Troy Singleton

Senator-elect

Mount Laurel, NJ

Assemblyman Troy Singleton has devoted his life to public service in government, political, and policy posts at all levels. His rapid rise to the highest levels of management in the New Jersey Legislature and as an elected official is a testament to his widely praised talent for assessing, developing, and implementing progressive legislative responses to major public policy challenges.

Assemblyman Singleton was recognized as one of Burlington County's Top 40 Under 40 in 2013, and has been named the 2013 Legislator of the Year by New Jersey AMVETS for his commitment to protecting our Veterans and also by the North Jersey Arts and Science Charter School network for his commitment to furthering our children’s education. Additionally, he has been selected as the 2013 Legislator of the Year by the New Jersey ARC, the Constitutional Officers Association of NJ and as a recipient of a public service award by Building One New Jersey for his efforts to promote diversity and to protect New Jersey's middle class. He is also a past recipient of the New Jersey Association for Justice’s Presidential Award in 2012, the New Jersey Small Business Development Center's 2012 NJSBDC Advocate Award, and the NAACP Southern Burlington County Community Service Award in 2011.

Pro-Growth Progressive Ideas Shared

Problem

Veterans have a higher unemployment rate than the broader labor market. The idea that veterans come home and have trouble finding long-term employment is unacceptable.

Solution

My proposal utilizes our tax code to encourage employers to provide work opportunities to those who have honorably served our country. The NJ Battlefield to Boardroom Act would provide a corporation business tax credit and gross income tax credit for qualified wages of certain veterans. These two credits would provide an employer with a credit in the amount of 10 percent of the wages paid to a veteran. The credits may not exceed $1,200 for each qualified veteran per tax year. The bill also contains provisions aimed at preventing potential misuse of the credit, prohibiting taxpayers from simultaneously using the wages or employment of a veteran to qualify for this credit and any other generally available employment incentive that comes in the form of a New Jersey tax credit or grant.


Problem

Too often local government lacks an easy outlet for constituents to weigh in on policies that directly affect them. Not having this resource for citizens to get engaged in current legislation hinders the public’s trust in government. 

Solution

Assemblymember Troy Singleton established an online tool, called Citizen Co-Sponsor, to help gather input from constituents about what programs and policies matter most to them. Through this new tool, residents can offer immediate feedback on any proposals going through the New Jersey State Assembly. By allowing every citizen to engage in the legislative process by co-sponsoring policy initiatives, this tool is helping increase their trust in government. 


Problem

New technology has yielded a modern economy that allows greater flexibility for independent contractors, but because many of their jobs do not come with health insurance, retirement plans or paid leave, these workers are more vulnerable than many of their counterparts in the traditional workforce.

Solution

This proposal focuses on addressing the changing dynamic of work with a system of portable benefits that would allow those in the independent workforce, to access basic benefits available to workers in the traditional workforce. This safety net will save taxpayers as a whole in the long run while also caring for workers in the new economy.


Problem

It is often challenging for local government to balance the need to repurpose blighted or abandoned lots into taxable property, while ensuring an open and transparent process for their approval and scrutiny. 

Solution

Assemblymember Troy Singleton has advocated for a transparent process for tax abatements that ensures that those finite resources are used judiciously and in the best interests of taxpayers. Singleton proposed legislation requiring municipalities to file copies of tax abatement and exemption agreements with the county chief financial officer and county counsel within 30 days of execution. This will provide a heightened level of public scrutiny over the awarding of these financial incentives. Singleton also proposed legislation requiring municipalities to share certain payments received in lieu of taxes with counties and school districts; informing counties and school district of applications for tax exemptions.