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December 27, 2012

State legislators weigh in on what 2013 holds

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Derry’s Brian Chirichiello heads to Concord for his second term. He, too, has transportation on his mind.

Chirichiello doesn’t know what committee he will be assigned to, but hopes to work on the state’s highway issues, especially the Interstate 93 project.

“I would like to see us work on getting I-93 completed,” he said.

Chirichiello is also in favor of gambling coming to Rockingham Park in Salem.

“I believe gambling will be a big issue in this term,” he said.

Rep. Frank Sapareto of Derry won another term in the November election and said the state’s spending is at the top of the priority list.

“Absolutely the biggest issue facing this Legislature is the budget,” Sapareto said. “New Hampshire has very limited revenue sources, but a very large list of services the new majority wants to provide. How the checkbook is balanced will affect us all.”

Jim Rausch returns to Concord for another term as District 19 senator representing Derry, Windham and Hampstead.

Rausch will work on transportation and safety issues. He also supports the I-93 project and bringing expanded gaming to the racetrack in Salem.

Gaming could help the state’s coffers. Derry could make out in the deal, Rausch said.

“Abutting communities will have a percentage of the revenue from gaming,” he said.

Till hopes her time in Concord will be spent working on good budget decisions, creating jobs and supporting new business.

“The 2014-2015 budget will be the primary focus this year,” she said. “Revenues will be low and we will have to make some tough choices. We need to insure that we have adequate funding for education/job training, healthcare, infrastructure and environmental protection. We need to restore some balance so that the fundamental needs our citizens are addressed.”

For Packard it will be a new year of hope, new relationships, and a strong desire for everyone to get along and get the work done.

“That’s our hope, “he said. “Only time will tell.”

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