As a life-long small business owner whose business generated the value that provided service for thousands of clients and paid the mortgages and educations for our hundreds of colleagues' families, I've lived what it takes to build a business in the best and worst of times. After months of a shut-down and an often 'one size fits all' approach, it's time we take stock and refocus. Fortunately, it appears the worst is over. We must do everything we can to restart the economy of the Granite State and get back on track to our previous booming economy. We also need to take the time to reflect on what we've just been through and how it occurred.
Article 2-a of the New Hampshire Bill of Rights provides:
"All persons have the right to keep and bear arms in defense of themselves, their families, their property and the state."
The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution provides::
"A well regulated militia being necessary for the security of a free state, the right of the people to bear arms Shall not be infringed."
These are fundamental rights of all Americans. Captain Dow and the Hollis militia put their lives on the line to protect their right to bear arms. I will do everything i can to enforce these rights.
A quality education is America's great opportunity equalizer. Fortunately, Hollis (HB) is rated as one of the finest school systems in New Hampshire. Education is not a 'place' but a 'journey' and must be a joint collaborative effort of families, teachers, adminstration and local government. Clearly, in these times, we are not just competing with the rest of New England but the rest of the World. Results matter and we need to set the goal to make Hollis and NH Schools the model for America in innovation, Centers of Learning and Citizenship. To be sustainable and reflect the concerns of taxpayers, our costs must always map to inflation and be validated by performance. We need to re-focus and spend more time on classroom, curriculum and student's levels of mastery in 'the basics' as well as STEM. And safety is part and parcel to good schools.
As a community focused civil trial attorney, I litigated hundreds of cases on environmental issues. Everything from toxic waste, arsenic in drinking water, leaking fuel tanks, polluted waterways. On my watch, the water will be fit to drink, the air fit to breathe. The trash will be re-cycled or disposed of properly at the 'Dump'. Renewable energy? Sure! However, like any innovation, it needs to be crafted such that it is highly effective, fiscally viable and that it's disruptions are not crushing. Truly innovative and sustainable policies will be, in great part, supported of their own value and merit and not supported by long-term subsidies that are at the focus of enriching special interests. Any environmental law or regulation that takes away our freedom or damages our ability to earn a living is not a true value proposition. Certainly, we can have sustainable and viable energy policies and also support a robust environment-- If we stick together, use common sense and work for the common good.
We must preserve the 'NH Advantage' as it is the key factor for quality of life in the Granite State. Therefore, I am strongly opposed to any state income or sales tax. It is especially important that we look at what COVID-19 has done to businesses as well; it has been devastating and Small Business is the core of our economic engine. I have personally witnessed the devastation of over-taxation, fiscal irresponsibility and government overreach in California. A rate of government growth that is unsustainable will destroy any economy. There are countless examples where this is true. The money in a citizen's wallet belongs to them. I'll work hard to foster fiscal responsibility and only pursue government activities - both local and in Concord - that voters agree are truly necessary, not wasteful and at the core of what government should provide.