As a legal aid attorney and as Senate Majority Leader, Dan led the charge for quality, affordable health care, paid family and medical leave insurance, clean energy, common-sense gun safety, and worked to expand opportunity for all Granite Staters. Dan has accomplished a lot, including working with members of both parties on major legislative initiatives.
Dan has the record and vision to lead us through a real COVID-19 relief and recovery into the next decade. With Dan as Governor, we’ll tackle the critical issues facing our state and make sure that every Granite Stater has the opportunity to be successful, ensuring relief and recovery that works for working families without a sales or income tax. Over his three terms in the state Senate, Dan has gained a reputation as one of the most prolific legislators in the State House with nearly half (44%) of all legislation he’s filed signed into law. Dan doesn’t just talk about these critical issues — he works hard to get real results for real people.
At the end of each section below you’ll find a sampling of relevant legislation that Dan has sponsored throughout his time in the Senate.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Dan released almost a dozen policy initiatives he would have undertaken as Governor. These range from access to child care, to housing and homelessness, to use of the federal CARES Act funds, and much more. You can read more about those here.
Dan released his “Green Jobs, Green Future” plan to create a new clean energy economy, generate thousands of living-wage jobs, and lead the economic recovery after COVID-19. This clean energy economy will follow the leading science on climate and embrace proven technologies to help keep our children, forests, farms, seacoast, and businesses safe from the climate crisis. During his time in office, Chris Sununu has steadfastly resisted the unequivocal science of climate change, as reflected in his statements and more than a dozen vetoes of bipartisan climate and clean energy legislation.
Dan’s plan for New Hampshire’s clean energy future has three core building blocks: (1) clean, local power; (2) safe and healthy buildings; and (3) clean, reliable transportation.
1. Clean, Local Power: Every year, Granite Staters export over $4 billion for non-renewable energy to power our way of life, even though clean, local energy sources are now available at a lower cost. As governor, Dan will act swiftly to declare New Hampshire’s clean-tech economy open for business by implementing five common-sense measures, including committing to 100% clean energy by 2050, empowering local distributed generation, investing in offshore wind, removing red tape, and modernizing the grid.
2. Safe and Healthy Buildings: Safe and healthy buildings are essential to New Hampshire’s families and workers. Our homes and businesses also have the power to help clean the environment by producing and using energy smartly. In the U.S., buildings account for 40% of primary energy use and associated greenhouse gas emissions. Unfortunately, New Hampshire ranks dead last in the northeast on building efficiency, and energy efficiency jobs are going to other states. Dan will prioritize securing critical funding, maximizing building efficiency, phasing out fossil fuels, and making the state part of the solution.
3. Clean and Reliable Transportation: Air pollution is a silent killer that affects New Hampshire disproportionately. The state Department of Health and Human Services consistently finds rates of asthma among the highest in the nation, accounting for thousands of hospital visits and more than $177 million in annual medical costs to Granite Staters. As Governor, Dan will invest in a modern and healthy New Hampshire with electric transit corridors that serve local residents and tourists alike. From day one, Dan will make electric vehicles and mass transit top priorities with the following initiatives including going electric now, putting passenger rail back on track, and creating transit solutions for all.
Dan released his “Live Free and Learn Safe” blueprint for back to school plan on July 22 to address the key issues facing our public schools in a substantive, specific manner. The “Live Free and Learn Safe” plan provides specific funding mechanisms and actions that can be taken. This is the type of guidance a Feltes administration would produce. While no plan is perfect, the “Live Free and Learn Safe” plan provides a comprehensive approach to reopening schools that prioritizes safety and support for local school districts, while maintaining the latitude for individual districts to tailor the plan to their specific situation. Specifically, the plan would provide: a census on students, educators, educational support staff, and bus drivers to determine baseline in-person numbers, a state review and enhancement of all buildings for air quality and social distancing capabilities, medical-grade PPE for educators and educational support staff, free on-site COVID-19 testing for educators and educational support staff, five cloth masks for all students, clear guidance on meals and transportation, statewide job protections for teachers that prefer remote learning, mandated masks for middle and high school students and staff, real financial support for schools, clear steps in the event of a COVID case, standing up the children’s mobile crisis unit, and more. You can read the full plan here. You can watch a live stream of the press conference here.
Dan released his “People’s Plan“; a reform agenda to increase transparency and limit the influence of money in politics. Real change comes from the grassroots, from our communities; and when the voices of those left out and left behind are finally heard. But, right now, our democracy is broken. It’s not just Washington, DC, it’s right here in New Hampshire too. The wealthy and well-connected have the power and everyday people, those without lobbyists or Governor’s cell-phone number, are left behind. It is more critical than ever that we change our system and elect leaders who are dedicated to major reforms. We need to break down the barriers for everyday people to succeed and much of that starts with the influence of lobbyists and corporate donors. This “People’s Plan” is fundamental to ensuring that government and elected officials work for the people, not special interests. The plan is broken into four sections that are fundamental to fixing our democracy. Each section includes specific policy proposals that Senator Feltes would support as Governor and that are fundamental to ensuring that government and elected officials work for the people, not special interests.
The four sections include;
Ethics and Transparency: eliminating areas for potential abuses of power and creating the systems necessary for investigating potential abuses.
Campaign Finance Reform: to put the power back in the hands of the people by limiting the type of contributions allowed, increasing disclosure requirements, and implementing systematic changes.
Protecting & Expanding Voting Rights and Ending Gerrymandering: The right to vote is fundamental to our democracy and we must do everything possible to encourage Granite Staters to participate in our process and guarantee that voters pick their elected officials, not the other way around.
Immediate COVID-19 Steps: With these current circumstances in mind, it’s critical we also include a section on immediate steps, such as voting and transparency over stimulus funds, that should be taken.
Whether subtle or overt, caught on tape or not, every day our Black brothers and sisters face words, actions, and policies that rob them of the American dream. Chris Sununu says systemic racism doesn’t exist in New Hampshire. He’s wrong. It exists. And it’s not enough to not be racist, we must all be actively anti-racist.
Right out of law school, Dan worked as a legal aid attorney for about a decade prior to serving in the State Senate. There, he helped low-income families, seniors and veterans get access to health care, housing, and jobs, and fought against discrimination in employment and in housing, including taking on Wall Street banks foreclosing on homeowners all across New Hampshire during the last economic crisis — the Great Recession. Leading the Housing Justice Project for four years, he helped tackle housing discrimination in the rental and homeowner markets, co-authored the “Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice in New Hampshire”, and organized communities to battle housing practices that have a disproportionate impact on persons of color. Working together with Manchester NAACP and others, they made progress, but there is so much more work to do, together.
As Governor, Dan has committed to creating an Office of Racial Equity within the Governor’s office to identify and combat systemic racism. You can read his full plan to address racial justice here.
Stay tuned for more policy initiatives.
On the Issues
Dan has received numerous Legislator of the Year awards for bipartisan leadership on many critical issues, including from the Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy for his work advancing paid family and medical leave insurance, from Early Learning NH for his work on full-day kindergarten, from Ski NH for his work promoting tourism and the ski industry, from New Hampshire Council on Development Disabilities and from Community Bridges for his work helping persons with disabilities, from the Home Builders and Remodelers Association and from Housing Action NH for his work expanding affordable and workforce housing, from the NH ACLU for his work on criminal justice reform, and from New Futures and from the National Association of Social Workers for his work on both mental health parity and combatting the opioid public health epidemic.
Don’t see an issue you care about? You can view Dan’s entire legislative record on the New Hampshire General Court website (http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/) or email us at email@example.com!