Governor Hassan, Senator Shaheen Announce Five NH Projects to Receive Northern Border Regional Commission Grant

Grants to Help Spur Economic and Community Development in the North Country

CONCORD – Governor Maggie Hassan and U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen today announced that five New Hampshire projects will receive grant funding from the Northern Border Regional Commission to help spur economic and community development in the North Country.

Totaling $968,365, the five grants will be awarded to the Women’s Rural Entrepreneurial Network (WREN), the Town of Littleton, the Coos Economic Development Council, the Northern Community Investment Corporation (NCIC) and the University of New Hampshire Broadband Mapping and Planning Program.

“The Northern Border Regional Commission is an important regional collaboration and federal-state partnership that helps spur economic and community development in some of our most economically distressed areas,” Governor Hassan said. “These five projects will address infrastructure and transportation needs and promote business development across the North Country, creating jobs and strengthening our economy. I thank Senator Shaheen, the Northern Border Regional Commission and our regional partners in Maine, New York and Vermont for their efforts to help make this important investment in our people, businesses and communities a reality.”

“Today’s announcement is great news for jobs and the economy in northern New Hampshire,” Senator Shaheen said. “These five projects will support small business growth while addressing important infrastructure needs that are crucial for economic development in the North Country. I am hopeful that with the support of this grant, we will see a rejuvenation of North Country communities and businesses that have faced significant economic challenges.”

“This is great news for the North Country,” state Senator Jeff Woodburn said. “Each of these projects will in their own way contribute to revitalizing our economy, improving life for people and our business community.  I’m grateful to the persistent leadership of these organizations who applied for these grants and work tirelessly to improve our communities, and our national, regional and state officials who advocated so strongly for us.”

WREN will receive a $161,670 grant to create an entrepreneurial training center and “maker space” to serve more than an estimated 75 emerging and existing entrepreneurs.

The Town of Littleton will receive $250,000 to support a Main Street revitalization project, with two businesses already saying they plan to expand once the project is completed. Littleton will construct a multi-use bridge over the Ammonoosuc River, which will connect pedestrians, bicycles and off-road vehicles with downtown and the riverfront.

The Coos Economic Development Council will receive a $250,000 grant to construct a new cell tower on Cummings Mountain in West Dummer, a strategic connection that will provide service in unserved areas of Coos County, encouraging business development and enhancing emergency communications.

The NCIC will receive a $200,000 grant to expand and improve the NH Grand website, an important visitor information portal for Coos County.  NH Grand supports tourism marketing initiatives, and the funding will be used to incorporate new features on the website, including search engine optimization, multi-lingual accessibility, mapping and teletype, as well as a booking system and marketing opportunities via search engine sponsorships.

The University of New Hampshire Broadband Mapping and Planning Program will receive a $106,695 grant to extend and enhance its broadband availability and mapping activities to the rural addresses of Coos County. The project will provide data about service availability in unserved and underserved areas in the region, which will be used to prioritize where investment should be focused to expand broadband access and to provide information to people and businesses considering relocating to the region.

The NBRC was created as a federal-state partnership approved in the 2008 Farm Bill, with a mission to address the economic and community development needs in economically distressed communities in the Northern Forest region, which includes New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont and New York.

Governor Hassan: “If you continue standing with me, we’ll keep NH moving in the right direction”

Governor Addresses Crowd of Supporters at General Election Kick-Off Rally in Manchester, Presents Vision for Building a Brighter Economic Future

Manchester—Outlining her vision for building a brighter economic future, Governor Maggie Hassan addressed a crowd of supporters at her general election kick-off rally, calling for continued bipartisan cooperation to keep the state moving forward.

The Governor told the packed house, “If you continue standing with me, we’ll keep New Hampshire moving in the right direction,” and discussed her efforts to bring together Republicans, Democrats and independents to expand middle class opportunity and help innovative businesses create jobs.

“Because we have stood with the people of New Hampshire and listened to their priorities, we have put our state back on the right track,” said Governor Hassan. “We have brought together Democrats, Republicans and independents to help innovative businesses create jobs, to expand middle class opportunity, and to move our economy forward.”

The Governor outlined how far New Hampshire’s people, families, and communities have come over the past twenty months, highlighting how she worked across party lines to balance the budget without an income or sales tax, to freeze in-state tuition at our colleges and universities, to broker agreements to end expensive lawsuits that threatened our state’s finances and bond rating, reach a bipartisan compromise to expand health care to 50,000 working people, and to develop a plan to fix our roads and bridges, including finishing the completion of I-93.

“I am proud to stand before you as your Governor and say, that with your support, we have been able to restore the New Hampshire tradition of bipartisan, common-sense problem solving,” said Governor Hassan. “Since I entered office, I’ve focused on following the example of the people of New Hampshire, who come together to solve problems every day – and they expect their elected leaders to do the same.”

The Governor also emphasized what’s at stake this November, and how her opponent and his Koch Brothers agenda would be a disaster for middle class families and take New Hampshire’s economy backward to the devastating cuts to higher education, health care and public safety made by the Bill O’Brien legislature.

“By signing his name to the Koch Brothers pledge and pushing an anti-middle class agenda right out of their playbook, my opponent has already shown us his roadmap, and it takes New Hampshire in the wrong direction,” said Governor Hassan.

The Governor added, “He signed his name to taking access to health coverage away from 50,000 hard-working Granite Staters.”

And she said, “When it comes to women’s health care, he simply can’t be trusted. He told his far-right backers that he supports restrictions on a woman’s right to make her own health decisions. And he has publicly applauded the Hobby Lobby decision that allows an employer to deny health insurance that covers contraception.”

In her speech, Governor Hassan stressed that “we need to continue working to keep our economy moving forward.”

To build an even brighter economic future, the Governor outlined that we must continue working to help innovative businesses start and grow in New Hampshire, make higher education, health care and energy more affordable, and help working families make ends meet by restoring and increasing the state’s minimum wage.

“I know we have more work to do, and I know we can continue to do it the New Hampshire way – by bringing people together to get things done,” said Governor Hassan.”

See below for full text of Governor Hassan’s primary night address, as prepared for delivery:

Thank you.

Thank you to all of you here tonight – you are the force that powers this campaign and that allows us to make progress for the people of our state.  

And thank you Executive Councilor Chris Pappas for that introduction and for once again hosting us here tonight, but most of all, thank you for being a steadfast advocate for our communities on the Executive Council.

Thank you as well to our United States Senator, the incomparable Jeanne Shaheen, who always puts New Hampshire first.

I want to take a moment to tell my family – Tom, Meg, Liz and my mother Peggy who are here with me tonight, and my son Ben who’s following along at home – how much I appreciate the support and love you give me.

And I want to thank the people of New Hampshire, who work together every day to strengthen their families, their communities, and the state we all love.

Because we have stood with the people of New Hampshire and listened to their priorities, we have put our state back on the right track.

We have brought together Democrats, Republicans and independents to help innovative businesses create jobs, to expand middle class opportunity, and to move our economy forward.

And we have come a long way together over the last twenty months.   

Two years ago, instead of working to solve our state’s problems, many elected officials had become the problem – because they were pursuing a radical agenda instead of looking out for the priorities of our small businesses and our middle class families.

On any given issue, the only question that seemed to matter to Bill O’Brien’s legislature was simply: what would the Koch Brothers do?

The O’Brien legislature slashed funding for higher education in half, defunded Planned Parenthood, and cut critical services for children and families.

Under that legislature, our roads and bridges were crumbling, our mental health services were severely strained, and our economy was heading in the wrong direction.

Worse than that, the O’Brien legislature turned its back on the traditions that make the Granite State strong: cooperation, bipartisanship and common-sense problem solving.

It got so bad they were starting to make Washington look reasonable and civil.

And so we all stood together in 2012 to say “enough.”  

Now, I am proud to stand before you as your Governor and say, that with your support, we have been able to restore the New Hampshire tradition of bipartisan, common-sense problem solving.

Since I entered office, I’ve focused on following the example of the people of New Hampshire, who come together to solve problems every day – and they expect their elected leaders to do the same.

By working with independents, Republicans and Democrats, we’ve made progress to expand opportunity for middle class families and support innovative businesses so they can create good jobs here in New Hampshire.

We reached out across the aisle and passed the most bipartisan budget in over a decade – with no income or sales tax.

It’s a budget that is making it a bit easier for hard-working people around this state to send their kids to college – because we were able to freeze in-state tuition at our university system, and at our community colleges this fall, tuition is actually five percent less.

That’s helping our families, and helping build the workforce we need to grow New Hampshire’s economy.

To better prepare our young people for jobs in the 21st century economy, we’re working to modernize science, technology, engineering, and math education in schools across our state.

To ensure fiscal responsibility, we came together to tackle the big challenges that were threatening our state’s financial outlook and bond rating.

We ended costly lawsuits by working with both parties to replace our shamefully outdated women’s prison, reach a fair agreement with hospitals to resolve the Medicaid Enhancement Tax issue, and rebuild community mental health services across our state.

To support our businesses, we’re helping them sell their products across the world, we re-invested in keeping New Hampshire a top destination for tourism, and we doubled the research and development tax credit.

And through our “Live Free and Start” initiative, we’re helping make it easier for small, innovative businesses to open in New Hampshire.

In addition, to strengthen our economy, we came together to pass a bipartisan transportation plan, and now we’re fixing roads and bridges across the state and finally finishing the expansion of I-93.

And of course, right now, more than 13,000 hard-working Granite Staters have new health and economic security – because of our bipartisan Medicaid expansion plan.  

While the far right has focused on trying to repeal health coverage, we found a way to bring both parties together to develop a fiscally responsible, New Hampshire solution that will strengthen our families, businesses and economy.

But what good is our work to support middle class families and to get our economy moving in the right direction if a young woman at her first job isn’t paid fairly or if she can’t access the basic health care she needs?

That’s why we passed the bipartisan New Hampshire Paycheck Fairness Act to ensure that women can receive equal pay for an equal day’s work.

And while we saw the Supreme Court rule that employers can deny women health insurance that covers their full health needs, including contraception – here in New Hampshire we’ve fought to ensure that women and families can access critical health services by restoring funding for Planned Parenthood.

In the last year and a half, we’ve put New Hampshire back on the right track.

And we have come too far to let my opponent take us backward.  

By signing his name to the Koch Brothers’ pledge and pushing an anti-middle class agenda right out of their playbook, my opponent has already shown us his roadmap, and it takes New Hampshire in the wrong direction.

He signed his name to repealing our bipartisan plan to fix our roads and bridges.

He signed his name to taking access to health coverage away from 50,000 hard-working Granite Staters.

He pledged to the Koch Brothers that he’d support so-called “right to work” legislation – which we all know really means “right to work for less” – while he opposes restoring and improving our minimum wage.  

And when it comes to women’s health care, he simply can’t be trusted.

He told his far-right backers that he supports restrictions on a woman’s right to make her own health decisions.

And he has publicly applauded the Hobby Lobby decision that allows an employer to deny health insurance that covers contraception.

And if all of that isn’t bad enough, he has criticized our bipartisan budget that reinvests in higher education, and said that he opposes additional state funding for our universities.

In his debate just last week, he actually praised Bill O’Brien and his devastating budget cuts.

It’s clear that my opponent would simply be a rubber stamp for Bill O’Brien and the Koch Brothers.

We can’t afford to return to that disastrous agenda.

 

We’ve worked together. We’ve reached across party lines to get things done. We’re moving in the right direction.

Working together, we’ve set in motion an innovation plan that is strengthening the foundation of our 21st century economy.

Unemployment has dropped to the lowest level since 2008 and the private sector has created 10,000 jobs in the last year.  

But we need to continue working to keep our economy moving forward.

We need to continue to focus on holding down the cost of higher education, on keeping our young people here, and preparing our workforce for good 21st century jobs.

We need to do more to help innovative businesses start up and thrive in New Hampshire, and to make it easier for our existing companies to grow.

We need to build on the new competition in our health insurance marketplace to continue making coverage more affordable and more accessible for all of our people and businesses.

We need to reduce energy costs while protecting our beautiful natural resources that drive our tourism economy and define us as a place and as a people.

And we need to give working families a better opportunity to make ends meet by restoring and improving the minimum wage.

That’s why I’m running for another term as your Governor.  

I know we have more work to do, and I know we can continue to do it the New Hampshire way – by bringing people together to get things done.

New Hampshire is a rugged, inclusive and beautiful place where we combine a sense of community and individualism like nowhere else.

No story exemplifies this New Hampshire spirit better than the story of Rustic Crust in Pittsfield.

In March, the company lost their old facility in a devastating fire.

But rather than despair, within minutes, Rustic Crust founder and CEO Brad Sterl took a deep breath and said, “OK, we have to rebuild.”

“These employees rely on this business,” he said, as he pledged to rebuild better and stronger, while paying his workers the whole time.

His employees have told me how much that generosity meant to him.

Through the company’s perseverance, ingenuity and commitment to its workers, and with the strength and support of their community, Pittsfield and Rustic Crust rallied together, and just last month, broke ground to rebuild at the same location.

This is the kind of story I see all across New Hampshire.

We are an all-hands-on-deck state. When we face a challenge, the people of New Hampshire roll up our sleeves and we come together to get things done.

That’s how the Pittsfield community is helping to rebuild Rustic Crust.

That’s how we’ve worked to put our state back on the right track over the past 20 months.

And that’s how, if you keep standing with me, we’ll keep New Hampshire moving in the right direction toward an even brighter economic future for all Granite Staters.

Thank you. I ask for your vote. Let’s keep New Hampshire moving forward.

Join Merrimack County Democrats’ For A Harvest Supper

Merrimack County Democrats will celebrate their unity for the November 4 elections during the party’s traditional Harvest Supper on Saturday Sept. 20, at the Carter Hill Orchards in Concord, between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

“We plan a family friendly afternoon celebrating Democratic candidates, including U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster and State Sen. Andrew Hosmer, who will be keynote speakers,” said Jon Bresler, county party chairperson.

Others invited to take part in the celebration are U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen; Gov. Maggie Hassan; Executive Councilors Colin Van Ostern and Christopher Pappas; State Sen. Sylvia Larsen; House Majority Leader Steve Shurtleff; State Party Chairman Ray Buckley; and candidates for the State Senate, House of Representatives and County offices.

The menu includes smoked turkey, pulled pork, desserts and a vegetarian table for a suggested donation of $25.  The donation is $20 for those who bring a dish to share; children under age 12 free.

“In addition to the usual political fare of speeches by public office holders and seekers, there will be food, BYOB, wagon rides, raffles, apple picking, cider and music,” Bresler said.

The event coincides with the New Hampshire Audubon Society’s Fall Hawk count from the Raptor observatory at Carter Hill Orchard, 73 Carter Hill Road. 

You can contribute online. Order tickets at: http://bit.ly/WlkOnr

Mail checks to:                                    
Merrimack County Democrats
P.O. Box 1741
Concord, NH 03302

Sponsorships available: Please call 724-5715   

Governor Hassan Creates Workers’ Compensation Commission

Issues Executive Order Bringing Together Experts to Recommend Reforms to Reduce Workers’ Compensation Medical Costs

Maggie HassanCONCORD – In order to help reduce workers’ compensation costs that are a burden on New Hampshire businesses and ensure that injured workers have access to high-quality care, Governor Maggie Hassan today issued an Executive Order creating the Commission to Recommend Reforms to Reduce Workers’ Compensation Medical Costs.

“Employers and workers have done their part to increase workplace safety, but New Hampshire has become one of the most expensive states in the nation for workers’ compensation, a burden on businesses across the state,” Governor Hassan said. “By bringing together business leaders and experts from insurance, health care and labor, the Commission to Recommend Reforms to Reduce Workers’ Compensation Medical Costs provides an opportunity for stakeholders to identify ways to reduce workers’ compensation medical costs and ensure that injured workers have access to quality care. With these reforms, our businesses will be able to re-invest these dollars in growing their companies, creating new jobs and keeping our economy moving in the right direction.”

Tasked with making recommendations to reform New Hampshire’s workers’ compensation system, the commission will review the data behind New Hampshire’s high workers’ compensation costs; analyze efforts by other states to successfully reduce workers’ compensation costs; review how other states ensure continued access to quality care for injured workers; and develop comprehensive reforms that will reduce costs and premiums and improve New Hampshire’s workers’ compensation system while ensuring that injured workers have access to quality care.

According to the Oregon Workers Compensation Rate Ranking Study, New Hampshire rose from the 14th-most expensive state for workers’ compensation coverage in the country in 2008 to the ninth-most expensive in 2012. In addition, data from the National Council on Compensation Insurance shows that 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. For more information on New Hampshire’s workers’ compensation costs, visit  http://www.nh.gov/insurance/media/pr/2014/documents/052214.pdf.

“New Hampshire is among the most expensive states for workers’ compensation, an unnecessary disadvantage for businesses that operate here,” said New Hampshire Insurance Department Commissioner Roger Sevigny. “I look forward to working with the commission to improve our workers’ compensation system by making recommendations to reduce costs and premiums while ensuring that workers have access to quality care.”

Commissioner Sevigny will be the chairman of the Commission to Recommend Reforms to Reduce Workers’ Compensation Medical Costs. He will be joined on the commission by New Hampshire Department of Labor Commissioner Jim Craig or a designee from the department, as well as a diverse group of experts representing workers, employers, insurance professionals and the health care sector.

The Commission’s final report is due to the Governor on December 1, 2014.

Other members of the commission are:

·         Brian Allen, Vice President of Government Affairs at HELIOS (formerly Progressive Medical/PMSI)

·         Donald F. Baldini, AVP and State Affairs Officer at Liberty Mutual Insurance

·         Pamela Bronson, Administrator at Access Sports Medicine & Orthopedics

·         Paul W. Chant of Cooper Cargill Chant

·         Tammy Denver, Director of Claims & Coverage Programs at NH Public Risk Management Exchange (Primex3)

·         Edward Dudley, Executive Vice President/CFO of Catholic Medical Center

·         Mark Erdody, Director of New England Claims for Cove Risk Services, LLC

·         Marc Lacroix, New Hampshire Physical Therapy Association and Director of Specialty Services at Concord Hospital

·         David Lang, President of Professional Firefighters of NH

·         Mark Mackenzie, President of NH AFL-CIO

·         Peter McNamara, President of NH Automobile Dealers Association

·         Dr. Gregory Soghikian of New Hampshire Orthopaedic Center

·         Ben Wilcox, President & General Manager of Cranmore Mountain Resort

The full text of the Governor’s Executive Order is attached and below.

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
BY HER EXCELLENCY
MARGARET WOOD HASSAN
EXECUTIVE ORDER 2014-7

An order establishing a Commission to Recommend Reforms to Reduce Workers’ Compensation Medical Costs 

WHEREAS, workers and employers across New Hampshire have partnered together to make their workplaces safer and to reduce on-the-job injuries;

WHEREAS, it is critical that injured workers have access to high-quality medical care and that we recognize medical practices often bear higher costs and administrative obligations when treating and assisting workers injured on the job;

WHEREAS,  while rates are expected to drop slightly in the coming year, New Hampshire was ranked the  ninth-most expensive state for workers’ compensation insurance in 2012, a change driven by increasing medical costs;

WHEREAS, according to a New Hampshire Department of Insurance review, medical costs in New Hampshire have grown to almost 75 percent of total workers’ compensation dollars spent in New Hampshire, compared to about 60 percent nationwide;

WHEREAS, the same review showed that 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;

WHEREAS, as an employer, state government pays significantly more for procedures covered by workers’ compensation coverage  compared to the same procedures covered through the state’s group medical coverage;

WHEREAS, higher workers’ compensation costs result in higher premiums that impact employers, workers and the economy by diverting resources that could be used for other priorities such as increased wages, new hires and investments in company infrastructure; and

WHEREAS, most other states have implemented strategies to successfully reduce medical costs for workers’ compensation;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, MARGARET WOOD HASSAN, GOVERNOR of the State of New Hampshire, by the authority vested in me pursuant to Part II, Article 41 of the New Hampshire Constitution, do hereby establish, effective September 4, 2014, a Commission to Recommend Reforms to Reduce Workers’ Compensation Medical Costs, which shall comprise the commissioners of Insurance and Labor, as well as individuals representing workers, employers, insurance professionals and health care. 

FURTHER, the Commissioner of the Department of Insurance shall serve as chair; 

FURTHER, the Commission shall:

  1. Review data and information explaining the basis for high workers’ compensation costs in New Hampshire; 
  2. Review laws, regulations and other efforts undertaken by other states to successfully reduce workers’ compensation medical costs and other workers’ compensation costs;
  3. Review laws, regulations and other efforts undertaken by other states to ensure continued access by injured workers to high-quality health care providers;
  4. Develop and recommend a comprehensive reform to reduce medical costs and premiums in New Hampshire’s workers’ compensation system while preserving access to health care for workers, and
  5. Make any other recommendations the Commission believes necessary to improve New Hampshire’s workers’ compensation system to reduce costs and premiums, improve the care to workers, and to help workers return to the job in a timely matter.

FINALLY, the Commission shall submit its final report to the Governor by December 1, 2014.

Given under my hand and seal at the Executive Chambers in Concord, this 4th day of September, in the year of Our Lord, two thousand and fourteen, and the independence of the United States of America, two hundred and thirty-nine.

______________Maggie Hassan_________________________

GOVERNOR OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

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, http://www.nheconomy.com/manufacturing-in-nh/videocontest.aspx

Teachers interested in taking part can get more information on partnering with a local manufacturer, as well as video contest rules, at www.nheconomy.com/manufacturing-in-nh/videocontest.aspx 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.”