Steven J Connolly


How I'd Create Jobs For NH. 


One of the things I did this winter was to participate as a public member in the creation of the NH State Rail Plan as advanced by NHDOT and their contracted consultants.

Today, I’m very pleased to report that my ideas were not only incorporated but expanded upon and which, if done, will create very significant economic development and jobs for New Hampshire.

So what are my ideas?

This will be short- but in a word intermodal and the creation of freight movement and matrix systems that incorporate railroad, trucking, economies of scale and how this is ultimately used to lower costs for shippers, receivers and any manufacturing or retail venture that adds value. I don’t think it’s unreasonable that my ideas, if done, will create at least $15 million dollars in tax base expansion and at least 250 new jobs a year statewide.

Transportation is an integral role in the creation and retention of jobs. Yet somehow this is going largely ignored by political candidates. Kevin Smith isn't the only one.

So why am I telling you this?

Now compare my ideas with that of Gubernatorial Candidate Kevin Smith:

Economic Development and Job Growth

By leveraging existing state resources, we can create partnerships between companies and the state's educational institutions to strategically put students on careers paths in the emerging job sectors of the 21st century. This effort can be extended to aggressively recruit CEO's and small businesses to move their operations, in part or in whole, from Massachusetts and other New England states to New Hampshire through strategic tax incentives and smart marketing of our built-in economic advantages.”- Source Kevin Smith for Governor Website.

What exactly does this mean?  What emerging job sectors?

Strategic tax incentives in an interesting idea; but how does the candidate propose to finance the lost tax revenue from these tax incentives?  Imagine the finance committee raising the BPT to fund these tax credits.

Smart marketing.  This certainly plays well doesn’t it.

Vis a Vis.       FLUFF.


A Smith KO Is Needed Here. 

Candidate Lamontagne needs to stop dancing around and get this done.


"Mike Tyson comes to me with a spark of interest, I feed the spark and it becomes a flame. I feed the flame it becomes a roaring blaze."-Cus D'Amato.

The same is true in politics.  

I'm really disappointed in the performance of Republican candidate and assumed front-runner Ovide Lamontagne in his interview on WMUR.

He needs to stop dancing around.

This is a Republican Primary only one candidate can win this.  



Playing The Last Card.  


It looks as if the Kevin Smith campaign for Governor has played it's last strategy card to somehow change the dynamics of what is a losing race for the corner office.

Go Negative.

Evidence of this is on this very board with word games undermining the front runner candidate for the Republican nomination. This can't work for a number of reasons:

Political Campaigns are similar but diffrent than product marketing and sales.Max Hedrom never won an election he never did anything except stimulate a market. In any marketing class the teach that being in a number #2 position in any market is actually better than being in number one. Why? Well because not only can the #2 position mine the imperfections of the #1 leader but can product position and capitalize on mistakes also made by #1. In short for #2 things can only get better. Coca-Cola and Pepsi Co. have made billions of dollars fighting and marketing for the #1 and #2 postions in the soft drink market. However, this strategy can't work in a Republican market for Governor because not only are the candidate not vying for an underlying profit the number #1 doesn't even need to participate in the market competiton to be successful in winning the market or the election as it is.

The voters aren't puchasing a soft drink here either, more at stake here or marketing terms: more of high involvement decision making process.

In the Union Leader there was a recent interesting Letter to the Editor about the appearance of Kevin Smith at a Manchester parade. Apparently he was far too busy and self-absorbed to speak with anyone except to chisel his way towards where the media was.

If there were any doubt that this campaign were constructed on anything else besides ambition, fluff and mirrors this says alot.




Frank's Flawed Footnotes-NH Jobs Created. 

How Many Jobs Have Actually Been Created In New Hampshire?

I've recently returned from Maine where I learned of the past, present and future of our neighbor to the east. It also gave me alot of political insight: what happens when elected officials actually do something for their state and local communities.

This doesn't exist in New Hampshire.

Congressman Frank Guinta, as an example, has numerous press releases about "Getting Granite Staters Back to Work" jobs iniative sponsored by his office. I'm now thinking about this quote,

(j) "The tremendous economic development leads to a change in the social stratification of the people. The small craftsman slowly dies out, and as a result the worker's possibility of achieving an independent existance becomes rarer and rarer; in consequence the worker becomes visibly proletarianized. There arises the industrial 'factory worker' whose most essential characteristic is to be sought in the fact that he is hardly ever in a position to found an existence in his own in later life. He is propertyless in the truest sense of the word. "- Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf, The Factory Worker, Page 316.

So with this 'jobs iniative' sponsored by Congressman Guinta how many jobs have been created for New Hampshire and what kinds of jobs? I don't see any press releases outlining any progress that is being made. I'm confident that there is no progress being made except as a campaign re-election venue.

Congressman Guinta isn't the only one. Recently I attended a "Small Business Finance" event hosted by Congressman Charlie Bass at NHTI in Concord.

Proletarianized is an idea here. Propertyless might even be better.







Casino Review Oxford, Part II

New Casino in Maine. Economic Development and 400 new jobs. Too bad New Hampshire doesn't have any leadership to do something like this.

So I've arrived up here in Oxford Hills, Maine to a brand new casino located on what seems like acres of farmland. I've been to every casino on the east coast and my immediate impression on arrival in the spacious parking area is that it reminded me of the Akwesasne Mohawk casino in Hogansburg, NY about 60 miles northwest of Burlington, VT.

I scan around the parking area all the license plates are Maine. No New Hampshire but the casino has only been open a matter of days. As I head inside and look at the new construction including an expansion slated to open in October couldn't help but to think of the stupid politicians in New Hampshire and how this state is missing a clear opportunity for economic development and jobs.

Thank you Mr. Lew Feldstein, New Hampshire Chairitible Foundation, N.H. Council of Churches and all you've done for New Hampshire!!!!

It's really nice inside it's got a lodge type of feel to it and though there are clusters of slot machines the noise isn't overwhelming like in other casinos like the Sands Bethworks in Bethlehem, Pa or even the Borgata in AC. They have a limited number of table games: craps, roulette, Ultimate Texas Holdem and several blackjack tables of various denominations. I'd imagine this will change with the expansion.

The two small restraunts are quality but I won't spend much time with food. The bar has about 15-20 seats with flatscreen TVs and video poker is at ever seat. This is where I spent all of my time and I ended up cashing four tickets $12.50 a piece my strategy was quite basic: hold out for flush draws and don't bet anything else except pairs an an uneven board as I remember the trips payout was 3:1.

For a small casino this a really good one. I think the expansion when it happens will give the casino some more depth which in today's gaming environment is needed.

Maine did a good thing by authorizing expanded casino gaming. Its too bad there aren't any leaders in New Hampshire that could do the same thing.