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- Right to Work
- Second Amendment
- Education Choice
- Education Funding
- Marriage and Family
- State Sovereignty
Right to Work
New Hampshire needs a Right to Work law. Individuals should have the freedom to apply for a job, attain it, and work without mandates for union membership. Contractors and businesses should be free to hire anyone who qualifies, not just those individuals vetted by the unions, and they should be free to hire at the rate they can offer, not a rate unilaterally mandated by unions.
New Hampshire does not have a revenue problem that requires additional taxes, income or otherwise. We have a spending problem. We must diminish the need to tax by controlling this runaway spending. This requires cutting the fat from the budget, streamlining the government expenditures and reducing the size and scope of government. The easiest way to do this may be to roll back the budget to the last budget balanced budget that matched expenditures to income without significant increased taxes and fees.
We must reform the process used to develop budget and spending plans to include only necessary spending and thus avoid "credit card" solutions in which we accrue unbearable debt for our children's children in lieu of making tough fiscal choices ourselves. Our citizens can be our best auditors. To give them the necessary tools to accomplish the task, we need full user friendly transparency. All department budgets and the corresponding expenditures should be available online within 30 days or less of the expenditure.
Our elected official must enforce the laws. Our legislature should pass requirements for proof of citizenship before receiving State aid, including health and public education. Business owners who hire illegal aliens must be prosecuted. Those in both the public and private sector, who passively allow crimes to be committed must be prosecuted for the accomplice role. It is time we remember that we are Americans, we are governed by law, and we must follow the law.
NH has a strong tradition of responsible appreciation of our Constitutional rights to bear arms. We must protect and strengthen our right to own firearms to defend and protect our families and communities as basic to NH’s freedoms. This includes the right for responsible citizens to own, carry, and use firearms.
We should restore firearms safety training in our schools and communities through partnership with organizations such as the federal government-sponsored Civilian Marksmanship Program. This will provide training in firearms safety, the responsible use of firearms and marksmanship to our citizens.
Parents are their children’s first teacher and their best advocate. Parents are best positioned to choose the most appropriate learning styles for their children, i.e. home schooling, private, or public. Neither the state nor local education authorities should undermine nor usurp the rights and responsibilities of parents. Parents should be freedom to choose the education for their children. School-choice and the removal of overly restrictive regulations on homeschooling must be supported.
Funding of education should primarily rest with the local community or communities in which the school is located. Citizens who control the education budgets have the strongest incentive to spend it wisely. The General Court should stand firmly to reassert their right over the judiciary to control budgets and legislation.
Marriage and Family
The natural family is the fundamental building unit of society. To build a solid society, we must build strong child-rich families who foster personal responsibility, good citizenship and for the perpetuation of society through new generations. The General Court should allow the people to vote on defining marriage between one man and one woman and protect the right of children to have both a mother and a father.
NH has a long history of defending the rights of the innocent and vulnerable. Recently though we have seen this erode through the actions and attitudes of many of our leaders. The attack on parental rights is just one example, but it is best demonstrated observing whom the proponents of abortion endorse, fund and support.
Parental Notification should be restored in New Hampshire and laws affecting the end of life laws that threaten our elderly should be re-examined and adjusted to promote life. We must protect the lives of ALL NH citizens, young and old, born and unborn.
Private ownership of lands, with appropriate public access, should be favored over public ownership of lands.
Conservation and appropriate use of our natural resources should be high on the list of all NH citizens. Common sense should be applied to all actions. Citizens should be aware of how their personal actions impact the environment, and the lasting legacy those choices pass to future generations. However we do not need onerous and restrictive regulations.
Income taxes and gambling are currently viewed as sources of revenue. What we as a State face is a problem of spending not the production of revenue. Gaming and gambling of all sorts should not be a source of revenue.
The Federal government has violated its constitutional role and taken away many rights that are reserved for the states and the citizens. This makes us dependent at many levels and removes our personal liberties and responsibilities. We then become enslaved to the oversight of government.
We must carefully investigate and understand what strings are attached to any federal monies, particularly those that are short term. Where the acceptance of them is not in our best interests, we should assert our independence and responsibility to control our own destiny.
Some state legislatures have issued proclamations declaring their sovereignty. But our sovereignty as a state is a basic right and fact and appropriate actions must be exercised by our public policy leaders.
Our families deserve a brighter tomorrow.