CONCORD, N.H.—Having successfully helped to restore an appreciation for common sense within the halls of the State House, the Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire is releasing its 2013-2014 Legislative Agenda to help build on the successes of the current Legislature and ensure liberty and prosperity for generations.
“It’s not often in politics that we can say that a Legislature literally reversed the direction of a state, but our current Republican Legislature accomplished this amazing task in New Hampshire,” said Carolyn McKinney, chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire. “Republicans just helped the state take a step back from the fiscal brink of disaster brought on by years of Democratic spending, and the tax and fee increases that went with it. The next Legislature is now well positioned to build on this momentum by continuing to reduce spending, taxes and fees, and this will lead to prosperity to New Hampshire.”
The Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire’s 2013-2014 Legislative Agenda, released below, in an attached document and on the organization’s new and improved Web site today, divides policy priorities into three areas that will ensure Liberty and Prosperity for New Hampshire.
Policies under the header “Promoting Private Sector Jobs and Economic Prosperity” rely on a balanced budget that continues to cut taxes and fees. Only when government is small and limited in its ability to interfere in the market can an environment for economic growth and job creation develop. RLCNH policies in this area will move New Hampshire in this direction.
“With the $1 billion cut to government spending that reduced 11 percent of the state’s budget, the current Legislature started to unravel some of the government programs and regulations that never should have been established in the first place,” McKinney said. “If the next Legislature can cut another $1 billion out of the state budget—or even half that amount—the government bureaucracy and programs that interfere in the market will necessarily be reduced. Spending cuts will enable further tax and fee decreases that will allow people who produce wealth to keep more of it, and history shows that when private individuals and businesses spend their own money, the economy grows and jobs are created as a result.”
Policies under the header “Empowering Parents and Local Communities” are based on the idea that families with children are the true foundation of society, and parents should always be given deference in the way they choose to raise, educate and care for their own children. With more liberty in the area of education and child rearing, New Hampshire can ensure that the next generation of citizens live better than the current one and build a society that helps more people achieve their own American dream.
“While government certainly should protect children from extreme cases of abuse or neglect, state bureaucrats and the family courts have gone too far with their interference in family life and the choices that parents make,” McKinney said. “Children are almost always better off living under the authority and guidance of both of their parents, and government should focus on protecting this extremely important natural right. Additionally, government should end its monopoly in education and help facilitate a free market and market competition for private schools, which will ensure better results for children at a lower cost.”
Policies under the header “Ensuring Limited Government and Individual Liberty” are designed to make sure that government remains subservient to the will of the People of New Hampshire, and not to special interests or state bureaucrats. These policies are designed to create a government that acts as referee on a level playing field where everyone, including government officials themselves, are treated equally under the law.
Promoting Private Sector Jobs and Economic Prosperity
• Pass a balanced state budget that continues to cut wasteful spending and lower taxes and fees.
• Pass comprehensive pension reform that phases out defined benefit plans and phases in 401(k)-style defined contribution plans for state employees.
• Pass Right to Work legislation that allows employees to voluntarily choose to join a union, pay union dues and pay agency fees, or opt-out from such voluntary association and payments.
• Pass a law prohibiting automatic collection of union dues through paycheck deduction, a law stripping the requirement for a union to be the exclusive representative of a bargaining unit, and a law restoring legislative oversight of state contracts and union negotiations.
• Pass the Occupational Licensing Relief and Job Creation Act, which ensures that an individual may pursue a lawful occupation free from unnecessary occupational regulations and protects against the use of occupational regulations to reduce competition and increase prices to consumers.
• Create an alternative health insurance option that allows insurers who sell plans including insurance mandates to also sell coverage, including a la carte coverage, that is exempted from all of the health insurance mandates.
• Continue to fight Obamacare by blocking the implementation of a “partnership exchange,” blocking the expansion of Medicaid and telling Congress to repeal and replace the law.
Empowering Parents and Local Communities
• Pass a constitutional amendment and supportive bills that protect the natural rights of parents to control the health, education and welfare of their children.
• Expand the Educational Tax Credit and Scholarship Bill passed this year to increase the tax credit from 85 percent to 100 percent, increase the number and amount of scholarships that can be given to students and remove the means testing requirement completely so that all students can be treated equally under the law.
• Continue to roll back state control and oversight over home schooling programs.
• Pass laws to ensure that both parents are treated equally under the law in disputes, and that parents are always considered innocent until proven guilty when accused of abuse or neglect.
Ensuring Limited Government and Individual Liberty
• Pass a binding legislative resolution to stop judicial tyranny, making it clear that the People through their elected representatives are the final authority on the constitution and matters of policy.
• Repeal onerous interstate compacts such as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and protect the state from multinational overreaches such as Agenda 21 and International Baccalaureate.
• Continue to pursue 10th Amendment laws that nullify excessive federal laws relative to commerce within the state’s boundaries.
• Pass legislation that restores citizens’ standing to sue the government for official oppression and hold governmental agencies and agencies associated with the government accountable to the rule of law, the constitution and the transparency required for good governance.
• Pass Constitutional Carry, which recognizes the right of law-abiding citizens to carry a concealed gun without a license.
About The Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire
The Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire, a state chapter of the national Republican Liberty Caucus, was launched in December 2004 to promote the ideals of limited government, individual liberty, personal responsibility, free enterprise and adherence to the N.H. and U.S. Constitutions among Republican Party officials and throughout the state by identifying and supporting candidates sympathetic with the organization’s ideals, and by supporting, through public education and outreach, initiatives in the N.H. Legislature that further these ideals. For more information about the RLCNH, please visit www.rlcnh.org.