For Immediate Release
June 17, 2014
CONCORD – Highlighting the bipartisan efforts this legislative session that led to legislation on health care expansion, transportation funding, the mental health settlement and the Medicaid Enhancement Tax agreement, Governor Hassan today addressed the Nashua Chamber of Commerce, calling for a continued commitment to working across party lines to support job-creating businesses, strengthen the middle class and keep New Hampshire’s economy moving in the right direction.
“In contrast to the dysfunction in our nation’s capital, in New Hampshire, we have worked together to expand opportunity for middle class families, to help innovative businesses thrive and to keep our economy moving in the right direction,” Governor Hassan said.
Governor Hassan focused on progress made on shared priorities such as economic development, health care, public safety and education in last year’s bipartisan budget – the most bipartisan in over a decade – and applauded efforts to protect the budget, including the fiscally responsible, bipartisan solution on the Medicaid Enhancement Tax.
“While ensuring fiscal responsibility, we have made real progress on the priorities that will support job creation at our innovative businesses and keep our economy moving in the right direction – from making higher education more affordable to doubling our R&D tax credit to improving public safety to bipartisan measures to expand health care and invest in our roads and bridges,” the Governor continued.
Because of these bipartisan efforts, Governor Hassan said, New Hampshire’s economy is moving in the right direction, with the unemployment rate at its lowest since 2008 and nearly two points below the national average, the state leading the nation in export growth in 2013, and strong acceleration in job growth, especially during the first half of 2014.
The Governor also outlined her vision for continued economic progress through her “Innovate NH” jobs plan by modernizing STEM education in public schools, making it easier for high tech businesses to start up and flourish with her "Live Free and Start" initiative and making higher education and health care more affordable and accessible for all Granite Staters.
“Our bipartisan agreements on the budget, on health care expansion, on investing in our roads and bridges, have demonstrated that, unlike in Washington, we can bring people together across party lines to make progress on our key priorities of expanding opportunity for middle class families, supporting job-creating businesses and keeping our economy moving forward,” the Governor said. “We have come so far but we still have more to do. We must continue building on our economic progress by solving problems the New Hampshire way – working across party lines to keep our state moving in the right direction towards a brighter economic future for all Granite Staters.”