NH House

Push Back on Age Discrimination

By: Josh Yokela, RCYR Member - State Representative - Rockingham District 33

July 03, 2019

Letter to the Editor:

If there is any recurring lesson learned in Concord in 2019, it is the need for more young adults to become active and repel any and all attempts to place age discrimination against anyone, including our younger citizens. What you are about to read rails against the freedoms of a voting class apparently now deemed not wise enough to make decisions for themselves. 

Raising the age to purchase tobacco to 21 from 18 was put in the New Hampshire budget at the last second. In combination with HB511, the limitation would also limit vaping without nicotine. It is an invasion of the self-determination of young adults by the Democrats in Concord. The age of majority is not something to be manipulated based on the issue. The age of majority should be based on being able to understand and accept legal responsibility for their actions. An argument could be made for changing the age of majority to 16 or 21, but setting different ages for different things is a step away from protecting rights to toward legislating the ruling class’s moral code into law. Your local Young Republicans group would be the perfect place to learn about what is brewing in Concord and help get people in office that will not try to institutionalize age discrimination against the young. Check them out today!

State Representative Josh Yokela

Rockingham District 33 (Brentwood, Danville, Fremont)

Member of Rockingham Young Republicans

As seen in seacoastonline.com, July 03, 2019

Unnecessary Burden of a Carbon Tax on New Hampshire Residents

As seen in seacoastonline.com, June 25th, 2019.

By: Nick Gray, Chairman

June 20, 2019

To the Editor:

Since gaining control of the New Hampshire Legislature, the Democrats have flooded the State House with harmful bills designed to increase taxes on hardworking Granite Staters.

HB 735-FN-A is a proposed carbon tax that, if passed, would levy a fee on wholesale distributors of fossil fuel products sold in New Hampshire. Over the next 11 years, this huge sales tax would seize $10.9B from the private sector, ~$1.0B/year, and grow the State’s current $6.0B annual budget by 16%.

A carbon tax, like all taxes, is a government intrusion into the free market that confiscates wealth from those that produce it and disincentivizes work and investment. That is reason enough to oppose the proposed legislation, but there are additional and more specific grounds for opposition to a New Hampshire carbon tax.

First, the legislation would exacerbate New Hampshire’s already high energy costs, which rank top five nationwide. Granite State residents and businesses would suffer from sharp increases in their electric, heat, and transportation costs, as well as pay a premium when purchasing any other product or service derived from fossil fuels.

A carbon tax would also grow New Hampshire’s government to outsized proportions by funneling ~$50M/year to state bureaucracies (DRA, DES, DPU). Unelected officials would wield immense power in collecting and redistributing the tax’s revenue with neither public accountability nor an understanding of their actions’ consequences.

Finally, the legislation would achieve only a negligible mitigation of climate change. Global CO2 concentrations would be curbed in no appreciable manner, yet New Hampshire, with 1/5500th of Earth’s population, would pay for the rest of the world’s consumption.

Having already failed in Canada and Australia, a carbon tax in New Hampshire would unnecessarily burden our citizens and offer minimal benefit to the environment. State legislators should reject HB 735-FN-A and direct their attention toward advancing the public good.

Nick Gray

Exeter GOP Chairman

Rockingham County Young Republicans Chairman