Rep. Jim Parison for Hillsborough 25 (New Ipswich, Sharon & Temple)

Rep. Jim Parison, a Families First Pledge signer who voted with Cornerstone 97 percent of the time, is running for one of two seats in Hillsborough 25 (New Ipswich, Sharon & Temple).

The research scientist, inventor and engineering manager by trade served on the Science, Technology and Energy Committee during his freshman term. As a part of that committee, Rep. Parison helped pass several bills reducing regulations on businesses. He offered the successful amendment to HB 648, which prevents a private company from taking private property for their own private electrical power transmission lines.

The one successful bill he co-sponsored increases parental rights and ensures the safety of young women in New Hampshire: HB 329 requires parents to be notified before their teenage daughters can seek an abortion. Rep. Parison said he is also proud of his votes to repeal scores of fees and state regulations, including the state minimum wage (HB 123); to lower business taxes; and to reduce spending by 11 percent in a balanced budget that didn’t use downshifting, gimmicks, short-term funds, borrowing or new taxes or fees.

Rep. Parison devoted a good portion of energy in his first year to reducing regulations for homeschooling parents, which led to the passage of HB 545 and HB 1571. These changes will lead to more a more cooperative, and less adversarial, relationship between local school districts and homeschooling parents, which should encourage more parents to homeschool.

Upon re-election, Rep. Parison said he would “resist throwing money and regulation at every perceived problem and work to roll back laws that are over-reaching or obsolete.” He said he would also seek to eliminate ineffective or inefficient government agencies, reduce business taxes and regulations, and protect parental rights, personal freedom and private property, all while providing for another balanced budget. Additionally, Rep. Parison said he would support Right to Work legislation, protect citizens’ right to keep and bear arms, and pursue health insurance and welfare reforms to make both systems affordable and sustainable.

Rep. Parison and his wife Margaret have raised and home educated six children.

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