NASHUA – During a debate at Rivier University, Democratic candidate for Governor Maggie Hassan continued to highlight her vision for moving New Hampshire forward with an innovation plan that will help businesses create jobs, while Republican Ovide Lamontagne ducked questions about his plans and extreme agenda that would hurt New Hampshire’s economy and middle class families.
“Maggie once again demonstrated that she would move New Hampshire forward with the same fiscally responsible approach as Governor Lynch, making the tough choices to balance the budget and protect our priorities while vetoing an income or sales tax,” said Matt Burgess, Hassan’s campaign manager. “Meanwhile, Ovide Lamontagne still has no plan to offer other than extreme ideas that would take our state in the wrong direction by cutting public education, cutting Medicare for seniors, undermining access to affordable health care for women, and supporting the Tea Party legislature’s radical agenda that’s hurting middle class families and holding our economy back.”
While claiming that he would be a "leader," Lamontagne ducked questions about his plans and what he would cut to pay for the hundreds of millions in new spending he proposed. Lamontagne even said he would further delay the expansion of I-93 by commissioning a study before moving forward.
Hassan emphasized that her “Innovate NH” plan would create jobs and help businesses grow by providing tax credits, offering technical assistance, and freezing in-state tuition at public universities. Hassan also discussed budget reforms she unveiled earlier in the day to help ensure state government is operating as efficiently as possible. As State Senate Majority Leader, Maggie Hassan worked with Gov. Lynch and colleagues to cut millions of dollars in spending, balancing the state’s budget and leaving a budget surplus.
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 critical health care services for New Hampshire women and families.[vi]
[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]