Merrimack County District 1 Anne Copp
Town of residence: Danbury
Occupation: Information technology
Do you support commuter rail funding? No
Do you support providing more state money for higher education? No
Do you support pro-gun legislation, such as constitutional carry? Yes
Do you support reauthorizing Medicaid expansion? No
Do you support increasing the minimum wage? No
Do you support marijuana legalization or decriminalization? Decriminalize small amounts, to educate on the dangers of becoming addicted to further drug use.
What would you like voters to know about your philosophy, principles or priorities? I once again promise to be a proud Statesman who exhibits the “Energy and Integrity” the office deserves, supporting our Republican values. Mary Anne Broshek
Town of Residence: Andover
Do you support commuter rail funding?: Yes. The last study completed by DOT found the potential for 3,000 construction jobs and 5,600 permanent jobs due to greater development around rail road stations. The business community and the Nashua and Manchester Chambers of Commerce believe extending rail to N.H. will have a positive economic benefit. I support using the 100 percent federal funding that is available for the next study so a final and informed decision can be made.
Do you support providing more state money for higher education?: Yes. I believe it is important to lower the tuition for N.H. students at state colleges and universities. For the 2015-16 school season, N.H. had the highest in-state tuition rates in the nation for four-year public institutions at $15,160 per year. Total costs for 2016-17 are $17,624 for tuition and fees and an additional $10,938 for room and board for a total of $28,562.
Do you support pro-gun legislation, such as constitutional carry?: No. Law enforcement and public safety officials were against this legislation. I support keeping law enforcement officers and the community safe.
Do you support reauthorizing Medicaid expansion?: Yes. The ability to access medical care is a key ingredient for individual and family stability. The N.H. plan provides Medical care to over 50,000 N.H. residents. This plan has saved millions of dollars in uncompensated care paid by hospitals caring for uninsured people. N.H. obtained a waiver allowing the state to set up a system where both the insurance companies and hospitals work with the state to pay the medical insurance premiums to purchase private insurance.
Do you support increasing the minimum wage?: Yes. The N.H. minimum wage is $7.25 an hour – the lowest in all of New England. Working a 40-hour week yields a gross salary of $290. A recent study by the N.H. Fiscal Policy Institute found that “a sizeable percentage of jobs fail to pay enough for many families to achieve a modest standard of living the Granite State.”
Do you support marijuana legalization or decriminalization?: Yes, I support decriminalization.
What would you like voters to know about your philosophy, principles or priorities?: I spent 29 years at DHHS, ending my career as the director of family assistance. I later worked as an advocate for children at the Children’s Alliance of N.H. For most of my adult life, I have voted for both Republicans and Democrats since both parties worked in the past to truly represent all residents. Our representatives back then did not have an ideology other than to be frugal and make N.H. a great state. I hope to continue in that tradition. I place a priority on reducing property taxes and using prevention as the means to reduce long-term costs.