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Joseph D. Kenney

Incumbent
Awaiting response to our 2024 Executive Council Candidate Survey

Position on Issues

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2022

Do you support the “Education Freedom Account” program, which gives students access to the per-pupil share of state school funding to spend on private school or home school expenses?

"For"

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2022

Should New Hampshire ban abortions during the first trimester (e.g. after 6 weeks gestation)?

"The NH state law is 24 weeks in order to allow for an abortion. My personal position has always been that abortion should only be used in the cases of rape, incest, or if the mother's heath is in jeopardy."

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2022

Should New Hampshire ban abortions during the second trimester (e.g. after 15 weeks gestation)?

"The NH state law is 24 weeks in order to allow for an abortion. My personal position has always been that abortion should only be used in the cases of rape, incest, or if the mother's heath is in jeopardy."

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2022

Should NH add an income tax on earned income?

"Against"

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2022

Should NH add a broad-based sales tax?

"Against"

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2022

Should New Hampshire lower business taxes?

"I believe rooms and meals taxes could be lowered. Phasing out the Interest and Dividend taxes would be beneficial."

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2020

Should New Hampshire add a tax on capital gains?

"Against"

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2022

Should New Hampshire government do more to address climate change?

"More scientific study and education are needed to better explain the impact of manmade pollution onto the environment and we need to better understand what natural occurrences exist that may impact global warming."

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2022

Do you support giving voters who register without ID on Election Day a ballot that only counts if they return identifying documents to the state before a deadline?

"If someone needs an identification card to get on a plane or to pick up a prescription at a pharmacy, then they should be able to provide an affidavit and appropriate documentation to prove they are allowed to vote based on residency, age, and community address."

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2022

Do you support state contracts with faith-based organizations?

"The Council has approved faith-based contracts in the past that are non-profits who can provide a service that the state cannot."

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2022

Do you support state contracts with Planned Parenthood?

"I have supported many other family planning services associated with health care clinics that do not provide abortions. Planned Parenthood does abortion services and therefore our federal and state laws prohibit public funding to organization who provide abortion services."

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2022

Should the state do more to encourage municipalities to remove zoning barriers to housing development?

"No, New Hampshire prides itself on local control. Town Fathers and Mothers need to make their own decisions when it comes to zoning for housing projects. New Hampshire is a small state and we need to manage its growth."

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2020

Do you support legislation to expand the net energy metering system capacity cap from 1 MW to 5 MW for all residential and commercial customers in New Hampshire?

When asked a similar question on the 2020 Citizens Count survey Kenney wrote, "It needs to be cost effective and driven by the private sector with some public partnerships."

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2022

Should New Hampshire guarantee the right to access abortion before 24 weeks?

"The NH state law is 24 weeks in order to allow for an abortion. My personal position has always been that abortion should only be used in the cases of rape, incest, or if the mother's heath is in jeopardy."

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2020

Should a nominee’s political beliefs be an important factor when deciding on a judicial or executive branch appointment?

"One should try to appoint someone based on their qualifications, experience and peer review, not on their political beliefs."

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2024

Should the state increase funding for child care providers?

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2022

Do you support New Hampshire’s current system of public school funding, with about two-thirds of total funding coming from local property taxes?

"For"

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2022

Should New Hampshire legalize the recreational use of marijuana by allowing home-growing and private use without sales?

"Recreational marijuana needs to remain illegal. The frequent use of marijuana only adds to the decadence of society. It is a gateway drug and it can impact the early development of a young brain. I do support medical marijuana for chronically ill people who are adults."

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2022

Should New Hampshire legalize the recreational use of marijuana by licensing growers and private retail locations?

"Recreational marijuana needs to remain illegal. The frequent use of marijuana only adds to the decadence of society. It is a gateway drug and it can impact the early development of a young brain. I do support medical marijuana for chronically ill people who are adults."

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2022

Should New Hampshire legalize the recreational use of marijuana by establishing state-run cannabis stores?

"Recreational marijuana needs to remain illegal. The frequent use of marijuana only adds to the decadence of society. It is a gateway drug and it can impact the early development of a young brain. I do support medical marijuana for chronically ill people who are adults."

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2022

Should New Hampshire raise the minimum wage?

"Let the market forces dictate wages. No one is making minimum wage. I support NH's current law which states when the federal minimum wage increases our state minimum wage increases at the same time on par with the federal level."

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2022

Are you open to approving no-bid state contracts?

"All contracts should be put out to bid. It's the American way!"

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2022

Should New Hampshire repeal the ban on abortion after 24 weeks gestation?

"The NH state law is 24 weeks in order to allow for an abortion. My personal position has always been that abortion should only be used in the cases of rape, incest, or if the mother's heath is in jeopardy."

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2018

Should NH require local law enforcement to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement?

When asked a similar question on the 2018 Citizens Count survey Kenney wrote, "I support our state law enforcement in collaboration with federal law enforcement to work towards toughing our immigration laws and keeping our communities and families safe away from illegal foreign influences."

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2022

Should NH pass stricter gun control laws?

"New Hampshire needs to enforce what is currently on the books for gun laws."

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