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Governor Abbott Invites NH Businesses To Seek New Opportunities In Texas 


AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott today released a statement on New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan’s decision to veto the state budget, which passed both houses of the New Hampshire legislature Wednesday and included significant reductions in the state’s business profits tax and business enterprise tax, extending over $1 billion in tax cuts to New Hampshire job creators. 


“Texas is wide open for New Hampshire businesses looking to escape the restrictive tax burdens solidified by Governor Hassan’s unfortunate veto of the state budget,” said Governor Abbott. “Fortunately for those businesses, the Lone Star State offers a chance to thrive in an economic environment free of overregulation and over-taxation that limits their success. In Texas, we are cutting the burdensome business franchise tax by 25 percent, freeing businesses to invest more in new jobs, higher wages and stimulating the Texas economy. And with Texas already offering one of the lowest overall tax burdens in the nation, with no corporate income tax, no individual income tax and no property tax at the state level, I welcome the opportunity to meet with any company considering a move to our great state to explore all that Texas offers.”


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NHDP - Texas Governor Abbott Takes Break From Focusing On U.S. Military Takeover Of Texas To Embarrass Himself On The Economy

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


Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn today released the following statement regarding Texas Governor Greg Abbott invitation to New Hampshire businesses to relocate to Texas:


"Governor Abbott's invitation to New Hampshire businesses to relocate to Texas is unfortunate but predictable. Governor Hassan's irresponsible budget veto and her refusal to make New Hampshire's tax structure competitive with other states has invited governors of other states to take New Hampshire jobs. Instead of working to restore the New Hampshire Advantage, Governor Hassan is working to undermine it and make New Hampshire less competitive."


A recent CNBC study named Texas the second best state for business in 2015, with New Hampshire taking 30th place. A recent nonpartisan Pew study showed New Hampshire placing in the bottom ten with Texas placing near the top of the pack when it comes to job growth in the country.



"Adding to arguments that New Hampshire's economy could use some added oomph, a newly released analysis of post-Great Recession job growth in all 50 states puts the Granite State near the bottom of the pack." (Jeff Feingold, "Study finds NH could do better when it comes to job growth," NHBR, 5/28/15)


"America's Top States for Business 2015," (Staff, "America's Top States for Business 2015," CNBC, Accessed 6/25/15)



Citizens For A Strong NH - Houston, we have a problem


Governor of Texas encourages New Hampshire businesses to relocate to his state because of Governor Hassan's harmful policies.




Derek Dufresne


(June 25, 2015) - In response to Governor Maggie Hassan's veto of the budget that passed the New Hampshire House and Senate yesterday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott has vocally encouraged Granite State small businesses to relocate to his state. In a statement he released this afternoon, the Governor of the Lone Star State said, "Texas is wide open for New Hampshire businesses looking to escape the restrictive tax burdens solidified by Governor Hassan's unfortunate veto of the state budget."

Governor Abbott particularly focused on Governor Hassan's refusal to support portions of the budget that would reduce New Hampshire's business profits tax and business enterprise tax. Throughout the budget process, Governor Hassan has repeatedly highlighted lowering both of these burdensome taxes as reasons for vetoing the budget.

Governor Abbott is not alone in his criticism of Governor Hassan's abysmal record on jobs and the economy. In a recent Union Leader column, Val Zanchuk,
the chair-elect of the board of directors of the Business and Industry Association, stated that "Governor Hassan should not veto the budget over business tax reductions." Jeff Feingold of the New Hampshire Business Review recently reported that a new Pew study had the Granite State finishing almost dead last among all fifty states when it came to job growth.  

Derek Dufresne, Spokesman for Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire, released the following statement:


"Houston, we have a serious problem here in the Granite State when word of Governor Hassan's disastrous economic policies is making its way thousands of miles south to the Lone Star State. 

"Well over 90% of our state's business sector is made up of small businesses. New Hampshire's economic backbone consists of some of the best business leaders in the nation. Our state is home to renowned innovators and inventors and the hardest workers who truly take pride in what they do. We believe Governor Hassan should be spending every moment of her tenure as governor trying to help these individuals grow our state's economy. Regrettably, while other governors work on luring our job creators away to greener pasture, Governor Hassan seems to only be focused on the next step in her political career."


Governor's veto sends legislative fiscal committee into action 

Concord—In a matter of just a few hours after Governor Maggie Hasson vetoed the state budget and forced the state into a Continuing Resolution, the Legislative  Fiscal committee was forced to take action to allow a state agency to accept crucial federal funds.  “In what could be the first of many actions taken by the Fiscal committee as a result of the governor’s actions, I have authorized the addition of a late item to the  agenda,” said Chairman Neal Kurk (R-Weare).


The committee will be asked to approve the acceptance of $1,136,400 from the United States Department of Commerce and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for the purpose of distributing federal fisheries disaster relief funds to northeast multispecies commercial harvesters that were impacted by the federal fisheries disaster declared by the Secretary of Commerce in 2012.


“This is only the beginning of the risk that our governor has created for state agencies as to their ability to obtain federal funds,” added Kurk.  “Her decision to veto a balanced and well thought out state budget was short sighted at best.  While it certainly creates more work for our state agencies, the Legislative Fiscal committee stands ready to work with our agencies in matters such as this to ensure that state government continues to operate in an efficient manner,” concluded Kurk.


The Legislative Fiscal committee is scheduled to meet on Friday, June 26, 2015 at 10:00 AM in Rooms 210-211 of the Legislative Office Building in Concord.