Jilletta's Stance on NH Issues
While the job growth in the state has been better than other states, we are still not where we need to be to see more of our citizens back to Full Time employment. Many people see retail and manufacturing jobs as success, but for those who cannot be on their feet all day these jobs are depressing. We need more “white collar” jobs as well. We need to promote those science and technology companies, pharmaceutical companies that big more diverse career options. We need to also support our largest income group in the state, small business and entrepreneurs. I’d support a program where we can offer tax incentives to companies that keep employment and distribution in state, keeping the profit cycle in state instead of sending all company profits to another state where the company headquarters are. I’d support in-state innovation and the entrepreneurial spirit I know this state possesses. We need to support NH innovators, entrepreneurs, NH Made products, and technology in the state. For specific information on my plan for the economy go to my plan for the economy.
We have something special in this state when it comes to our State Legislature…our State Senate and State House are both comprised of basically a group of volunteers. This is something that is not incredibly popular in other states. We do not pay a living wage to our state legislature, they basically volunteer their time to make this state wonderful. We have town voting.We have choice…but that does NOT mean we don’t have corruption. Lobbyists and Special Interest Groups still infest our State and try to persuade officials to vote in their favor with gifts and money. This is not in the best interest of the voters. I would like this practice to end. If they want to be heard they can go to the town halls and voice their concerns like everyone else…by using their voices, not their wallets. Let them speak where the people of NH can hear them and dispute them. All votes in this state should be in support of the NH Citizen only.
Marriage is a legally binding agreement between 2 consenting adults. There is no other statement necessary to this. All rights given to one married couple should be the same as for another. Regardless of where you were legally married, you should have the same rights in this state. Anything other than this is discrimination.
Pipelines, Northern Pass, & the environment:
There is no justification to place a Pipeline through the state. There has not been any evidence of great benefit to the state for a gas pipeline and there are more potential issues from such a move – some with disastrous consequences. The Northern Pass Project also has not demonstrated enough of a benefit to outweigh my concerns (listed in this blog post My Thoughts on the Northern Pass ). Solar Energy should be used more frequently in the state and that we should look into the programs that other states have where they give tax breaks to residents who add solar energy to their homes.
Regulated Casinos can add revenue and jobs to our economy.
Following the Portuguese model would be a benefit to the people in this state.In Portugal, selling drugs is still illegal and can carry sentences of up to 20 years in jail. Consuming drugs is NOT illegal and if you are caught carrying 10 days’ worth or less of a drug or consuming in public you are brought instead to a "Dissuasion Center" (which would be like a drug court but without the threat of jail or being labeled a criminal) where there is a “court” of three. A judge, a lawyer, and a social worker who will review your case and either give you a fine (for taking the drug in a public space), sentence you to treatment at one of their facilities (if you need treatment), or let you walk. They have this policy for all drugs and narcotics.They punish the dealers and treat the consumers. How has this worked for them? In the first 5 years of this new policy drug overdose deaths went from 400 a year to 290. HIV cases that were spread from dirty needs went from 1400 to 400.Drug treatment centers are not focusing on getting rid of the drugs or treating the users like criminals, they are teaching the users how to control their addiction…the same way you help an alcoholic (as they’d be treated in the same facility).
Education and Education Funding:
Right now most of our educational funding still comes through property tax.I’d like to look through the budget and see if the state can take on any more of this.The goal would be to remove some of the burden on property taxes – making home ownership more affordable in the state. I would look at other revenue possibilities to help fund this and see about putting more accountability on schools for adequate and transparent budgeting.
I would like to see if we can re-allocate how we are spending our tax money in the state budget.. By removing some of the things we are spending money on that we do not need to, we can move the budget in such a way that we can fund appropriately without adding an income or sales tax to the state.
2nd Amendment/Gun Rights:
Per the 2nd Amendment you have the right to own guns.I feel that more gun control laws only stop the law-abiding people…they do not stop criminals as a criminal is defined as a person who does not follow the law, laws thus become meaningless…The punishment for disobeying the law and the enforcement of those laws however can be looked at. Also the gun laws themselves, are they fair? Do they actually help in any way? I’d love to have some town hall meetings on this topic! Gun Dealers should work with police enforcement to make sure that the background checks are quick and correct. Once your background check is approved , that’s when the expiration on that background check should start – not at the submission date. I support removing vague, subjective language that allows interpretation which can be abusive to the people trying to legally obtain a firearm or conceal carry permit. I also believe that the applicant of a carry permit should be held harmless if the background check takes longer than the allowed 14 days and should receive compensation by the party responsible for the delay of some form.
When you are out of a job in today’s economy for more than a few months, the chances of finding a job go down dramatically with each week that passes. In order to combat this, welfare recipients should have to participate in state volunteer programs. I understand that many of these people may have children that would need supervision during this time and that could be worked out depending on which volunteer program they chose, the age of the children, and how long they were on the program. Being part of these programs would give them work experience as well as the supervisors of the programs could give letters of recommendation to potential employers. Also, being useful in your community not only helps your community to thrive, but it also prevents people from sinking into depressing when they feel like their usefulness has left due to their inability to find a job. This participation should be a requirement in order to receive welfare in this state.
We need to ensure equal access to healthcare, all forms of healthcare (including mental health) to all people in the state. I would like to see insurance companies offer more than one choice in providers, allowing you to see providers in close proximity of your home or work place.I also would like to see accountability of medical professionals, if you feel that your medical provider is not treating you fairly the state should be investigating these allegations if more than 5 complaints come in about a particular doctor or facility then an audit should be performed as these places should be held to a higher standard of service in our state.Something like a BBB for healthcare so people can go online and check before going to a facility. This would entice facilities to improve in order to get patients.