CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien (R-Mont Vernon) and House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt (R-Salem) today offered the following statement in response to news that Vice President Joe Biden will travel to Rochester, New Hampshire on Thursday to discuss job creation.
House Speaker William O’Brien
“The Vice President should note that New Hampshire is shrinking our unemployment rate and growing our workforce the right way – without government bailouts or taxpayer funded stimulus programs. Instead, we brought spending under control and reduced a historic deficit without raising a single tax or fee. In fact, we cut or eliminated 12 taxes or fees and passed 43 new laws that reduced regulations. Now, our economy is thriving as our employers are gaining the confidence to add new jobs. The Vice President should leave his big government solutions in Washington and learn how we can get the economy moving again when we lift the burden of the state from the back of those who actually create jobs.”
House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt
“The Democrats were in the process of destroying the New Hampshire Advantage with higher taxes, fees and regulations when we took over in 2010. Now, we have more people working across the state than since the recession started. Republican leadership has meant more jobs here in the Granite State, while Vice President Biden’s agenda of passing stimulus plans and attempting to take over health care did nothing but give us a huge budget hangover. We are not buying any more of the Obama Administration snake oil that won’t help our economy and hasn’t gotten Americans back to work. That’s why New Hampshire will be joining with the nation to elect a Republican president in November.”
BACKGROUND: New Hampshire’s economic recovery is in full force. According to the federal Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, New Hampshire’s workforce is now the largest ever recorded. In December, the state’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.1%, the fourth lowest nationally. In 2011, the Republican Majority passed a budget that reduced state general fund spending by 18% and overall spending by 11%, while providing tax reduction for businesses.