"Fixing New Hampshire's issues without nickle and dimeing poor people must be the goal of the 2018-2020 session"
Here we are in 2019. I want to thank the thousands of voters in Grafton County's 17th district who sent me to Concord. Here's the real deal though, and it's not pretty.
Property taxes in New Hampshire are astronomical, and I represent some of the highest taxed towns in the state, making it hard for people to afford to live in the Squam, Newfound, and Mascoma Communities.
Our state infrastructure is garbage, roads falling apart, the highway last maintained when it was first built
in the 1950's, and waste-water treatment so unorganized that there's the capacity for state wide water contamination.
We don't have enough people here to fill the jobs being vacated by people retiring, and the jobs we have don't pay enough to afford to live in the high property taxed towns.
Lack of consistent funding for Kindergarten puts our students behind the curb, and makes them less prepared to compete in the already hollowed out job market.
That was the bad news.
The good news? It can be fixed.
It won't be easy, and as you noticed, a lot of the above issues are interwoven, and working on one can help improve another.
It won't be easy, the exact opposite, but I'm ready to roll up my sleeves to ensure kids today have a fighting chance in the next New Hampshire, with the awareness that its our responsibility to set them up with the best.