Governor Hassan, DRED Launch What’s So Cool About Manufacturing? Video Contest

Contest Partners Middle School Students with Local Manufacturers to Produce Video Exploring Career Opportunities in Advanced Manufacturing

CONCORD – In order to engage New Hampshire’s students as the new school year begins and help them understand that there are exciting and interesting career opportunities at manufacturing companies across the state, Governor Maggie Hassan and Department of Resources and Economic Development Commissioner Jeffrey Rose launched today the What’s So Cool About Manufacturing? Video Contest.

Aimed at introducing middle school students to advanced manufacturing, the What’s So Cool About Manufacturing? Video Contest partners participating schools with a local manufacturer to produce a video that explores career opportunities in manufacturing, how the industry has changed and its importance to New Hampshire’s economy as the state’s largest industry.

“As our state’s largest industry, manufacturing is critical to keeping our economy moving in the right direction and expanding middle class opportunity,” Governor Hassan said. “By creating partnerships between job-creating manufacturing companies and local schools, the What’s So Cool About Manufacturing? Video Contest will help our students understand that they can stay in New Hampshire and find jobs here that are interesting and exciting. This contest will also help build relationships that can lead to a stronger workforce pipeline to fill the jobs that growing businesses are creating here in New Hampshire, helping this critical industry continue to thrive.”

Students and their advisers can begin working with a local manufacturer on the video at the start of the 2014-2015 school year and must submit their projects by December 1, 2014. A winner will be selected in early 2015.

“This video contest is a great introduction for students  to meet their local manufacturers – manufacturers they may pass on their way to school every day,” said Commissioner Rose. “The contest brings both of them together so that these companies can showcase exciting opportunities to the students, some of whom may well become employees in a few years. Advanced manufacturing and our middle school students are the future in New Hampshire and this is a way for them to connect.”

The What’s So Cool About Manufacturing? Video Contest is part of an effort that the Governor announced in February’s State of the State. Working with an advisory committee from the Divison of Economic Development coordinating the contest, students at Nashua High School South partnered last spring with manufacturer Johnson Precision in Hudson to produce the pilot project.

The pilot video is available at the contest website,

Teachers interested in taking part can get more information on partnering with a local manufacturer, as well as video contest rules, at or by contacting Christopher Way, deputy director, Division of Economic Development at 271-2341.

Governor Hassan Releases New Ad “Problem Solver”

Hassan Campaign Launches First TV Ad Highlighting Governor Hassan’s Work to Solve Long-Standing Challenges and Get Results for New Hampshire’s People, Businesses and Economy

MANCHESTER—Today, Governor Maggie Hassan’s re-election campaign released its first television ad, “Problem Solver,” highlighting Governor Hassan’s work to solve problems the New Hampshire way – bringing people together across party lines to address long-standing challenges and get things done for New Hampshire’s people, businesses, and economy.

The 30-second ad began airing on New Hampshire television stations today.

“Over the past year and a half, Governor Hassan has helped put New Hampshire back on the right track by restoring the traditions of hard work, collaboration and common sense problem solving in Concord,” said campaign manager Marc Goldberg. “In contrast to the dysfunction and gridlock in Washington, D.C., Governor Hassan has a proven record of working with Republicans, Democrats and Independents to find common ground and get things done to expand middle class opportunity, help innovative businesses create jobs and keep our economy moving in the right direction, without an income or sales tax.”

Since taking office, Governor Maggie Hassan worked across party lines to balance the budget, froze in-state tuition at our colleges and universities, brokered agreements to end expensive lawsuits that threatened our state’s finances and bond rating, reached a bipartisan compromise to expand health care to 50,000 working people, and worked with both parties and the business community to develop a plan to fix our roads and bridges, including finishing the completion of I-93.

The Governor will continue working with both parties to encourage high-tech startups, strengthen our workforce, and continue to invest in priorities like education and health care.

“For me, reaching out across party lines to get results is just common sense, and that keeps New Hampshire working for all of us,” says Governor Hassan in the new ad.

To watch the ad, please click HERE.

The SEA-SEIU 1984 Respond To The Veto Of SB 391, The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board

Concord, NH, July 28, 2014 – Earlier today, Governor Maggie Hassan vetoed SB 391, which would have revitalized a legislative oversight committee for Sununu Youth Services Center (SYSC) and called for the appointment of a director of juvenile justice services at SYSC.

Through the Bill, the inactive Juvenile Justice Advisory Board would be revived, strengthened in composition, and would be given more of an oversight role over the center.  SYSC management changed in 2012 and was placed under the State Director of Children, Youth & Families.

Employees testifying in support of this bill reported numerous concerns about the management of the institution, safety, financial irresponsibility, and employer retaliation. Most recently, on-campus arson and incidents involving youth to youth conflicts have also been reported.

In response to budget cuts, nine staff members at SYSC were reassigned in lieu of layoff (in most instances demoted) or laid off last week.  Six of the nine affected workers were teachers.  This action decimates the education department as a whole.

“We’ve talked with half of the affected employees so far,” said Sean Bolton, SEA/SEIU 1984 Grievance Representative. “Based on our initial analysis, SYSC management inappropriately applied the state’s personnel rules to every affected employee except for one part-time teacher.” SEA/SEIU 1984 will be investigating the matter and taking subsequent action to protect the workers in question.

“The situation at SYSC seems to go from bad to worse,” said Diana Lacey, President SEA/SEIU 1984. “There have been three rounds of significant lay-offs over the last five years; all following shifts in management, philosophy and employees speaking out about their concerns. SYSC seems to be a target for retaliation.  This bill would have leveled the debate and created a balanced approach to management oversight.”

“It’s interesting that the Governor who is the ‘education governor’ and all about special education would support the gutting of the education program.  I guess it’s fine for kids with special education needs who can afford it, but not necessary for these kids,” said Will Flowers sarcastically, one of the teachers who was not affected by the budget cuts.

The veto comes the same day Governor Hassan also vetoed another bill, HB 591, that would have improved management oversight statewide.

State Employees Association Responds To The Governor’s Veto Of SB 591 (Bullying Bill)

SEIU 1984 LogoConcord, July 28, 2014 – Earlier today, Governor Maggie Hassan vetoed HB 591 which would have provided for a workplace free of abuse and a healthy, safe environment for state workers.

We are very disappointed in the Governor’s action.  HB 591 originated from SEA/SEIU 1984’s highest governing body in 2012 because the issue of worksite bullying is real and present across state agencies.

A committee of concerned members worked with legislators to draft the Bill.  State workers who had been on the receiving end of mistreatment provided hours of public testimony at legislative hearings and both chambers approved the bill. They also had several meetings with legislators following the hearings.

Governor Hassan has been opposed to this bill from its inception. She acknowledged there are workplace problems that are serious and yet has made only a token effort to address them on a permanent basis.

The Governor has the power to issue an Executive Order and truly lead a robust healthy workplace program that turns this situation around.  Yet, we have not seen a single draft policy or proposal come forward from the Governor’s Office in the two years that this legislation has been under consideration. Instead, the Governor’s solution was to direct the Dept. of Administrative Services to develop a “Respect in the Workplace” training for all managers and employees to view. This training consists of a PowerPoint presentation that is akin to classroom rules. It does not address or suggest remedies for the actions that are plaguing state workers in nearly every agency.

In her statement about the veto, the Governor said, “I have additionally heard numerous concerns from the business community, including the New Hampshire Business and Industry Association, which opposed the bill and are concerned about the impact of such provisions if extended to private sector employers statewide.” This statement makes it clear that Governor Hassan is far less interested in the well-being of the public servants who carry out the business of the state than the interests of private industry. It is in stark contrast to her nearly instantaneous support of striking Market Basket employees.

This bill provided a decent framework from which the Governor could have made incredible progress on this issue. Instead we are just seeing more stalling tactics, this time couched as a favor to the BIA.

SEA/SEIU 1984 will be convening its governing body to discuss next steps related to the veto.

Govern Hassan Files For Reelection

Gov Hassan Files

Joined by Dozens of Supporters, Governor Hassan Officially Files Her
Candidacy for Re-Election

CONCORD—Joined by dozens of supporters, Governor Maggie Hassan today officially filed for re-election, promising to continue working to build on our economic progress by solving problems the New Hampshire way – working across party lines to keep our state moving forward.

“New Hampshire is moving in the right direction because we have shown time and again that we can work across the aisle to solve problems. Unlike in Washington, we listened to the people of New Hampshire and brought together Independents, Republicans and Democrats, and made bipartisan progress on our key priorities of expanding opportunity Gov Files Hallfor middle class families, helping innovative businesses create jobs, and keeping our economy moving forward, without an income or sales tax,” Governor Hassan said.

“As we officially start the campaign season, I look forward to listening to people in every corner of the Granite State about their priorities for how we can continue working together to build a stronger middle class and a brighter economic future for New Hampshire,” added Governor Hassan.

In the Governor’s first term, she worked across party lines to pass the most bipartisan budget in over a decade – without a sales or income tax.

The Governor froze in-state tuition to make higher education more affordable, doubled and made permanent the R&D tax credit and signed into law bipartisan measures toGov Files 3 expand health coverage to 50,000 working Granite Staters and finish the expansion of I-93.

She has also worked across the aisle to solve long-standing challenges that endangered New Hampshire’s communities and fiscal future, including passing bipartisan solutions that resolved litigation on the state’s Medicaid Enhancement Tax, mental health system, and women’s correctional facilities.

And the Governor is working to support business growth with her Innovate New Hampshire jobs plan to attract new cutting-edge businesses, help our existing businesses succeed and allow our workers to develop the skills they need to compete in the 21st century economy.

Governor Hassan will continue working across party lines to support job-creation at innovative businesses, expand opportunity for middle class families, and keep New Hampshire’s economy moving forward.

Governor Hassan Issues Executive Order to Protect State Budget

Order Directs Freeze in Generally Funded Hiring, Equipment, Purchasing and Out-of-State Travel

CONCORD – In order to help protect taxpayer dollars and the state’s budget, Governor Maggie Hassan today issued an Executive Order directing a freeze in generally funded hiring, equipment, purchasing and out-of-state travel, a preventative and preemptive measure to keep the state’s bipartisan commitment to a balanced budget.

Governor Hassan presented the Executive Order, which requires prior approval of the Fiscal Committee of the General Court, at the committee’s meeting today. The Fiscal Committee unanimously voted to approve the Executive Order.

Through March of this year, the state was running approximately $25 million ahead of it is conservative revenue plan, but general and education fund unrestricted revenues, driven principally by shortfalls in revenues from business taxes and the interest and dividend tax, came in nearly $22 million below plan in April. Despite this drastic drop, state revenues remain above plan for the fiscal year to date, but the revenue surplus was reduced to $3.9 million.

“Given the fact that revenues remain ahead of plan for the year, this is an unprecedented action that will help protect our budget,” Governor Hassan said. “We are taking the fiscally responsible, preemptive step of putting a freeze into place now so we are prepared in case the revenue trends seen in April continue.”

The Department of Revenue Administration continues to analyze data to determine the reasons for the sudden drops in revenue and whether this is a long-term trend. The decreases appear to be related, at least in part, to a number of changes in the state tax code in recent years, as well as to businesses beginning to apply various tax credits and carry forwards accrued during the recession, changes that the Governor proposed to postpone during the last budget process.

“Unfortunately, this Executive Order may only be the first step in the efforts necessary to ensure a balanced budget,” Governor Hassan said. “If June revenues perform similarly to April, we will need to take further action to reduce the state budget. We are examining options for cuts, and I will implement them where necessary and possible through Executive Orders. But some steps may require full legislative approval, and a special session of the full legislature to make reductions may be necessary over the summer. We will continue to communicate with you [the legislature] about these issues as they develop, and as we work to responsibly manage the state’s budget.”


Workers’ Compensation Medical Costs in NH Significantly Higher

Image of Catholic Medical Center, not mentioned specifically in post. (Wiki Commons)

Image of Catholic Medical Center, not mentioned specifically in post. (Wiki Commons)

Concord, NH ­– In the world of workers’ compensation, the fees charged by the health care community are significantly more expensive on average in New Hampshire than in other states, according to the New Hampshire Insurance Department.

“Medical costs in New Hampshire have grown to almost 75 percent of total workers’ compensation dollars in New Hampshire, compared to about 60 percent countrywide,” said Deb Stone, actuary and director of market regulation at the Insurance Department. “It’s my belief, based on actuarial analysis, that the lack of limitation on what can be charged by medical providers and facilities is a major contributor to this trend.”

New Hampshire went from being listed as the 14th most expensive state for workers’ compensation coverage in the country in 2008 to the 9th most expensive in 2012, according to the Oregon Workers Compensation Rate Ranking Study.

Physicians’ services

On average, workers compensation surgical procedures in New Hampshire are 83 percent more expensive than those in the region* and more than twice as expensive as they are nationally, according to data from the National Council on Compensation Insurance. In total, the data included four categories of physician services: surgical, radiology, physical and occupational therapies, and doctors’ visits. Insurance Department actuaries found that medical costs in New Hampshire exceeded those in surrounding states and the nation by a substantial margin in all four categories. For radiology, the costs were 35 percent more expensive than in the region and 66 percent more expensive than nationally; for physical and occupational therapies, the costs were 95 percent and 64 percent more expensive, respectively; and for doctors’ visits, costs were 36 percent and 47 percent more expensive.

The data represent the most common procedures comprising at least 50 percent of the total dollars spent by workers compensation insurance companies on physician services.

“New Hampshire is more expensive, not only on average, but for every single individual physicians’ services procedure reviewed, save one,” said Insurance Commissioner Roger Sevigny. “We are among the most expensive states for workers’ compensation, and it makes it more costly for businesses to operate here.”

*The region is defined as Maine, Vermont, Connecticut and Rhode Island. Data from Massachusetts were not available: Massachusetts does not contract with NCCI. In the study, 35 states were used as the national comparison.


On average, the costs for surgical procedures at ambulatory surgical centers in New Hampshire are 37 percent more expensive than the surrounding region and 77 percent more expensive than countrywide. Also, on average, hospital outpatient surgical procedures cost 15 percent more in New Hampshire than in the region and 25 percent more than countrywide. Further, in cases where the same procedure may be performed either as a hospital outpatient procedure or in an ambulatory surgical center, the data show that the cost in the ambulatory surgical center is generally more – in some instances as much as twice as expensive, or even higher. For hospital outpatient non-surgery procedures, NH is 51 percent more expensive than both the surrounding region and countrywide on average.

Workers’ compensation is a form of insurance that employers are required by state law to provide for their employees. This is to ensure, in part, that people who are injured or disabled on the job are not required to cover medical bills related to their on-the-job injury or illness. New Hampshire is one of just six states that do not have legal guidelines in place to cap the amount that health care providers can charge workers’ compensation insurance companies for services. In addition, current state law (RSA 281-A:24 I) mandates that workers’ compensation insurance “shall pay the full amount of the health care provider’s bill.”

The National Council on Compensation Insurance is an advisory organization that provides information to the insurance industry and to regulators. It provides services to the workers compensation industry in most states. In New Hampshire, it develops rates and advisory loss costs, administers the Residual Market, and provides data for analysis of issues such as the pricing of proposed state legislation and research. It provides similar services to all the New England states except Massachusetts.

Following today’s meeting of the Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council’s Subcommittee on Medical Cost Containment, Governor Maggie Hassan issued the following statement:

“As workers’ compensation medical payments soar higher for Granite State businesses, New Hampshire has become one of the most expensive states in the nation for workers’ compensation. Employers and workers have done their part to increase workplace safety, but high workers’ compensation costs remain a burden on our businesses.

“I have supported legislation that would have created a commission to examine these issues and recommend solutions. But that legislation recently died, and I do not believe that we can wait until the next legislative session to begin working on solutions. That is why I will be creating a task force of workers, businesses, insurers and members of the health care community to make recommendations to reform the workers’ compensation system in order to reduce costs for our workers and businesses and to support their efforts to keep our economy moving forward.”

The New Hampshire Insurance Department’s mission is to promote and protect the public good by ensuring the existence of a safe and competitive insurance marketplace through the development and enforcement of the insurance laws of the State of New Hampshire. For more information, visit

Governor Hassan Signs Bipartisan Transportation Funding Bill

Bipartisan Legislation Will Help Finish Expansion of I-93, Advance Critical Road and Bridge Projects Across the State

WINDHAM – In order to help build a solid, modern transportation infrastructure that is the foundation for long-term economic growth, Governor Maggie Hassan signed today SB 367, bipartisan legislation that strengthens infrastructure investment, helping to finish the expansion of I-93 and advance critical road and bridge projects across the state.


“Our bipartisan transportation funding bill is the most significant state-level investment in transportation infrastructure in 23 years,” Governor Hassan said. “This legislation is an important step toward addressing our transportation needs, keeping New Hampshire’s economy moving forward by advancing critical road and bridge projects, finishing the long-overdue expansion of I-93 and improving commutes for our workers and visitors.”


Sponsored by Senator Jim Rausch, SB 367 was supported by a bipartisan group of legislators from both chambers. In addition, the bipartisan legislation received widespread support from the business community and other organizations, including the New Hampshire Business and Industry Association, various local chambers of commerce and the New Hampshire Lodging and Restaurant Association, among others.


Revenues from the bipartisan plan will help fund transportation improvement projects ranging from Interstate 93 to rural roads in the North Country. Projects also include resurfacing and reconstruction on secondary roadways and municipal bridges. For location-specific information on transportation infrastructure investments funded through SB 367, visit


“I want to thank Senator Rausch for his unwavering commitment to improving our transportation infrastructure and his bipartisan leadership on this important issue,” Governor Hassan said. “I would also like to thank the Business and Industry Association, various chambers of commerce and other representatives of the business community across the state for their efforts to support this critical step forward for our transportation infrastructure.


“By enacting this bill, we have demonstrated once again that in New Hampshire, we come together across the aisle to find solutions for our people. A solid, modern transportation infrastructure is the foundation for long-term economic growth, critical to the success of New Hampshire’s people and businesses, and I am proud to sign this bipartisan legislation into law so that we can strengthen our transportation infrastructure and boost our economy.”

Governor Hassan and Senator Larsen’s Statements On Paycheck Fairness Vote In NH House

Statement from Governor Hassan on House’s Final Passage of Paycheck Fairness Act

CONCORD – Following the House’s final passage today of the New Hampshire Paycheck Fairness Act, Governor Maggie Hassan released the following statement:

“With the final passage of the most significant piece of legislation for women in New Hampshire’s workforce in over a decade, Republican and Democratic members of the House have reaffirmed the basic principle that an equal day’s work deserves an equal day’s pay.

“Eliminating the pay gap between women and men will strengthen our economy and the financial security of working families across the state, and I thank Senator Larsen, Speaker Norelli and legislators from both parties for passing this common-sense legislation. I look forward to signing the New Hampshire Paycheck Fairness Act into law and helping ensure that all of our workers earn a fair and equal paycheck.”

Senator Larsen Applauds the House Passage of the NH Paycheck Fairness Act

CONCORD – Senate Democratic Leader Sylvia Larsen released the following statement after the House passed Senate Bill 207, the New Hampshire Paycheck Fairness Act.

“Thank you to Speaker Terie Norelli and House Labor Chairman Andy White for their work in guiding this bill through the House. This definitive  action by the House affirms that we must act to close the wage gap in New Hampshire.”

Senate Bill 207 has been cited by Senate and House Democrats as a top priority for the 2014 legislative session. All Senate Democrats have sponsored the legislation with House Speaker Terie Norelli serving as the leading House sponsor along with co-sponsors Rep. Shannon Chandley (D-Amherst), Rep. MaryAnn Knowles (D-Hudson), and Rep. Marjorie Porter (D-Hillsboro).

“The New Hampshire Paycheck Fairness Act will give the more than 60% of women working in today’s economy, as the primary or co-breadwinners for their families, the much-needed tools they need to combat the wage gap.”

“It’s distressing that, in the year 2014, women in New Hampshire, who are working full-time jobs, still earn only 77 cents on the dollar compared to men. National studies have found that a pay gap exists between men and women in nearly every occupation. With this action today, we are sending a crystal clear message that the Legislature is on the side of all workers guaranteeing a fair and equal paycheck, without fear of retaliation.”

“I look forward to this bill becoming law, so New Hampshire can renew our commitment to the fundamental principle of “an equal day’s work deserves an equal day’s pay.””


Governor Hassan Urges Senate Finance Committee to Restore and Increase New Hampshire’s Minimum Wage

Minimum Wage 101CONCORD – Emphasizing the need to strengthen the economic security of New Hampshire’s working families, Governor Maggie Hassan today submitted a letter to the Senate Finance Committee in support of HB 1403, legislation that will restore and increase New Hampshire’s minimum wage.

“Restoring and increasing New Hampshire’s minimum wage will help our economy by putting more money in the pockets of hard-working people of all ages to spend at businesses across the state,” Governor Hassan wrote. “Individuals working full-time in New Hampshire should be able to earn enough to pull themselves above the federal-poverty threshold and support their families.”

In 2011, the Legislature passed legislation repealing New Hampshire’s minimum wage law. Now determined by the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, the minimum wage in New Hampshire is the lowest in New England.

“Truly accelerating our economic growth will only be possible when working families and individuals are confident in their own financial circumstances and able to purchase more goods and services,” Governor Hassan concluded. “By restoring and increasing this important protection, we can improve the economic security of thousands of Granite Staters.”


Governor Hassan’s full letter to the Senate Finance Committee is below: 

Senator Jeanie Forrester, Chairman
Senate Finance Committee
Room 103
State House, Concord 

Dear Madam Chair and Members of the Committee: 

I write to you today in support of HB 1403, a bill that will strengthen the economic security of New Hampshire’s working families by restoring and increasing New Hampshire’s minimum wage. As you know, New Hampshire’s minimum wage was last increased six years ago in 2008, and in 2011, the Legislature repealed the state minimum wage law altogether.  

Restoring and increasing New Hampshire’s minimum wage will help our economy by putting more money in the pockets of hard-working people of all ages to spend at businesses across the state. Individuals working full-time in New Hampshire should be able to earn enough to pull themselves above the federal-poverty threshold and support their families.

Truly accelerating our economic growth will only be possible when working families and individuals are confident in their own financial circumstances and able to purchase more goods and services. New Hampshire’s minimum wage will remain the lowest in New England even if HB 1403 is enacted, but by restoring and increasing this important protection, we can improve the economic security of thousands of Granite Staters.

Thank you for your consideration of this important legislation.

With every good wish, 

Margaret Wood Hassan
Governor of New Hampshire