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NH Senate District 09

Position on Issues

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2018

Should New Hampshire allocate tax revenues for private and home schooling costs?

"I oppose allocating tax revenues for private and/or home schooling costs."

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2020

Should NH add a broad-based sales tax?

"We need to systematically review what we are doing with unconstitutionally unfair property taxing of property-poor towns and decide how we’re going to fix it. We need to consider whether taxing people at the same rate when they are unemployed as when they have a good-paying job and decide whether that is really the best system. This needs to be done as a whole, transparently, with various models showing the impact of different systems of taxation. Then the people should decide which model benefits the most. I will work to help the public come to a consensus about how to proceed."

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2020

Should NH add an income tax on earned income?

"We need to systematically review what we are doing with unconstitutionally unfair property taxing of property-poor towns and decide how we’re going to fix it. We need to consider whether taxing people at the same rate when they are unemployed as when they have a good-paying job and decide whether that is really the best system. This needs to be done as a whole, transparently, with various models showing the impact of different systems of taxation. Then the people should decide which model benefits the most. I will work to help the public come to a consensus about how to proceed."

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2020

Should New Hampshire add a tax on capital gains?
"We need to systematically review what we are doing with unconstitutionally unfair property taxing of property-poor towns and decide how we’re going to fix it. We need to consider whether taxing people at the same rate when they are unemployed as when they have a good-paying job and decide whether that is really the best system. This needs to be done as a whole, transparently, with various models showing the impact of different systems of taxation. Then the people should decide which model benefits the most. I will work to help the public come to a consensus about how to proceed."

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2020

Should New Hampshire lower business taxes?

"New Hampshire has been lowering taxes for business while indirectly raising town property taxes for a decade. It is time to stop."

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2020

Should New Hampshire increase the tax on cigarettes?

"Smoking is the single most harmful behavior a person can adopt. If we can reduce smoking, or stop a young person from starting, that is a highly desirable move."

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2020

Should New Hampshire create a road usage fee?

"A road usage fee based on vehicular-miles-times-a-weight-class-factor would be a good way to deal with the loss of revenues from gasoline tax."

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2020

Should New Hampshire raise the minimum wage?

"Yes. I voted to do so on Jun 16, 2020, though we expect the governor to veto. A $7.25 wage is unbelievably low, and the argument that raising the wages of low earners fuels inflation is specious. When consumption is low, as now, raising the lowest wages causes spending to flow. As long as the food and other necessities purchased through increased demand are from producers operating below capacity, prices need not increase. In fact, increased productivity will raise profits for producers without raising prices for consumers. Think of an auto manufacturer. If it is using its production facilities at less than capacity, its costs per vehicle rise. If it increases production, closer to capacity, it becomes more profitable, cost per vehicle falls. Only when demand rises so much that the company has to add production capacity does price inflation occur."

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2020

Should New Hampshire add tax incentives for affordable housing development?
"New Hampshire needs to increase affordable housing, but tax incentives are not necessarily the best way to achieve this. The best way to do so is to build out broadband to the 15% of homes that do not currently have access. This will do more to increase the stock of viable affordable housing than any other single action."

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2020

Should New Hampshire increase subsidies and tax credits for business investment?

"New Hampshire has terrific loan programs for business support through the Business Finance Authority; it has numerous tax credits available. What would help the state most is to move up from 50th out of 50 in attracting research grants. By providing the matching funds I have supported this year and last, we would increase the innovation that builds company growth and high-paying jobs."

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2020

Should New Hampshire provide student loan debt repayment programs for workers in industries with labor shortages?
"We should provide college debt assistance, such as capping interest rates, and reducing payments during the COVID emergency. The state should also work with employers to ensure that repayment programs exist. If the industries have labor shortages, they typically will help students with debt repayment. Last session, we passed a bill in which BEA would help promote companies that offered such compensation as part of their employment package."

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2020

Should New Hampshire increase the base amount of per-pupil funding it provides to local school districts?
"I support funding an increase in school funding, but it must account for transportation, overhead, facilities and staged costs such as educators, not just marginal cost per pupil. Most importantly, it must shift this increase from towns to state, and require that state property taxes are collected by the state so that property-poor towns do not shoulder an excessive burden."

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2020

Should New Hampshire allocate tax revenues for private and home schooling costs?

"We should allocate revenues so that every child has the opportunity for an adequate publicly funded education, regardless of zip code. Whether the child takes advantage of that opportunity or chooses another source of education is up to the parent. Non-public school parents whose children pass competency tests should receive some compensation, such as the small marginal per-student cost for that course if it had been taken in public school."

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2020

Should New Hampshire create a statewide family and medical leave program, paid for with a percentage of employee wages, with no opt-out?
"I supported this only after I negotiated with this bill’s sponsor to reduce this requirement from all companies over 5 to all companies over 15 employees. The program in the 2020 bill required employers to reserve a job for every person after they return. For some small companies, this could be nearly impossible. For that reason, I negotiated to let companies apply for an exclusion from the requirement to retain a particularly crucial position."

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2020

Do you support Gov. Sununu's proposal to allow employers and employees to opt-in to a private, paid family and medical leave insurance plan, based on a pool of state employees, excluding coverage for personal illness?

"This program would help very few people and would not be financially sustainable."

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2020

Should New Hampshire ban abortion after 24 weeks gestation, with exceptions for cases of rape/incest and health complications?

"Against"

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2020

Should NH legalize the recreational use of marijuana?

"I believe that cannabis should be a controlled substance, sold in liquor stores, like alcohol."

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2020

Should NH pass stricter gun control laws?

"I voted for comprehensive background checks, no guns on playgrounds and ERPO."

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2020

Should New Hampshire increase public access to reports of police misconduct?
"For"

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2020

Should New Hampshire increase the size of solar panel installations that may participate in net energy metering?
"We voted for this; the governor vetoed it and the Senate overrode his veto 17-7. All we need is for the House to do the same!"

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2020

Should New Hampshire extend the renewable portfolio standard past 2025, requiring public utilities to obtain more than 25% of electricity from renewable energy sources?

"For"

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2020

Should New Hampshire continue to participate in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, which requires utilities to purchase allowances for every ton of carbon they emit?

"For"

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2020

Should New Hampshire add restrictions to the governor's powers during a state of emergency?

"Not only did he illegally wrest control of emergency spending from the legislature and the executive council, the governor has not publicly revealed his line-item spending of $1.25 bn in CARES money. He has set up a commission to determine how to restart the schools, with few members from the public school community responsible for educating the vast majority of the state's children. He has given COVID testing contracts to large campaign donors, instead of hospitals, forcing citizens to drive tens of miles instead of five minutes away. This is only a few of the ways the governor has abused and stepped beyond his constitutional powers."

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2020

Do you support the option of mail-in ballots for all voters, not just absentees?

"For"

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