Right-To-Work: Peter supports Governor Lynch’s veto of the Right to Work bill (HB 474). The debate is clearly driven by national outside interest groups and has not been an issue for either New Hampshire businesses or workers. In 1985, the publisher of the Union Leader, a Republican, Nackey Loeb, said in part: “Those who support the bill in the name of freedom of choice have forgotten freedom of voice.” She went on to say: “Those who want the “right to work” bill in New Hampshire are, we suspect hypocritical in claiming to defend the rights of the common man. They show little interest in preserving New Hampshire’s healthy business and industry climate for the welfare of all.” I could not agree more.
Marriage Equality: Peter does not support HB 437 or HB 443. These bills would repeal same sex marriage. Peter believes Marriage Equality is a civil right that protect individuals’ freedom from unwarranted infringement by government and private organizations.
The 2011-2012 Budget: Cannot support. This budget will and already has had a devastating impact on our State hospitals. The combination of new taxes on hospitals and other program cuts total more than $250M. Hundreds of layoffs of hospital workers have already occurred. Cuts to our University/Community College systems exceed $95M. These deep cuts to our college system and the resulting tuition increases are making it all the more difficult for families to send their children on to college. These cuts will harm New Hampshire’s long-term economic development and ability to recruit new businesses. Additionally, the budget cut millions of dollars from domestic violence programs, mental health services, and childcare. These cuts will put more and more families at greater risk and families will be forced to turn to their local community for help.
Abortion Rights: Peter supports a woman’s right to choose.
Local Education Funding: Peter does not support a constitutional amendment that would return more if not all of the responsibility of funding our local public schools to the towns and cities.