State Claimed a 22% Export Increase; report shows increase was .7%
Manchester, NH – A new article in Business NH Magazine has exposed Governor Maggie Hassan and her administration for misrepresenting state export numbers in an effort to boost her irresponsible junket to Turkey last month and boost her leadership statistic.
“It was an attention-grabbing headline: “NH Export Growth Led Nation in 2013.” That claim was later used by … Gov. Maggie Hassan as proof of the success of the state’s export efforts and to help defend NH’s recent trade mission to Turkey when it came under fire from Hassan’s Republican opponents.” The Truth Behind NH’s Export Growth, by Erika Cohen, Business NH Magazine.
Governor Hassan and others in her Administration claimed a 22% increase in exports in 2013 over the previous year. Unfortunately, as the article continues, the report is based on a ridiculous claim. The number includes the “export” of crude oil. Unfortunately NH neither produces nor refines crude oil so where did the number come from? According to the article:
“That crude oil merely travels on a train through NH from other locations to Canada,”
“Governor Hassan so wanted to travel to Turkey, during a state travel ban she imposed, for reasons we still don’t understand, that her Administration used illusionary math to sell it,” said Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Andrew Hemingway. “This is beyond failed leadership, this is deliberately throwing out false statistics to support her waste of taxpayer funds. She should be held accountable and she needs to explain why she felt it was OK to cook the statistic books to the very people she is beholden to.”