"The first issue is to create a balanced budget for the next budget cycle which fosters small business growth and job creation, moves towards education funding which is not just barely adequate but which actually fosters excellence, includes a revenue structure which is fair to all citizens, and balances the needs of school districts, cities, towns, and counties with the needs of taxpayers. The issue of budget creation is discussed in Question 3, below. The second issue is to devise a more equitable revenue structure. The intent here is not to raise taxes, but to distribute the burden more fairly. A carefully crafted income tax, restricted by constitutional amendment to pay for education, would result in an overall lowering of the property tax rate. It would ensure that the very wealthy, who now contribute a far lower share of their income than do middle-class taxpayers, actually contribute their fair share. Another suggestion to reconsider is raising the gas tax. The burden of paying for road and bridge maintenance would then fall directly on those who use the roads in direct proportion to their use, and people from out of state who use our roads would contribute their fair share. A third issue is that we must address the severe underfunding of the courts. The courts are a critical third branch of our government, but they account for a mere 4 percent of the budget, and they are woefully understaffed. We must ensure that they are able to deliver justice to all our citizens in a more timely fashion."
Source: NH Elects Survey 2012