Lamontagne: Focusing on Education to Move New Hampshire Forward is “Putting the Cart Before the Horse”
DERRY – At a debate tonight hosted by WBIN TV, Democratic candidate for Governor Maggie Hassan outlined her vision for moving New Hampshire forward with an innovative jobs plan that focuses on education, tax credits, and technical assistance to develop the best workforce in the nation and to help businesses grow and create jobs. Hassan also noted her record of working closely with Governor Lynch to balance the state budget, without an income or a sales tax, by making the tough decisions necessary to cut state spending during the recession. As Governor, Hassan would veto any sales or income tax.
Hassan’s vision stands in stark contrast to Republican candidate Ovide Lamontagne, whose extreme ideas and support for the Tea Party state legislature would hurt middle class families and New Hampshire’s economy. The choice is especially clear when it comes to which candidate will ensure a highly skilled New Hampshire workforce. A recent Nashua Telegraph article quoted Lamontagne as saying that Hassan’s focus on developing an educated workforce is “putting the cart before the horse.” [Nashua Telegraph, 10/7/12]
“Ovide Lamontagne could not be more out of touch with the priorities of New Hampshire families. There is nothing more fundamental to the economic prosperity of our state than ensuring our workforce has the skills needed for jobs,” said Matt Burgess, campaign manager for Maggie Hassan for Governor. “While Maggie has a detailed jobs plan that will attract innovative businesses to New Hampshire and help them grow, all Ovide has to offer are ideas like changing the stationary at DRED and providing new uniforms to state employees. His extreme agenda focused on cutting public education, dismantling Medicare, and restricting a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions will hurt New Hampshire families and our economy.”
Earlier on Monday, Hassan’s campaign announced that New Hampshire Governor John Lynch would be endorsing Maggie for Governor at an event Tuesday in Concord. As Senate Majority Leader, Hassan worked with Governor Lynch to keep the unemployment rate low, maintain one of the lowest tax burdens in the nation, and cut the high school drop rate in half while balancing the state budget without an income or sales tax.
Ovide Lamontagne has said he would be a “radically different” governor than Gov. Lynch[i], with extreme positions like rejecting federal funds for local schools[ii] and ignoring rising tuition costs caused by cuts to higher education.[iii] He supports plans to dismantle Medicare[iv], criminalize abortion and limit insurance coverage for birth control[v], and defund Planned Parenthood, increasing the cost of critical health care services for New Hampshire women and families.[vi]
[ii] Ovide rejected federal money to help K-12 NH public schools raise educational standards [Concord Monitor, 8/9/2010] and has said he would do it again [WGIR, 7/24/2012]
[iii] Ovide has said tuition increases were not of “utmost concern” [WMUR, 9/6/2012]
[iv] Ovide supports Paul Ryan’s voucher program to end Medicare as we know it [NH Farm Bureau, 8/2012]; believes state legislature should opt-out of Medicare and run program itself [Union Leader, 2/10/2012]
[v] Supports a “Human Life Amendment” that outlaws all abortion, and even some forms of birth control and fertility treatments [Cornerstone debate, 6/5/2010]
[vi] Ovide supports Bill O’Brien’s decision to completely eliminate Planned Parenthood funding [NHPTV, 2012]