New Hampshire governor

  • Dan Feltes —Courtesy

Published: 10/23/2020 5:00:05 PM
Modified: 10/23/2020 4:59:55 PM
DemocratDan Feltes

Party: Democrat

Age: 41

Town of Residence: Concord

Occupation: State Senate Majority Leader and Senator District 15

Incumbent? If so, how many terms: No

What specific policy do you see as most vital? Health care is on the ballot. Health care is a basic human right, not a privilege, but for far too many Granite Staters health care is out of reach. Just like Trump, Sununu is backed by insurance companies that made premiums the highest in America, has supported the repeal of Obamacare, supported judges that would make abortion illegal, and like Trump, pledged to deal with the opioid crisis, but hasn’t. I worked on access to health care as a legal aid attorney and led the fight in the State Senate where I served as a lead Democratic negotiator for the reauthorization of Medicaid expansion, protecting health care for over 50,000 Granite Staters, I passed legislation to protect individuals with pre-existing conditions, to import safe, low-cost prescription drugs from Canada, and cap out-of-pocket costs for Insulin at $30 per month. We need to move forward on advancing addiction treatment and finally get paid family and medical leave, both vetoed by Sununu. My health care plan, "Live Free and Healthy", focuses on increasing access to health care while reducing costs, addressing our co-occurring mental health and substance use disorder crises, and how we support our caregivers, healthcare workforce, and Granite State families.

How do you plan to address the significant budget challenges our state will face in the months ahead? As a legal aid attorney helping low-to-middle income families, seniors, and veterans during the last economic crisis, the Great Recession, I saw how devastating cuts to the state budget were on the ground. We should allocate CARES Act stimulus funds to protect the state budget, protect critical health care services, and protect property taxpayers. Instead, Sununu wants to cut the budget. Sununu even recently cut the low-income prescription drug relief program for senior citizens, particularly hard hit in this pandemic. In this budget, I helped secure $140 million in new education funding helping our local schools, children, and property taxpayers. Sununu considers that education funding “one-time” which would drastically increase property taxes on everyone. We need to protect property taxpayers and move forward, not backward. In the last budget, we began business tax reform to ease the burden on in-state business while big, multi-state corporations – like Netflix and Amazon – began to pay their fair share. We can continue business tax reforms like closing tax loopholes for big, multi-state corporations, we can legalize and tax marijuana, and we should fight for another federal relief package that helps state and local budgets, which Sununu, like Mitch McConnell and Trump, opposes.

Darryl Perry

Party: Libertarian

Age: 42

Town of Residence: Manchester

Occupation: Student, New England College

Incumbent? If so, how many terms: No

What specific policy do you see as most vital? N.H. is an island of prohibition as it relates to cannabis. We need to legalize cannabis, institute Portugal-style depenalization of all other substances for personal use, pardon all nonviolent drug offenders, and allow those with previous drug convictions to work in the retail cannabis industry. This will not only save money by no longer using resources to arrest, prosecute and incarcerate people for these offenses, but also increase revenue via the retail cannabis industry. And if we set the retail cannabis tax rate, by statute, at one percent lower than the tax rate of any neighboring state on retail cannabis, we would wind up benefiting and again, have that New Hampshire advantage to where people aren't going to Massachusetts to buy their retail cannabis. People for Massachusetts would be driving across the border into New Hampshire to get some cannabis when they buy their cheap liquor and their fireworks. Additionally, we need to abolish qualified immunity for police and prosecutors; abolish the so-called Trial Tax; and repeal laws that prohibit activities solely involving consenting adults!

How do you plan to address the significant budget challenges our state will face in the months ahead? We must cut expenses. One way to do that is by ending the failed War on Drugs. We can also increase revenue by allowing a retail cannabis industry to exist in N.H.!

■Gov. Chris Sununu, a Republican, did not respond to a questionnaire.

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