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Labor Day Message: Stand Strong Against Anti-Labor Politicians And Greedy Executives

Once again Labor Day is upon us.

Let me start by thanking all of the strong dedicated union members of the past who fought and died for our rights and many of the protections and benefits workers enjoy today. Without their strength and solidarity we would not have weekends, healthcare, OSHA, or vacation time, just to name a few (better list in image below).

Over the past thirty years corporate executives used union members as scapegoats to hide the fact that they are siphoning more of the profits for themselves. CEO’s blame workers as they ship our jobs overseas to boost their own salaries. CEO’s in the United States make on average 300 times that average worker in his or her own company. This is obscene and is more than double the next highest country on the list. Profits and productivity continue to go up, yet wages go down as the executives and their Wall Street buddies reel in the cash.

CEO to Worker Country

Politicians began to attack working people to avoid being forced to increase taxes on their corporate campaign donors. They rig the system so that working people are forced to pay more into a retirement system that pays them less in the end. They “borrow” from our retirement systems to balance their budgets and then refuse to pay back the loan. They pass laws making it harder for workers to organize and form union because they know that unorganized people are easier to steamroll.

Combined, the greed of Corporate America and their political puppets have created the greatest level of income inequality in U.S. history.

The thing that many people do not seem to understand it that stronger unions benefit all workers.

A recent report by the Economic Policy Institute showed that if union density had remained at level as they were in the 1979, nonunion men lacking a college degree would be making $3,000 more annually.

What appears to be an attack on unions is really thinly veiled attack on all working people.

These politicians and corporate overlords are no friends to working people. They only care about one thing, money. CEO’s say, “How much money will moving this factory to China boost my stock options?” Politicians say, “How many campaign donations will I get if I can pass this law to stop workers from organizing?”

As the 2016 elections bear down on us, we need to remember to only support those who put working people first. Those who will fight to protect our rights to collectively bargain, will work to maBottom Upke it easier for workers to organize, will advocate for Project Labor Agreements, fight to protect our retirement systems, and work to ensure that all working people have access to affordable healthcare.

We need to fill our State House and Senate will representatives who pledge to support working people not out of state special interests.

It is the “down ticket” candidates who have the biggest impact on our daily lives. That is why this year I am voting from the bottom up and I encourage you to do the same.

Over the next few weeks take the time to do a little research on the candidates running for State Rep and State Senate. See where they stand on issues like the Minimum Wage (1, 2, 3), Medicaid Expansion (1) and Prevailing Wage (1) legislation. If they oppose these and support so-called Right to Work legislation, they are no friend to working people and should not be elected.

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GOP Gubernatorial Candidates To Push ‘Right To Work’ On NH Once Again

Right To Work is Wrong for NH

As Yogi Berra once put it, “It’s like Déjà vu, all over again.”

The Republican Gubernatorial primary candidates just showed how out of touch they are with working families. WMUR reported this week at all of the GOP candidates for New Hampshire’s Governor came out in strong in support of the so-called Right To Work legislation.

Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas told WMUR that, “we voted for Right to Work when I was in the Senate, so my position is clear.”

State Sen. Jeanie Forrester said, “I think it’s a good place for New Hampshire to be, and I would support that if it came forward again.”

Not to be outdone, Executive Councilor Chris Sununu played up Right to Work as a job-creating bill.

“We haven’t brought a major business into the state in over eight years. Right to work is part of it.”

Right to Work laws do nothing but hurt workers and their communities through lower pay, less benefits, less job security, less workplace safety, less, less, less…

These laws are specifically designed to break unions and tear workers down in the never-ending race to the bottom.

In January of this year, PEW released a blistering new report that showed workers in Right to Work states are less likely to have access to retirement plans than workers in free bargaining states.

“Access to workplace retirement plans varies widely across the states,” said John Scott, director of Pew’s retirement savings project. “Recognizing the savings challenge faced by so many Americans, half of the states are looking at their own solutions.”

Pew found that more than 30 million full-time, full-year, private sector workers ages 18 to 64 lack access to an employer-based retirement plan, whether a traditional pension or a defined contribution plan such as a 401(k).

At 2.6%, New Hampshire’s unemployment rate is second in the country behind North Dakota, who is experiencing a boom from newly expanded oil and gas drilling.

Recently, other states have forced their own Right to Work legislation through and what has happened? After passing Right to Work legislation, claiming it would create lots of new jobs, Wisconsin the lost a record 10,000 jobs in 2015.

“We are in the midst of an economic crisis. Wisconsin is hemorrhaging jobs at a rate we haven’t seen since the Great Recession and our middle class is shrinking faster than any other state in the nation,” said Wisconsin Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse). “Thousands of families are struggling to find a job because the policies being pushed by Gov. Walker and legislative Republicans simply aren’t working.”

Policies like Right to Work, are destroying good paying jobs and replacing them with low-wage jobs that continue to hurt working families.

Now the entire Republican Gubernatorial delegation in New Hampshire is campaigning on this failed policy. Granite Staters deserve a leader in the corner office who will stand up for their rights and support collective bargaining that ultimately benefits all workers.

NH Senate Kills “Ban The Box” Legislation, Passes Flexible Work Schedules Bill

Still more work to be done to protect workers who need flexibility to take care of their families and ending the discrimination of applicants with prior criminal convictions. 

Concord –  Yesterday, the New Hampshire Senate passed SB 416, which prohibits employers from retaliating against employees who request flexible work arrangements.

“The hard working families of New Hampshire should not have to choose between work and family,” said Sen. Dan Feltes. “SB 416 takes an important step forward in protecting workers who need to request a flexible work schedule due to family obligations and I thank the Senate for their support.” 

“This legislation sends a strong, positive message to our families and businesses. Flexible work schedules can mean the difference between the financial security of keeping a job and the financial stress of having to leave the workforce to take care of a child or family member. For businesses, flexible work schedules mean a stronger ability to retain good employees who need a little flexibility rather than having to go through the costly process of replacing a good employee. SB 416 empowers workers to request flexible work arrangements without the fear of retribution, retaliation, helping to attract more young families to our state, which is good for our businesses and our economy.” 

As introduced, SB 416 would have required employers to consider employee requests for flexible work arrangements. Under the original proposal, employers did not have to grant flexible schedules if the request was inconsistent with their business operations and employers were prohibited from retaliating against employees who made these requests. The Senate amended the bill down to simply prohibit retaliation.  

“And while I am pleased at the progress we’ve made on this important issue, there is still much more to be done to ensure that employers consider flexible scheduling requests in good faith. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the House and Senate to ensure that we continue to make New Hampshire the best place to work and raise a family.”   

Senator Feltes was also disappointed to announce that SB 413, the Ban the Box, legislation was defeated in the Senate.

“There is nothing more important to someone’s economic future than getting a job. Unfortunately, many people with substance use disorders have criminal records and are unable to find a good job because they have to check a box on a job application declaring their criminal records, which usually eliminates them from consideration,” said Sen. Feltes. “SB 413 would have ‘banned the box’ on employment applications to allow people with a criminal history the opportunity to compete for jobs, and I’m disappointed that the Senate tabled this bipartisan reform that has worked well in other states.”

SB 413 was modeled after the New Jersey “ban the box” legislation that Gov. Chris Christie signed into law in 2014. Studies show that applicants who report criminal backgrounds are 50% less likely to even get a job interview, and that “banning the box” reduces recidivism. According to testimony at the public hearing on SB 413, 70% of people in prisons have Substance Use Disorder, many of which were convicted for non-violent crimes. 

“We are in the midst of a heroin and opioid epidemic and ensuring that people struggling with addiction have a chance to compete for and get a good job is the best way to ensure they get their life back on track. We have seen this modest, common-sense approach work in other states, including reducing recidivism, and it’s disappointing that the Senate chose to table this reform this year.” 

Maggie Hassan Goes On MSNBC To Blast Republicans For Obstructing Justice

The race for the US Senate seat currently occupied by Sen. Kelly Ayotte is quickly heating up this week as news that the Senate Republicans plan block President Obama from nominating a new Supreme Court Justice.

Governor Maggie Hassan went on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports to blast Senator Kelly Ayotte for threatening to obstruct the Presidential appointment of a new Supreme Court Justice after the sudden death of Justice Scalia.

“The President has a constitutional obligation to nominate and the Senate has an obligation to advise and consent, ultimately decide whether to confirm the nominee.

And that they would immediately say that they just don’t want to do their jobs, speaks to the frustration that the people of our country and in New Hampshire have with the dysfunction in Washington. And I’m very concerned that my opponent is a part of that dysfunction.

…What I think everyone in Washington should start focusing on is what matters to hardworking Americans, not to the political party, and not to the special interests who are calling the shots right now in Washington.” 

 

Sen Kelly Ayotte Says She Is Working For NH Working Families But Votes Say Otherwise

Ayotte Tries To Hide Record Of Voting Against Job Training, Higher Education, And Workforce Development Programs For New Hampshire

Kelly Ayotte today claimed that she understands the importance of workforce development, but since going to Washington Ayotte has looked out for big business and DC special interests, not New Hampshire’s workers and small businesses.    

The truth is that Senator Ayotte is not being honest with us about her voting record. She supported the partisan Republican budget that would slash Pell Grants in favor of tax cuts for the wealthy and DC special interests.

“The Federal Pell Grant Program provides need-based grants to millions of low-income students who want to climb the economic ladder and further their education. Pell grants cover about a third of public tuition and fees which lowers the cost of college for millions of low-income students. Pell grants have already been cut by $50 billion, but the Republican budget would further cut Pell grants by nearly $90 billion over ten years.” (Budget Blog)

Senator Ayotte also voted to cut vocational trainings and displaced worker aid by millions of dollars.

“H.R.1 also makes cuts totaling $208 million in funding for vocational and adult education programs.  Cuts include elimination of two state grant programs, the Tech-Prep program, and the Workplace and Community Transition program.” (CBPP)

In New Hampshire these programs would be cut by $33.7 million dollars. Cutting job training programs for 1,000 people and leaving 700 more who have already been displaced without any assistance. The WIA Youth Services division would have to cut assistance to 1,100 students in the Granite State as well.

Senator Ayotte also voted against providing assistance to workers who lost their jobs due to outsourcing.

“Kelly Ayotte’s empty rhetoric on strengthening our workforce is nothing but a shameless attempt to hide her record of putting outsourcers and big oil special interests first, while cutting job training programs and Pell Grants that would move New Hampshire’s economy forward,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley. “Kelly Ayotte has always put her special interest backers before New Hampshire’s small businesses and she always will – that’s why her special interest allies are already dumping millions of dollars into our state to try to rescue her vulnerable re-election effort.”

Who is Kelly Ayotte really working for, New Hampshire’s working families, or DC special interests?

 

NHDP Chair Buckley: Sen. Forrester Crossed A Line With Her Toxic Political Rhetoric

Raymond Buckley, Chair of the NH Democratic Party 

Whether Sen. Jeanie Forrester’s recent opinion piece (Monitor Forum, Aug. 26) was motivated by her continuing desire to do Sen. Kelly Ayotte’s political dirty work or by Sen. Forrester’s own political ambitions, the fact remains that her piece was as false as it was offensive.

It is entirely expected that over the course of developing a budget for our state there will be disagreements over priorities. But Sen. Forrester crossed a line with her toxic political rhetoric that has no place in any civilized budget discussion. 

While Sen. Forrester is correct that there have been regular budget meetings with the governor and legislative leadership of both parties, I understand that Sen. Forrester has been conspicuously absent, despite her role as Senate Finance Committee chairwoman.

Not only has Sen. Forrester made it perfectly clear that she has no interest in good-faith budget negotiations, but she’s now launching outrageous political attacks to distract from the shortcomings of the fiscally irresponsible Republican budget.

The Republican budget would set up our state’s economy for failure by creating a $90 million budget hole in order to enact unpaid-for corporate tax cuts at the expense of critical priorities for our people and businesses, such as higher education, transportation and addressing the heroin crisis.

Gov. Hassan and Democrats in the Legislature have made clear that they are particularly concerned that the Republican budget falls short on combating our state’s heroin epidemic, and the governor’s compromise proposal includes an additional $5.7 million to help address this critical public health and safety challenge.

Linda Saunders Paquette, a leading advocate in the fight against substance abuse, recently wrote “When it comes to combating New Hampshire’s growing substance abuse epidemic, Gov. Hassan’s proposed budget compromise is clearly better for both sides than the alternative, or in this case, alternatives.” Meanwhile, Sen. Forrester had the audacity to question the commitment of the governor and Democrats in the Legislature as they fight for additional funding to address this pressing public health and safety challenge.

Public health and safety officials have made clear that the single most important action we could take today to combat the heroin epidemic is to reauthorize our state’s successful Medicaid expansion program, and treatment providers have indicated they are waiting to expand programs and facilities until they have certainty that Medicaid expansion will be reauthorized.

Yet Sen. Forrester refuses to reauthorize Medicaid expansion today for no reason other than partisan politics.

Instead, Sen. Forrester continues to push for a plan that would create a $90 million hole in the state’s budget for years to come, undermining critical economic priorities like holding down college tuition, combating substance abuse, maintaining our roads and bridges, and protecting access to quality, affordable health care.

Sen. Forrester and Republican leadership openly acknowledge that they don’t even know if their irresponsible plan would create economic growth.

But it’s hardly a mystery what unpaid-for corporate tax cuts would do to our state. All we need to do is look at what’s happened in states like Kansas, where these Koch Brothers policies have already played out.

Experience shows that unpaid-for corporate tax cuts don’t produce economic growth, just rivers of red ink and deep cuts to critical economic priorities.

Not to mention that the irresponsible budget Sen. Forrester is pushing even raids dedicated funds, a clear and undeniable violation of Forrester’s own campaign promises to her constituents.

And while Sen. Forrester even tries to attack Gov. Hassan on funding for mental health services, it was Forrester and her Republican colleagues who suggested that the Department of Health and Human Services should simply violate the state’s landmark mental health settlement.

Sen. Forrester’s overheated political rhetoric serves only to harm efforts to pass a responsible budget.

I urge Sen. Forrester to stop trying to score political points, and instead negotiate in good faith so we can pass a budget that truly meets the needs of New Hampshire’s people, businesses, and economy.


Courtesy of the NHDP
Also published in the Concord Monitor

Maureen Mann: Cuts To The Department Of Transportation

potholesBy Maureen Mann,
Former NH State Rep

Originally posted at http://bit.ly/1xmjt1S

In the past week, the Republican majority of the Finance Committee of the NH House voted to approve two major changes to the DOT. First, they have taken an innocuous bill about changing a name or address on a drivers license, and replaced the original content with removal of the DOT from the state budget. Second, members of the committee have approved a cut of $88 million from that budget. This is a projected 42 percent cut in funding which includes a $4.8 million cut in winter maintenance.

Cuts to the DOT budget mean a massive lose in federal funds coming to NH.  Most major DOT projects–Route 93, the Sarah Long Bridge in Portsmouth which carries nuclear waste from the Navy Yard, etc–are based on 80/20 funds [80% federal and 20% state]. This is money NH residents have paid in federal taxes which we get back in federal grants. Currently NH sees a return of about 77 cents on each dollar paid by NH residents. Without our part of the match we will see less return and there is a serious threat that projects in progress will stop.

Route 93 is a prime example. The federal and environmental permits for Route 93 expire in 2020. If the work is not completed by that date the project stops dead.  It will take years to acquire new permits and meanwhile our neighbors in VT, ME and MA have all budgeted for increased infrastructure spending.  When heavy duty contractors such as Pike and Continental leave NH we will not get them back until projects elsewhere are done. Meanwhile, residents, tourists and business drives will sit in construction for hours.

This is a state which claims to support business. Yet poor roads and construction on Route 93 are already creating a problem in attracting new business to NH. One of the first questions asked of those recruiting businesses to NH is when Route 93 will be completed. Studies show that what really attracts business is an educated workforce, dependable and adequate transportation infrastructure, and universal high speed internet access.

According to an article in the March 19 Union Leader, $68 million of the cuts is mostly in personnel; half of DOT regular employees will be laid off. What the article does not explain is that over 60 percent of DOT employees are private contractors.  The people who build and reconstruct our highways, plow our roads, clear our ditches and cut brush along highways will be unemployed.  Some are small independents and some are huge contractor. Is this how we treat those who have worked long hours to ensure public safety during the enormous and frequent storms of this winter?”

Downshifting to our towns is another affect of the cuts.  The 4.2 cent increase in the road toll last July, combined with the current DOT budget, insured not only the completion of Route 93 but included increased funding for the six state highway betterment districts and additional funding to cities and towns. Those local costs will be downshifted to our communities which will result in more pot holes and less repair and reconstruction. We will also see closure of welcome centers and rest areas, limits and reductions in paving, closing of red-lined bridges or offers to communities to take some over. Good thing the repeal of the road toll, sponsored by our local reps, failed by such an overwhelming vote.

This is just one example of the “cut spending” mantra not being the solution, but the problem.

(Consider supporting Maureen Mann for NH State Rep via Act Blue)

Fox Business News: http://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/2015/03/16/new-hampshire-transportation-officials-protest-41m-cut-proposed-by-house-budget/

Concord Monitor: http://mobile.concordmonitor.com/home/16134371-108/dot-warns-lawmakers-budget-cut-would-mean-loss-of-321-employees

WMUR: http://www.wmur.com/politics/dot-41-million-cut-would-make-roads-dangerous-result-in-layoffs/31836146?absolute=true&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=wmur9_politics

Concord Monitor: http://mobile.concordmonitor.com/home/16134371-108/dot-warns-lawmakers-budget-cut-would-mean-loss-of-321-employees

NH Labor News: http://nhlabornews.com/2015/03/nhdp-bill-obrien-budget-part-2-who-will-plow-our-roads/

Union Leader: http://www.unionleader.com/article/20150318/NEWS0621/150318983/1010/news06

WBIN’s Kevin Landrigan Reports On Shady Campaign Financing By National Right To Work Committee

Recently The NH Labor News and Miscellany Blue highlighted the National Right To Work Committee’s shady, but legal, campaign donations trying to flip targeted seats in the New Hampshire Senate.

Miscellany Blue reported “National Right to Work Committee funneled over $25K to state Senate candidates in 2014

“Using an elaborate network of political action committees, the National Right to Work Committee (NRTWC) funneled over $25,000 in out-of-state campaign contributions to five New Hampshire senatorial candidates in an apparent attempt to shift the balance of power in favor of right-to-work legislation.”

Subsequently we blasted the NH GOP for these shady, underhand PAC donations in our post, “The Real Republican Agenda To Pass Right To Work In NH.”

Now veteran political reported Kevin Landrigan followed up these reports with a report of his own.  He spent weeks trying to track down the head of the Citizens for Right to Work director and followed the money right back to the National Right To Work Committee’s PAC.

This action, while legal needs to be changed.  It allows on PAC to create multiple little PACs to give donations above and beyond what one PAC can legally donate.

GO HERE RIGHT NOW to see Kevin’s excellent report on these shady campaign donations.

 

No Legislation That Represents The Will Of The People

By Ron Geoffroy
Retired NATCA member

Image from @OFA_NH pic.twitter.com/ZG7B0GfERQ

Image from @OFA_NH pic.twitter.com/ZG7B0GfERQ

If I remember my history classes, as far back as that may have been, I remember that the right of every American was to be able to go to polls on election day to vote for the person you believe represents the interest of the people. In a 2014 poll done by UNH, 74% of the people of the state of New Hampshire believe that we should increase the minimum wage.

On Tuesday March 3rd, I had the honor to sit in on sessions in both the New Hampshire House of Representative Labor Committee and the Senate Finance Committee, where recommendations on bills going to the larger bodies were made to reject bills SB 261 and HB 684, increasing the minimum wage. I ask you how is that possible? Isn’t it apparent that if 74% of the people in New Hampshire want an increase in the minimum wage, a vote which represents that should have been 74% in favor of increasing the minimum wage. I guess that assumes that the people who are going to Concord aren’t actually there to represent the interest of their constituents but just one faction of the population, business.

As I sat and listened during debate in both committees, I was reminded that many of the legislators were there to protect the interest of businesses and not the people. Some would argue that businesses are the people, well I guess if you standby the Citizen’s United decision sent down by the Supreme Court, yes business/corporations are people. However, Webster’s dictionary defines people as “the body of enfranchised citizens of a state”. I can’t remember, but when you register as a business in the state of NH is there a question on the form that asks if the business is a citizen of New Hampshire?

The citizens of New Hampshire should be making our representatives more accountable to the interest of the people.

 

Governor Maggie Hassan Sworn in For Second Term as the 81st Governor of New Hampshire

Image from Governor Hassan's Facebook (all rights reserved)

Image from Governor Hassan’s Facebook (all rights reserved)

Governor Hassan: “We must approach these next two years with a relentless focus on ensuring that every Granite Stater who works hard can find success.”

CONCORD – Pledging to continue working across party lines to build an innovation economy that lifts up all Granite Staters, Governor Maggie Hassan today was sworn in for a second term as the 81st Governor of New Hampshire.

“Together, we can lay the foundation of a brighter economic future with stronger wages and more opportunity to climb the ladder of success. A future where innovative businesses are creating more good jobs, and where more of our young people are staying and thriving,” said Governor Hassan in her Inaugural Address.

The Governor emphasized that in order to make progress for our people, businesses and economy, we must always be looking to find new bipartisan solutions and approaches.

“We know better than to think that any one political party has all the answers,” Governor Hassan said. “At every step of the way, we must ask ourselves how can we reach the middle ground that fuses our individual ideas into something greater, something that will strengthen the economic future of all of our people? How can we find new solutions and approaches, the ones that nobody has thought of yet?”

Governor Hassan underscored that while we have made real progress in building a stronger, more innovative economy, we remain at the beginning of our work to ensure that all of our citizens are included in our shared success and prosperity.

In outlining a new vision for the future, Governor Hassan highlighted the importance of helping innovative businesses create more good jobs, expanding middle class opportunity, and working to attract and retain more young people in our state.

“To widen the doors of middle class opportunity, we must approach these next two years with a relentless focus on ensuring that every Granite Stater who works hard can find success. On building a more innovative economic future that lifts all of our people, in every corner of our state,” Governor Hassan said.

To strengthen the foundation of a more innovative economic future, Governor Hassan emphasized that there is that must be done to build on all of the advantages in the Granite State.

The Governor stressed the importance of modernizing how science, technology, engineering, and math are taught in schools; continuing to hold down the cost of higher education; making the state even more responsive to the needs of new businesses; maintaining the commitment to ensuring access to affordable, quality health care; building a stronger, more affordable energy future; finding a consensus way forward on rail; and finally restoring and increasing New Hampshire’s minimum wage.

“To those who say we can’t come together to do these things and more, I say to them: you don’t know the Granite State. That’s what we do here,” Governor Hassan continued. “What it will take, throughout our work together, is moving past the inevitable arguments, identifying our challenges, and then finding the solutions that nobody has thought of yet, the New Hampshire solutions that will help build a more prosperous future for all of our people.”

Governor Hassan highlighted the example of Deepika Kurup, a sixteen-year old sophomore at Nashua South High School, whose ingenuity paved a new way forward to confront the scarcity of clean drinking water across the globe. Deepika devloped a system to purify water using solar energy and earned the title of “America’s Top Young Scientist.” Deepika and her family attended the inauguration as guests of the Governor.

The Governor concluded her Inaugural Address with a call to embrace the strong Granite State tradition of refusing to accept that there is a limit to what can be accomplished.

“With that same stubborn determination, we too can do remarkable things. That’s who we are as Granite Staters, and that’s who we must continue to be. I look forward to that challenge, and to the brighter economic future that we will all build, and share in, together.”

Senate Minority Leader Jeff Woodburn (D-Dalton) released the following comments on Governor Maggie Hassan being sworn-in for a second term:

“I congratulate Governor Maggie Hassan on her inauguration and applaud her for delivering a strong inaugural address that sets the right tone as we begin the new legislative session,” said Senator Woodburn. “Senate Democrats were proud to have worked with Governor Hassan over the last two years and we know that she will keep working across party lines to build an innovation economy that expands opportunity for all Granite Staters.”

 “Senate Democrats look forward to working collaboratively with Governor Hassan as we push ourselves to find new bipartisan solutions to build a brighter economic future.”

New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley released the following statement on Governor Maggie Hassan’s inauguration for a second term as New Hampshire’s 81st Governor:

“Today, as she was sworn in for her second term, Governor Hassan pledged to continue fighting for the priorities that will support small businesses, expand opportunity for middle class families, and move our economy forward.

“New Hampshire Democrats are inspired by Governor Hassan’s vision for a future where we continue to hold down the cost of higher education, maintain our commitment to ensuring access to quality, affordable health care, and finally raise the minimum wage for hard-working Granite Staters.

“Governor Hassan has proven that she knows how to bring together members of both parties to get results for our people and economy, and Granite Staters know that we are in good hands under the Governor’s strong bipartisan leadership.”

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