Hassan Launches New Ad Highlighting Her Strong Leadership And Always Putting People First

New TV Ad Highlights Governor Maggie Hassan’s Focus on Families, Innovation and Education

CONCORD – Today, Maggie for NH released a new TV ad, “Difference,” highlighting the difference Governor Hassan has made in New Hampshire by focusing on families, innovation and education, and how she will bring this same focus to the United States Senate to continue making progress for New Hampshire.

As Governor, Maggie froze in-state tuition at New Hampshire universities for the first time in 25 years and lowered it at community colleges. Governor Hassan also cut taxes for research & development and small businesses and developed the award-winning “Live Free and Start” initiative to support start-up companies and help them launch and grow. And she has supported job training programs to help ensure New Hampshire workers can thrive in the changing American economy.

“In the United States Senate, I will always put New Hampshire families and small businesses before corporate special interests – just as I have as Governor,” said Governor Maggie Hassan. “I know that by rolling up our sleeves and working together across party lines, we can make progress for all Granite Staters and build a future where everyone who works hard can get ahead and stay ahead.”

Governor Hassan announced her Innovate NH 2.0 economic plan, which outlines the policies she will focus on as a United States Senator to foster innovation, support job-creating businesses and expand opportunity for hard-working families. This plan includes proposals to make college more affordable, including working to expand Pell Grant and fighting to achieve debt-free public college for all families. The Governor will also work to lower the cost of prescription drugs by allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices and allowing Americans to buy drugs from Canada, which will increase competition. 

Kuster Receives Endorsement of the Alliance for Retired Americans

Alliance For Retired Americans(Concord, NH) – Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) has received the endorsement of the Alliance for Retired Americans, a group that represents more than 4.3 million retirees nationwide, including 11,220 members in New Hampshire. The group endorsed Kuster for reelection to New Hampshire’s Second Congressional District because of her strong commitment to preserving Social Security and Medicare and her dedication to improving the lives of older and retired Americans.

“It’s an honor receive the endorsement of the Alliance for Retired Americans,” said Congresswoman Kuster. “Having cared for my mother, who had Alzheimer’s, I understand the importance of ensuring older Americans are able to retire and live their later years in dignity and with security. That’s why I’ll always fight to protect Social Security and Medicare, two of the most successful safety net programs in our nation’s history. As a member of Congress, I’m committed to strengthening these programs and working to increase access to healthcare and improve retirement for seniors in New Hampshire and across the country.” 

In their endorsement, the Alliance for Retired Americans wrote, “Your positions demonstrate a strong commitment to improve the quality of life for older Americans. Your leadership on issues such as preserving and protecting Social Security and Medicare from privatization and benefits cuts ensures these programs will be around for current and future generations. In addition, our members support your candidacy because of your belief in the need to provide more affordable health care for older Americans, as well as the need for stronger retirement and pension security, and quality long term care.”

New Hampshire Educators Decry “Trump Effect”

Image by Michael Vardon FLIKR CC

Image by Michael Vardon FLIKR CC

Educators Share Accounts of How Trump’s Hate-Filled
Campaign is Harming Their Students

CONCORD, NH – To mark the beginning of National Bullying Prevention Month, educators in New Hampshire joined colleagues across the country to discuss Donald Trump’s dangerous and hateful rhetoric, the negative effect they are witnessing in classrooms, and the terrible example that Trump is setting for children.

A recent report by the non-partisan Southern Poverty Law Center, titled “The Trump Effect,” offers hard data about the widespread trickle-down effect Donald Trump’s campaign is having in schools:

  • More than two-third of teachers in the survey reported students – typically immigrants, children of immigrants and Muslims – have spoken about fears of what this election could mean to their lives and their family’s lives.
  • More than a third reported increased anti-Muslim or anti-immigrant sentiment in schools.

New Hampshire educators explained the dire need for the next President to be someone kids can look up to, not a bully.

“Our children watch everything and what they have learned from Donald Trump is appalling. Trump has based his campaign on dividing America with every sort of bigotry that’s out there and it is showing up in our schools,” said NEA-New Hampshire President, Scott McGilvray. “Our President needs to know the power they have to shape our children’s lives for years to come and that we are stronger together. Hillary Clinton understands this.” 

Manchester’s Anne McQuade explains that since Donald Trump officially became the Republican nominee for President, many of her refugee and immigrant students have come to her to ask questions that revolve around “what if’s”. 

“These honest conversations were sobering and sad,” said McQuade. “My students fear they will be deported, separated from family members, and sent back to the war torn countries they left because their loved ones were in danger.”

Anne McQuade has been an ELL teacher in the city of Manchester, NH, a federally mandated refugee relocation center, for several years. She has taught at the elementary, middle and high school levels and works closely with refugee and immigrant students who have traveled to New Hampshire from all over the globe. 

Each time a student brought up their fear of a Trump presidency, she tried to reassure them by saying that they were safe here in America and that the United States will protect them and their families.

“I went on to add that I would protect them when they were in school because it was my job to ensure equity and to fight discrimination and racism. These conversations turned into very teachable moments as I went on to define democracy and the fact that American public schools are the purest form of democracy since everyone is ensured an equitable education, free of bias and ridicule.”

“It is my students who have referred to Donald Trump as a bully, not me. Children are perceptive and smart. We also discussed George Washington’s statement: ‘To bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance.’ How apropos for the current political arena,” continued McQuade.

When asked to recall specific conversations and questions her concerned students have asked, McQude provided the following examples: 

  • A student from Mexico stood in front of my desk with watery eyes and asked, “Miss, is it true if Donald Trump is elected President of the United States, my family will be kicked out of America?” and “Do you think they will take my Dad away? He brings food home and I don’t know what we will do without him.” 
  • An Iraqi student, who is Muslim, told me that when she got off her bus, a man yelled, “Go home terrorist. You shouldn’t be in this country.”
  • A Somalian student said, “Why does Donald Trump hate all refugees and immigrants? Does he even know what is happening in my country right now?!”
  • A girl from the Dominican Republic and a girl from Mexico were talking in my class and the girl from the Dominican Republic said, “I wonder if Donald Trump will kick Dominicans out?” The young lady from Mexico replied, “No, you’re safe, he doesn’t want to build a wall in your country, only mine. My abuela (grandmother) won’t be able to visit me. I’m sad!”

“These are just a few of the many statements my students have made. Students should not be thinking about being deported or discriminated against. They should be thinking about their math homework and essays,” said McQuade. 

“As educators, we teach our kids that kindness, collaboration, and cooperation are important in school and in life; the same qualities that Hillary Clinton has demonstrated throughout her career,” said Karen Ladd, Sanborn Regional High School Art Teacher. “Donald Trump is teaching our children the wrong lessons: he has consistently denigrated women, wants to ban Muslims from coming to the country, and mocks people with disabilities. His hate-filled rhetoric is setting a dangerous example for our children.”

“New Hampshire’s students have been watching Mr.Trump’s bigotry and hate speech, and they know a bully when they see one,” said Maxine Mosley, Manchester School District Guidance Counselor. “We’ve seen one candidate pit Americans against each other, and the other candidate preach that our country is stronger together. The choice is clear: Hillary Clinton has dedicated her life to fighting for children and families. We need a leader as a President, not someone whose words would land them in the principal’s office.”

Earlier in the campaign season Hillary Clinton released this ad, “Role Models,” highlighting Donald Trump’s hateful rhetoric being broadcast on television.  Donald Trump is not a role model.

Hillary Clinton also released this ad, “Mirrors,” highlighting Trump’s derogatory and misogynistic view of women.  Calling women names like “fat ugly pig,” making fun a woman’s weight.  This type of bullying from a Presidential nominee is unacceptable.  Our President and our Presidential nominee’s should be positive role models for our children not bigoted, demeaning bullies.

Congressman Frank Guinta’s Double Speak On Supporting Veterans

“Don’t tell me what you value, show me your budget, and I’ll tell you what you value,” proclaimed Vice President Joe Biden in a 2012 speech.

Vice President Biden is basically saying is that if you are not willing to pay for something you say you value, then you really don’t value it at all. This type of double speak is common among some politicians.

In New Hampshire, Congressman Frank Guinta talks a good game about his support for veterans, but in Washington, he has a long history of failing our veterans.

“Our nation’s active duty personnel and veterans risk their lives to ensure our country remains safe in the face of ever evolving threats. Our military heroes deserve the very best, and as your representative to Washington, one of my highest priorities is to protect and expand the resources, services and support available to them.

We must keep our promise to provide for those who courageously put their lives on the line to serve and protect our great country. I have always been a strong advocate for our military members and veterans in the Granite State,” wrote Guinta on his website.

We owe our veterans the benefits they’ve earned, but Frank Guinta has consistently voted against increasing funding for veterans programs.

“Don’t tell me what you value, show me your budget, and I’ll tell you what you value.”

Just nine months ago, Guinta voted against the Omnibus Appropriations bill that funds the government. The bill increased funding for the VA by $6.4 billion. The legislation, which fortunately was not tanked by Guinta’s refusal to support it, increased funding for medical care by $4.7 billion and provided funds to hire 770 VA disability claims processors to tackle the claims backlog.   

In one fell swoop, Guinta voted to shut down the government and refused to increase funding for critical veterans programs. He even called these important funding increases “inducements to vote for more federal bloat and debt.”   

While serving on the Budget Committee this year, Guinta rejected an attempt by Congressman Seth Moulton, an Iraq war veteran, to increase funding by $340 million for FY2017 and $1.14 billion for FY2018. These increases would have been paid for raising taxes on the wealthiest and repealing tax breaks for Big Oil and corporations that ship jobs overseas.

“Frank Guinta may claim to fight for our veterans, but his votes prove that he betrays them in Congress.  His votes against increased funding for medical care, VA claims processors, and repairs to crumbling VA facilities show his dishonesty and disrespect for veterans,” said Carol Shea-Porter spokeswoman Naomi Andrews. “His Budget Committee votes place multinational corporations, billionaires, and Big Oil ahead of our obligations to our veterans. Carol Shea-Porter was a military spouse and is proud of her husband and all of America’s veterans. She looks forward to working again for our troops and our veterans in Congress.”

It seems pretty clear that Frank Guinta’s claim to be “a strong advocate for our military members and veterans” is just campaign double speak.

AFL-CIO Report Shows Black Women Voters Are The Key To Electing Hillary Clinton President

AFL-CIO data reveals Black women voters
are pivotal voting bloc in 2016 election

(Washington, DC,) – Yesterday on a press call held in honor of National Voter Registration Day, the AFL-CIO released new data revealing Black women voters as the key to electing Hillary Clinton president in November. The data reveals that Black women turn out to vote in higher numbers than other women and, just as they helped President Obama win in 2008 and 2012, can secure the presidency for Hillary Clinton.

Image from report, Black Girl Magic:The Power of Black Women in Elections

Image from report, Black Girl Magic:The Power of Black Women in Elections

“Black women cannot afford to sit this election out,” said Carmen Berkley, AFL-CIO Director of Civil, Human and Women’s Rights. “A loss for Secretary Clinton is a loss for the Black family, from the White House to the Supreme Court. We need to let our communities know what’s at stake if we let a divisive fear monger like Donald Trump make decisions that affect everything from our families to our jobs.”

The AFL-CIO plans to do large scale outreach to all women union members across the country this election cycle in the key states of Florida, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.  Many of these states are where Black women made the difference in the last presidential election.

“Black women are born organizers,” said Petee Talley, Secretary-Treasurer of the Ohio AFL-CIO, the first Black woman to hold that position. “We know what our families and communities need to thrive and we vote for candidates who can deliver.”

“Black women do more than vote; they are active in their unions, acting as an engine of organizing and mobilization. A recent survey done by Lake Research Partners (LRP) illustrates that regardless of union affiliation, black people, regardless of gender, are very supportive of unions and collective bargaining,” the report states.

Image from report, Black Girl Magic:The Power of Black Women in Elections

Image from report, Black Girl Magic:The Power of Black Women in Elections

The new AFL-CIO data indicates that Black women participate in leadership in America’s unions at a greater percentage than their actual unionization rates. The benefit of this leadership is spread across Black communities, making these women a force and the foundation for political change.

The report continues, “Given the black community’s commitment to unions, it’s no surprise that black women take on leadership roles in their unions. While black women are 7% of all union members, 8% of them are stewards and local leaders.”  On top of taking leadership roles, black women are generally more active in their unions. Over 24% call themselves “very active” in their local unions.

Read the full report here.

Emily’s List And Planned Parenthood Target Kelly Ayotte With New Ad

pp-trump-ayotte Seven figure ad buy hits Ayotte and Trump  for defunding Planned Parenthood, opposition to safe, legal abortion 

CONCORD–– Today, Planned Parenthood Votes and EMILY’s List’s WOMEN VOTE! announced a collective $1.7 million TV ad buy hitting both Kelly Ayotte and Donald Trump for their dangerous positions on women’s health. The ad, “Wrong,” details how both Kelly Ayotte and Donald Trump want to defund Planned Parenthood and oppose access to safe, legal abortion. The ad will run starting today and will air through September 20 in the Boston media market. Planned Parenthood Votes will also be going up with digital ads as part of the buy.

Kelly Ayotte’s terrible voting record on women’s health is deeply unpopular in New Hampshire. Her six votes to defund Planned Parenthood and block women from accessing birth control and cancer screenings are opposed by sixty-six percent of New Hampshire voters, who support Planned Parenthood. And her opposition to safe, legal abortion is rejected by 73 percent of Granite Staters who support access to abortion—the highest rate of support in the nation. Even the Republican-controlled Executive Council and the Republican-controlled House and Senate in New Hampshire have recognized this and rejected attempts to defund Planned Parenthood. 

“Every time Kelly Ayotte votes to defund Planned Parenthood, she ignores New Hampshire voters,” said Deirdre Schifeling, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Votes. “Kelly Ayotte has prioritized blocking access to women’s health for her entire political career. And now, she’s firmly on the Trump train. Granite Staters have spoken loud and clear –– they want women to have access to reproductive health. That’s why Kelly Ayotte is going to get voted out in November. 

“Time and again, Kelly Ayotte has proven herself to be in lockstep with Donald Trump when it comes to her disastrous policies concerning women’s health,” said EMILY’s List Executive Director Jessica O’Connell. “Ayotte wants to have Roe v. Wade overturned and supports a national abortion ban. She repeatedly voted to defund Planned Parenthood and cosponsored a measure to allow employers to deny women access to birth control. Her refusal to distance herself from a candidate who has said  that women should face ‘some form of punishment’ for having an abortion speaks louder than words – and New Hampshire voters are taking notice.”

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New Hampshire voters are powerful. According to 538, New Hampshire is high  on the voter power index — meaning voters here have more of a chance of influencing their state’s electoral votes than anywhere else in the country.

This ad buy with EMILY’s List WOMEN VOTE! is part of Planned Parenthood Votes’ unprecedented investment in New Hampshire. Last week, Planned Parenthood Votes announced a $2 million joint campaign with NextGen and SEIU that will reach hundreds of thousands of doors in New Hampshire. The ground program will target the voters who will decide this election – voters who haven’t made up their minds yet.

Kelly Ayotte Strikes Out for Working Families

Image by Gage Skidmore

Image by Gage Skidmore

CONCORD – As Kelly Ayotte launches a new ad today attempting to mislead Granite Staters, it’s clear she can’t rewrite her record of going to bat for her party leaders and special interest backers, rather than New Hampshire families and small businesses.

Senator Ayotte has voted multiple times to protect tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas. Ayotte has sided with the Koch Brothers in voting to turn Medicare into a voucher program, and voted against protecting Social Security from privatization and benefit cuts. And Ayotte has consistently worked against New Hampshire’s students, voting for deep cuts to Pell Grants while voting against allowing students to refinance their student loans.

Ayotte has also voted against a constitutional amendment to reverse Citizens United, and has already benefited from over $24 million in outside spending this election cycle.

“Time and again, Kelly Ayotte has put her party leaders and special interest backers ahead of Granite State families and small businesses, voting for tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas, working to undermine Medicare and Social Security and voting to make college more expensive for students,” said Maggie for NH Communications Director Aaron Jacobs. “And Ayotte’s special interest backers know that she goes to bat for them, which is why they have spent over $24 million to prop up her struggling campaign. As she tries to mislead Granite Staters, Kelly Ayotte can’t rewrite her record of striking out for working families.”

Granite State Republicans Continue To Vow Support Trump Even Though It Will Cost Them The Election

Donald Trump (Image by Gage Skidmore CC FLIKR)

Donald Trump (Image by Gage Skidmore CC FLIKR)

Republicans worst nightmare has come true. Donald Trump has won their nomination for President.

Former New Hampshire Republican leaders have been warning that a Trump led ticket would be disaster for Republicans all the way down the ticket.

“Here in New Hampshire, if Donald Trump is the nominee, we will not get a Republican governor. We will lose the New Hampshire state Senate, and we could lose the New Hampshire state House… and we could lose Sen. [Kelly] Ayotte.”
Former GOP Gov. John H Sununu

“I think they’re very concerned if they’re up for reelection . . . Clearly Trump at this time is not going to carry swing states. I’m thinking of New Hampshire, for example.”
Former New Hampshire Republican Senator Judd Gregg

“If Donald Trump is the nominee, Kelly Ayotte might as well resign because it’s all over.”
Former NHGOP Chair Fergus Cullen

Even with strong warnings from former party leaders, Republican candidates are still refusing to reject Trump and his racist, fascist, misogynistic rhetoric.

Senator Kelly Ayotte says she will support Trump’s nomination by voting for him but will not endorse him. Pledging to vote for him is in the eyes of everyday voters, the same as endorsing him.

Aaron Jacobs, Communications Director from Maggie for NH blasted Ayotte in a recent statement for her vowing to vote in support of Trump.

“While Kelly Ayotte just today made her support for Donald Trump official, they’ve long been in agreement when it comes to critical issues such as their desire to defund Planned Parenthood, undermine Roe v. Wade, and obstruct the Supreme Court confirmation process. And all Granite Staters should be concerned that Ayotte has announced her support for Trump despite national security experts and members of both parties have condemned his foreign policy positions as dangerous to our country’s vital interests. The people of New Hampshire will soundly reject the Trump-Ayotte ticket in November.”

Women’s health and equal pay are on the forefront of the minds of many women voters in the Granite State. Both Ayotte and Trump oppose equal pay for women and want to nominate a Supreme Court Justice to overturn the forty-year decision of Roe v. Wade.


Image from EMILY’s List


Image from EMILY’s List

National women’s rights advocacy group EMILY’s List has routinely highlighted the connections between Trump and Ayotte.

“Kelly Ayotte stepped even further away from New Hampshire women and families today with her confirmed support for Donald Trump as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. She chose her extreme party over the women she was elected to represent by pledging to support a nominee who has called women ‘fat pigs’ and ‘slobs’ and who spews hateful rhetoric every chance he gets,” said EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock.

“Although really, it should come as no surprise to anyone that she’s lining up behind Donald Trump — they both share a radical agenda of wanting to defund Planned Parenthood, opposing meaningful efforts to end gender discrimination in pay, and wanting to take away women’s rights to make their own health care decisions. If New Hampshire women can’t even count on Kelly Ayotte to stand up to Donald Trump, they definitely can’t count on her to stand up for them in the Senate,” added Schriock.

It is not just Ayotte who is vowing to support Trump. Congressman Frank Guinta and Rich Ashooh, who are both vying for the GOP nomination in NH’s 1st Congressional District, have also said they will support the Republican nominee, even if it is Trump.

Ashooh recently told NH1 last month that he wouldn’t commit until Trump had the nomination. With Ted Cruz and John Kasish leaving the race, Ashooh is left with little choice.

Guinta told NHPR in March that he will support the eventual nominee. Carol Shea-Porter, candidate for Congress in New Hampshire’s 1st District, has already called on Frank Guinta to denounce Trump’s deeply offensive statements.

Shea-Porter additionally called on Guinta to return a personal contribution Trump made to Guinta’s re-election campaign earlier last year. Frank Guinta refused to comment to WMUR on whether he’d return the contribution.

“Now that Donald Trump is the presumptive nominee, Rich Ashooh and Frank Guinta need to admit to Granite State voters that they pledged to blindly support their nominee, including Donald Trump and his ignorant and dangerous views. We already know where Frank Guinta’s loyalties lie, as he refused to condemn Donald Trump for his hateful and divisive remarks, and he has also refused to return the campaign money he took from Trump earlier last year,” said Shea-Porter. “Rich Ashooh and Frank Guinta have already said that they will commit to supporting the eventual nominee, so now Granite Staters will see whether Ashooh and Guinta will follow through on their promise to Republican voters.”

Trump Sununu Campaign SignTrump’s Presidential campaign is already having an impact on the NH Gubernatorial election.

Last month, Democrats led by New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley unveiled a new campaign sign for the Trump/Sununu ticket, highlighting their shared far-right policies of defunding Planned Parenthood, opposing Medicaid expansion and denying climate change.

“The fact is that Donald Trump’s out of touch views are shared by Chris Sununu and the whole Republican gubernatorial field,” said NHDP Chair Ray Buckley. “Some Republicans are lining up to denounce Trump because they know how devastating his selection would be for down ballot Republicans. But not Chris Sununu, who said he’ll absolutely support whoever the Republican nominee is, even if it is Trump. I guess we’re not surprised since their policies line up so well.”

With Trump at the top of the ticket this means disaster for the GOP all the way down the ticket. This means that we, as Democrats, have a strong chance of retaining the Governor’s seat and taking back the state House and Senate.

“The Republican party has spoken and chosen the dangerous and offensive Donald Trump to carry their banner into the general election; unfortunately for New Hampshire Republicans, the general electorate won’t make the same mistake,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley. “That’s why Republican leaders in the Granite State have been warning against his candidacy for months. They know that Trump as their party’s nominee means disaster for Kelly Ayotte, Chris Sununu, Ted Gatsas, Jeanie Forrester, Frank Guinta, and the rest of the New Hampshire Republican ticket who have refused to condemn Trump and his destructive policies.”

Maggie Hassan Pushes First Campaign Ad Highlighting Her Draw To Public Service

First Maggie for NH TV Ad Highlights Governor’s Family Story That Helped Draw Her to Public Service

CONCORD – Maggie for New Hampshire today announced its first television ad of the campaign, “Got Involved,” highlighting how the challenges and opportunities that Governor Maggie Hassan’s family has experienced helped inspire her to enter public service.

Maggie Hassan was drawn to public service as an advocate fighting to ensure that children like her son Ben, who experiences severe disabilities, would be fully included in their communities and have the same opportunities that all parents want for their children. And she has continued working ever since to build a stronger, more innovative New Hampshire where all of our citizens are included in our economic success and prosperity.

“All families have challenges, what’s really important is that they also have community,” said Maggie. “That’s one of the reasons I got involved in public service. Because it made it so clear to me how much you can accomplish when you work together. “ 

Working across party lines, Maggie froze tuition at the university system for the first time in 25 years while lowering it at community colleges, strengthened job training programs, expanded health coverage to nearly 50,000 Granite Staters, and fought for women’s access to safe and affordable health care. In the Senate, Maggie will stand up to corporate special interests who have rigged the system in Washington and keep fighting for bipartisan solutions to help ensure that all Granite Staters have the opportunity to get ahead and stay ahead. 

The six-figure ad buy will run on New Hampshire and Boston broadcast stations as well as on cable and online.


Click here to WATCH the 60 second TV ad.

On Small Business Week, NH Small Business Leaders Call Maggie Hassan The Best Choice For Senate

Image from Hassan Campaign (All Rights Reserved)

Image from Hassan Campaign (All Rights Reserved)

Maggie Will Continue Working to Support Job-Creating Small Businesses, Encourage Innovation, and Expand Economic Opportunity for all Granite Staters

CONCORD – During small business week, New Hampshire small business leaders say Governor Maggie Hassan’s bipartisan leadership to support job-creating small businesses and encourage innovation makes her the best choice to represent New Hampshire in the U.S. Senate.  

“Small businesses are the backbone of our state’s economy, and as Governor, I have always fought to support job-creating small businesses, encourage innovation, and expand opportunity for all Granite Staters,” said Governor Maggie Hassan. “Unfortunately, Washington has given in to corporate special interests that rig the system for themselves and against the middle class, and I’m running for United States Senate to fight to ensure that Washington does better for all of New Hampshire’s families and small businesses.”

As Governor, Maggie fought to enact two fiscally responsible, bipartisan budgets that protected critical economic priorities while holding the line against an income or sales tax, and she has made the tough choices to consistently manage the state budget to a surplus. She froze in-state tuition at New Hampshire universities for the first time in 25 years and reduced tuition at community colleges, cut taxes for research & development and small businesses and developed the award-winning “Live Free and Start” initiative to support start-up companies and help them access capital, enabling them to launch and grow. She signed a bipartisan transportation funding bill that invests in road and bridge projects across the state, including finishing the expansion of I-93, and she has also supported job training programs to help ensure that our workers are ready for good jobs in the changing global economy.

In the Senate, Maggie will continue fighting for the priorities that will support small businesses, encourage innovation, and expand opportunity for working families: fixing our roads and bridges; making college more affordable so all hard-working Granite Staters have the skills they need to get ahead and stay ahead; and eliminating tax breaks for Big Oil and outsourcers so we can provide tax credits for small businesses that create jobs here and cut taxes for middle class families.

See below for what a few New Hampshire small business owners have to say about why they support Maggie for Senate:

Executive Councilor Chris Pappas, Puritan Backroom, Manchester – “As both an Executive Councilor and a small business owner, I know Governor Hassan has a deep commitment to helping small businesses thrive. Governor Hassan understands that small businesses are essential to a flourishing economy throughout New Hampshire, and she has fought to ensure that businesses owners have the support we need to innovate and grow. I know that Governor Hassan will continue to be a strong advocate for our small businesses in the United States Senate, and I am proud to support her.”

Mark Kelley, White Mountain Lumber, Berlin – “A strong economy in the North Country is critical for our people and our entire state, and Governor Hassan has worked tirelessly to ensure our small businesses are getting ahead. Governor Hassan has made critical investments in businesses development, infrastructure, and transportation which have helped spur our economy and create jobs. The Governor has been committed to fighting for small businesses and economic development in the North Country and across our entire state, and I know she will continue to make our voices heard and get results in the United States Senate.”

Adria Bagshaw, The WH Bagshaw Company, Nashua – “I’m proud to support Maggie Hassan for U.S. Senate because she understands the issues that are important to small businesses like mine. Washington could use her common-sense, collaborative approach, and New Hampshire could use a Senator like Maggie Hassan who understands the importance of investing in business priorities like our infrastructure and education system while holding the line against a sales or income tax.”

Mary Collins, former State Director of the New Hampshire Small Business Development Center, of Wolfeboro – “Maggie Hassan knows what it takes to help our small businesses thrive and grow, and even more importantly, she has a proven record of delivering results. From strengthening investments in higher education and job training programs, to passing legislation to fix highways, roads and bridges, to making it easier for start-up companies to launch and grow, Maggie has shown that she can work across party lines to get results for small businesses. Now, we need her to take her bipartisan approach to the U.S. Senate where she will always fight to support small businesses and get things done.”

Mary Jo Brown, Brown & Company Design, Portsmouth – “Governor Hassan’s record of supporting higher education shows she understands the needs of small businesses here in New Hampshire. She’s also committed to ensuring equal pay for equal work which would give working families, and our economy as a whole, a much-needed boost. That’s why I’m proud to join her campaign for Senate. I know she’ll bring her Granite State priorities and collaborative approach to Washington to deliver real results.”

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