NH has a public health infrastructure in place that can rapidly deploy a COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available. Now is the time to strengthen our state's thirteen public health networks so we can best position them in the continued fight against COVID-19.
Everyone deserves to be treated equally and with dignity. The fundamental right to vote must be protected. Now is the time for deeper, sustained dialogue about how we can intentionally build communities of inclusion in New Hampshire and address systemic racism and all forms of injustice.
From access to telehealth, remote learning, work-from-home, and connecting with family and friends, COVID-19 has made it clear that access to high-speed internet is a critical component of infrastructure - as important as roads, highways, and bridges. Broadband expansion must be a priority for New Hampshire.
While the public health crisis has required our immediate attention, the climate crisis is just as powerful a threat to our future. Sustainability must be our guiding principle as we craft public policy that dramatically reduces dependence on fossil fuels and invests in energy alternatives and renewables.
PROPERTY TAX RELIEF
Working families throughout New Hampshire are being crushed by the weight of local property taxes, which are among the highest in the nation. The post-COVID-19 recovery will present an opportunity to reconsider the true New Hampshire "Advantage." Now is the time to identify long-term, sustainable solutions for funding public education and other essential state services and to provide relief to local property taxpayers.
HEALTHCARE & REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH
All families deserve access to affordable healthcare, and COVID-19 has put a spotlight on this issue. Our hospitals and medical practices need protection and support to carry out essential healthcare services for our families now and into the future. We must particularly protect funding for Planned Parenthood, community health centers, childcare facilities, shelters, and hospitals that provide reproductive healthcare.
ECONOMIC RECOVERY FOR ALL
The economic fallout from COVID-19 will be felt for years to come. Families need a livable wage, healthcare, paid family medical leave, access to reliable, affordable childcare and most importantly need to know they are safe. State and local government must work together on economic recovery that will allow us to not just survive, but thrive after the current public health crisis.