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Awaiting response to our 2022 Executive Council Candidate Survey

Position on Issues

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2020

Should NH pass stricter gun control laws?

"The intangible benefits of an increased perception of public safety outweighs the intangible cost of a decrease in our perception of public liberties."

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2020

Should New Hampshire raise the minimum wage?

"In theory if there were zero interference in the markets, natural market forces would be able to dictate wages, prices would be fair and we'd have all the choices we want. The US Federal Bank is pursuing a policy of low interest rates while providing trillions of dollars to the banking system to keep the economy from freezing. This ?interference? means that the cost of labor will be relatively higher than the cost of capital, discouraging firms to pay employees a higher wage. Believing in natural market forces in NH is akin to believing in luck at a Casino ? in the long term the House always wins."

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2020

Should New Hampshire lower business taxes?

"NH is already a wonderful place to have a business, live and work and should not enter a race to the bottom to attract businesses. Corporations move about $650 billion in revenue to tax havens every year, there will always be another state and country more desperate than NH that can offer more attractive tax incentives. More importantly, nearly 18% of NH revenue is from business tax. NH can enjoy a relatively high business tax due to low income and sales tax. Lowering corporate tax does not necessarily correlate with attracting new businesses, and NH could risk losing revenue needed to invest in our infrastructure, health, and education."

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2020

Should NH add an income tax on earned income?

"Middle class wealth is based mainly on home ownership, and because NH property taxes are already among the highest in the US, adding an income tax would have a negative effect on NH's economy. An income tax on top of high property tax would mean that people would have less disposable income to spend on goods and service, which comprises about 70% of NH's GDP. A progressive income tax is not an option because taxation, like education, is mandated in the NH constitution to be equitable."

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2020

Should NH add a broad-based sales tax?

"It is a regressive tax which means that the lower your income is the greater the tax burden becomes. Also, it excludes a large part of the NH economy because it only taxes consumer goods, not services like education, health, and finance. However, ecommerce and the growth of online retail sales is challenging the status quo. There is an ongoing legal fight in the courts (South Dakota vs Wayfair NH) that may require NH businesses with online sales to collect sales tax and remit to the buyer's state. This would set a precedent for all sales tax-free states who will then need to reconsider their sales tax code."

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?

"Yes, as long as the renewable energy sources are from Public-Benefit Corporations."

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2020

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

"Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington and Utah allow mail-in ballots, and data suggests this option does not unfairly benefit one political party over another."

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2020

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?

On the 2020 Citizens Count issue survey, Harake indicated she was "against" New Hampshire allocating tax revenues for private and home schooling costs. Harake answered, "Anyone who advocates for this who does not have a plan for increasing NH budget revenues is asking legislators to steal from Peter to pay Paul."

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?

Candidate's Website, 2022

"The attacks against women’s reproductive rights in this nation, and in this state, are unprecedented and extremely dangerous. We are going backwards, against hard-earned and critical benefits for women, and it must stop. Make no mistake: I will always fight for women’s rights and reproductive health as a member of the Executive Council.

"In July of 2022, the current Executive Council voted for the fourth time this year to block state funding for reproductive health centers in the state. This effectively blocks access to medical care for over 16,000 low-income New Hampshire citizens — funds that would have covered STD testing, family planning, and cancer screening for struggling families. This is unconscionable. We value freedom in New Hampshire, and the current Executive Council are categorically making political decisions that impinge on the freedoms of all women in this state. It must stop now.

"With the current state of politics, and rollbacks against women’s rights across the country, it’s important for New Hampshire to live up to its values of freedom, and ensure women’s rights and access to reproductive health. My great-grandmother was a suffragette who fought for women’s rights to vote — I am dedicated to continuing the work of furthering women’s rights, and today’s battle is to ensure continued access to reproductive health. As an Executive Council member, I will always vote to ensure funding for women’s health, and I will always fight against state efforts to undermine women’s rights."

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