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    Tom Sherman

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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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As State Rep, I worked hard to bring Medicaid expansion to New Hampshire. This has served as the backbone for our response to the opioid and mental health crises. Last year in the budget, as State Senator, I supported a significant increase in Medicaid funding which enhances our mental health and substance use disorder treatment facilities' ability to recruit and retain providers. The product offered through Medicaid, using managed-care organizations, is low-cost but comprehensive. Other states are exploring extending availability of this type of healthcare coverage product on a commercial level to both individual and groups . This, with possible prorated state assistance, represents an affordable option to cover the remaining uninsured.
I would broaden tax incentives for businesses to participate in workforce training starting at the high school level in partnership with our CTE's and community colleges. Creating this pathway for both high wage employment while building educational credentials is the key to a skilled workforce with the added benefit of encouraging our young people to stay in NH. I support a minimum wage of $12 per hour to start but that is monitored for its impact on our smaller businesses. A full time worker at current minimum wage remains near the federal poverty level in spite of working 40 hours per week. People need to be compensated adequately for the work they do so that they can continue their professional and economic growth.
Working closely with developers and municipalities, using tax and development incentives at the state level, we can create opportunities for increased affordable and workforce housing. We have already started some of this with enabling legislation that allows municipalities to identify areas for rehabilitation of existing inventory. Allowing increased housing density in developments that include affordable and workforce housing would make these projects more attractive to developers as well.
We currently have a statutory commission working with expert consultants that is exploring how the state should address this long standing challenge. In the end, this is about how we prioritize the education and well-being of our children. Our state constitution requires that we provide an adequate education, and I believe the state has a responsibility to provide every child in NH with this opportunity starting with public schools and public charter schools wherein taxpayers can have appropriate oversight over when and how their dollars are spent.
Throughout my career as a physician, the patient has been my first priority. Similarly, in my time as a legislator, my constituents' needs have always guided my work. We affiliate with parties based on our ideals and systems of belief, but we cannot adequately address the challenges facing NH without working together across party lines, finding common ground to solve problems. I have demonstrated this capacity on issues such as addiction, mental health, environmental and drinking water contamination and education. Legislative success requires this collaboration and always keeping the focus on what is in the best interests of my constituents and the state.