While a relatively small state in comparison with the rest of the country, we face large issues just as any other state…
Gun rights should be expanded, not infringed. Article 2-a of the New Hampshire Bill of Rights says in law that every person has the right to bear arms and protect their person and family.
Property taxes are foul to say the least. With the third highest property tax in the nation, something must be done. When it comes to it, I will vote down every bill that would raise taxes and will fight to lower them.
Throughout the state’s annual funding warrants, much can be cut without damaging the people or the environment providing even more relief to the taxpayer.
Where the state gets its revenue (transparentnh | NH.gov website)
The State of New Hampshire is expected to take in (in total of restricted and unrestricted items) 5.7 Billion Dollars for FY 2017 in revenue; however the budget for 2018-2019 is 11.7 Billion Dollars. Raising taxes is out of order so that leaves New Hampshire with a giant budget deficit of 6 Billion Dollars! Luckily enough the solution to our problems lies in other issues: Drugs. If we get all non-violent drug offenders out of jail/ prison and (at least) decriminalize all drugs, we have a starting point.
The Drug War has caused countless deaths and crowded jails. And mandatory minimums aren’t helping. Decriminalizing all drugs would save the state much needed cash while also saving the taxpayers their wallets. It has been proven that people won’t do drugs just because they are legal and legalizing drugs could lead to more people being willing to seek treatment for their addiction. In addition to decriminalizing all drugs, Cannabis should be legalized and its many products. If elected, I will craft a bill with other libertarians to decriminalize all drugs. This has been done before on such a scale. In 2001, Portugal decriminalized all drugs and focused attention on rehabilitation rather than filling up prisons.
The Opioid Crisis:
As one of the hardest hit, if not the hardest, states in the country in the Opioid Crisis, I will support the efforts of local and state agencies and volunteer groups in helping those affected by addiction. Rehabilitation over punishment.
On the Federal/ State relationship:
The state has much to loose, Article 7 of the New Hampshire Bill of Rights must be a tool at our side. If a bully pushes you into a corner, you stand up to him, you don’t give in.
On the Convention of States
So far, 12 states have applied for a Convention of States. According to Article V of the US Constitution, 2/3 of the states can apply for a Convention of States in order to amend the Constitution without interaction with Congress. The three areas that the current Convention of States propose that we amend is:
- Limit the federal government’s spending.
- Limit the terms on public office in the federal government (e.g. Senators, Reps. Judges).
- Limit the jurisdiction/ powers of the federal government.
If elected, I produce a bill with other like minded individuals, if one isn’t created at that point, that would appeal for a Convention of States to be implemented based on these three points.
Private education is more cost effective and more efficient than public education. Allowing families to decide where their children go to school for the optimal experience is just and reasonable.
On Job Creation
It is not the function of the state to “produce” jobs. It is however a good byproduct from economically sound legislation and deregulation.
Other Important Issues
Abortion: Pro- Choice; however keep Planned Parenthood unfunded (this goes for all private endeavors and subsidies unrelating to abortion)
Commuter Rail: There’s no room for subsidies or such large public projects as these in the budget; however if a private institution wants to create a commuter rail system that’s fine.
Northern Pass: All the “jobs” that’d be created would be temporary. It’s a waste of beautiful scenery. Also, alternatives are available such as UTT (Underground Transmission Technology) or underwater cables as well.
Alternatives to Northern Pass (Conservation Law Foundation)