Does Sue Really Want to Increase Taxes?
The following letter appeared in the Bedford Bulletin on October 1 in response to some correspondence characterizing me as a bad choice for State Representative in the upcoming election.
As many of you know, finding the ways in which people of all parties are similar ( and encouraging respectful dialogue about our differences) is one of the central reasons I ran in the first place!
We are literally galloping towards Nov. 3 with hope and optimism that in 2020, all voters know that who you vote for really matters.
To the Editor:
Soon, Bedford residents will cast their ballots along with the rest of the country. The 2020 election represents an opportunity to add your voice to those of like-minded voters with the goal of moving America forward. That is true for all members of all political parties, differences aside.
When I ran for the NH House in 2018, I chose “Putting People Before Politics” as my slogan for a number of reasons.
Foremost, I believe that when we start looking at people solely as Republicans and Democrats, rather than as neighbors and friends, we have a problem. It may be inherently true that political perspective leads us to differing decisions on particular issues, but there are many more instances than not where our life circumstances run parallel to each other, despite our divergence.
Every community needs to educate its youth. Older adults deserve quality care. Roads and bridges must be maintained to assure that people and goods can get to where they’re going. Being able to earn a livable wage is central to a family’s wellbeing. You never truly appreciate the value of health insurance until you need it. The list goes on…
Recent letters to the editor have pointed out specific bills and how I voted on them.
Absent from the discussion have been the details behind the decisions.
Characterizing the Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program as an income tax minimizes the importance of being able to put food on the table while caring for someone who is critically ill.
Considering a capital gains tax as part of a broader school funding formula does not seem as punitive as allowing our property taxes to skyrocket, crippling people who will never realize the luxury of capital gains.
And, voting to limit plastic straws in response to a Bedford youth initiative to reduce environmental risk didn’t seem risky at all.
I am a lifelong NH resident who believes that the NH Advantage should benefit everybody.
We need to do something about the opioid crisis.
We need to support quality schools statewide, so folks don’t have to flock to Bedford for a good education.
We need to figure out how to keep people working during COVID-19.
Issues like these will require us to identify priorities and think outside the box. We’re going to need to make decisions about real people in real time.
I don’t want to increase taxes, and I am open to listening to ideas from both sides of the aisle about how to pay for what NH’s citizens need.
One thing is for sure: we need to knock off the partisan warfare and keep talking.
Rep. Sue Mullen Bedford