Granite State Opportunity Plan
Senate Democrats are working hard to enact our Granite State Opportunity Plan to build an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top.
A State Budget That Works for Everyone
Budgets are the ultimate test of priorities and values. We need to prioritize the opioid epidemic, mental health, child protection, infrastructure, affordable child care, affordable housing and education - not send tax dollars to private and religious schools and give tax breaks for corporate special interests. Senate Democrats prioritize New Hampshire property tax payers, from the family business to the working family to the senior struggling on a fixed income – that’s who we are fighting for, not the entitled elite or out-of-state corporate special interests. Last session, the Senate Republican agenda meant taxes for corporations went down, while your property taxes went up. A Senate Democratic majority will always put people first – and our budget will represent that value.
Job Opportunities and Education for Everyone
In this changing economy, we cannot afford for anyone to get left behind; we need to invest in job training and workforce development, including helping graduating high school seniors have more vocation and trades opportunities and helping people on second and third careers get into a new job. We also must do more to increase wages, including raising the minimum wage. In addition, New Hampshire businesses, especially family businesses, are struggling to fill open positions. We need to recruit, retrain and retain workers. Senate Democrats prioritize job opportunities for everyone and support education at every stage in a person’s life – from public education to affordable college to job training.
Lowering Electric Rates and Advancing the Jobs of Tomorrow through Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Advancing local energy and local jobs means lower rates for Granite Staters. Focusing on local solutions is the New Hampshire way. Renewable energy provides an incredible opportunity for economic development and 21st century jobs. Senate Democrats will promote local energy and economic opportunity by relaxing net metering restrictions and advancing community solar. Senate Democrats are working to incentivize energy efficiency and renewable energy and supporting innovative proposals that lower electric rates.
Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance
No one should have to choose between caring for a loved one and economic security. Too many family businesses and too many working families are left out and left behind. We need to finally pass paid family and medical leave insurance; it is critical to attracting and retaining the workforce of tomorrow, to combating our opioid epidemic, and caring for an aging population. Senate Democrats are working hard to implement paid family and medical leave in New Hampshire.
Protecting the Health Care of Granite Staters Including State Level Protections on Preexisting Conditions
With the Trump administration’s continued goal of getting rid of protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and a US Supreme Court that could hear a case that would dismantle the Affordable Care Act, it is more important than ever for us to act to protect the health care of Granite Staters. Senate Democrats are working hard to enshrine critical protections for people with pre-existing conditions and existing health benefits into state law.