2015-2016 NH Democratic & Republican Party Platforms


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Democratic Party Platform

Republican Party Platform

  Item Comment Y/N   Item Comment Y/N
  Economic Development and Opportunities   Yes   Jobs and the Economy   Yes
   Business Investment and Jobs   Yes   Improving NH Business Climate   Yes
   Job Security Tread Lightly on minimum wage issues that impact business ??   NH's Work Force Tread Lightly on minimum wage issues that impact business  
   Job Education and Training   Yes   Right to work without coercion or intimidation Strongly Support Yes
   Keeping and attracting the Next Generation   Yes   Taxes and Spending Keep both LOW  
   Rural Development   Yes   Lower taxes & spending   Yes
   Urban Development   Yes   Oppose new taxes   Yes
          Government Structure Keep Govt out of our lives!  
  Promoting Healthy Communities and Strong Families   Yes   Limit growth of spending   Yes
  Public Safety   Yes   Privatize where effective   Yes
  Transportation and Infrastructure   Yes   Protect Privacy of individuals   Yes
  Environment   Yes   Health    
   Housing   Yes   Oppose Obama Care Let's fix it, not kill it.  
  Veterans   Yes   Promote Market forces for health care   Yes
   Education   Yes   Ensure veterans receive proper health care Fix Veterans Choice. It's Broken!! Yes
  Health Care Don't force employers to go against religious beliefs Yes   Education Support public and private education Yes
   Preserving the Safety Net for Our Most Vulnerable Citizens   Yes   The Family   Yes
  Marriage Equality Civil Unions yes
Just don't call it marriage
Yes   Support Right to Life   Yes
  Retirement Security   Yes   Support Parental notification for abortions   Yes
          Oppose Physician assisted Suicide Times are changing and this may need attention ??
  Justice and Equality   Yes   Oppose expanded gambling When the specifics are right, maybe allow it, but not now. ??
  Voting Rights and Democracy   Yes   Law and Order   Yes
  First in the Nation   Yes   Right to bear arms & voter ID   Yes
  Working Together to Protect our Constitutional Freedom   Yes   The Judiciary Support Redress of Grievances Yes
  Equal Access to Justice   Yes   The Environment   Yes
   Fiscal Responsibility   Yes   Federalism   ??

Below is The 2015-2016 Republican Platform in its entirety

Application of Principles

Jobs and the Economy
Improving New Hampshire's Business Climate
Minimize business regulations, permits, licenses and paperwork
Remove barriers to business formation
Keep state government lean to allow lower business taxes
Foster an attitude of assistance and cooperation with business and increase responsiveness
Prefer incentives to penalties and issue warnings before fines
Work with municipalities to streamline planning and zoning barriers to business
Establish a robust telecommunications and technology infrastructure throughout New Hampshire
Support low cost means to protect, develop and market agricultural, forest and high value natural resource products
New Hampshire's Work Force
Uphold the right to join or avoid labor unions without coercion or intimidation; support "right to work"
Allow workers to decide upon allocation of their dues for political purposes
Remove barriers to apprenticeships
Taxes and Spending
Low Taxes are the Result of Low Spending
Strongly oppose new taxes and fees, including an income, sales or capital gains tax
Cut or eliminate taxes which inhibit enterprise, earnings and savings and investment, such as the Interest and Dividends Tax and the Business Enterprise/Business Profits Tax
Limit the growth of state spending to not more than the rate of inflation plus population growth
Require super-majorities to raise taxes
Maintain local control of spending and taxes designed to support local services
Work to reduce energy costs and remove New Hampshire from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative
Reject expanded casino and video lottery gambling as a means to balance the budget or increase spending
Government Structure
Justify expenditures against measurable benefits
Prioritize programs to ensure effective spending
Reward employees who save money and/or exceed their goals
Sunset programs and regulations to force periodic reevaluation
Privatize programs and functions that can be handled more effectively by the private sector
Ensure that public employee benefits are similar to and do not exceed those of the private sector
Support the concept of a people's veto
Expand openness and transparency to employment, expenditures and all recipients of taxpayers’ funds
Protect the privacy of individuals from government snooping
Oppose the implementation of Obamacare in New Hampshire
Increase the use of market forces to improve health care and lower costs
Improve access to the information necessary to make informed health care decisions, including information about the quality and cost of services provided by physicians, hospitals and insurers
Allow free market driven health care plans and “ala carte” insurance plans free from government mandates. Allow purchase of insurance plans across state lines
Support the moral and ethical right of informed consent with regard to all medical treatment and intervention
Provide for the special needs of seniors, including opportunities for personalized home health care and less expensive alternatives to hospital stays and prescription medication
Respect New Hampshire’s honored veterans by ensuring that they receive the benefits they have rightfully earned and deserve, particularly by combating homelessness and improving veteran’s medical and mental care via a full-service VA medical center, local clinics and other means
Excellence in Education
Do not interfere with parents' right to control the education of their children
Encourage school choice and competition and allow all parents to choose the best public, private, charter or home school program for their children
Make school education tax credits available to enable school choice
Repeal the so-called "Blaine Amendment" to end discrimination against religious schools
Support increased use of market forces to provide and improve education
Local Control and Funding of Public Schools
Promote local control of education policy and funding in order to create the best-managed school systems
Amend the Constitution to overturn the poorly decided Claremont rulings and return educational funding and policy to the people at the local level
Remove mandates, particularly unfunded mandates, as a condition for receiving state or federal aid
The Classroom
Emphasize academic achievement
Emphasize marketable skills at the high school and post-secondary levels
Support innovative measures to reduce tuition costs and increase national competitiveness
Promote personal responsibility and consequences for one’s actions
Implement the nation's highest competency and accountability standards for our teachers and students; empower teachers to maintain orderly, disciplined classrooms; eliminate tenure and institute merit pay
Reform the teacher certification process to include participation by individuals outside the standard education paradigm whose experiences will elevate appreciation for knowledge in the classroom
The Family
Support the unborn child's fundamental right to life and implement all possible legal protections
Encourage individuals and organizations who provide alternatives to abortion by meeting the needs of mothers through adoption, support, counseling and educational services
Require parental consent for minors seeking abortions, ban the use of public resources to fund or promote abortion, appoint judges who respect traditional families values and the sanctity of innocent life, and support similar efforts at the federal level
Recognize marriage as the legal union between one man and one woman
Maintain the fundamental role and responsibility of both parents in the care, upbringing and discipline of their children
Oppose euthanasia and physician assisted suicide
Oppose expanded gambling because of the negative social consequences
Law And Order
Protect the rights of law-abiding citizens to own and carry firearms to defend themselves, their families and their property; oppose any taxation, licensing restrictions, or registration of firearms; oppose the requirement to obtain a license to carry a concealed firearm; oppose any "assault weapons" ban; support the universal right of self defense wherever one has a legal right to be
Ensure due process rights of those accused of child abuse or neglect
Establish strict laws against sexual predators including life incarceration as appropriate
Strengthen prosecution and fair enforcement of death penalty laws
Prosecute violations of election law and ensure voting is done by New Hampshire resident citizens only; to prevent voter fraud we support the requirement to produce positive identification upon both registering and voting
The Judiciary
Support the appointment of judges who recognize their proper and limited interpretive role, relying only on the original intent of the federal and state constitutions
Implement reasonable and periodic oversight of judicial officers, including term limitations
Support the constitutional right of citizens to petition the general court for redress of grievances
Support the people’s oversight of the Judiciary through their elected Legislature
The Environment
Recognize that private property owners are the most effective land stewards and have a fundamental right to freely use and enjoy their property
Promote conservation of open space, sensitive ecosystems, wildlife, scenic vistas, historic and cultural landscapes, and especially New Hampshire’s state historic sites
Encourage landowners to keep their property open and accessible to responsible recreation
Provide public access to all public lands and great ponds, subject to adequate protection for indigenous plants and animals
Encourage private development of a balanced, safe and environmentally sensitive transportation system to provide greater commuter and commercial access to and within our state
Improve highways and reduce traffic congestion to increase access to recreation and tourism in rural areas
Strengthen national border security; enforce immigration laws; oppose any form of amnesty for illegal aliens; define trespass to include illegal presence in New Hampshire
Oppose federal programs that contradict the ninth or tenth amendment to the US Constitution; these amendments reserve unenumerated rights and powers to the states and the people
We oppose any federal mandates or guidelines for education
Support efforts to hold the federal government to the same standard against unfunded mandates as we do our state government under the New Hampshire Constitution
Oppose laws and programs contrary to our founding principles such as Sharia Law, the International Baccalaureate Program, UN Agenda 21 or other “sustainable development” programs