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Awaiting response to our 2022 State Candidate Survey

Position on Issues

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2020

Should New Hampshire lower business taxes?

"No one is for increasing business taxes. The Governor agreed to a trigger for lowering business taxes agreed to in a prior session, only if we met our revenue goals - as is fiscally responsible. We did not meet that threshold, mostly because of the COVID19 slow down, and so the trigger was not met. Democrats are not increasing business taxes. The Governor and the legislature are not triggering additional cut, because the state cannot afford them. I would like it if spin was not all that people heard when it comes to the situation with NH taxes."

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2020

Should NH pass stricter gun control laws?

"New Hampshire should have no problem making sensible fun legislation without infringing on the right to bear arms. NH residents, including responsible gun owners, are in favor of background checks and closing gun-show loop holes. There is no threat to legal gun owners from these laws."

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2020

Should NH add an income tax on earned income?

"The idea of supporting additional revenue in the state is a no-brainer. NH operates in a structure deficit and the solution of cutting spending only exacerbates the increases in property tax rates. How NH solves this issue, to help remove the heavy burden on property taxpayers (especially aging populations on fixed incomes), is an open question. Its definitely a more nuanced discussion than those who offer the pledge pretend."

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2020

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

"There is not reason to make voting harder unless you fear the electorate."

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2020

Should New Hampshire raise the minimum wage?

"People who cannot afford their bills do not contribute to a vibrant economy. All the arguments from the Governor are on behalf of businesses. It's time we helped low wage workers earn a living wage."

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?

"I don't like the idea of setting these types of mandates, but I serve with colleagues who believe they are among the only way we will actually move the needle in a state that so fervently holds back innovation in the distributed energy markets."

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2020

Should NH add a broad-based sales tax?

"The idea of supporting additional revenue in the state is a no-brainer. How it gets done, to help remove the burden on property taxes (especially for our aging populations on fixed incomes), is an open question. Its definitely a more nuanced discussion than those who offer the pledge pretend."

Voting Record, 2022

Voted against a bill to legalize marijuana with the Liquor Commission regulating sales (HB 1598)

Voting Record, 2022

Voted to consider repealing the Education Freedom Account program (HB 1683)

Voting Record, 2022

Voted against creating a conditional "affidavit ballot" for voters registering on Election Day without ID (SB 418)

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2020

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

When asked about marijuana legalization in general on the 2020 Citizens Count issue survey, McGhee wrote, "I voted against one of the cannabais legalization bills early in the session because the policy chief in my town reached our with a compelling letter and asked me for my support in preventing legalization. I am not personally opposed to regulation, legalization and taxation of marijuana as a medicinal and recreational substance. The bill passed easily on a bipartisan vote because all the states in New England are already gaining revenues and moving forward as it was after the prohibition of alcohol."

In 2020 McGhee voted for HB 1648, a bill that would permit adults to possess up to 3/4 of an ounce of cannabis, 5 grams of hashish, and other cannabis-infused products, and permit adults to grow up to 6 cannabis plants at home in a secure location that is not visible from other properties. The bill also allowed adults to give marijuana products away and sell marijuana accessories.

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2020

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

When asked about marijuana legalization in general on the 2020 Citizens Count issue survey, McGhee wrote, "I voted against one of the cannabais legalization bills early in the session because the policy chief in my town reached our with a compelling letter and asked me for my support in preventing legalization. I am not personally opposed to regulation, legalization and taxation of marijuana as a medicinal and recreational substance. The bill passed easily on a bipartisan vote because all the states in New England are already gaining revenues and moving forward as it was after the prohibition of alcohol."

In 2019 McGhee voted against HB 481, a bill to legalize and tax marijuana for adults over age twenty-one. A Cannabis Control Commission, similar to the Liquor Commission, would be responsible for licensing and enforcement. The bill also allows limited home-growing of marijuana for personal use.

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2020

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

When asked about a 24-week abortion ban on the Citizens Count issue survey, McGhee wrote, "The state should continue the long-standing policy of staying out of people's bodies and private medical decisions. The NH constitutional amendment to privacy in 2018 was focused on information and technology, how could personal bodily autonomy be any less an issue of privacy?" McGhee also voted against HB 625, a 2021 bill to prohibit abortion after 24 weeks gestation, unless there is a medical emergency. The bill did not include exceptions for rape or incest.

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2022

Do you support the state’s current system of public school funding, with each district’s total funding primarily dependent on local property tax revenue?

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2022

Do you support the gradual phase-out of the Interests and Dividends tax?

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2022

Should New Hampshire add a tax credit for businesses that contribute to student loan repayment for employees?

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2022

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

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2022

Should the state permanently increase how much tax revenue it shares with towns and cities every year, beyond public school funding?

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2022

Do you support the state law that bans teaching certain concepts, such as the idea that people may be "inherently racist, sexist, or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously"?

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2022

Should New Hampshire ban discussions about sexual orientation and gender identity in grades K-3?

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2022

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

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2022

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

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2022

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

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2022

Should New Hampshire government do more to address climate change?

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2022

Should New Hampshire add a fee or mileage charge for electric vehicle owners to help pay for transportation and/or electric infrastructure?
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