Democrat
State Representative
Strafford District H4

Issue Transparency

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Took LFDA Survey
17
of 18
2016 Declared Issue Positions

Background

Experience

Senator, NH Senate (2006 - 2010); Representative, NH House of Representatives (2004 - 2006, 2014 - present); Candidate, NH Governor (2012); Former Owner, Cilley and Associates; Teacher

Family
Married; Children: 5
Education
BA/MBA, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH.
Home Address
8 Oak Hill Rd
Barrington, NH 03825

Legislator Activity Profile

The data below is based on the the 2015/2016 legislative session. The objective, nonpartisan measures below are used to show this elected official’s activities at the Statehouse. It is not to present a ranking or rating of any kind. Average is that of all state elected officials in this chamber. Note: Elected official activity for the current 2017/2018 session will be posted soon.

Attendance
How often does the elected official attend official legislative days?
Average 90%
97% Present
Committee Participation
How often does the elected official attend committee public hearings?
Average 71%
70% Attendance
How often does the elected official vote in committee executive session?
Average 88%
65% Voted
Partisanship
How often does the elected official vote with the majority of fellow party members?
Average 87%
93% With Party
Voting Participation
How often does the elected official cast a vote during official roll call votes?
Average 85%
81% Roll Call Votes
Bill Prime Sponsorship
Does the elected official prime sponsor legislation?
Average 3
4 Prime Sponsored Bills
How many of the elected official’s prime sponsored bills became law?
Average 1
0 Became Law

POSITION ON ISSUES

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Crime and Public Safety

Should NH increase law enforcement policies and penalties for heroin-related offenses?
Should NH require seat belts?
Should NH decriminalize small amounts of marijuana?
Should NH legalize the recreational use of marijuana?
Should NH pass stricter gun control laws?

Economy, Budget and Taxes

Should NH pass a constitutional amendment giving the legislature more control over the distribution of school funding?
Should NH continue to use property taxes instead of a new broad-based tax, such as an income tax?
Should NH add an income tax on earned income?
Should NH add a broad-based sales tax?
Should NH authorize one or more casinos?
Should NH add restrictions on welfare recipients?
Should NH raise the minimum wage?
Should NH do more to limit eminent domain?
Should NH raise the minimum wage?

Education

Should NH pass a constitutional amendment giving the legislature more control over the distribution of school funding?
Should NH continue to base statewide assessments on Common Core standards?
Should NH continue to administer statewide standards-based student assessments?

Energy and Environment

Should NH allow the Northern Pass to proceed with some (not all) of the lines buried?
Should NH restrict further wind power development?
Should the government pursue more opportunities to produce fossil fuels?
Should NH do more to limit eminent domain?

Health Care

Should parents be allowed to opt their children out of the NH immunization/vaccination registry?
What is your opinion on the state providing some funding for Planned Parenthood?
Was NH right to expand Medicaid eligibility, using private insurance wherever possible?
Should NH increase funding for heroin treatment programs?
Should NH limit access to abortion?
Should NH continue to allow medicinal marijuana?

Politics and Political Process

Should NH broaden campaign finance disclosure laws?
Should NH limit terms for elected officials?

Recreation and Transportation

Should NH require seat belts?
Should NH pursue expanded commuter rail?

Social Issues

Should NH increase law enforcement policies and penalties for heroin-related offenses?
Should NH do more to enforce federal immigration laws?
What is your opinion on the state providing some funding for Planned Parenthood?
Should NH authorize one or more casinos?
Should NH increase funding for heroin treatment programs?
Should NH limit access to abortion?
Should NH add restrictions on welfare recipients?
Should NH decriminalize small amounts of marijuana?
Should NH continue to allow medicinal marijuana?
Should NH legalize the recreational use of marijuana?

VOTING RECORD

2016

Crime and Public Safety

HB 1694 (2016) - Legalizes and taxes marijuana for adults over age twenty-one. - Did not vote
SB 336 (2016) - Removes the phrase "suitable person" from the law governing concealed carry permits, and instead requires law enforcement to issue a permit so long as the person is not prohibited from owning a firearm by state or federal law. - Voted against requiring law enforcement to issue concealed carry permits
SB 576 (2016) - This bill includes many regulations aimed at combating heroin and prescription drug abuse. For example, this bill increases the penalties for abusing fentanyl and provides funding for an upgrade to the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. - Voted to change drug laws
SB 498 (2016) - Reduces the penalty for possessing 1/4 ounce or less of marijuana from a class A to an unspecified misdemeanor. - Voted to decriminalize marijuana
SB 576 (2016) - This bill includes many regulations aimed at combating heroin and prescription drug abuse. For example, this bill increases the penalties for abusing fentanyl and provides funding for an upgrade to the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. - Voted to change drug laws
SB 576 (2016) - This bill includes many regulations aimed at combating heroin and prescription drug abuse. For example, this bill increases the penalties for abusing fentanyl and provides funding for an upgrade to the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. - Voted to change drug laws

Economy, Budget and Taxes

HB 1480 (2016) - Raises the minimum wage to $8.25 in 2017, $9 in 2018, and $9.50 in 2019. - Voted to consider raising the minimum wage

Education

HB 1338 (2016) - Allows parents and guardians to opt their students out of the statewide assessment test, and prohibits schools and the state from penalizing students who do not take statewide assessments. - Voted against allowing opt-outs

Energy and Environment

HB 1374 (2016) - Requires moneys paid into the Renewable Energy Fund to be rebated to ratepayers, rather than spent on other renewable energy projects. - Did not vote

Health Care

HB 1623 (2016) - Prohibits abortion based on genetic abnormality. - Voted against a ban on abortions based on genetic abnormality
HB 1696 (2016) - Continues expanded Medicaid eligibility, with some revisions. This bill adds work requirements to eligibility for expanded Medicaid. Additional funding is provided by the insurance premium tax, paid by insurance companies. - Voted to continue Medicaid expansion
HB 1623 (2016) - Prohibits abortion based on genetic abnormality. - Voted against a ban on abortions based on genetic abnormality

Recreation and Transportation

HB 1616 (2016) - Allows a person obtaining a driver's license to choose whether the license complies with the federal Real ID Act of 2005. - Voted to allow drivers to select a Real ID-compliant license

Campaign Finances

Campaign finances are not available for this candidate.

VIDEOS

COMMENTS

Mark Fernald
- Peterborough

Mon, 08/27/2012 - 11:51am

Dear Readers:

In this year’s governor’s race, I am endorsing Jackie.  I am writing to ask that you consider supporting her too.

It has been a difficult year and a half for New Hampshire.  The legislature sent a wrecking ball through institutions and values that we hold dear when it cut general fund spending by 12%. Higher education, hospitals, care for children in crisis, mental health care––the list goes on and on and on. Name anything a vibrant economy and healthy society stands on, and it was cut.

You might think the blame lies only with the Tea Party, but you would be wrong.  Republicans?  Wrong again.  The culprit in this tale of woe is Pledge politics.

Too many politicians are unwilling to talk about revenue.  Voters at the local level act like grownups.  Sometimes they vote to increase their taxes to pay for a new fire engine, a teacher contract, or a needed road project.  Politicians in Concord take pledges.  They claim our tax structure is a given, and that we can only spend what our current mix of taxes brings in.

The trend at the state level is not just discouraging, it’s positively frightening.  We have a tax structure that does not grow with the economy, so government programs cannot keep pace with inflation and population growth.  In the ten years from 2001 to 2011, the total income of the people of New Hampshire grew by 38%, while the state’s general fund budget grew only 20%--lower than the rate of inflation.

Over the past thirty years, through administrations both Republican and Democratic, Pledge politics has been ratcheting down the state budget, to the detriment of the people of New Hampshire and its property taxpayers.  Our state parks have deteriorated.  Our community mental health centers, which were a model for the rest of the nation, have been gutted.  State aid to higher education is the lowest in the nation, and our college students graduate with the highest student loan debt in the nation.  State aid to local government has been cut, and cut again, shifting the tax burden onto the property tax.  In 1999, property taxes made up 59% of all state and local taxes in New Hampshire.  In 2011, it was 66%.  In those twelve years, the total property tax bill in New Hampshire doubled.

There are two fine women Democrats, both veteran legislators, who are running for Governor this year:  Maggie Hassan of Exeter and Jackie Cilley of Barrington.  Maggie Hassan has taken the Pledge against any broad-based sales or income tax.  Jackie Cilley has not.  And that makes all the difference.  Visit www . pledgezombies . com to see Jackie's first ad on this subject.

Jackie Cilley is willing to have an open, honest conversation with the people about all options to fund our priorities. Maggie Hassan is not willing to do that. In fact, Maggie recently told a voter she would not even support a review of our current revenue system.

Maggie Hassan has been honest in saying that this is a tactical decision, that New Hampshire is not ready to have a conversation about taxes.  But if she is elected, she will be a Democrat in a Republican box.  On vital issues of taxes and spending, she will have conceded to the Republicans before the legislature is even seated.

We have the third-highest property taxes in the nation.  Our state and local tax burden on retired homeowners is the highest in the nation.  Our state and local tax burden on the top 1% is the fifth-lowest in the nation.  If someone comes up with a plan to cut homeowners’ property taxes, restore funding to education and human services, bring in millions of dollars from out-of-staters, and make our tax system more equitable, should we consider such a plan?  Jackie Cilley says YES and Maggie Hassan says NO.

This election is not just about property taxes and the state budget.  Jackie will work to defend a woman’s right to choose, marriage equality, and public education.  She will uphold regulations that protect our environment and consumers.

If you would like to help Jackie Cilley’s campaign, please do one or more of the following:

  • Make a donation, of any amount, at www.jackiecilley.com
  • Volunteer to make phone calls, or for a road sign or a bumper sticker by visiting www.jackiecilley.com
  • Forward this email to everyone you know in New Hampshire and urge them to vote for Jackie Cilley on September 11.

Mark Fernald

Sharon

[email protected]

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