Mark Fernald for New Hampshire State Senate

As your State Senator,

  • I will introduce legislation for the creation of a ‘blue ribbon’ commission to conduct a thorough review of New Hampshire’s tax system, and to make recommendations on how we can make the system fair for all citizens.
  • I will vote against any bill that increases property taxes.
  • I will vote against any attempt to limit voting rights.
  • I will vote for an increase in the minimum wage.
  • I will oppose private school vouchers.
  • I will vote for a resolution calling on Congress to pass a constitutional amendment overturning the Citizens United decision.
  • I will vote to make our university system affordable to every New Hampshire student who is qualified to attend.
  • I will vote for a public financing option for candidates, and vote to change our laws so that PACs can contribute no more than individuals.
  • I will fight to end Gerrymandering by creating a non-partisan re-districting commission.
  • I will vote for common sense gun control.

 

 

 

 

 

Politics vs. the Public Good

If you served in the legislature and had to choose between what is good for the State of New Hampshire and what is good for your party, what would you do? Our legislators faced this test last year. Most of them failed.

The issue was gerrymandering—the drawing of voting districts in a way that benefits one party over another.

The guiding principle of democracy is majority rule. It is essential that we have rules that protect the right to vote, and ensure an accurate vote count that reflects the will of the people.

The goal of gerrymandering is to impede the will of the people by making it possible for the party with a minority of the votes to get a majority of the legislative seats. It is a way to rig elections.

Is New Hampshire Facing Another Education Funding Crisis?

In 1991, five communities—Claremont, Franklin, Lisbon, Pittsfield and Allenstown—sued the state, arguing that the education funding system was unconstitutional. The plaintiffs won the first round in 1993, when the Supreme Court ruled that education is a fundamental right under New Hampshire’s constitution.

The plaintiffs won the second round in 1997, when the Court ruled that the way New Hampshire paid for public education was unconstitutional because it resulted in school tax rates that were four times higher in some towns than in others.

In essence, the Supreme Court ruled that for purposes of providing an adequate education, New Hampshire is one community. We should care as much about the children in Franklin or Allenstown as we do the children in our own city or town. Any tax used to pay for an adequate education must have the same rate across the state.

Two decades later, the problem is worse than it was in the 1990s. The total property tax bill in New Hampshire has more than doubled since 1999, putting added pressure on property taxpayers, towns, and schools districts.

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Some of Mark's recent op-eds

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The primary purpose of so-called ‘right to work’ laws is to destroy unions so that big businesses can...