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Doris Hohensee's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Doris Hohensee has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2018 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart and voters like you.

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New Hampshire State Legislative Election 2016 Political Courage Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

a) Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Yesb) Should abortions be illegal after the first trimester of pregnancy?
Yesc) Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
Yesd) Should abortion be legal when the life of the woman is endangered?
Yese) Do you support requiring parental notification before an abortion is performed on a minor?
Nof) Do you support requiring parental consent before an abortion is performed on a minor?
g) Do you support the prohibition of public funds for abortion procedures?
h) Do you support the prohibition of public funds for organizations that perform abortions?
i) Other or expanded principles:

The state should be respectful of both sides in this debate. Public funds should be given equally to both sides, or to neither side.

1) Budget Stabilization:
Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing New Hampshire's budget.
Noa) Tapping into New Hampshire's "rainy day" fund
b) Decreasing funding for public universities
c) Reducing state employee salaries AND/OR pensions
d) Instituting mandatory furloughs AND/OR layoffs for state employees
e) Reducing benefits for Medicaid recipients
f) Other or expanded principles:

The rainy day fund was created to fund unanticipated expenditures, not as a means to "balance" the budget. Ideally, revenues should be managed to offset expenditures without raiding the rainy day fund.

It's difficult to respond to budget questions without context.

2) State Spending:
Indicate what state funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one level per category; you may use a number more than once.
a) Education (higher)
b) Education (K-12)
c) Environment
d) Health care
e) Law enforcement/corrections
f) Transportation/infrastructure
g) Welfare
h) Other or expanded categories:

It is difficult to make determinations on spending without context.

3) State Taxes:
Indicate what state tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one level per category; you may use a number more than once.
a) Cigarette taxes
b) Corporate taxes
c) Small business taxes
d) Gas/Oil taxes
e) Property taxes
f) Income taxes (low-income families)
g) Income taxes (mid-income families)
h) Income taxes (high-income families)
i) Other or expanded principles:

As a general rule, low taxes encourages business and economic growth.

a) Do you support limits on the following types of contributions for state candidates?
No1) Individual
2) Political Action Committee
3) Corporate
No4) Political Party
Yesb) Should candidates for state office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
Yesc) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Nod) Do you support the use of an independent AND/OR bipartisan commission for redistricting?
Yese) Do you support requiring a government-issued photo identification in order to vote at the polls?
f) Other or expanded principles:

Political Action Committees and Corporations are not voters and shouldn't have a disproportional impact on elections.

Noa) Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Yesb) Do you support alternatives to incarceration for certain non-violent offenders, such as mandatory counseling or substance abuse treatment?
Yesc) Do you support legalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana?
Nod) Should a minor accused of a violent crime be prosecuted as an adult?
Noe) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
Yesf) Do you support delaying the seizure of assets by law enforcement officials until after a conviction?
Yesg) Do you support additional funding for programs intended to reduce drug addiction in New Hampshire?
h) Other or expanded principles:

Minors lack the cognitive development and judgment of adults. That needs to be factored into any judgment against them.

Noa) Do you support government spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
Yesb) Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
Yesc) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
Nod) Do you support increased state funding for job-training programs that re-train displaced workers?
Noe) Do you support expanding access to unemployment benefits?
Yesf) Do you support requiring welfare applicants to pass a drug test in order to receive benefits?
Nog) Do you support providing financial incentives to the private sector for the purpose of job creation?
Noh) Do you support providing direct financial assistance to homeowners facing foreclosure?
Noi) Do you support an increase of the minimum wage?
Yesj) Should employers be able to ask about applicants' criminal history before interviewing them?
k) Other or expanded principles:

We all want good paying jobs with benefits. However, raising the minimum wage will kill jobs, particularly for young unskilled workers who might benefit from some on the job training. For the inexperienced worker it's far better to have a low paying job than no job at all. The minimum wage is not designed to be a living wage, only a starting wage until more experience is gained.

Also, raising the minimum wage increases costs for those living on fixed incomes.

Noa) Do you support the national Common Core State Standards initiative?
b) Do you support a merit pay system for teachers?
c) Is the tenure process for public school teachers producing effective teachers?
d) Should parents be allowed to use vouchers to send their children to any school?
e) Do you support state funding for charter schools?
Nof) Do you support the state government providing college students with financial aid?
Nog) Should illegal immigrants who graduate from New Hampshire high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
h) Other or expanded principles:

What is a "merit pay system" based upon? Student performance on arbitrary tests? Hardly a useful indicator.

Tenure guarantees a teacher certain "due process" rights if his or her contract isn't renewed. It doesn't "produce" anything.

Vouchers and charter schools are a reaction to the loss of local control and the lack of regard for the concerns of parents. We need to address the problem, not just treat the symptoms.

Noa) Do you support state funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?
Nob) Do you support state funding for the development of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)?
Yesc) Do you support state funding for improvements to New Hampshire's energy infrastructure?
Yesd) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
Noe) Do you support government regulations of greenhouse gas emissions?
Yesf) Do you support increased regulations of the hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") industry?
g) Other or expanded principles:

NH has the sixth highest energy rates in the country. This is a problem for businesses considering relocation to NH.

Noa) Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
Nob) Should background checks be required on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows?
Yesc) Should citizens be allowed to carry concealed guns?
Nod) Should a license be required for gun possession?
e) Other or expanded principles:
Noa) Do you support a universally-accessible, publicly-administered health insurance option?
Yesb) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?
Yesc) Do you support interstate health insurance compacts?
Nod) Do you support Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
Noe) Do you support requiring individuals to purchase health care insurance?
Yesf) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
Yesg) Do you support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes?
h) Other or expanded principles:

I will work to help families keep their doctors and hospitals as well as increase access to affordable, high quality healthcare that meets their individual needs.

a) Do you support same-sex marriage?
b) Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in New Hampshire's anti-discrimination laws?
c) Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in New Hampshire's anti-discrimination laws?
d) Other or expanded principles:

Marriage is a private / religious matter.

In the following area, please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

Jobs: Working families and small business are the backbone of our economy. NH must encourage entrepreneurs, not crush them with bureaucratic regulation. NH's corporate taxes are the third highest in the country. The legislature must look at New Hampshire's business environment, including its worker compensation and state unemployment taxes as well as its health care and energy costs to make our state more competitive.

Education: Safeguard local control and ensure that this teacher-student relationship remains intact.

Transparent, open and accountable government: Public servants work for the people.

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