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Thursday
Mar212013

Governor Hassan Applauds Executive Council Confirmation of Virginia Barry as Commissioner of Education 

Office of New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan

CONCORD – Following unanimous Executive Council confirmation today of Governor Hassan’s reappointment of Virginia M. Barry, Ph.D. to continue serving as Commissioner of Education, the Governor issued the following statement:

“The confirmation of Virginia Barry as Commissioner of Education is an important step forward in ensuring New Hampshire students receive an education that provides them with the skills, knowledge and innovative thinking needed for success in the 21st century economy. Commissioner Barry has demonstrated steadfast dedication to the children of New Hampshire, and leaders across the education community have praised her ability to bring people together to develop solutions for the challenges facing our schools. I applaud the Executive Council for confirming this dedicated public servant and look forward to working with her to build a stronger, more innovative New Hampshire.”

Thursday
Mar212013

Governor Hassan Announces Six New Job Training Fund Grants for NH Companies

Office of New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan

Matching Grants Will Help Train 246 Workers in New Skills

 

CONCORD – As part of her effort to support programs that help New Hampshire workers develop the skills needed for jobs in the 21st century economy, Governor Hassan announced today six new Job Training Fund grants totaling more than $151,000. The grants will be used to train 246 workers in new skills.

The six companies matched the awards, bringing the total funds for training workers to more than $302,000.

“I am proud to announce another round of important grants to help prepare workers for good jobs at New Hampshire’s growing businesses,” said Governor Hassan. “New Hampshire’s job training fund is a critical resource that has provided important skills to thousands of workers. We must continue to focus on job training and higher education to help ensure that our workforce is as highly skilled as possible in order to attract innovative businesses and create jobs.”

Altronics Manufacturing, of Hudson, will train 15 workers in QSL, sales and customer service after receiving a $3,690 grant and matching it with company funds.

Substructure, Inc., of Portsmouth, received a grant of up to $12,912.74 for training seven employees in Hydrographics, project management, heavy equipment, welding and crane operation using Mosiac, New Horizons and others as trainers.

Hutchinson Sealing Systems, Inc., of Newfields, received a grant of $20,316.30 and will train 10 workers in Tool&Die, Machinist, Electrical and other courses using Great Bay Community College, UNH and other trainers.

Alene Candles, LLC, of Milford, received a $64,772.50 grant and matched it to train up to 158 employees in computer and systems training, LEAN Six Sigma, leadership, supply chain management and workplace compliance using NH Manufacturing Extension Partnership and others for trainers.

PixelMEDIA, Inc., of Portsmouth, received a $47,163.50 training grant and matched that amount to train up to 55 employees in web development, IT, leadership, marketing, management and other subjects using a variety of trainers.

Associated Grocers of New England, Inc., of Pembroke, will have one employee trained for a CD-L using Lakes Region Community College as a trainer. The grant award was $2,345.

The Job Training Fund has awarded $5,635,284 in grants since October 2007, with employers contributing $8,218,136 for a total of $13,853,420 in new training for 16,824 New Hampshire workers.

Companies interested in applying to the Job Training Fund should visit the JTF web site at www.nhjobtrainingfund.org.

Wednesday
Mar202013

Statement from Governor Hassan on Attorney General Mike Delaney 

Office of New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan

CONCORD – Today, Attorney General Mike Delaney informed Governor Maggie Hassan that he will not be seeking reappointment as the head of the New Hampshire Department of Justice. In response to Delaney’s decision, Governor Hassan issued the following statement:

 

“Through nearly a decade and a half of public service, Mike Delaney has continuously protected and advanced the cause of justice for the people of New Hampshire. He has taken on difficult challenges with integrity, strength and resolve. I have greatly appreciated his counsel. While I understand his desire to pursue new opportunities, his steady leadership of our justice system will be missed, and I wish Mike the very best.”

 

Delaney’s term expires on March 31. At the Governor’s request, he has agreed to stay on in holdover after that date if necessary to help ensure a seamless transition for the Department.

Wednesday
Mar202013

NHGOP STATEMENT ON SERIOUS QUESTIONS RAISED BY DELANEY ANNOUNCEMENT 

Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn released the following statement today on the serious questions raised by Attorney General Michael Delaney's announcement that he will not seek reappointment when his term concludes at the end of the month. Attorney General Delaney has been a vocal critic of Governor Maggie Hassan's irresponsible budget:

"I want to thank Attorney General Delaney for his years of public service and for upholding New Hampshire's tradition of an independent justice department that is free of partisan influence. Attorney General Delaney has demonstrated courage and integrity by speaking out against policies that would damage New Hampshire, including Governor Hassan's fiscally irresponsible casino revenue scheme. 

"The Attorney General's eleventh hour announcement that he will not seek reappointment when his term expires at the end of the month raises concerns about the actual reason for his abrupt retirement. After he announced his opposition to Maggie Hassan's disastrous state budget that relies on $80 million in non-existent and illegal gambling revenue, the governor refused to discuss his reappointment. There are serious questions about whether Governor Hassan decided to deny Attorney General Delaney another term because of his strong and principled rejection of her irresponsible policies. This type of shallow and vindictive political retribution indicates that Governor Hassan may be willing to engage in petty partisan politics to advance her agenda.

"As Democratic Governor John Lynch demonstrated when he twice reappointed a Republican as attorney general, governors put aside politics and political score settling when selecting New Hampshire's top law enforcement official. It is sad and unfortunate that Governor Hassan may have decided to ignore this important tradition."

 

FLASHBACK: Governor Hassan Refused To Answer Questions About Attorney General Delaney's Reappointment During A Recent Editorial Board Meeting With Seacoast Media Group:

Portsmouth Herald: "When asked by a reader if she would reappoint Attorney General Michael Delaney, despite his harsh criticism of gambling in the state, Hassan said she has yet to make up her mind. "I'm in the middle of making a number of decisions on reappointments," she said. "I will announce my decision when we've had a chance to talk with the various people involved." (2/28/13)

 

Wednesday
Mar202013

Governor Hassan Announces New Hampshire Counties Have Received Federal Major Disaster Declaration for February Storm 

Office of New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan

CONCORD, N.H. –Governor Maggie Hassan announced today that President Obama has granted New Hampshire’s request for a major disaster declaration for the severe winter storm that occurred February 8-10.

 

The declaration covers Belknap, Carroll, Cheshire, Hillsborough, Merrimack, Rockingham, Strafford and Sullivan counties. It will provide for reimbursement of 75 percent of the expenses of responding to the record and near-record snowfalls by the state and municipal governments and eligible non-profit organizations.

 

“February’s storm put a significant strain on our local communities, and the ongoing winter weather has pushed snow removal budgets to the limits,” Governor Hassan said. “The major declaration will allow communities to apply for critical funds that will help provide relief and replenish resources.”

 

The statewide cost of responding to the storm was estimated at nearly $5 million.

 

The disaster assistance will be managed by the N.H. Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Applicant briefings for entities seeking disaster assistance will be held the week of April 1.

An important criterion in determining eligibility for disaster aid is whether a county has received record or near-record snowfall. Carroll County received 30.5 inches of snow during the storm, an increase of 160 percent over the previous record of 19 inches. Hillsborough County received 25.5 inches and Rockingham County received 24.1 inches during the storm.