Constituent Newsletters

“Mobile Office” Constituent Services Coming Soon to a Town Near You! (Dec '10 Constituent Newsletter)

During 2010, the offices of Senator Beach, Assemblyman Greenwald and Assemblywoman Lampitt have hosted several “mobile office” events designed to provide convenient constituent services in towns throughout the Sixth District. Staff members from our offices have already traveled to six towns, including Cherry Hill, Collingswood, Haddonfield, Pine Hill, Voorhees, and Winslow to assist residents.

These outreach events are staffed by experienced constituent service representatives who can help taxpayers and residents with questions or concerns on a variety of State issues, including unemployment, taxation, utility assistance, student financial aid, veterans’ issues, and more.

The offices of Beach, Greenwald and Lampitt will continue to travel to towns throughout the district in 2011, in an effort to bring State services directly to taxpayers and residents. Look for a “mobile office” event to come to your town in the near future!

Beach, Greenwald & Lampitt Deliver Utility Assistance (Dec. '10 Constituent Newsletter)

During 2010, the offices of Senator Beach, Assemblyman Greenwald and Assemblywoman Lampitt have secured nearly $13,000 in utility assistance to families across the Sixth District. This funding, available through grants in the NJSHARES program, helps qualifying families struggling to pay their gas and electric bills. To learn more about this program or see if you qualify for assistance, call Senator Beach’s office at (856) 429-1572 or Assemblyman Greenwald & Assemblywoman Lampitt’s office at (856) 435-1247.

Greenwald and Lampitt Leading on “Toolkit” Property Tax Reforms (Oct. '10 Constituent Newsletter)

Several months ago, the Legislature passed a historic, bipartisan measure to rein in the out-of-control growth in property taxes. This 2 percent property tax cap, supported by Senator Beach, Assemblyman Greenwald, and Assemblywoman Lampitt, is a step in the right direction to reducing property taxes in New Jersey. However, this important work is not over.

Now that towns and local governments must live within this cap on property tax increases, they must be given the ability to truly cut the local spending that drives property taxes. Governor Christie has proposed several such measures, described as part of his “toolkit,” and Assemblyman Greenwald and Assemblywoman Lampitt are taking the lead in delivering a number of these critically-needed property tax reform measures.

One of the major local costs that causes towns to raise property taxes are massive sick leave payouts. As has been detailed in countless recent news articles, a handful of public workers in some towns have amassed so much unused sick time that taxpayers are left on the hook for six-figure payouts when those employees retire. Assemblywoman Lampitt believes sick time should be used for sickness, not for massive, taxpayer-funded “golden parachutes,” and that’s why she has introduced a bill to crack down on this egregious spending.

Women's Health Care A Critical, Bipartisan Priority (Oct. '10 Constituent Newsletter)

By Assemblywoman Pam Lampitt

Each day, New Jersey's women's health care clinics deliver critical health care services to the people of our state, people who in many cases cannot afford health insurance and have nowhere else to turn. The single mother who gets screened for breast cancer. The young pregnant woman who gets prenatal care for her baby. Countless young people who do the right thing by getting tested for HIV. The elderly woman who is checked for diabetes. And many more.

Indeed, these clinics served over 136,000 patients just last year alone. Often, they delivered crucial preventive health care in the form of various tests and screenings that helped save lives. Because of these important preventive health services, they also saved the state money. Last year, the savings totaled more than $150 million, over twenty times the $7.5 million investment the state made in these services.

Unfortunately, Governor Christie's budget eliminated this $7.5 million in funding, putting many working poor and middle class families in danger of losing critically needed health care.

One Ballot Per Household and E-mail Sample Ballots: Two Cost Saving Measures (Oct. '10 Constituent Newsletter)

By Senator Jim Beach

Here’s a familiar scenario: A family of four – two parents and two college-age students – all of whom are registered voters residing at a single address, receive four identical sample ballots in the mail ahead of the June primary election. Realizing the duplication, one family member tosses three sample ballots in the trash (hopefully he or she recycled!) and leaves one copy on the kitchen counter for everyone in the household to read.

Now think about what those extra ballots cost you, the taxpayer. For every primary, school board and general election, Camden County pays approximately 10 cents in postage per ballot for over 300,000 registered voters. But that’s not all. For every ballot that bounces back to the County Clerk because of an incorrect address (if say, the individual has passed away or, more likely, moved), the County must pay an additional first class return rate of 44 cents per ballot. That doesn’t even take printing costs into account. All told, we’re spending a lot of money on redundancy – not just here in Camden County, but statewide.

In my 14 years as County Clerk, this level of waste was a constant source of frustration, but in the Legislature, I’m in a position to do something about it. This year I introduced two bills aimed at reducing the costs of printing and mailing sample ballots which I believe will yield tremendous savings at the county level, statewide.