I spoke with Rep. Dick Patten recently about the need to reduce property taxes and address the drug crisis using proven Harm Reduction strategies. Nearly every western European country has moved resources from prisons into treatment, prevention, and recovery support, including employment support and even Swiss style diamorphine clinics.
Offer treatment and recovery support instead of prison. I was the prime sponsor of Jessie's Law which would have allowed ten different solutions for ten different counties, enabling each county delegation to implement best practices differently and use outside the box thinking on prevention and recovery support options. A Gloucester-style ANGEL program, employment support, needle exchange programs, and even diamorphine have all proven effective at reducing drug use. Rep. Groen even runs a faith based counseling program that has a 64% success rate. After a successful pilot project of offer diamorphine as an alternative to methadone, 68% of Swiss voters voted to continue the program. It has drastically reduced crime, drug use, overdose deaths, and even saved taxpayers millions. The biggest benefit to Jessie's Law would have been that each county delegation could learn from the successes and failures of other counties.
We marched today in support of Rich Ashooh in Merrimack today. Not only did we get to meet a lot of new people, but the parade ended in a lot of fun activities. For $5, they had ice cones. The lady selling them was kind enough to mix banana and pineapple in one cone.
"I have made the difficult decision to throw my name in the hat for New Hampshire governor today as the Libertarian candidate. This decision was not made lightly, but I've felt that neither party has shown an interest in recent years in reducing the property tax burden, already the second highest in the country. Some older folks are in danger of losing their homes to property taxes, and this is unacceptable. There is so much waste, fraud, abuse, overbilling, no-bid contracts, and even taxpayer funded lobbyists in Concord all working against the taxpayers' interests."