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State Senator District 19

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  • Regina Birdsell
    (Rep)

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    Joshua Bourdon
    (Dem)

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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?

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Campaign Mailing Address 11 Village Brook Lane D
Derry, NH (0)3038
Campaign Email jrbourdon@gmail.com
Campaign Phone (603) 998-2433
Republican leadership has done a great job at persuading the public that our current tax system is working and there is little need for change. Our tax structure leaves little wiggle room to address healthcare, mental health and addiction access. There is a major lack of trust towards government and residents believe that if our state moved to an income tax that government would not reduce our property taxes. NH is one of the worst in the US when it comes to providing these services. I will fight to legalize/tax Cannabis, push to expand renewable energy, and make sure that new revenues are allocated to fund these critical needs. I have been sober for 10 years and I know first hand how important these issues are and the impact on NH.
We need to legalize, regulate and tax Cannabis. We need to expand renewable energy, so schools and municipalities across the state can reduce their budgets and give the savings back to the property owners. We should change the pledge from promising to not change the tax codes in NH to pledging to study the best way forward. Income inequality, affordable housing must be a priority and I will work with Republicans to start with our shared values so we can improve on our existing policies. Min wage should be studied, the positives and negatives of change and any changes must be done methodically over time with collaboration from small business owners.
Gov has a role to investigate, educate and put incentives in place to address critical shortages. Renewable energy, housing shortages, critical worker shortages are all examples of how government can be effective. If we need more nurses then work with colleges and students to make it more affordable for students to fill that need etc. We must make these policies flexible so that they are not in place forever and once the need is met we can then apply it elsewhere.
We should immediately put on hold the expansion of charter schools and put our focus on improving prek -12. We need to ensure that our entire state has access to affordable internet services. Teachers need to be paid better and now more than ever they should recognized as the heroes. We should collaborate with leaders from the best school districts and seek out ways to implement their best policies throughout the state. Adequacy funding must be addresses and we need a formula that works for and starts with middle and low income communities. Creating revenues and earmarking a % of the funds towards education allows gov to invest in these critical areas without causing more pain to the property owners. Expand renewable s, legalize Cannabis.
I have a unique background and story. I am a Dem serving on the Town Council in a Rep district. I have a history of reaching across the aisle and an understanding of what struggling middle class families are going through. My goal has always been to create new revenues, maintain services and reduce our property taxes. That is a bi-partisan goal in Derry that most of the town believes in. I am tired of party politics on both sides of the aisle and vow to always do what's best for my constituents. I will never put party leadership above my constituents and expect at times to make my party unhappy but my job is to look out for people in need. Period.