New Hampshire Republicans Play Into Texas Governors’ Stunt, Reinforcing That They Put Politics Ahead Of NH’s Families, Businesses, And Economy
Concord, N.H. – Texas Governor Greg Abbott took a break today from focusing on his concerns about the impending U.S. military takeover of Texas to embarrass himself in another way, issuing a stunt press release bragging about the Texas economy that’s built on high oil prices and the backs of low-wage workers with few benefits.
But according to the Tax Foundation’s 2015 state business tax climate index, New Hampshire (#7) ranked better than Texas (#10). New Hampshire’s unemployment rate (3.8%) is fifth lowest in the country, while Texas’s unemployment rate (4.3%) doesn’t crack the top ten.
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) also ranked New Hampshire the best state to live and the best state to earn a living, while Texas ranked 39th and 25th respectively.
New Hampshire Republicans, including Speaker Shawn Jasper and Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley, even played into the Texas Governor’s misinformed stunt at the expense of New Hampshire.
“The only thing more embarrassing than Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s misinformed stunt is that New Hampshire Republicans played right along, reinforcing that they put politics ahead of New Hampshire’s families, businesses, and economy,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley. “From our quality of life, to our business tax climate, to our unemployment rate, to our successful Medicaid expansion program and passage of marriage equality, Greg Abbott’s Texas could stand to take a few pointers from the Granite State.”
“Governor Hassan is standing strong for fiscal responsibility and the long-term economic priorities that will keep New Hampshire one of the best states in the country to live, work and raise a family,” added Buckley.