Steven J Connolly


A Bit More Progress. 

So today I had a cell phone conversation with Executive Councilor Chris Sununu. I'm really impressed with his knowledge of how state government runs and responding to my concerns over the nomination of Phil Bryce to be interim commissioner of DRED.

"This is a placeholder nomination and I agree with your concerns, in the area of economic development this really isn't the guy."Sununu responded to my statements that the nominee has no experience or the qualifications of this candidate to be leading a state agency charged with expanding the state's taxbase and creating the ever-important and needed jobs.

I liked this answer.

Councilor Sununu also went on to explain that Bryce would basically be running DRED on an interim basis for two months until the new governor will bring forth a nominee which wouldn't be Bryce.

Another good statement.

"I won't speak for the other members of the Executive Council but the thinking here is, along with the Governor someone really needed to be in the position even if it is a short time."Sununu said. It was my impression that some level of direct supervision is needed at DRED on a daily basis.

I think this situation is looking alot better than I last reported. I'm very pleased about this.

When I first read the press release about Bryce being nominated my first thoughts was Massachusetts and how political appointments are made in that state.

Doesn't appear to be the case with this nomination.


And Where It Might Lead. 


So I'm reading the Laconia Evening Citizen newspaper today and they have an interesting article about a debate on the state senate candidates in more or less Belknap county.

Regardless of political affiliation all of them said more of less of the same thing: economic development and creating jobs is important in New Hampshire.

Wow! Is this the political statement of the campaign or what!!!!  

And they seemed to keep hammering away at it. For example Bob Lamb wants to do tax credits, while Yousef (spelling-the candidate with all the personal baggage) wants to practice Laissez-Fair I was waiting for him to start talking about the 'New Hampshire Advantage.' but he didn't.

And what they didn't talk about, and what showed me that these politicians could care less about creating jobs-- this just happened to be the subject that happens to generate voter buzz.

Here is why:  A major nomination looms ahead for the very state department that is in charge and recieves substantial state funds for statewide economic development and job creation. And nothing was said. nothing. This nomination could be an opportunity to change, restructure, advance or at the very least improve the capabilities of New Hampshire in this important campaign area.

Nothing was said. Nothing.

In any case after this debate I don't have much faith in any of the candidates from the Belknap county and surrounding area to be really interested in creating jobs; it seems they're all pretty self-centered and looking out for themselves and their campaigns. Egos and turf battles is a subject for another day.

Let's move on.

Today I contacted Executive Councilors Sununu and Weczorek about their position(s) about the interim commissioner of DRED.  I'm looking forward to their responses.

Tommorrow I'll contact Executive Councilors St. Hillare and Wheeler;  I'm looking forward to their responses as well.




Made Some Progress.


So yesterday I had a cell phone conversation with Executive Councilor Ray Burton relative to my concerns over the nomination of Phil Bryce to be interim commissioner of DRED.

Basically I stated my concerns which already appear on this blog, we also discussed some of the developments in Vermont in areas of economic development and job creation. So it was left that my concerns would be passed on to the nominee. The long-term councilor didn't state on how he would vote for this nominee.

I'm very pleased that I was able to at least have a discussion like this with an elected official.

But I'm still very frustrated at the way this state is run, especially DRED. I was just reading today in the Caledonian Record Newspaper of Gov. Lynch and Commissioner Bald going up to Canada recently under the aegis of trade or whatever (taxpayer expense of course)and it seemed really wishy washy they didn't secure any real contracts or commitments just an idea that a Haverhill, NH aerospace company could possibly get an "outsource contract from Canada."  If it happens.  If.

This isn't jobs. This isn't progress for New Hampshire.

There needs to be change in New Hampshire. How this state is run and ultimately where we're going in the future. Of course the election in November will be an important strategic direction, but in the meantime the nomination of an interim director of DRED is also important.

On this basis I'm asking you once again to contact your Executive Councilor and ask how they plan on voting on the nomination of Phil Bryce to be the interim commissioner of DRED.




Creating Jobs Not Words. 

Vermont Governor Shumlin creates jobs. This isn't happening in New Hampshire.I didn't watch the presidential debate. From what feedback I'm hearing is that much of it centered around debatable statistics of employment in the United States and whether people are working or not.

I didn't watch it because I was too busy getting ready for the upcoming ski season which I'm looking forward to. And one of the places I'll be skiing at is Jay Peak in Vermont. This is after I read several articles in the Caledonian Record Newspaper about the massive expansion plans that are now being put into motion as the result of elected officials like Vermont Governor Shumlin and the state's entire Congressional Delegation.

Elected officials creating multi million dollar projects in economic development and creating jobs.

So Jay Peak which is not too far from the Canadian border has plans to expand the ski area itself; with new hotels and supporting facilities like the nearby airport. And this creating hundreds of fulltime jobs in the process.

I don't know who won the presidential debate in Denver but what I do know is that a major project in Vermont is advancing because some elected officials helped make it happen.

Too bad we don't have this type of leadership in New Hampshire.



MHTi X2 

Both gubernatorial candidates are acting like Massachusetts politicians when they showed up a recent NH tourism conference plugging commuter rail into Nashua. Their latest sales ploy: It will turn Manchester Airport into an international airport.

Fictional based idea. Interesting cocktail conversation as well.

Imagine this. A shiny new blue and white KLM 787 Dreamliner takes off from the glimmering Amsterdam, Schipol airport. And this airport really is glimmering and not some five hours later the impressive looking aircraft is gliding gently down from the blue skies and clouds to land safely at MHT.  

And then...

Thanks to the $300 million dollar rail service provided by the NH taxpayers; the passenger on the KLM flight can then drag his bags across the tarmac, board a train and get to their real destination: Boston.

I'll save the passenger alot of trouble, just fly into Boston.