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Wednesday
May092012

NH House Leaders Comment on Chief Executive Magazine Ranking of New Hampshire Business Climate, Cite Need for Right to Work 

CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien (R-Mont Vernon) and D.J. Bettencourt (R-Salem) today offered the following comments on Chief Executive Magazine ranking New Hampshire 26th in terms of business climate, in which the publication cited the state’s inability to pass Right to Work legislation as a reason why the state is not higher in its rating.  In the ‘CEO comments’ section of the New Hampshire ranking, the magazine quotes a CEO saying, “New Hampshire is coming on strong. If they can ever institute ‘right-to-work’ legislation, they could rise to number one.”

House Speaker William O’Brien

“It’s clear that passing Right to Work is critical to improving New Hampshire’s business climate and creating good, new jobs here.  Each of the top 10 states in survey of best business states is a Right to Work state, and we won’t get there until we can improve our business tax rate from 46th in the nation and pass Right to Work.  If we are committed to expanding our economy and rebuilding the New Hampshire Advantage, we need to take the common sense steps to help the 38,000 of our friends and neighbors who are currently unemployed.”

House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt

“This survey showed that we are the still the best state for business in New England, but 26th is far from good enough for our residents.  They deserve better, and we missed our chance to make a huge jump when Governor Lynch vetoed Right to Work.  I appreciate that the magazine noted our work by saying that the “Statehouse continues tax-friendly ways and nurture entrepreneurial spark,” but there is much more to do.  With a Republican governor next year, we will be able to lower taxes on our employers, pass Right to Work, get out of cap-and-trade that is driving up our electric bills and reform our health care laws to bring the free market to lower costs.”

 

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