State Senator District 15
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Becky Whitley (Winner)
What should our state do over the long term to ensure healthcare access for all, including treatment for addiction and mental illness?
In building a vibrant economy in our state, would you emphasize reforming tax policies, addressing income inequality, changing the minimum wage, or something else?
What do you see as the state government’s role in creating or incentivizing more housing?
What should state government do to ensure an equitable, quality public education for all children pre-K through grade 12?
What will you do to ensure that the priorities of New Hampshire citizens take precedence over the benefits to your party?
I worked as a staff attorney with the Disability Rights Center-NH and as the Policy Director for the NH Children's Behavioral Health Collaborative. Doing this work, I developed a profound understanding of the significant gaps in our chronically underfunded and uncoordinated systems. New Hampshire continues to experience a mental health and substance misuse crisis - exacerbated by the ongoing pandemic - that must be addressed head-on through prevention services, early intervention, and improved access to community-based treatment. We also need to broaden the service array for vulnerable children and families and rebalance spending away from institutional care and towards less expensive and more effective in-home and community-based care.
The current public health and economic crises, along with a rising national consciousness about systemic racism has laid bare deep inequities in our State - income inequality, housing insecurity, unequal access to healthcare and other health disparities, and disparities in educational opportunities. We need to address the widening income gap and ensure every Granite Stater has access to a livable wage that can provide a decent standard of living, which starts with setting a state minimum wage. We need structural change to New Hampshire's framework of taxation and a more equitable funding system. Crushing property taxes greatly disadvantage older folks, young families, working families, and communities of color.
State government has a critical role in incentivizing more affordable housing in New Hampshire. Wages are not keeping pace with housing costs in the Granite State. We should be investing in carbon-neutral affordable housing, particularly in frontline communities with shortages of affordable housing. We need to review municipal requirements for the mix of affordable housing and created a statewide plan for addressing the lack of affordable housing in New Hampshire. This is a key strategy for attracting and retaining young people to our state and attracting a highly skilled workforce to encourage small businesses to invest in New Hampshire and thrive.
As a mom and engaged community member, I understand the importance of strong public schools to our communities and to the future of the Granite State. Funding our public schools and other public services largely with property taxes is unfair and unsustainable, which is why I believe it’s past time for broad structural changes that are more equitable and put an end to divisiveness within communities. The current school funding model has resulted in an inequitable system. l believe all New Hampshire children deserve an excellent public education and all educators deserve support, regardless of zip code.
I'm running for New Hampshire Senate to be the voice for working parents and for the next generation of Granite Staters. I have the expertise and tenacity needed to take on the toughest issues, as well as the hands-on experience in creating systemic change. My whole career has been committed to social justice and public service and I have demonstrated experience working across the aisle as a disability rights lawyer, climate activist and organizer, and child health policy specialist and advocate.
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