CONCORD – This morning, papers across New Hampshire published an op-ed from Governor Maggie Hassan outlining the clear choice in this election. Governor Hassan lays out her record of bipartisan problem-solving to get results for New Hampshire and promises to continue to “roll up my sleeves and work with members of both parties to move our state and our nation forward.”
NH faces a clear choice in this election
By Governor Maggie Hassan
I was drawn to public service as a mom, advocating for children like my son Ben who experiences serious disabilities. Because of champions who came before us, Ben had opportunities – opportunities denied to previous generations – to attend public schools, and be a full, vital participant in our family and our community.
My guiding principle has always been that in a democracy, everybody counts – and that for democracy to work we must ensure that everybody has the opportunity to work hard and climb the ladder of success. And I have worked as hard as I can, with everyone I can – Democrats, independents and Republicans — to expand opportunity and include more people in our shared success.
People across New Hampshire work together every day, regardless of party, to find common ground and solve problems in their communities. That is what I did as a state senator, that is what I have done as governor, and that is what I will do in the U.S. Senate.
Here in New Hampshire, I’ve followed the example of our people, working together with members of both parties to identify common ground. And working together, we have made real progress to foster innovation, support job-creating businesses, and expand opportunity for hard-working families.
Our unemployment rate is the lowest in the nation, and there are more people working than ever before in our state’s history. We’ve been ranked the most business-friendly state in the nation and the U.S. Census Bureau recently found that New Hampshire had the highest increase in median income growth in New England.
But Granite Staters are frustrated that Washington is not working in that same way for them. For far too long, powerful corporate special interests have stacked the deck for themselves at the expense of middle class families.
Unfortunately, Kelly Ayotte has been part of the problem in Washington. Time and again, she has put her party and corporate special interests ahead of the people of New Hampshire. Kelly Ayotte voted with the Koch Brothers nearly 90 percent of the time in her first four years in office, and those votes have cost the people of New Hampshire. Corporate special interests have poured millions into Ayotte’s campaign, and she has supported their agenda, including voting to cut Pell Grants for students, turn Medicare into a voucher program, and to prevent Americans from getting prescription drugs at lower costs.
We can do better for our people and our small businesses.
New Hampshire faces a clear choice on Election Day. Do we keep going with a senator who repeatedly votes with special interests? Or do we choose a new senator who sides with the people of New Hampshire?
My focus has always been on expanding opportunity and building a more inclusive economy for families all across our state. And that is exactly the approach I will take to the U.S. Senate.
Here in New Hampshire we froze tuition at our state universities and lowered it at our community colleges. As your senator, I will keep fighting to make college more affordable and reduce the burden of student loan debt.
We came together to pass a bipartisan Medicaid expansion plan that is providing health coverage to over 50,000 Granite Staters and expanding health insurance options for all of our citizens. In the U.S. Senate, I will continue fighting to lower health care costs, including lowering the price of prescription drugs.
We are mounting a strong and comprehensive approach to combat the heroin and opioid epidemic that has devastated families across our state. I will make it my priority to secure critical emergency federal funding that will support those efforts to expand prevention, enforcement, treatment and recovery.
We balanced two state budgets, without an income or a sales tax, while doubling our Rainy Day Fund. I will bring that same focus on fiscal responsibility to the U.S. Senate.
While Kelly Ayotte has voted six times in Washington to defund Planned Parenthood, I worked here in New Hampshire to restore funding for these critical health services. And in the U.S. Senate, I will always stand up to those in Washington who want to limit a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions and control her own destiny.
As governor, my number one priority has always been keeping New Hampshire safe and secure – increasing the number of state troopers, improving school safety plans and expanding our intelligence fusion center. In the U.S. Senate, I will keep working to ensure that our nation is secure and our communities are safe.
As a U.S. senator, I will roll up my sleeves and work with members of both parties to move our state and our nation forward.
The priorities of the people of New Hampshire will always be my priorities, and I respectfully ask for your vote on Nov. 8.