Congressional Candidate Jim Craig Declares Confidence in New Hampshire's Economic Future

For Immediate Release

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NH State House Democratic Leader Jim Craig and Governor Lynch forge bipartisan consensus to turn budget deficit into surplus

(August 10, 2006)—Today, Congressional Candidate Jim Craig voiced his confidence in New Hampshire’s economic future. In a Granite State Poll released yesterday 49 percent of adults said they think the state will have good times economically in the next year. As State House Democratic Leader, Jim Craig has been working with Governor Lynch to sustain a strong economy and help turn a budget deficit into a surplus . [Associated Press, 8/10/06]

“I am proud to have worked with the Governor to help maintain a strong economy and place $50 million from the state surplus in the Rainy Day Fund,” said Jim. “In New Hampshire we have our fiscal house in order, in Washington George Bush and Jeb Bradley have the federal budget deficit spiraling out of control. When I am elected to Congress I will go to Washington and show them how to do things the New Hampshire way.”
When Jeb Bradley (NH-01) was sworn into office on January 7th, 2003 the federal deficit stood at $6.3 trillion dollars. Today, the current federal deficit is $8.4 trillion, a 33 percent increase. [ US Bureau of Public Debt] While 49 percent of adults expect New Hampshire to have good times economically in the next year, only 35 percent said they expect good times for businesses nationwide. There is a clear contrast between how people feel about how things are going in New Hampshire versus how they view things as going in the rest of the country.

“I have worked as State House Democratic Leader, reaching across the aisle to foster bipartisan consensus. It is time to take the spirit of progress and cooperation to Washington,” said Jim. “People in New Hampshire are voicing their content with how things are working here in New Hampshire, and their discontent with how things are NOT working in Washington.”

Jim Craig, candidate for Congress in New Hampshire’s First District, is a lifelong resident of New Hampshire and his roots in the Granite State stretch for five generations. As a veteran of the US Army, he worked for his law degree with the help from the GI Bill and joined his family's law practice. For over 20 years, he has promoted the health and well-being of families by serving on non-profit community boards. He was elected to the New Hampshire State House in 1998 and now serves as Democratic Leader. While in Concord, he worked tirelessly to create bipartisan, practical solutions for the state. As leader, he created a labor caucus that addresses working families' concerns.