Concord - New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley released the following statement on Governor John Lynch's inauguration to a historic fourth term as New Hampshire's chief executive.
"I can think of no person more capable of leading our state forward than Governor Lynch, and I congratulate him on his inauguration to a historic fourth term.
"Governor Lynch's leadership has strengthened New Hampshire's place as a national leader during the most difficult economic period since the Great Depression. We have an unemployment rate that is 40% lower than the national average and over 15,000 jobs were created during the past year, giving the Granite State the second fastest growing job market in the country. That is a direct result of the Governor's proactive leadership and singular focus on economic and fiscal issues."
Highlights of the John LynchRecord
Steady Leadership Bringing People Together to Make Progress for New Hampshire
Best Place to Raise a Family: According to the Annie E. Casey Foundation, New Hampshire is the best state to raise a family in the United States.
Well Educated: According to the U.S. Census, New Hampshire graduates a greater percentage of its high school students than any state in the north east. The Department of Education ranks New Hampshire among the top 5 states in key measures of reading and math. And Governor Lynch cut the dropout rate by 30% this past year.
Creating Jobs: New Hampshire has the second fastest growing job market in the county. Even while nationally the number of jobs fell last year, in the Granite State over 15,000 jobs were created.
Low Taxes: New Hampshire citizens pay some of the lowest taxes in the nation. According to the Federation of Tax Administrators, the Granite State collects the 2nd lowest amount in taxes per capita, and residents pay the smallest amount based on personal income of any state in the nation.
Good for Small Businesses: New Hampshire is one of the top seven states in which to own and operate a small business.
Low State Spending: Governor Lynch has held annual state spending increases to less than 1%. As a result, New Hampshire has the 5th lowest per-capita spending of any state in the country.
Safe: New Hampshire continues to be the safest state in the country for the 3rd year in a row according to analysis of FBI crime statistics.
Lower Unemployment: The unemployment rate is nearly 40% lower in New Hampshire than it is nationally, the lowest in the region, and new jobs have been created in each of the past eight months.
Healthy: The United Health Federation ranked New Hampshire the 5th healthiest state in the nation, an even healthier ranking than the previous year.