CONCORD -- Both Republican candidates for governor have made state interference in employer-employee contracts on of their top campaign priorities.
Today, the New Hampshire state Senate held a hearing on the so-called "right-to-work" bill, which has already been vetoed once by Governor John Lynch. While the bill has little chance of success this year, Republican Gubernatorial candidates Ovide Lamontagne and Kevin Smith have already made clear that it will be of their top priorities if elected governor.
"Ovide Lamontagne and Kevin Smith have made clear that if elected they will push through bills that would have the state overturn agreements between private employers and employees," said Collin Gately, spokesman for the New Hampshire Democratic Party.
"On average, workers in so-called right-to-work states take home less in their paychecks, have a lower standard of living, and go without health insurance more often," Gately said. "Why would anyone running for Governor of New Hampshire make it a priority for our workers to earn less and go without health insurance? Ovide Lamontagne and Kevin Smith seem more focused on serving the agendas of extreme out-of-state interest groups than the people of New Hampshire."
The bills have seen strong opposition from the public, and only marginal support from the New Hampshire business community.