I led efforts to implement Medicaid Expansion. I also led efforts to increase funding for mental health and substance abuse. I sponsored the final amendment for HB 1280 that will allow safe drug reimportation from Canada, a reverse auction for drug procurements and lowering the cost of insulin. I support allowing individuals and businesses to purchase health insurance across state lines which would encourage competition and lower prices.
Before the Covid-19 pandemic NH had one of the strongest economies in the nation with growing paychecks for NH's hardworking women and men. Our unemployment rate was among the nation's lowest and our poverty rate was the lowest. Per capita income in NH was among the nation's highest. This was a result of policies that encouraged job growth and investment in NH. The next Legislature must continue pro-growth policies so that hard working people can go safely back to work.
I sponsored SB-15 which added 10 million$ to the Affordable Housing Fund and have long championed affordable housing.
In the last budget I supported funding for Stabilization Grants and significant new funding for education. I have also supported funding for full day kindergarten.
My leadership for Medicaid Expansion shows that I work in a bipartisan fashion. I also supported the independent redistricting commission which was a priority of LWV
Over the long term, our state should support federal healthcare for all and transition from healthcare tied to jobs which we've seen is problematic, especially in a pandemic where job loss cancels health care access. Health care coverage in NH should be mandated to include treatment for addiction and mental illness. Universal broadband can help achieve expanded healthcare access.
Yes, NH needs to raise the minimum wage to a livable wage, support workers right to organize, and think freshly about how to generate broad based revenue to address economic inequality. Paid Family Leave would help hard working families. Legalizing, regulating and taxing Cannabis would bring NH into line with every bordering state and Canada, where NH is surrounded by policies with legal Cannabis and missing out on revenues from this. I also believe Universal Broadband is essential not just for health access, but also for education parity and to support entrepreneurs large and small.
I support tools to incentivize more affordable housing as it has become a crisis in NH.
I am open minded about tax policies that address education funding inequalities and burdensome property taxes.
The voters are my constituents; I would always put people over party and work in a bipartisan fashion.