HOUSE REPUBLICAN LEGISLATIVE AGENDA 2015 – 2016
PASSING A RESPONSIBLE STATE BUDGET
House Republicans will produce a fiscally responsible state budget that contains no new or increased taxes or fees. The House budget will be based on realistic and conservative revenue estimates and will contain no accounting gimmicks. We will ensure that the State does not downshift costs on to property taxpayers and avoids raiding dedicated funds that should be preserved for their intended use.
IMPROVING OUR STATE’S BUSINESS CLIMATE
House Republicans will continue efforts to reduce and reform our business taxes, helping our state stay competitive and grow our economy. We will support Right to Work legislation. We will work to reduce burdensome rules and regulations that impede business growth in increase the cost of doing business. We will support policies to retain existing businesses and help them grow, attract new businesses, and help our private sector create new and better paying jobs.
GOVERNMENT SPENDING & ACCOUNTABILITY
House Republicans will identify opportunities to reduce spending, and reduce the size and scope of government. We will find efficiencies that will save taxpayer dollars, and work eliminate waste, fraud and abuse. We will fight to increase accountability and transparency of state agencies, programs, and departments ensuring they are all good stewards of taxpayer dollars and we will increase legislative oversight of agency rules and procedures.
FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY & SECURITY
House Republicans are committed to reducing New Hampshire’s public employee pension system’s unfunded liability and reforming our public employee pension system in a way that protects current retirees, protects taxpayers, and ensures we have a solvent retirement system for future generations. House Republicans will continue efforts to increase our Rainy Day fund balance, which will bolster our State’s financial security and improve our bond rating.
ADDRESSING OUR STATE’S DRUG AND ADDICTION CRISIS
Treatment and recovery, enforcement and interdiction, and prevention and education are all key aspects of our state’s response to the drug and addiction crisis. House Republicans will continue
PROMOTING EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION
House Republicans will work to increase local control of curriculum and testing, and promote policies that increase parental control in their children’s education. We will continue to support policies that promote school choice and education freedom, including preserving the Education Opportunity Tax Credit, increasing funding for charter schools, and enabling families to homeschool.
We are committed to helping students focus on S.T.E.M. fields of study to help develop a new generation ready to meet the challenges of a demanding economy and job market. A well educated workforce will help attract new industries and help retain our college graduates and young professionals here in New Hampshire.
House Republicans are also committed to controlling the cost of higher education by directing the University System of New Hampshire and Community College system to ensure taxpayer dollars are applied in a manner that directly affects the quality and affordability of education for in-state students.
REDUCING THE COST OF ENERGY
New Hampshire’s ratepayers, already face some of the highest energy costs in the region. This hurts family budgets, increases the costs of goods and services, costs jobs, and impedes economic growth. House Republicans will support legislation that eliminates mandates that increase the cost of energy production, and work with local communities and utilities to find the best way to increase the supply and delivery of low cost energy options.
PROTECTING LIFE AND EXPANDING PERSONAL LIBERTY
House Republicans are proud to fight for preserving and increasing personal liberty and reducing government overreach. We will ensure the 2nd amendment rights are protected and enhanced. We will support constitutional carry legislation and oppose any bill that seeks to infringe the rights of law abiding gun owners.
ELECTION REFORM AND VOTER INTEGRITY
We will support legislation that preserves and protects the integrity of our elections, and eliminates drive-by voting. We will preserve and strengthen our Voter ID law, and clarify the definitions of domicile and resident to ensure only people who truly live in New Hampshire vote in our elections.
ENABLING HIGH QUALITY, LOWER COST HEALTH CARE CHOICES
House Republicans are committed to supporting policies rooted in free market principles that will increase freedom in healthcare decisions and lower insurance premiums for individuals and businesses. We will support efforts of the United States Congress and President Trump to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. We will continue to find ways to enable the best healthcare access and delivery possible without unnecessary or unfunded state and federal mandates.
We will continue to work with our Congressional Delegation to ensure our State’s military veterans have access to the care they need, no matter where they may reside.