Protecting our clean air, water, soil, and natural resources for the future.
Promoting energy efficiency, locally-based renewable energy, and healthy communities.
I began sponsoring legislation aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and supporting the expansion of renewable energy in the 2016 - 2017 session. This year, in 2020, I was finally able to shepherd a bill all the way through the legislative gauntlet and have it signed into law by the Governor. That bill will remove barriers to the deployment of energy storage - a force multiplier for all forms of renewable energy. I will promote greater energy efficiency and assist local communities and individuals to expand solar and wind installations as we move NH to a clean energy economy – one with more jobs and healthier communities. We must take action now to reduce greenhouse emissions and switch our energy production away from dirty fossil fuels to renewable energy sources, first and foremost: wind and solar.
.Getting energy from the sun, indoors and out.
Big Agricultural corporations don’t want you to know what’s in your food, and they continue to oppose easily understandable markings that identify the presence of genetically modified ingredients. Complex codes that require decryption by a smart phone present obstacles to those who do not have, or do not wish to use, such devices.
Common-sense mandatory labeling is supported by consumers, farmers, and doctors across the U.S. Polls regularly show that more than 90% of Americans want labeling of genetically engineered foods. In 64 countries around the globe, it’s a right that people take for granted (The Daily Kos https://www.dailykos.com/campaigns/934)
I favor locally-based economic development that is centered on our farms, forests, parks, local businesses, and educational institutions. Increasing access to financial resources via a Green Bank and a residential P.A.C.E. program. can provide incentives for businesses to relocate to NH, and for local entrepreneurs to start their own businesses. Local investment creates a multiplier effect, benefiting the surrounding community, and increasing much needed capital resources and greater employment. By providing well-paying jobs we will attract the young people our state needs to grow and thrive.
I support raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. The federal minimum wage has not been raised since 2009, and has not kept pace with inflation. According to the Economic Policy Institute, workers making minimum wage today earn 25% less than those who made the minimum wage in 1968. If the minimum wage had continued to grow in tandem with average productivity gains after 1968, as it did between 1945-1968, it would have been 3 times higher by this decade: well over $20.00 per hour. If even half of labor’s productivity gains had been retained by the labor force, the federal minimum wage would have moved beyond $15.00 an hour years ago.
A Sustainable Energy Economy
I promote policies that encourage the use of renewable energy. All new energy projects must:
Create jobs that pay a living wage
Enhance our nature-based tourism economy
Preserve our environmental heritage
Utilize low impact technology
Protect and enhance locally-owned energy sector businesses
Respect individual property rights
Utilize renewable energy
Health Care for All
It has never been so clear as it is in the midst of this pandemic that access to quality health care is a right, and that we must provide health care for all NH residents. This is not only an ethical requirement - it is also a societal necessity. We all breathe the same air and share the same spaces. We must take care of each other and provide the needed resources so that all members of our society can live healthy, productive lives.
I support strengthening Head Start, pre-K, our public schools, community colleges,
university system, and career and technical training.
Early Childhood Education
Early childhood education is one of the best investments our state and our communities can make. Research shows that providing a high-quality education for children before they turn five yields significant long-term benefits. “High-quality early childhood education and full-day kindergarten are fundamental to a student’s long term success and shouldn’t be determined by their parents’ income… [It] is the right thing to do.” NEA President Dennis Van Roekel Plus -- early childhood education makes good economic sense. In Early Childhood Development: Economic Development with a High Public Return, a high-ranking Federal Reserve Bank official pegs the return on investment for early ed at 12 percent.
One well-known study, the High Scope Perry Preschool Study, found that individuals who were enrolled in a quality preschool program ultimately earned up to $2,000 more per month than those who were not. Young people who were in preschool programs are more likely to graduate from high school, to own homes, and have longer marriages. Other studies, like The Abecedarian Project, show similar results. Children in quality preschool programs are less likely to repeat grades, need special education, or get into future trouble with the law.
Free, publicly funded, high-quality full-day kindergarten programs.
Optional free, publicly funded, high-quality "universal" pre-kindergarten programs for all three- and four-year-old children whose parents choose to enroll them.
Federal funds to make these programs economically feasible.
Dedicated state funding for early childhood education through our public schools.
Legislation for Early Childhood Education
The bipartisan Strong Start for America’s Children Act (S. 2452/H.R. 3461) would promote high-quality learning opportunities for children from birth to age 5. Legislation like this would help NH fund high-quality prekindergarten for 4-year olds from low-income families; encourage NH to support prekindergarten for 4-year-olds from moderate-income families; and encourage learning opportunities for even younger children — for example, through partnerships with Early Head Start programs.