I'm Mark McLean, and I'm running for re-election as your State Representative in Hillsborough District 44. During my three terms in the New Hampshire House I have consistently fought to maintain openness in government, and support policies that allow the businesses and citizens of this state to thrive.
I have always believed that New Hampshire's citizen-based legislature is one of our greatest strengths. While it's true that the government plays a vital role in the society we all enjoy, it is incumbent on all of us to insure that it understands that role and does not exceed it. I see the pressure to spend the people's money continuing to grow, and I understand that the prudent use of our financial resources is essential if we want to avoid a broad-based income or sales tax and all the baggage that comes with it.
Throughout my tenure I’ve pushed hard to chisel away at any barriers that might hold our state back. Things like excessive regulations, high energy and healthcare costs, and concerns about maintaining a strong workforce. To that end, I’ve sponsored and championed legislation to improve transparency in both energy and healthcare costs, and I’ve been a loud voice in calling for cutting regulations and the rules around licensure. These efforts had produced an economy that was amongst the top in the country.
Obviously, the Covid-19 situation has dealt a hard blow to all of that. Overnight we saw our vulnerable citizens getting sick, and our economy falter as the virus hammered away at businesses large and small alike. We’ve seen the unemployment rolls grow a hundred-fold even as everyone looks at each other and asks the question “Where do we go from here?”
How we navigate through this crisis will be the main focus of all the branches of government in the next term. Already some in Concord are demanding increases to the business taxes to help prop up revenues that were lost. Some are even calling for extending the lockdown in a modified form until a vaccine can be found. That’s the wrong approach. Reopening the economy, with sensible and targeted measures to protect the most vulnerable in our population, is the only way forward. Increasing taxes on businesses after they have been dealt an unprecedented body blow could plunge us into an economic chasm that we’ll never be able to crawl out of. We can’t let that happen.
The last 25 years of my life have been spent working hard in the manufacturing sector. I know that for New Hampshire to continue to succeed it must emerge from the virus situation with a clear and confident plan that allows it to be able to compete with the best that's out there. I believe it will. I want to return to Concord to continue to be your voice for restraint. I want to preserve personal freedoms, and help create an environment that will provide the potential for all the citizens of this state to succeed.