compensation greater than 150 times the average workers (5) must not engage in union busting activities.

Russ's Signature Plan for Democracy in the workplace:
- Increase employee ownership: establishing a national worker-cooperative incubator that will provide public assistance for startups and any company that wants to be employee owned.

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Federal Jobs Guarantee

A Federal Jobs Guarantee will end unemployment in this country and ignite our economy.
- Guaranteed on-the-job training, which will be available to all who want to find a new line of work.
- Guaranteed good pay, good union jobs, that are in our communities.

The federal government will fund the work that needs to be done in our communities. We've got potholes, we've got traffic, we've got needs. The people in the communities will lead the developments on these issues. The planning, development, hiring, and getting the work done will be the responsibility, of the people in the community. If we have any needs in our communities, the funding should be readily available from the federal government. Putting people to work in our country is the best kind of return on investment possible.

The common good needs many things to be done, like building renewable energy farms, windmill farms, solar panel farms, battery storage farms, rebuilding our country's crumbling infrastructure, expanding affordable high quality public housing, building more and updating public schools, or paving potholes, roads, raising bridges, building high speed rail for New Jersey and other public transportation options. In short, there is lots of work that has to be done in our country that has been neglected for far too long. A federal jobs guarantee will make sure that the work we need, gets done, and everyone will have the opportunity to get valuable training in doing the best work possible - rebuilding America.

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Expand Social Security

Today, way too many seniors live in poverty. Benefits only pay about $14,000 a year. We can double social security benefits, so that everyone may retire in dignity. We can lower the retirement age, so that we all get to enjoy our golden years.

- Double Social Security Benefits.
- Lower the retirement age to 60.
- Provide in home care for seniors as part of Medicare for all.
- An expansion of Medicare benefits under Medicare for All.

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Affordable Housing For All.

Housing is a human right. We all need a roof over our heads, which provides safety, comfort, and above all, a chance to prosper.
We must lower New Jersey property taxes and make home ownership affordable.

New Jersey is facing a housing crisis. Not only are people priced out of their homes by incredibly high property taxes, but New Jerseyans must make $27 an hour to reasonably afford rent for a two bedroom apartment. No one should be spending more than 30% of their income on housing. But 51% of Americans pay more than 30% of their income on rent and utilities. This affects minority groups the most, which is largely a result of discriminatory housing practices.

We have 500,000 homeless people, 50,000 are veterans. We need to build affordable housing. I've dedicated my career to fighting for affordable housing, and it's time to take my knowledge and experience to the federal level.

- A tenant's bill of rights to guarantee the right to safe, affordable housing.
- Build millions of units of affordable housing throughout the country.
- National rent stabilization to promote affordable housing.
- Tenant protection laws that protect tenants from unjust rent increases.
- A guaranteed right to counsel.
- Nonpayment evictions may only be commenced if two consecutive months of rent are missed.
- Prohibiting discrimination on source of income.
- Require large landlords to report data for the common good, on eviction rates, average rent increases, and average maintenance costs.

Russ's Signature Plan for New Jersey:
- Reduce property tax burdens in New Jersey by doubling the federal education budget and with Medicare for All, which will reduce the cost that New Jersey local governments pay for health insurance of its employees.
- Allow a full State and Local Tax (SALT) Deduction for homeowners.
- Allow a tax deduction for rental payments.

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Work/Life Balance for ALL.

Paid vacation, family leave, sick leave. These are all guaranteed in every other industrialized country. The United States lags behind in paid family leave. Almost every other country allows families to bond in the earliest stages of life. We need six months paid family leave for new families to spend bonding and actually becoming a family.  We are the only industrialized nation that doesn’t REQUIRE paid vacation time. This is about all of us having more time to spend doing the things that matter most - spending time with our family, and creating strong familial bonds, and strengthening our communities as well. I also support a congressional subcommittee to explore "Time for Freedom." Every seventh year, hard working Americans should be guaranteed an entire year of vacation to enjoy life and live it to the fullest.

- 6 months paid family leave to welcome a new born into the world.
- 4 weeks vacation, paid.
- Adequate paid sick leave.
- Time for Freedom: every seventh year, guarantee a year of paid vacation.

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End Hunger.

We can end hunger by feeding the hungry. The current "Farm Bill" is actually a massive taxpayer handout to corporate conglomerate farms. It does not promote healthy food. It subsidizes low nutrition food like corn and sugar. Even cotton receives more of an investment under the current farm bill than organic farms. When was the last time anyone ate cotton?

We need a "Healthy Food Bill" that prioritizes growing healthy food and feeding the hungry. Healthy food is "sun food" - organic, free from pesticides, and nutritious, and uses sustainable farming. The "Healthy Food Bill" will also fully fund programs that feed children and people who need food security.

- Prioritize our investments in healthy sun food, grown without pesticides and high in nutrition.
- Invest in family farms.
- Local vocational training in farming practices, and a federal job guarantee.
- Ensure family farmers make a living wage.
- Require food labels to include pesticides used as an "ingredient." 
- Require all grocery stores to donate food that is still edible to local food banks, instead of throwing them in the trash.
- End corporate monopolies over our food supplies, and end corporate subsidies that subsidize cotton and low nutrition corn.
- Promote sustainable farming that replenishes soil quality.

Russ's Signature Proposal for America:
- Construct thousands of indoor hydroponic / aquaponic farms throughout the country that will be community owned, provide community jobs, and grow low cost, organic, sun food for the communities. These farms will be self sustaining and utilize renewable energy and fish.

Russ's Signature Proposal for New Jersey:
- Ban "School Lunch Debt" and make sure every student gets free food at school.
- Incentives for schools to procure healthy school lunches for free to all their students.
- Fully fund all school food programs from the federal government. Students need full bellies to learn.
- Invest in "lab grown" meat production to reduce animal cruelty.
- Conduct regular inspections of factory farms, create new health standards for all factory farms, and work to phase out the practice because it increases risks of widespread food borne illnesses and is cruel to animals.

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Racial Justice for All.

We need justice for all people, especially racial justice in this country. Americans can no longer tolerate the racial injustice that exists in our criminal justice system. We have only 4.5% of the world's population, yet nearly 25% of the world's prison population. African Americans and Latinos are targeted by the criminal justice system, which leads to higher arrest rates longer sentences, and higher incarceration rates. We need to end this injustice in this country by reforming our criminal justice system. We can be strong on crime, but we must also balance the desire for punishment and retribution with compassion and justice. Those whom have committed crimes often have done so for economic reasons. The old question, "Would you steal a loaf of bread if your family was starving," is the reality that too many people ask themselves way too often. So, we must address the economic reasons that cause more crime. That's why a federal jobs guarantee and raising the minimum wage to a living wage is so important. It will make us all safer if we provide more economic opportunity for all and a high standard of living for all people.

Prison Reform: 
- Abolish for profit prisons. There should be no incentives for locking people up.
- Legalize Marijuana and expunge all non-violent possession convictions.
- End the failed war on drug users, whom are victims of addition, and instead provide rehabilitation centers and addiction treatments as part of healthcare with Medicare for All.
- End cash bail.
- End the three strike rule.
- Reform mandatory minimum sentencing laws and reform the 1994 Crime Bill.

Racial Justice: 

- Support an exploratory committee in the House for Reparations for African Descendants of Slaves.
- Focus on community development including frontline communities with a jobs guarantee and climate justice.
- Promote the Movement for Black Lives demands and work towards achieving them.

Strengthening our Communities and Police Reform: 
- End racial profiling, "broken windows," "stop and frisk," and ban resale of "military" equipment to police departments, like tanks or armored vehicles.
- Retrain our police forces to de-escalate situations without using force, pri
oritize community leadership and strengthening our communities.
- Require body cameras on police officers.
- Create independent Dept. of Justice oversight committee to investigate claims of policy brutality where someone dies in police custody.
- Expand social services so that police officers are not overburdened as social workers.
- Ensure all people who have served time are properly rehabilitated into society, which is a fundamental reason we need the federal jobs guarantee.
- Ban the use of facial recognition technology.
- Ban civil asset forfeiture.

Why Russ is the better choice for New Jersey: 
Frank Pallone voted for the draconian 1994 crime bill. Russ will reform that bill.

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Universal Childcare

Russ's plan for universal childcare will guarantee high quality, affordable child-care, and early learning opportunities, for New Jersey families and Americans. Americans pay the most in the industrialized world for childcare. Instead, we will make sure that every child in America has the right to affordable child-care, instead of a privilege. The average person in America pays almost 50% of their income for a single parent, or 25% of their income for two parents. This plan can be financed by an "ultra millionaire" wealth tax of just 1% on wealth worth more than $50,000,000.

Russ and his wife Erika have faced the difficulty finding high quality and affordable child care. Both Russ and Erika have to work full time, so Cole, Russ's son, has to be in a safe and affordable environment. Cole is two years old, so he goes to a daycare which costs about $1,500 a month. It's time that we make sure every child has the early start they need - a safe learning environment. This will pay off in the long run because everyone knows that a child's formative years are the most important for their development later in life.

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Modernize Democracy

We need to modernize our Democracy by making it easier to vote.
If millions of people can vote for American Idol instantly, there has to be an easier way to increase voter participation.
Russ pledges to: 
- Have monthly town halls with live polling. Questions may be submitted in advance and at the town hall. o live poll the people in the district on votes and issues that are going on in the government. This will increase participation because if Russ knows what the People want instantly and quickly, it can help him make better decisions for our

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End Gun Violence.

We need to end gun violence in this country. No other country deals with as many mass shootings as America does. And it is related to one fact: we have the highest rates of gun ownership on the planet and some of the loosest gun restrictions as a nation.

I support: 
- Universal Background Checks (instantly).
- Mental Health screenings.
- An Assault Weapons Buyback Program (Voluntary) and a ban on Assault Weapons. (Semi-automatic rifles).
- Immediate registration of all weapons of war.
- Requiring "gun owners insurance" and require safety training for licensing, similar to what is done for cars.
- The right to own a pistol or shotgun for home defense, and a rifle (bolt action) for hunting.

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Digital Privacy Act.

Every action of our online lives has been recorded. Often in secret. Often used against us. It was used in 2016 to influence an election and target people based on things they may not have even known about themselves. It's also used to sell us more products.

If our personal information is for sale. We need to protect the right to privacy, and modernize the law to reflect current reality. We will create personal property rights in online data, with the following rights:
- Require that big data companies have a fiduciary duty of loyalty to the user to act in the best interests of the user.
- Right to opt out of data collection.
- Right to be notified of data breaches as soon as possible within 7 days
- Right to be forgotten, and deletion of all of our data, with confirmation of such.
- Right to a copy of the data.
- Right to fair compensation for the sale of our data.
- Right to know when data has been sold to a third party.

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Disability Rights.

Our brothers and sisters who have a disability need special care to live happy and fulfilling lives. We need to protect disability rights and provide the services they need. Many people living with a disability are forced into institutions for long term care and their civil rights are infringed. For liberty of those living with a disability, we must federally provide services to help them achieve independent lifestyles, be productive members of society, and live a high quality life.

- End the sub-minimum wage paid to those with a disability and pass a living wage.
- Protect those with a disability from discrimination.
- Signing and co-sponsoring the Disability Integration Act of 2019. ("DIA").
- Medicare for All to provide home and community based services.
- Medicare for All to include long term services, long term care, and in home personal assistance.
- Amend the 21st Century Cures Act to mandate the use of web-based time sheets. Prohibit Electronic Visit Verification ("EVV") systems from violating civil rights and protect the right to privacy by banning cameras and recording systems controlled by a secondary entity, bio-metrics, bio-marking, geo-tagging, or any forms of surveillance in the home.
- Expand Social Security Disability Insurance.
- A federal jobs guarantee that will employ people with a disability, for a living wage.
- Fully fund the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act ("IDEA")

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Cryptocurrency Regulation

Cryptocurrencies are the new frontier of digital currency and a technological revolution. The Blockchain creates a public ledger of all transactions and promotes transparency. Cryptocurrencies are the future for online payments and development is exceeding expectations. The United States must provide clarity on cryptocurrency regulations. The law must be modernized to protect consumers from fraud and also provide clarity on taxation and regulation issues.

I intend on being one of the most crypto-friendly member of Congress. I support these policies for Cryptocurrencies which are based on Swiss regulation:

- Define three types of currencies: Asset token, Utility token, and Payment token.
- Tax free transactions on all cryptocurrencies, except for purchases of goods that are subject to local and state taxes.
- An "ICO" must comply with certain disclosure requirements.
- Registration with the SEC for "securities," if a token represents an ownership stake in a company.
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