The Issues You Care About
I am opposed to any new broad-based taxes. New Hampshire's families deserve to keep their hard-earned cash. I trust you to spend and invest your own earnings, not the government. A Sales Tax would only hurt our local businesses and raise the cost of living for families in Wolfeboro and Tuftonboro. An Income Tax would be equally devastating. We must protect the New Hampshire Advantage. We can promote the welfare of all people without destroying the advantage we all share.
I vow to be fiscally responsible and to stand up for taxpayers and small businesses. I voted for balanced state and county budgets, neither of which increased spending. Instead of asking taxpayers to pay more, we asked our state to do more for taxpayers, maximizing the state's and county's investments. Our budgets made necessary investments that save taxpayers money without down-shifting costs onto property taxpayers or local governments. We ensured more tax dollars stayed local. Our state's leaders need to continue producing responsible budgets, and we need a public servant who will hold the line on this issue.
Public Safety and Immigration:
Our bail system in the Granite State is broken. People are committing violent crimes, being arrested, and getting released all within the same 24 to 48-hour period. It is unacceptable to release violent criminals with no additional terms set for their bail. We must do more to protect our communities and the victims of these crimes. This is why I worked with Senator Jeb Bradley and the NH Association of Chiefs of Police to reform our broken bail system. I worked with fellow Republicans and across the aisle to develop a solution that ensured all violent criminals must have a bail hearing in front of a judge. Sadly, the legislation did not pass this year, but we will continue working on it next year.
We need to have a secure federal border. NH State Representatives may not have control over broad federal border policies, but we have some power in Concord to protect America's sovereignty. This is why I voted to end so-called sanctuary cities and towns in NH that undermine federal immigration laws. I also voted against a bill that would require the state of NH to tell drug smugglers and human traffickers about immigration checkpoints 24 hours in advance. This devastating bill would help criminals evade the law! NH needs to work with the federal government to secure our borders. I promise to be a voice of reason to ensure NH does its part to keep America and Granite Staters safe.
Your Child's Education:
I am a proud supporter of public education and school choice. I believe both can coexist without one hurting the other. Your child's education is not and should never be a zero-sum game. I voted for a comprehensive school choice program because not all children learn the same way. This proposed program does not decrease per-pupil funding or down-shift costs onto local taxpayers. Education Freedom Accounts are a win for everyone.
I also voted to increase funding for public schools, vocational programs, and community colleges. This funding will help make secondary education more affordable and help workers gain meaningful training for the future. I will always support our schools and help prepare individuals for the future.
Lastly, we must promote local control of education. I trust our school board, parents, and grandparents more than Concord bureaucrats.
The Second Amendment:
I will never vote to limit a Granite Stater's Second Amendment rights. I voted to not only defend gun owners' rights but to expand their liberties. I strongly believe everyone deserves the right to protect themselves, their family, and their property. New Hampshire gun owners are safe and responsible. I will work hard to defend gun owners' rights in Concord.
I will always support election integrity. I supported voter ID laws, election transparency, and prevented the federal government's overreach in our local elections. I also support the Granite State's rich tradition of free and fair elections. We do elections correctly in NH. We should continue increasing US citizens' and full-time NH residents' access to voter IDs. Let's ensure that people who need an absentee ballot, like the elderly, disabled, or those with religious observations, continue to have access.
However, everyone must prove their identity before they vote. We can have both election integrity and improved access to voting. These issues are not mutually exclusive; both are necessary to restore the public's faith in our elections.
Reducing Your Taxes:
I believe our government should be small, efficient, and effective. Our government should not take more money from taxpayers than it needs. NH has been running large budget surpluses in recent years. Because of this, I believe Granite Staters have earned a well-deserved tax reduction. This is why I voted to reduce the Statewide Property Tax, Meals and Rooms Tax, Business Profits Tax, and Business Enterprise Tax. I even voted to phase out and eliminate NH's last income tax: the Interest and Dividends Tax. We must continue to reduce taxes reasonably to help working families.
There are many other taxes we pay directly or indirectly. Here are some other taxes we can consider reducing or eliminating to promote our financial well-being: Electrical Consumption Tax, Communication Services Tax, and Insurance Tax. We obviously cannot reduce all these taxes, but we must consider which ones are the least necessary for our government to function and responsibly lower or repeal them.
Local Control of Your Government:
Both Democrats and Republicans in Concord claim they want more local control over public policy. However, they only say this when it is politically expedient. At the same time, both parties will regularly strip our communities of local control over pertinent issues. This is unacceptable. Local governments and boards know what is best for their communities, not Concord politicians.
I voted against legislation that would have undermined our local governments. I will always vote--within reason--to promote local control of public policy. The only time the state should ever amend or create laws limiting local control is when an issue cannot be solved by our local governments. And if this is the case, state lawmakers should work with local leaders to pass legislation and remedy the issue, not overrule them.
Improving Our Infrastructure:
Our economy needs reliable infrastructure to connect supply chains and efficiently move our goods and services. We need well-built roads, highways, and bridges to promote economic development. Having great infrastructure helps create good-paying jobs. I will always advocate for New Hampshire to have the best infrastructure. I will continue voting to improve local and state infrastructure, like roads, bridges, broadband, and new forms of energy. That is why I voted to use our state revenue surplus for real infrastructure investment in local communities. New Hampshire's economy can continue developing and growing with a strong infrastructure backed by steady public investment.
Fighting Drug Addiction:
Drug addiction is still a major issue in New Hampshire. I voted to increase resources for our first responders, helping them to fight this epidemic. I also voted to increase funding for our mental health and addiction programs. We even increased the number of beds in NH for mental health and drug addiction. I will work with Democrats and Republicans to continue solving this critical issue.
I support New Hampshire's recently expanded Medicaid program, Granite Advantage. We should always promote affordable healthcare that puts patients and families first and protects those with pre-existing conditions. I support a Medicaid work requirement and voted for lower prescription drug prices and increased mental healthcare funding. I even lead the floor fight in the NH House to keep prescription drugs more affordable. These policies and resources are essential to keeping our elderly and disabled citizens healthy, and it helps us combat the Opioid Crisis.
Paid Family Leave:
I voted to defend our new Paid Family and Medical Leave program. It is voluntary, cost-effective, and does not include an income or sales tax. I strongly supported Governor Sununu's Twin State Voluntary Leave Plan when I campaigned in 2020. I supported Governor Sununu's proposed plan in the 2021-2022 Biennium Budget. I would never vote for any paid family or medical leave plan that would increase taxes, hurt local businesses, or jeopardize balancing our state's budget.
I voted for common-sense environmental protections because being conservative means conserving our natural resources and conserving our environment. We must protect our freshwater ways and promote clean air throughout the Granite State, especially in Wolfeboro and Tuftonboro. This is why I voted to create a 2-mile buffer zone around our State Parks, preventing any new landfills from being sited next to our State Parks. Additionally, I cosponsored legislation to improve the siting requirements for NH landfills, protecting our rivers, streams, and lakes.
New Hampshire needs to incentivize environmentally-friendly forms of energy by utilizing our free-market economy, providing tax credits, and investing in our infrastructure. This means fewer government regulations and more economic freedom for our renewable energy companies. Supporting these companies will help create cleaner and more affordable energy. The promotion of renewable energies allows us to create good-paying jobs, protect our environment, and preserve our tourism industry. These things are all vital to New Hampshire.
Supporting Our Veterans:
The most important responsibility citizens can ever assume is defending their country. Veterans have put their lives on the line to protect our country, lives, and freedoms. The least we can do is honor their service and help give back to them and their families. I serve on the State-Federal Relations and Veterans Affairs Committee and will always advocate for our veterans. Veterans who have served honorably deserve to be supported once they come home and retire.
This is why I voted to increase veterans' mental health benefits and expand access to mental health services. We should prepare all veterans for civilian life and ensure they are emotionally supported throughout their lives. Supporting our veterans is something I will always do because it is the right thing to do.
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