NHDP - ICYMI: Businesses And Advocates Continue To Stand With Gov. Hassan

ICYMI: Businesses And Advocates Continue To Stand With Gov. Hassan As She Fights For A Fiscally Responsible Budget That Protects Economic Priorities

Jeanne Dietsch, an entrepreneur in Peterboroughwrote in an op-ed, “As a successful tech entrepreneur whose company has brought millions in revenues into New Hampshire for nearly 20 years, I cringe at the constant rant for lower business taxes as a cure-all to attract and retain jobs. If legislators who join in this clamor actually believe what they are saying, they have not done their homework…”
“Why do purportedly pro-business legislators ignore business leaders’ priorities? Do they think they understand companies’ needs better than the CEOs who run them? I cannot answer that question. But I can clearly see that the recent budget and Senate regulatory inaction fail to address pressing needs for talent, skills and a high-quality infrastructure to create prosperity across New Hampshire.”

In a Sunday editorial, the Valley News wrote, Republicans’ “rationale is less clear for the business tax cuts, which Forrester and Little all but said are non-negotiable and which would cost $46.8 million in lost revenue when fully phased in in 2020…
It is an odd situation when Republicans suddenly feel compelled, in pursuit of their legislative and political objectives, to publicly trash the state’s business climate, which they have so assiduously touted for so long.”
Tess Stack Kuenning, president and CEO of the Bi-State Primary Care Association of New Hampshire and Vermontwrote in an op-ed, “The health and wellness of more than 40,000 people throughout our great state will be negatively affected if the N.H. Health Protection Program is not reauthorized by the Legislature... Now is the right time for our elected officials to work together to ensure coverage and access to primary and preventive health care to help people stay well, reduce the overall burden of chronic disease, and save our communities and the state money.”
See below for a roundup of additional coverage:
AP: Long-range planning, funds key to NH transportation challenges
Business and planning experts say a coordinated approach to transportation that includes road and rail is needed to keep New Hampshire’s economy competitive and commuters flowing in and out of the state.
… Michael Skelton, president and CEO of the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, said his 900 member businesses consistently name transportation as key to economic growth and see improving the trip between Boston and southern New Hampshire as the best way to attract employers.
“We are part of the Boston economic ecosystem,” Skelton said. “Ensuring a strong, reliable and efficient connection to that area allows businesses to become more successful, to grow, to strengthen their workforce.”

A study completed by the New Hampshire Rail Transit Authority last year found that an operating commuter rail to Nashua and Manchester would create up to 5,600 permanent jobs by 2030.
“I think that is the most tangible and specific transportation infrastructure opportunity that we can invest in that has the potential to create a very strong tie to Boston that could position us for many future opportunities,” Skelton said.
… “We all agree that these are priorities that we cannot do without as a society,” he said. “Certainly no one wants to see those costs go up so it impacts consumers, but we also have to pay for priorities.” [Full story]
Op-Ed: Should New Hampshire be more like Texas?
By Councilor Colin Van Ostern
Heads turned sharply in Concord this week when New Hampshire Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley and House Speaker Shawn Jasper both shared a press release inviting local businesses to relocate from New Hampshire to Texas. It was sent out originally by the governor of Texas to New Hampshire political reporters on Thursday, “Inviting New Hampshire Businesses to Seek New Opportunities in Texas.” All because Gov. Hassan won’t approve an unbalanced state budget that, among other problems, creates special corporate tax giveaways without paying for them.
I can’t imagine a public policy dispute with a member of the other party that would cause me, as an elected official, to actively invite businesses to leave my state as Sen. Bradley and Speaker Jasper did this week. But let’s look past the backward priorities and political gimmicks – on the substance, are they right? Should New Hampshire try to be more like Texas?
… Texas is a great state and it certainly has competitive advantages of its own (its beef brisket is admittedly hard to deny). But when it comes to our overall tax climate, our workforce, our communities and our quality of life – well, don’t mess with the Live Free or Die state. That goes for Texas governors and lawmakers here in New Hampshire alike. [Full op-ed]
Op-Ed: I'm standing with my governor
By Senator David Pierce
… First, Gov. Hassan. I am proud that Gov. Hassan vetoed the budget written by the Republicans. The budget they wrote is fiscally irresponsible, unbalanced and dishonest about what it pays for. As Gov. Hassan said, “I will not trade New Hampshire’s economic future for an inadequate, unbalanced budget today.” She is looking out for the long-term fiscal health our state, and she is making sure critical economic priorities — from health care to education to roads and bridges to our state employee contract — don’t simply get pushed aside in favor of tax cuts for the wealthiest, out-of-state corporations.
Second, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. Gov. Abbott this week waded into the New Hampshire budget debate. He criticized Gov. Hassan’s veto of the budget. He criticized it because he favors the tax cuts to wealthy corporations the New Hampshire Republicans passed, presumably because some of those corporations are headquartered in his own state and will profit from them.
I grew up in Texas and know all too well its extremist politics (secession, really?). I moved to New Hampshire because it is a wonderful place to live and work. I didn’t move here because of New Hampshire’s overall business tax climate, even though I do own my own business. But even if that had factored into my consideration, I would have learned that the conservative Tax Foundation’s State Business Tax Climate Index ranks New Hampshire as having the seventh most competitive business tax system in the nation. That’s better than Texas, whose ranking has fallen in the past few years.
… It is time for Republican leaders in Concord to have the courage to stand up to the tea party and its wealthy puppet masters. It’s also time to recognize the name of New Hampshire’s governor. It’s not Greg Abbott or Craig Benson. Our governor’s name is Maggie Hassan, and it’s long past time they work with her to ensure New Hampshire’s economic future. [Full op-ed]