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Excerpts from Hassan’s inaugural address

Some excerpts from Gov. Maggie Hassan’s inaugural address:

I will work as hard as I can to honor your trust. I will strive to do so in the tradition that has guided us throughout our history: the tradition of openness, bipartisanship and collective problem solving.

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Cutting state support for public education in half while lowering the tobacco tax two years ago was shortsighted. It hurt our young people and, if not quickly addressed, will impair our future economic prosperity. We must begin to reverse course. In exchange, the university system, working with us, needs to increase the number of New Hampshire students admitted to our state colleges and universities and freeze in-state tuition.

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To encourage innovation, we should also encourage the creation of new technologies here in New Hampshire by doubling the research and development tax credit. We want entrepreneurs with innovative ideas to come to New Hampshire, and we want those who start businesses here to stay here and grow here.

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Let us promise ourselves today that we will meet our challenges by focusing on common-sense solutions born of collaboration, that we will together end the era of hasty, reactive government.

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To those of you who believe deeply in an income tax, I ask you to put that aside. I will veto an income or a sales tax.

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To those on the other side, I ask you to recognize that there are some things that government must do – not only to help our most vulnerable citizens but also to provide the platform for economic growth. Needs do not go away simply because we don’t fund them. And opportunities for innovation and growth can evaporate if we fail to make smart investments in a timely way.

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We led the effort to end discrimination against people who experience disabilities and we helped bring them out of institutions and into the community. Our recommitment now to that endeavor will strengthen our families, communities and economy.

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As has been true throughout our history, every time we bring more people in from the margins, into the heart and soul of our democracy, we get stronger. We believe in freedom and the value of every person. It is our duty and our destiny to extend the same freedoms we enjoy to all our people.

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