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    Rebecca McWilliams (Winner)

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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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Concord, NH 03301
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In the short term, if there is one thing we have learned from Covid19, it is that we need Paid Family and Medical Leave to support working people when they are ill or have a loved one who needs them. In the longer term, we need to adopt Medicaid for All, without an income cap. The majority of NH's funds for addiction and mental illness come from Federal support, which is not sustainable and has led to turnover and loss of institutional knowledge in the mental health field, because quality mental health professionals are better paid in other states and even other related professions. NH needs to come up with additional state funding solutions to address addiction and mental illness.
I support a Capital Gains tax because while we have plenty of wealth in the state to pay for a vibrant economy, we're not going after available funding from the millionaires and billionaires who have seen their net worth double during Covid19. I support a stepped increase to get to a state $15 minimum wage.
I would like to see more entry level housing developed on existing lots with existing infrastructure rather than promoting sprawl and the antiquated idea of a one acre (or more!) minimum lot for residential development. Zoning is a local issue, but discriminatory zoning policies need to be removed at the state level. We need to further develop Accessory Dwelling Unit by right legislation to allow seniors to continue to live in their homes past retirement, and provide initial housing opportunities to young people, new Americans, and new to NH workers.
We tried two lawsuits and even by winning and proving that property tax does not provide enough funding for an adequate education for students in towns like Claremont, nothing has changed. The legislature continues to kick the can down the road and treat it as a local issue. Supporting local schools through property taxes is inherently discriminatory and leads to deep educational inequities from community to community.

We need a capital gains tax to support education funding in NH. I am open to discussions about an income tax as well. An income tax discussion is timely because our Southern NH workforce that had previously commuted to MA is fighting hard to stop paying MA income tax during the pandemic since they are now remote workers.
We need to work hard to make sure that our educational system, continuing education for professions, trade training, and other opportunities to learn and grow in NH are based on teachings that include voices and history of people of all races, nationalities, colors, genders, and sexual orientations. It's time to stop whitewashing education.
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These are important issues that I don't believe there is a one stop solution. I think a ground up approach, and helping those that need it most, such as those homeless, or on the verge of becoming homeless. Lifting this sea of despair isn't easy, especially during COVID-19, with people more isolated that ever, more unemployed than ever, and unsure about the future. We need to make people aware of the options available to them, as often, they are just not aware or able to get themselves to that point.
Tax reform, and new tax prevention for small businesses and middle class individuals is important to me. We need to make it easier for people to start new ventures. Those hoarding wealth should be incentivized to invest their cash into the economy, small businesses, and paying better wages. Minimum wage is a tricky topic, but I do believe that we need to make sure the numbers work, and they don't work for a lot of people.
I have spoken with, and volunteered for local shelters and housing organizations, and I can say they do amazing work. I think amplifying the good they have done is important. Funding these organizations, and helping them get awareness in the community, so the community can support them is over all a good thing for everyone.
Checks and balances here is important. Surveying the quality of education and accountability of our teachers is also important. I have faith that many of our teachers do great work, but many are underpaid, and underappreciated. Funding our educational institutions is one of the best investments we can make, and we should be reviewing these efforts and results more often.
It's important that everyone is treated fairly and equally regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or beliefs. I believe body cameras on police officers needs to be made standard, and regulations for their use (and possible misuse). Hate crimes and laws of that nature need to be broadcast, so those that do perpetrate hateful violent acts will be made an example of.