House Leaders Respond to Governor Veto of Right to Work Legislation

CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien (R-Mont Vernon) and House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt (R-Salem) offered the following statement in response to the Governor’s veto on House Bill 474, Right to Work legislation.

 House Speaker William O’Brien

“It’s certainly disappointing that the Governor would put loyalty to union bosses ahead of creating jobs for New Hampshire residents and improving the state’s economy.  Right to Work means more jobs for the state, particularly in the manufacturing sector, where we have struggled.  New Hampshire would become a magnet for employers who are seeking Right to Work states to grow their companies, as we would be the only state north of Virginia with this important protection for workers and incentive for businesses.  Because the House is so strongly concerned with creating good, new jobs in New Hampshire, we will work to overturn this poorly considered veto by the Governor.”

 House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt

 “Right to Work is a key plank in the Republican platform and is also a cornerstone item to restoring the New Hampshire Advantage.  By passing this bill by wide majorities in both the House and Senate, Republicans in the legislature have made clear our commitment to growing our economy and stopping efforts by Democrats, like Governor Lynch, to stifle job creation.  Make no mistake, Right to Work will mean more New Hampshire citizens will be able to find good employment.  Recently, the CEO of Boeing – one of the 50 largest companies in America – said they want to move to Right to Work states.  Every day that we don’t have Right to Work is another day that we are missing the opportunity to bring jobs here.  That’s why House Republicans will join together to override this veto and expand economic growth.”