What Ken will do for New Jersey
One of Kaplan’s priorities is phasing out the New Jersey state income tax as we reduce the size and cost of state government. Another key goal of Kaplan’s is enactment of a marriage equality law in New Jersey to allow same sex couples to marry. Says Kaplan, “I see this as a civil rights issue, where all citizens should enjoy the same rights.”
Kaplan offers a creative solution to the decades long quest to create affordable housing in New Jersey. He wants the state to enact legislation to supersede local zoning ordinances in one respect, removing zoning barriers which currently prevent owners of single family homes from converting them to two family homes and the owners of two family homes from converting them to three families. This will solve the affordable housing crisis not just for people moving into the new units, but also for the families, many of whom might be senior citizens, who will now be able to remain in houses that had become too large and too expensive for their needs. This is an example of Kaplan's creativity in finding solutions to social problems without the expenditure of any tax dollars!
Kaplan also wants to see a state constitutional amendment to allow for greater flexibility in educating our children. He sees vouchers as an immediate way to give parents more choice in where their children attend school.
Kaplan champions patients’ rights, and wants New Jersey's current Medical Marijuana Law amended to allow medical marijuana to be legally purchased or grown when prescribed by a doctor. According to Kaplan, “We have many people in New Jersey suffering the effects of cancer, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma, and other ailments. The humanitarian and compassionate thing to do is allow them legal access to a drug that could help them." Kaplan further maintains, "The decision as to what conditions to prescribe marijuana for should be up to your physician, not bureaucrats in Trenton, and the marijuana should be available in lozenges and edible forms for non-smokers."