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Editorial: Hassan will move our state forward

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Democrat Maggie Hassan and Republican Ovide Lamontagne, the candidates vying to replace Gov. John Lynch, are both affable, experienced in government and smart. But for New Hampshire voters who want to see the state return to prosperity, Hassan is by far the better choice.

New Hampshire is at a crossroads. As the New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies put it in a recent report, “The forces that helped create New Hampshire’s advantage have largely run their course.” Two decades of population growth have ended. New Hampshire’s young people are leaving, the state’s population is aging faster than the national average and our economy is no longer among the nation’s fastest growing.

Hassan understands what must be done to attract and retain high-paying employers and entrepreneurs. Chief among them is creating the high-quality, affordable education system it takes to develop a highly-skilled workforce.

Hassan has a strong record of support for public education; Lamontagne just the opposite. Hassan would seek repeal of the bill that sends tax money to religious schools. Lamontagne favors changing the Constitution to make it even easier. Hassan was a leader in the fight to end New Hampshire’s status as the only state in the nation that didn’t provide every child kindergarten. Lamontagne favors returning to the way it was.

Hassan, as a three-term senator, one as majority leader, has a proven ability to reach compromise. Like Lamontagne, she has pledged to veto both a sales and income tax, but her opposition to taxes is pragmatic, not reflexive. She has voted to make painful cuts in the depths of recession but remains open to other options to raise revenue if necessary. One of those is expanding gambling to permit a single casino. But while Lamontagne essentially favors handing the license to the owners of Rockingham Park in Salem, Hassan would insist on that the winner be selected by competitive bid.

Hassan would make the state more attractive to employers and the young migrants who fuel a creative economy. She supports, for example, the Affordable Care Act and the acceptance of federal money to extend Medicaid services to tens of thousands of low-income residents. That’s the right thing to do morally and economically, but it’s also a pro-business decision. Reject the Medicaid expansion, as Lamontagne does, and employers will continue to see their insurance premiums rise to cover the cost of the uninsured. Lamontagne’s position would also leave more than $1 billion federal money on the table, money Hassan would accept to help fuel the state’s economy while making its poorest residents healthier.

On issue after issue, Hassan takes the right position and Lamontagne the wrong. She would seek to repeal the misbegotten Voter ID law passed largely to discourage college students, the elderly and the poor from voting. Lamontagne supports it.

She, like Lynch, would veto a right-to-work bill because it would interfere with free negotiations between employer and employee and lower wage for everyone, unionized or not. Lamontagne supports the change.

Hassan was a leader in the fight to end the discrimination inherent in a ban on gay marriage, a change that marked New Hampshire as a tolerant, forward-thinking state. She is also a staunch proponent of equal right for women. Those rights include control of their reproductive destiny. Lamontagne would sign a bill reinstating the discrimination against gays and he would sign bills further restricting access to abortion. If the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, he would sign a bill making abortion illegal in New Hampshire under almost all circumstances.

New Hampshire can’t move forward under a leader who believes in moving backward. The last two years proved how important it is to have a consensus builder with moderate views at the helm when tough times sweep people with extreme views into office. Maggie Hassan is such a leader. She deserves your vote.

Legacy Comments4

Nothing new here. Same old song and dance. There is no going forward unless we realize our state and federal govts do not know how to manage anything. They refuse to reform any program, they refuse to accept the fact that our economy does not grow when we offer more govt programs and attack the job creators with mandates and taxes. We have more and more folks opting out of the work force. They are going on disabilty. There is a reason why our economy has been paralized the last 4 years. This admistration and many Dems see business as the enemy on one hand, and on the other think that by bleeding them more, they will create more jobs. They need funds to promote govt entitlement programs. So much so, they even are attacking small business. All about big govt programs. Not accountability on how that money is spent, same here in the state. Elect more Dems that will continue spending tax payer money like it grows on trees, then complain when the money runs out. Need more, use class warfare as a means to keep the revenue stream coming. Then accuse folks of being mean, greedy and hateful, when the programs they support with their taxes turn out not to be working. If the Dems in this state had their way, they would achieve having NH become a state like CA or MA.

Move along folks, nothing to see here, just the expected knee jerk, partisan, ideological expected endorsement of the one trick, Monitor editors. The basic mantra of progressives is to increase taxes because they know better than you and me how our money should be spent. Unlimited funding for education no matter whether it really makes a difference or not (and it hasn't). Unbridled power for unions and most disturbing the SEIU / SEA and more cushy conditions for single tasking state employees. Red swim caps, fines for helium filled balloons and what next? Limits on the size of soft drinks? Limits on meat consumption? That is the thing about progressives, they know it all, better than you or me; they see themselves as all knowing. In reality they are smug, arrogant, judgmental, angry, pompous, pious and closed minded. Move along folks, nothing to see in this endorsement that we have not hear before; over and over and over again.

The Monitor is in support of Hassan: Shocked Face: The Nashua Telegraph Endorsed Romney Today. It looks like the Monitor wants to make itself obsolete sooner rather than later. The Monitor isn't for moderates they want extremist liberals.

I don't think that they are going to make themselves "obsolete" but they are stunningly naive and irrelevant.

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