Legislature Candidate Survey

Aug 24, 2018 by

Granite State Taxpayers has surveyed candidates for their positions on topics of interest to taxpayers.
Notices for the survey were mailed to 898 primary candidates for the New Hampshire House or Senate.
The survey results include 177 responses received by mail or on-line by August 23, 2018.

NH House and Senate candidates are asked to answer the following 12 questions:
Will you oppose any income or sales tax, or any increase in the overall tax burden in New Hampshire?
Will you support decreasing state spending or at least preventing any increase in state spending?
Will you support limiting voting to persons who have been New Hampshire residents for at least 30 days?
Will you support using the same residency standard for all NH services that require residency?
Do you believe that state public school funding should be set by the legislature and not by the courts?
Do you support additional school choice options?
Will you support passing Right-to-Work legislation?
Will you support reducing business taxes and regulations to encourage economic development and business retention?
Will you support pension reforms for government employees including a transition from defined-benefit to defined-contribution plans?
Will you vote to terminate expanded Medicaid if the Federal contribution is cut?
Will you oppose casino gambling?
Will you support actions that decrease electricity rates, and oppose any actions that will increase them?

The candidate score is the percentage of their “Yes” responses to the above questions.

The survey also asked the candidate’s position about the ATR Pledge.
Would you agree to take the ATR Pledge: ā€œI will oppose and Vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes.ā€?

To review the GST ranking of NH House and Senate candidates, please click on the following links:
Survey by Name
Survey by District
Survey by Score

To download a read-only spreadsheet with survey data and candidate answers and comments, click:
2018 Survey Spreadsheet

Granite State Taxpayers is New Hampshire’s oldest statewide taxpayer association.
Founded in 1990 by former Governor Mel Thomson and former State Senator George Lovejoy, our mission is to inform, educate and motivate New Hampshire taxpayers and to influence the legislature on their behalf.

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