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MILLENNIAL

LEGISLATIVE

PRIORITIES

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As New Hampshire Young Democrats we want to ensure that New Hampshire is the best place to grow, raise a family, and have a high quality of life. Whether it’s being able to attend college without the crushing burden of student loan debt or adopting family friendly policies that attract young people to stay and move here to raise their family. Outlined below is the policy platform of the New Hampshire Young Democrats.

 

— Voting Rights —

 

Voting should be accessible, modern, and painless to encourage as many people as possible to take part in our election process. In New Hampshire we take our ‘First in the Nation Primary’ title seriously. We must maintain the integrity of our election system, make the system modern, and protect the constitutional rights for citizens while continuing efforts to streamline the voting process.

 

 

  • Enact universal voting hours for all NH communities: 6AM-8PM

  • Establish an opt-out voter registration at age 18

  • Support Election Day modernization such as electronic poll books

  • Oppose efforts to take away voting rights or efforts to intimidate voters at the polls to suppress the vote

 

— Education —

Education is a necessity for a productive and prosperous society. The New Hampshire Young Democrats Support adequate funds to our public schools first to ensure every child receives adequate resources and quality education.

  • Affordable College Tuition

    • Increase state budget funding to the University System of New Hampshire and the Community College System of NH; increased funding to lower tuition for in-state students

    • Increase funding for student scholarships for in state institutions

    • Increase state funding for dual and concurrent enrollment opportunities

    • Support efforts at state and federal level to protect the rights of student borrowers to seek justice when defrauded by institutes of higher education

  • Support Public Education Policies which promote modern, science-based curriculum

  • Support sexual education in public schools

  • Support student-centered learning

  • Support funding for full-day kindergarten, in all New Hampshire communities, that does not rely on gambling

  • Oppose efforts to privatize education

 

— Family Friendly Policies —

  • Enact Paid Family and Medical Leave

  • Support legislation to enact pilot program for businesses

  • Guarantee Access to Earned Sick Leave

  • Support policies that encourage paid sick time off for workers to assist family members and promote healthier workplaces

  • Expand Access to Quality, Affordable Child Care

  • Encourage businesses to provide child care in-house by providing tax credit

 

— Worker’s Rights —

  • Support workers rights to organize, form unions, collectively bargain, and support efforts including:

    • Raise the minimum wage to a wage that is livable for families

    • Equal Pay Policies

    • Fair Scheduling

    • Reform employers’ ability to use non-compete agreements, mandatory arbitration requirements, and class action waivers to suppress worker power and freedom

    • Oppose “Right to Work” legislation

 

— Health Care —

  • Oppose Efforts to Erode Women’s Health

  • Support efforts to eliminate inequities in access to sexual and reproductive health care in New Hampshire

  • Support fully funding domestic violence prevention shelters and programs in the NH budget

  • Supporting policies that embrace Reproductive Justice by opposing legislation that disproportionately affects low income women and women of color

  • Oppose efforts to defund Planned Parenthood

  • Oppose efforts to chip away at access to safe, legal abortion

  • Increase Access to Health Care for all

  • Support efforts to renew Medicaid Expansion in New Hampshire

  • Support addiction recovery policies like fully funding the alcohol fund and policies to lessen the opioid crisis and protect and expand New Hampshire’s drug court system

  • Support Transgender Rights and inclusive policies

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— Marijuana Policy —

  • Support a safe and responsible approach to easing current marijuana laws

  • Support full decriminalization of recreational marijuana

  • Support a comprehensive overview of the benefits and challenges of legalization

  • Support a review of New Hampshire's current state of criminal charges from small amounts of marijuana possession

 

— Environment —

  • Community Transportation

    • Support Rail in the Southern Tier

    • Support policies which create more environmentally friendly transportation services; such as Lyft and bike shares

  • Invest in the Renewable Energy Economy

    • Encourage businesses to invest in renewable technology with tax incentives

    • Support efforts to strengthen both our Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) and our commitment to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)

    • Support New Hampshire joining the U.S. Climate Alliance

    • Support research into the potential for sensible offshore wind and other renewable energy projects.

 

— Development —

  • Support affordable economic and community development

    • Support budget increases for the CCSNH and other workforce development programs to ensure access to high-quality workforce training resources

    • Oppose cuts to critical community and economic development programs at the state and federal levels

 

  • Support Affordable Housing Policies

    • Support a budget increase to the state’s Affordable Housing Fund

    • Support affordable rental policies/workforce housing  

    • Support policies which make it easier for first-time homebuyers which create an environment which allows young people to stay in New Hampshire and raise a family

 

  • Support efforts to improve access to broadband and cell coverage

  • Support programs like the New Hampshire School Connectivity Initiative and increase their capacity to bring New Hampshire’s schools into the 21st century

  • Support a study of statewide grant programs that incentivize private telecommunications investment in rural areas, acknowledging that access to quality broadband and cellphone coverage is critical for rural economic development