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  • Alexandros Dellas
    (Rep)

  • Pamela M. Ean
    (Rep)

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    David Luneau
    (Dem)

  • Mel Myler
    (Dem)

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    John French VI
    (Rep)

  • Mary Jane Wallner
    (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 kinds of policies, if any, will you pursue to promote social and racial justice in our state?

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Campaign Mailing Address 211 Putney Hill Road Hopkinton, NH 03229
Campaign Email dluneauNH@gmail.com
Campaign Twitter @dave211
Campaign Phone (603) 661-0990
I have sponsored and co-sponsored bills which have been signed into law which have improved access to healthcare for Granite Staters. The mental health parity act requires insurance companies to cover mental health services the same way they cover other healthcare services. The prohibition on balance billing makes healthcare more affordable knowing that the patient will not get hit with surprise medical bills for services that are covered by the patient’s insurance plan. Going forward, the state needs to take steps to lower the cost of prescription medicine by preventing competitive drugs from being locked out of insurance plan formularies, and make sure the essential benefits required by the Affordable Care Act are included in state law.
A vibrant economy is when everyone can participate in economic activity. Affordable housing, a state minimum wage, tax policies that are not so regressive that people cannot afford homes, and education funding reform that provides equitable educational outcomes.
The state should adopt policies that promote construction of new affordable housing, possibly through builder tax credits and property tax relief. I have been involved with legislation to prevent cities and towns from prohibiting accessory dwelling units, which help improve access to affordable housing and in-home care for elderly parents.
I serve as chair of the Commission to Study School Funding. The Commission is charged to develop a cost model for education and a way to fund it. Much of the work has focused on how to ensure equitable access to quality public education for all children, and an equitable tax structure to allow that to happen. The state’s regressive tax structure contributes to educational inequities from town to town, further complicated by the socio-economic disparities that exist. An approach that recognizes the cost of education varies significantly among cities and towns, recognizes the state’s responsibility to implement a “reasonable and proportional” tax structure, and provides for a meaningful and targeted property tax relief program are essential.
How we fund our public schools is part of social and racial justice. I expect to bring forward a set of policy proposals designed to provide equitable educational outcomes for all NH students that factors in the socio-economic inequities found throughout our cities and towns, an equitable method of raising state and local funds to pay for public education that is fair and proportional, and a meaningful and targeted property tax relief program to help people living on fixed incomes or experiencing economic challenges.
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Campaign Mailing Address 1671 Hopkinton Road Contoocook, NH 03229
Campaign Website http://www.johnfrenchvi.us
Campaign Email JohnFrenchVI@gmail.com
Campaign Phone (603) 566-5495
I was born at the Concord Hospital in 1952. The bill to my parents was $150. Today I think it would be over $15,000. What happened? Heath insurance happened. Hospitals give discounts to insurance companies. We should require healthcare providers to give uninsured patients the same discounts they give to the insurance companies. We should require healthcare providers to offer the same discount to all insurance companies. We should also not allow insurance companies to discount insurance to certain employers and not others. The lowest price an insurer charges for a given policy should be the price for all who pay for that same policy, including the self-employed or retired. We all belong to one group; citizen. Equal cost means equal access.
A vibrant economy is only possible in a state with manufacturing. We have a good flow of cash into NH from workers who work for out-of-state companies and from tourists, but the economy can only grow if that cash is spent on products made in NH. We should promote policies that encourage agriculture to grow to feed the whole state. Manufacturing should be encouraged from individuals sewing clothes or making other products at home to large manufacturers in shoes, clothing and electronics. We have had all of these in the past and should work to bring them back. When NH dollars are spent on NH products we will have a vibrant economy.
Our first house was a two family on Rumford St in Concord we bought for $20,000. Our mortgage payment was $160. I was able to finance that as a $6 per hour construction laborer with my wife earning minimum wage at Sprague Electric. Our second house was a ranch in a Dover neighborhood of ranches, capes and split levels on quarter acre lots which we bought for $30,000. Today we build $400K McMansions on 5 acre lots. Towns need to allow some amount of developments with quarter acre lots and modest 3 bedroom ranches and capes built to sell to the median income family, under $200,000. We need federal loan programs so these families can purchase a home with 3% or less down. We also need more affordable apartments in the rural towns.
We need more school choice. There are NH high schools that only offer college prep courses. What happened to auto and wood shop? Not everyone needs to learn calculus or chemistry. We need electricians, plumbers, carpenters, auto mechanics and all types of laborers. We need to train kids so they can be valuable employees right out of high school if they don’t want to go to college. We also need a variety of college bound schools so we are not locked on one thought; STEM isn’t everything! We need Bachelor of Arts students too. We need technology but we also need people to think about how we are going to use that technology. We need more public charter schools in more locations around the state.
“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, with liberty and justice for all.” I will uphold that pledge. Social and racial justice is the responsibility of every citizen in our daily lives. We should make sure we have civics classes in high school that teach that.
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