Economy and Jobs
Creating jobs and growing the economy is Maggie’s number one priority. She will improve the economy by attracting new and innovative businesses to our private sector while working with state employees to innovate in the public sector. As Governor, Maggie’s policies will be directed to make New Hampshire’s workforce the best in the country by aligning our education system with the needs of 21st century businesses. In the Senate, she worked with Governor Lynch to pass “New Hampshire Working,” a pioneering program that allows businesses to retain their skilled workforce while also providing relief to workers during hard times.
Maggie will continue to operate with the same fiscal discipline and ingenuity that Governors Lynch and Shaheen championed – and that our citizens demand and deserve – which includes funding what we do without a broad-based sales or income tax. She believes that with hard work and innovation, New Hampshire’s economy will grow and our people will prosper.
Maggie believes a good education gives New Hampshire citizens the best opportunity to succeed, launch careers, and build a strong economy. In fact, Maggie’s career in public service began when Governor Jeanne Shaheen asked her to serve as an advocate on the Advisory Committee to the Adequacy in Education and Finance Commission.
As a State Senator, Maggie worked to expand educational opportunity by passing universal kindergarten, raising the dropout age, improving and protecting education funding and investing in our community colleges and university system.
Maggie will work to make New Hampshire’s workforce the best in the country by aligning our education system with the needs of 21st century businesses through coordination with universities, community colleges, vocational and technology colleges and the K-12 system.
Maggie has worked to make quality health care affordable for every Granite Stater. Maggie recognized that New Hampshire had some of the highest health care costs in the country and wrote a bill to bring transparency and fairness to health care costs across the state. This legislation, Senate Bill 505, passed the Senate 24-0 and was signed into law by Governor Lynch in 2010.
Maggie led the effort to make it easier for small businesses to provide health care to employees. She first fought to repeal an ill-advised law passed by Gov. Craig Benson that had sent insurance premiums skyrocketing, then worked to replace it with a practical, small business-friendly solution that passed with bipartisan support.
She has also tackled consumer protections in health care by enabling children to remain on their parent’s health insurance until the age of 26, ensured divorced spouses have access to family insurance plans, and passed Connor’s Law that requires that insurances companies cover treatment for autism.
Maggie has always been a passionate voice for women to make their own health care decisions. Recently, Maggie stood with Sen. Dem. Leader Sylvia Larsen and Rep. Cindy Rosenwald to defend women’s health care against outrageous attacks by the O’Brien legislature. [See coverage of her press conference here]
Maggie has been a champion for environmental protection and clean energy investments such as mercury reductions and the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). RGGI is a regional market-based program designed to reduce air pollution at the lowest cost to consumers and businesses.
Civil Rights/ Marriage Equality
Maggie believes in the rights of all citizens to participate fully in the civic and economic life of our communities. In the State Senate, she was instrumental in passing marriage equality in New Hampshire. The Concord Monitor reported “Hassan helped gay marriage pass the Senate by crafting an amendment that won over hesitant senators. Former state representative Jim Splaine, who sponsored the legislation, said Hassan was able to find a consensus among Democratic senators that the existing civil union law was not sufficient.”
Maggie understands that workers are the backbone of our economy. In the Senate, she recognized the needs of our working families, by increasing the minimum wage, supporting collective bargaining rights, and creating programs like New Hampshire Working to keep workers and businesses going during tough economic times.
Maggie opposes any effort to repeal collective bargaining and so-called right to work legislation.
In the State Senate, Maggie backed some bills that provided a limited and highly regulated expansion of gambling because she believed that the benefits of allowing gambling in those circumstances outweighed the harms. Maggie continues to be open to the possibility that bringing one or possibly two well regulated, high-end casinos to the Granite state could help our state create jobs, capture revenue that would otherwise be spent in other states, and therefore help us fund education and other essential state services that are currently not being funded adequately. But any decision on expanded gambling must consider other factors as well—first, the impact that the siting and operation of a casino will have on the host community as well as abutting communities; our ability to treat the potential social impacts expanded gambling could have on some of our citizens; and of course the impact that casino approvals in Massachusetts will have on the New England market.