A strong economy along with continuing economic development ensures our families and community's security and success. As your State Senator, I will work hard to continue my support for small businesses. I will fight to keep our manufacturing sector. Most importantly I will fight for the tourism industry by introducing legislation to reduce the room and meals taxes and I will work to send more of the revenue back to the communities that raised it. I will work to prevent over-regulation of businesses, especially as it impacts the economic engine of all our communities: Small Business. New Hampshire's educated and highly motivated workforce makes our state and especially the Seacoast region unique and the core of our economic prosperity. I will examine all legislation and be an advocate for reducing taxes that burden business growth and negatively impacts New Hampshire's Advantage. The way to incentivize job growth is to identify methods in our business taxing formulas that will support growth and increased job opportunity. I would invite the business experts of all sizes of business and areas of the Seacoast to come together for the discussion and then act on those identified incentives through legislation.
New Hampshire citizens are some of the healthiest in our country. Yet in a recent study by the Commonwealth Fund, New Hampshire has the third highest health insurance costs in the nation while at the same time consistently ranking as one of the healthiest states. That's good for our health, but not good for our pocketbooks as healthcare costs explode. At a time when NH taxpayers are paying for new taxes and increased fees, and facing a multi --million dollar budget shortfall, mandates from Washington are dramatically changing healthcare in our State. We need more competition and choice to bring these escalating costs down. It's the only way to truly provide access to affordable health care for all. With approx 53,000 New Hampshire citizens currently out of work, decisions about how we manage our future healthcare access will have a huge impact not only on getting people back to work, but keeping New Hampshire businesses, especially small businesses financially sound. These are profound issues facing the New Hampshire legislature in the next biennium and I hope you will send me there as your State Senator to work hard to address these challenges.