In an NJTV interview on Friday, long-time Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi made one thing very clear: any mess that happened in Trenton is not her fault. Instead, "Have it Both Ways" Holly has been busy trying to court the far-right extremists while trying to cover up just how out of touch she is with our values. On issues that matter to women, Holly has been a leading voice against women's health care. Assemblywoman
Schepisi has refused to act on the reinstatement of Planned Parenthood funding in New Jersey because she has not seen any “facts” showing that the cut has been harmful; adding that anyone who supports funding for planned parenthood is emotional. That's offensive, given that Planned Parenthood helps women with important cancer-preventing screenings. While she waits to read the facts, Breast Cancer rates have risen 11% and sexually transmitted diseases have spread 75% since 2009.
Holly has been outspoken against Equal Pay. As professional women, there are few things more offensive. Holly's explanation to working women: the increased litigation that equal pay enforcement would create is too much for her to condone. Thus, she was “forced to abstain” when it was time to vote for equal pay for equal work.
We believe Holly owes working moms an apology.
Holly also wants to raise taxes to cover the underfunded pension. She does not believe politicians should be keeping up their end of the deal by paying back into the depleted NJ pension system. She claims the only way to stop the siphoning of the pension system is to increase property taxes. That's the worst idea. We can't afford to raise taxes on or families given what they already pay; we should find a way to lower them.
"Have it both ways" Holly has a lot of excuses and not a lot of solutions. She is out of touch and trying to please everyone and New Jersey families end up losing nearly every time. Turning her back on women and threatening to raise taxes is not what New Jersey families need right now. They need a change.
Link to full NJTV’s On the Record episode. Original airdate: 5/9/17: http://www.njtvonline.org/programs/onthe-record/