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Portsmouth Naval Shipyard’s Metal Trades Council Endorses Maggie Hassan for U.S. Senate

hassan-psny-metal-trade2Metal Trades Council President: “Governor Hassan is a true champion of the shipyard and its workers, and we know she’ll be our voice in the Senate” 

Governor Hassan: “The Shipyard plays such a critical role in our national security and in the Senate, I’ll fight tirelessly to strengthen the Shipyard”

PORTSMOUTH – Today, Governor Maggie Hassan accepted the Metal Trades Council endorsement – the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard’s largest trade union. Governor Hassan received the endorsement this afternoon in Portsmouth. 

“I’m tremendously proud to have the endorsement of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard’s Metal Trades Council,” said Governor Maggie Hassan. “Thanks to the ingenuity and resourcefulness of its workers, the Shipyard continues to set the gold standard for productivity. The Shipyard plays such an important role in both national security and the Seacoast economy. In the Senate, I’ll work to strengthen the Shipyard and I will vigorously fight any attempt to close the facility – including opposing a new Base Closure and Realignment Commission round. I look forward to doing everything within my power to make sure Congress invests in the Shipyard’s workforce and infrastructure, including modernizing and enhancing the efficiency of the Shipyard’s facilities and preparing the workers of tomorrow through STEM education programs.

“Governor Hassan is a true champion of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and its workers, and we know she’ll be our voice in the Senate,” said Metal Trades Council President Mark Vigliotta. “From her time as a State Senator to the Governor’s office, Maggie Hassan has delivered results for New Hampshire’s workers and there’s nobody better prepared to stand up for us in Washington.”

hassan-psny-metal-trade1“I’ve seen firsthand Governor Maggie Hassan’s commitment to protecting the Shipyard and it’s workers,” said former Metal Trades Council President Paul O’Connor. “To build on the progress she’s been able to make by bringing people together here in New Hampshire, we need to send Governor Hassan to the Senate. I know that Governor Hassan will always fight to keep the Shipyard open and to protect our workforce, and Washington could use her commonsense and commitment to bipartisan problem solving.”  

As a State Senator, Maggie Hassan helped turn back a misguided effort to close the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. She sponsored– and secured unanimous bipartisan passage of – legislation providing state funding for the Seacoast Shipyard Association, which played a pivotal role in saving the Shipyard from the Base Closure and Realignment Commission (BRAC). 

As Governor, she has fought for critical Shipyard priorities including helping secure funding to replace the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge, which provides a crucial rail link to the Shipyard. In order to boost the economy and strengthen the economic security of thousands of Granite Staters, And she has worked to expand access to Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) programs in our schools to ensure a 21st century workforce pipeline for all industries in New Hampshire. 

In the United States Senate, she will fight any attempt to close the facility – including opposing a new Base Closure and Realignment Commission round. And she will also work to fully reverse sequestration and end the threat of uncertain budgets and furloughs. She will support new barracks and dry dock refurbishment, ensure that the Shipyard’s personnel get full per diems when they travel, fully fund the submarine fleet that the Navy says it needs, and look for new ways to diversify and expand the Shipyard’s mission going forward.

NH Senate Candidate Posts Racist Video Attacking Black Lives Matter Movement

Have you seen this?  The Republican candidate for New Hampshire Senate in District 4 just posted this racist rant about the Black Lives Matter movement and his opponent, Senator David Watters, support of the movement.


Support First RespondersI support the police and all first responders, while my opponent (Professor Watters) helps spread the false narrative that is getting cops killed all over the country.

Posted by Bill O’Connor for State Senate on Wednesday, November 2, 2016

I don’t even know where to begin but I guess the first thing to say is: Supporting the black lives matter movement does not mean that a person is anti-police.

The Black Lives Matter movement is about bringing attention to the systemic racism that exists in some police departments and the excessive use of force when people of color are involved.  This has been an epidemic in many communities yet has not received much main stream attention until the Black Lives Matter movement began.

O’Connor tries to connect Senator Watters support and participation in a Black Lives Matter “die-in” protest to Watters condoning violence against the police. The two are mutually exclusive.  The majority of Black Lives Matters protests have been peaceful acts of non-violence and organizers have condemned violent actions by people claiming to be a part of the movement.

It is unclear what shooting O’Connor was referencing but he mentioned murdered police officers I will assume that he was referring to the protests in Dallas, Texas on July 7th after the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.  After the tragic shootings of 11 police officers in Dallas, Black Lives Matters organizers in Dallas released the following statement:

As we have done for decades, we marched and protested to highlight the urgent need to transform policing in America, to call for justice, transparency and accountability, and to demand that Black Lives Matter.

In Dallas, many gathered to do the same, joining in a day of action with friends, family, and co-workers. Their efforts were cut short when a lone gunman targeted and attacked 11 police officers, killing five. This is a tragedy—both for those who have been impacted by yesterday’s attack and for our democracy. There are some who would use these events to stifle a movement for change and quicken the demise of a vibrant discourse on the human rights of Black Americans. We should reject all of this.

Black activists have raised the call for an end to violence, not an escalation of it. Yesterday’s attack was the result of the actions of a lone gunman. To assign the actions of one person to an entire movement is dangerous and irresponsible. We continue our efforts to bring about a better world for all of us.

The fact is that millions of Americans support the Black Lives Matter movement that wants to end the unfair targeting of people of color.  Yes, it is true that Senator Watters has an adopted son who is black. Like every father I am sure he only wants the best for his son. This would include not being unfairly targeted because of the color of his skin.

Senator Watters directly responded to the video in this short statement:

The Chair of the Strafford County Republican Party, Bill O’Connor, has denigrated my commitment to equality as solely due to being the proud father of an African American son. His campaign is leading the Strafford County Republican Party into the dark corners of the alt-right’s attacks on people of color and immigrants. I have campaigned on creating jobs and educational opportunities, and on trusting women’s healthcare decisions, and, yes, on equality for all. 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. proclaimed “Let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire.” I call on Republicans, Democrats, and Independents to reject divisive politics on election day.

This Trump style of race baiting has to stop.  We are better than this and when we reject candidates like Bill O’Connor hopefully they will see that their message of hate and exclusion is the wrong way to keep New Hampshire moving in the right direction.

One more thing to note: Bill O’Connor posted this video as a way to show his support of America’s police officers but failed to mention that when he was state representative he voted for Bill O’Brien’s budget that cut funding for local police and fire departments and forced them to pay more into the state retirement system.

Granite State Progress Releases List of 30+ Free State Project Candidates Running for State Legislature

Free State Project members running for political office often hide or deny their FSP affiliation; Granite State Progress’ Free State Project Watch exposes those connections

Concord, NH – Granite State Progress released a list of more than 30 Free State Project members running for the New Hampshire state legislature, including two State Senate candidates and dozens of House candidates.

“Granite State Progress has been tracking the Free State Project and its influence since 2008, paying particular attention to Free Stater activity in elections and legislation,” said Zandra Rice Hawkins, executive director of Granite State Progress. “Free State Project members running for political office often hide or deny their FSP affiliation from voters and downplay their extreme beliefs when asked. To challenge this, Granite State Progress researches and compiles a list of Free State Project candidates running for office so voters know about the extreme affiliation of those candidates.”

New Hampshire’s role started more than a decade ago when the ultra-extreme Free State Project voted on a state to move 20,000 libertarians to with the stated purpose to take over state government and dismantle it, and New Hampshire was the unlucky recipient of that vote. The Free State Project seeks to create a libertarian “utopia” void of public infrastructure and common laws, and to use their numbers to dramatically change New Hampshire. The Free State Project even threatens to secede from the rest of the country once it meets its initial goals:

“Once we’ve taken over the state government, we can slash state and local budgets, which make up a sizeable proportion of the tax and regulatory burden we face every day. Furthermore, we can eliminate substantial federal interference by refusing to take highway funds and the strings attached to them. Once we’ve accomplished these things, we can bargain with the national government over reducing the role of the national government in our state. We can use the threat of secession as leverage to do this.” – Announcement:
The Free State Project by Founder Jason Sorens

To date, the Free State Project has recruited more than 20,000 people to sign the pledge to move to New Hampshire, hitting their goal to “Trigger the Move” – all those who signed up are supposed to start moving once the agreed upon goal was met. More than 2,015 people have already moved.

“Free State Project members sign a pledge to move to New Hampshire and work to change the way of life in our state. They do not move here for a job, or for family, or even because they like what New Hampshire has to offer. Instead, they move here because a political group they are affiliated with voted on a state to move to and take over, and New Hampshire is the unlucky recipient of that vote,” Rice Hawkins said. “It is not surprising that so many Free Staters run for public office. Free State Project members uproot their families and move to New Hampshire purely to enact a political agenda, and running for office only further helps them reach that goal. Local communities who have dealt with them first-hand know how extreme their ideology can be, and that’s why we’ve seen push back from both Republicans and Democrats to expose them.”

The Free State Project candidate list is part of the Free State Project Watch of Granite State Progress, and can be found online at https://freestateprojectwatch.org/. The website includes the candidate list as well as individual candidate profiles.

Granite State Progress released similar candidate lists in 2012 and 2014. Members of the media and public are encouraged to ask FSP candidates whether they disclose their Free State Project affiliation in campaign materials and if not, why.

Leo W Gerard: Goon-Busters Prepare For Trump’s Poll Trolls

Republicans have conjured for Americans a monster more frightening than any Hollywood has ever produced for Halloween. It pales “The Shining.”

It is a two-headed beast Donald Trump calls voter fraud and rigged elections.  Like Hollywood creatures, though, this goblin is completely imaginary. It’s fake like the sasquatch and chupacabra. There’s no scientific evidence of its existence.

The GOP antidote for its imaginary monster is horribly real, however. It is voter suppression and intimidation. That is a tangible two-headed beast of appalling proportions. Fearing they could not win fair and square, Republicans took steps to prevent young, old, black and Hispanic people – people likely to vote Democratic – from reaching the polls. This GOP Frankenstein threatens democracy itself.


Image by Ryan Merkley on Flickr

Two statistics are important to know when trying to detect which election monsters are real and which are not. Loyola Law School professor Justin Levitt, an expert on civil rights, has tracked allegations of in-person voter fraud for years. In-person fraud is the kind Republicans are talking about, someone pretending to be someone else, or a dead person, to vote.

Levitt, who is on leave from the law school to serve as deputy assistant attorney general in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, tracked down and validated 31 instances of that happening since 2000.

It’s probably 32 cases now, since police in Iowa charged a 55-year-old Des Moines woman Thursday with felony voter fraud. The Republican admitted casting two early votes for Donald Trump.

That is 32 cases out of more than 1 billion ballots cast. That’s fraud, but it’s not a real problem.

Republicans across the country insisted on “solving” this non-problem by forcing all voters to obtain very specific types of identification. In Texas, for example, the GOP said an open-carry gun permit would be fine, but a student ID card from a state university would not. That would help keep those pesky young people, who tended to vote Democrat, away from the polls.

In many states, civil liberties groups like the ACLU sued to overturn the voter ID laws, forcing the GOP to search for voter fraud cases to justify their legislation. In Pennsylvania, the state had to stipulate in court that none existed, and the law was overturned. Not surprisingly, the GOP failed to dig up cases in Wisconsin or Indiana either. Thirty-one in 1 billion is kind of few and far between.

The second statistic is this: if Pennsylvania’s voter ID law had taken effect, it could have prevented more than 1 million citizens from voting. That’s the number of registered voters in just one state who did not have the required ID. Again, that’s a state where Republicans could show not one single case of voter fraud.

While the ACLU and other civil liberties groups continue to try to overturn unnecessary voter ID laws, the Democratic National Committee asked a federal judge last week to prevent Republicans from intimidating voters, particularly at minority polling places, as Donald Trump has encouraged his supporters to do.

The Democrats requested an injunction, saying Trump’s threats violate a 1982 consent decree that Republicans entered into after they stationed pseudo-guards at minority polling places in New Jersey to intimidate voters. Some of the guards were off duty police officers, were armed and wore arm bands marked “Ballot Security Task Force.”

Trump has repeatedly contended the election is “rigged” against him and asked his supporters to wear red shirts and stand as sentinels at the polls to prevent dead people from voting. Speaking in Altoona, Pa., in August, he said he wanted uniformed officers like the GOP had in 1982: “We have to call up law enforcement. And we have to have the sheriffs and the police chiefs and everybody watching.”

He added, “We have a lot of law enforcement people working that day. . .We’re hiring a lot of people. We’re putting a lot of law enforcement — we’re going to watch Pennsylvania, go down to certain areas and watch and study, and make sure other people don’t come in and vote five times.”

“Trump said to watch your precincts. I’m going to go, for sure,” said Steve Webb, a 61-year-old carpenter from Fairfield, Ohio. “I’ll look for. . .well, it’s called racial profiling. Mexicans, Syrians. People who can’t speak American,” he said. “I’m going to go right up behind them, I’ll do everything legally. I want to see if they are accountable. I’m not going to do anything illegal. I’m going to make them a little bit nervous.”

Despite Webb’s assertion that he’s not going to do anything illegal, deliberately attempting to make racially profiled voters “a little bit nervous” while they are attempting to exercise their most basic right as citizens violates federal law as well as the terms of the consent decree.

In addition, the lawsuit notes that the Pennsylvania GOP has attempted to reverse a state election law requiring poll watchers to be registered voters in the county where they are monitoring balloting. That law makes it impossible for Trump’s rural white supporters to guard the polls in inner city Philadelphia and Pittsburgh to ensure that the undead from George Romero’s “Night of the Living Dead,” filmed near Pittsburgh, don’t vote repeatedly there.

There’s no reason to reverse this state law, the lawsuit says, except to license Trump supporters to intimidate and harass minority inner-city voters.

Republicans tried to wriggle out from under the constraints of the consent decree in 2009. But Federal Judge Dickinson R. Debevoise thwarted them. He wrote then: “It does not appear that the RNC’s incentive to suppress minority votes has changed since 1982. It appears that the RNC has been largely unsuccessful in its efforts to attract minority voters. Until it is able to do so, it will have an incentive to engage in the type of voter suppression that it allegedly committed in the actions that led to the enactment and modification of the consent decree.”

Judge Debevoise dismissed GOP arguments that voter fraud is a problem. By contrast, he said that suppression of minority voters is a serious issue.

That was seven years ago. But it was a point the DNC repeated in its arguments last week. It acknowledged that Trump keeps harping about a rigged election and dead people voting. And it provided lengthy proof that these are fears without basis in fact. They are boogeymen.

“On the other side of the ledger,” the DNC wrote, are the “constitutional rights of all Americans to cast their ballots without fear of intimidation or harassment . . .This is therefore a case of a real, impending harm balanced against an imaginary one.”

The DNC asked the court to extend the consent decree another eight years and to issue an injunction forbidding intimidation at the polls. Election Day is just a week away, however. Even if the court rules for the DNC, it’s not clear that every Trump supporter with a red shirt, a gun and ill-intent will hear about the decision before Nov. 8.

So civil liberties groups are preparing for the worst. If a red-shirted goon shows up at your polling place, call the ACLU at 866-OUR-VOTE or the Department of Justice Voting Rights Hotline at 800-253-3931. They have goon-buster teams nationwide. Don’t let anything frighten you from voting on Nov. 8.

Maggie Hassan In New Ad: The Choice Is Clear

Maggie for NH Announces New TV Ad, Lays Out The Clear Choice Granite Staters Face in This Election

CONCORD – Today, Maggie for New Hampshire announced a new television ad, “The Choice,” in which Governor Maggie Hassan lays out the clear choice Granite Staters face on November 8th.

“New Hampshire has a very clear choice,” says Governor Hassan in the new ad. “Do we keep going with a Senator who repeatedly votes with the corporate special interests? Or a new Senator who sides with the people of New Hampshire?”

“My focus has always been on creating opportunity for working families, making college and job training more affordable, lowering prescription drug costs, and always protecting a woman’s right to make her own healthcare decisions,” the Governor adds. “These are my priorities, why I approve this message, and why I respectfully ask for your vote.”

The 30 second ad will run on New Hampshire and Boston broadcast stations as well as on cable and online as part of our ongoing seven-figure ad buy.

Desperate Andy Sanborn Resorts to Lies To Save His Political Career

New Boston, NH — Last week Senator Andy Sanborn commissioned a pushbutton tracking poll and did not like the results. What followed was a barrage of factually challenged mail and letters to the editor in which he claimed to have the support of Senate Minority Leader Jeff Woodburn, to have created New Hampshire’s Equal Pay Statute, to have been the driving force behind Joshua’s Law, and a quote fabricated whole cloth which claims Lee Nyquist supports pipelines.

Here are the facts:

“Sen. Sanborn wrote that he was ‘the creator of the NH Pay Equity Law,’ This statement is a flat-out lie. I should know, because I wrote the legislation back in 2014. Senator Sanborn never sponsored or cosponsored this legislation.”
— Fmr. Sen. Sylvia Larsen

“As the author and sponsor of Joshua’s Law, I can say without hesitation that Andy Sanborn had nothing to do with the law’s passing. He got on board after it was clear it would pass without him.”
— Senator Donna Soucy

Now Andy Sanborn’s desperate campaign is sending out mail that says Lee Nyquist supports pipelines.
Here is the truth:

“Andy Sanborn has a long record of lying about my positions on the issues. Here are the facts: My position has always been that I oppose pipeline projects, and that we need more renewable energy. That’s why I have garnered the support of anti-NED activists and elected officials like Laura Lynch of Temple, Jean Tandy of Richmond, Stillman and Barbara Rogers, Selectman Tom Matson of Troy, Fitzwilliam Selectwoman Susan Silverman, Fitzwilliam Planning Board Chair Terry Silverman, and others.”

After Senator Jeff Woodburn became aware of Sanborn’s unauthorized use of his picture in campaign advertising, Woodburn issued the following: 

“It was recently brought to my attention that District 9 Republican Sen. Andy Sanborn has used a photo of me in a mailer and online ads for his campaign. This photo was used without my knowledge or permission . . . . Seeing Sen. Sanborn present himself as a paragon of bipartisan agreement, unfortunately, does not match his record in the Senate.”
Jeff Woodburn, October 20, 2016.

 Sanborn also claims to have never endorsed Donald Trump in spite of video evidence of him speaking before Trump at a rally in Bedford and telling a group of Trump supporters to vote for Trump because “Donald Trump will help you take your country back.”

Governor Maggie Hassan Campaigns with Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Outlining the Stakes for this Election

hassan-and-shaheen-campaign1CONCORD – Over the past two days, Governor Hassan was joined by Senator Shaheen at campaign stops across New Hampshire to outline the stakes for this election and encourage Granite Staters to get out and vote on November 8th. 

“It was great to travel the state with Senator Shaheen and talk to Granite Staters who are excited to get out and vote on November 8.” said Governor Maggie Hassan. “New Hampshire needs two Senators who will fight for the middle class, strengthen Social Security and Medicare, and protect a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions, not a Senator who supports the agenda of corporate special interests like the Koch Brothers, as Senator Ayotte has done nearly 90 percent of the time in her first four years in office.”

hassan-and-shaheen-campaign2Senator Shaheen joined Governor Hassan in highlighting the work the Governor has done at the state level to keep New Hampshire moving in the right direction, and said she “can’t wait until [her] vote doesn’t get canceled out” by Kelly Ayotte. As Governor, Maggie Hassan signed two fiscally responsible balanced budgets without an income or sales tax, froze in-state tuition for the first time in 25 years and lowered it at community colleges, and is taking a comprehensive approach to combat our heroin and opioid crisis. 

The Governor will take this same bipartisan approach to problem-solving to the United States Senate to make progress for New Hampshire families and small businesses. She released her Innovate NH 2.0 economic plan, which outlines her priorities for building on New Hampshire’s economic progress and ensuring that all Granite Staters are equipped to succeed in the changing American economy. You can read the Governor’s plan here.

Senator Watters Calls on Bill O’Connor To Disavow Unconstitutional Education Scheme

Image from 2014 of Senator David Watters (D-Dover)

Image from 2014 of Senator David Watters (D-Dover)

Throughout his career as an educator and legislator, Senator Watters has been a consistent and vocal advocate for robust public education. He has worked to guarantee education adequacy funding, has been a champion for career technical centers in Dover and Somersworth, and has sponsored legislation to require age-appropriate alcohol and drug education, and child sexual abuse prevention programs.

“Public education is the most important duty of state and local government,” said Senator Watters in a prepared statement. “Public education promotes equality and is an investment in our future. The unemployment rate in District 4 is 2%, and employers are having difficulty finding skilled workers.

“The best way to ensure a quality education for every child and worker in New Hampshire is to invest in our public schools and teachers. Bill O’Connor wants to gut our public education system, from pre-K to higher ed. His plan would rob public schools to subsidize private and religious education in violation of our state and national Constitutions. He has voted to limit the bargaining rights of educators and support staff. The extreme Bill O’Brien cuts to higher education still haunt us, and Bill O’Connor voted for every single one.”

“We cannot go back to the rabid partisanship of the Bill O’Brien days if we want to keep New Hampshire moving forward. I pledge to the children, families, and employers of District 4 that I will oppose any cuts to public education. I challenge my opponent to make the same pledge.”

Senator Watters has received the endorsement of NEA-NH and AFT-NH.

The Human Rights Campaign Releases New Ad: “Clinton & Hassan For Equality”

hrc-hassan-clinton-ad-screen-shotNew ad features Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and U.S. Senate candidate Maggie Hassan, staunch equality advocates endorsed by HRC

WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, released a new digital ad in New Hampshire for Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and U.S. Senate candidate Maggie Hassan. With one week until Election Day, the ad highlights for New Hampshire voters the strong pro-equality records of both Secretary Clinton and Governor Hassan and their commitment to fighting for all New Hampshire families.

In “Clinton & Hassan For Equality,” Governor Hassan discusses the importance of ensuring equal rights and protections for all Americans: “New Hampshire has a long tradition of inclusiveness. We all grow stronger together, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.”

The ad also features Secretary Clinton talking about the issues at stake in this election for LGBTQ people and their families: “We’re going to have an election that is truly going to be about fundamental rights: marriage equality, taking on the continuing discrimination against the LGBT community. We’ve got to address the growing crisis of transphobic violence.”

Watch: “Clinton & Hassan For Equality

“With Hillary Clinton in the White House and Maggie Hassan in the Senate, we will have two leaders committed to securing full equality for all Americans,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “New Hampshire voters have a clear choice this election — and by electing Hillary Clinton and Maggie Hassan, they can help ensure our nation continues moving forward.”

Hillary Clinton has embraced the most pro-LGBTQ equality platform of any major presidential candidate in the nation’s history. Governor Hassan has fought for the rights of all citizens to participate fully in the civic and economic life of their communities, working tirelessly as a State Senator to help make New Hampshire one of the first states to pass legislation ensuring access to legal marriage for all. Earlier this year, she made history by signing an executive order extending non-discrimination protections to transgender people in New Hampshire with respect to government employment, contracts, and programs.

Clinton & Hassan For Equality” is part of HRC’s digital campaign targeting pro-equality voters across New Hampshire. With control of the Senate potentially hinging on the outcome of the New Hampshire Senate race, it is critically important that the nearly 40,000 LGBTQ voters in the state and their allies make their voices heard by casting a ballot for Hillary Clinton and Maggie Hassan.

The campaign is part of a larger get-out-the-vote effort aimed at mobilizing 10 million LGBTQ voters nationwide, as well as millions of other pro-equality voters.

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer equality. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.

Paid for by the Human Rights Campaign Equality Votes and not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.

Governor Hassan Participates in Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy Forum

 Hassan Outlines Priorities to Help the Middle Class Grow and Thrive hassan-at-cffe-forum1MANCHESTER –  Today, Governor Maggie Hassan participated in a forum hosted by the Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy, highlighting her commitment to expanding economic opportunity for all hard-working Granite State families. 

“I’m proud of the steps we have taken here in New Hampshire to lay the foundation for inclusive economic growth and to support a thriving middle class,” said Governor Maggie Hassan. “To meet the progress we are making here at home, my Innovate NH 2.0 economic plan outlines the steps I will take to Washington to ensure that all hard-working families have the chance to get ahead and stay ahead. In the Senate, I will fight for priorities to help middle class families make ends meet, including providing a $1,000 tax cut for middle class families, helping families afford child care, and expanding paid family leave.”

hassan-at-cffe-forum2As Governor, Maggie Hassan has worked to increase economic opportunity for hard-working families including by expanding access to health coverage for over 50,000 Granite Staters, signing the New Hampshire Paycheck Fairness Act to help ensure that everyone earns equal pay for equal work, and fighting to restore and increase New Hampshire’s minimum wage. And under Governor Hassan’s leadership, New Hampshire has the lowest unemployment rate in the nation, with more people working than at any point in state history.

In her Innovate NH 2.0 economic plan, Governor Hassan outlined the priorities she will take to the Senate to foster business innovation and expand middle class opportunity. As Senator, Maggie will fight to end tax breaks for special interests so that we can help ease the tax burden on the middle class. She will also continue fighting to raise the minimum wage, help families afford child care, expand paid family leave, and ensure equal pay for equal work.

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