In the coming weeks, I will be reaching out to legislators and people across New Hampshire — Democrats, independents and Republicans — to ask for their help and advice.
We will build a New Hampshire that nurtures innovation and entrepreneurs. Where businesses can and want to grow. Where young people will stay and work, and create their own new companies. A New Hampshire where every child goes to a good school; where all families can afford college; and where all of our workers can get the training they need for the jobs of today and tomorrow.
Together, we will build a smarter, transparent state government on a foundation of fiscal responsibility and common sense. We will meet our responsibilities, and we will do so without an income or sales tax. And we will continue to ensure that all of our citizens share in the liberties and rights our state holds so dear.
Over the past year, I’ve met many wonderful people across New Hampshire. Parents and teachers who care about our schools and the education of our children. Firefighters and police officers, and the people they serve, who want to keep our state the safest in the nation. Women and men who care about access to health care for everyone. Construction workers, truck drivers, business owners and public employees who want to build stronger communities and a stronger future.
I met some of the men and women building the new renewable energy plant in Berlin, who want to continue to build a new economic future for the North Country. Business owners who want to do right by their workers, but are worried about rising health care and workers’ compensation costs. Parents who are afraid they won’t be able to afford to send their children to college.
Know that I will take what I heard from you, what I learned from you, with me into the governor’s office. And I’m going to work every day to keep listening, because it is only together that we will build a stronger, more innovative New Hampshire.