Hassan Tells Voters To "Think Hard" About Havenstein's Proposed Cuts

Sep 24, 2014

Gov. Maggie Hassan at the Rudman Center, 9/24/14
Credit Allegra Boverman for NHPR

Governor Maggie Hassan says Republican calls to reduce business taxes go too far, and that the cuts in spending that would result would hurt the state.

In an interview with NHPR’s Laura Knoy at UNH Law School, Governor Maggie Hassan again and again stressed the importance of affordable education and opportunities for the middle class.

Not once did she mention the name of her opponent in this race, former defense contractor Walt Havenstein. But Hassan alluded to his proposal to cut government spending across the board by 2.5 percent.

"When Republicans or anyone else suggest cutting business taxes," Governor Hassan said, "that goes mostly to very large corporations - they’re often from out of state, they’re often multinational. So I think it’s really important that people think hard about what they wouldn’t invest in in order to make up for a cut of about $90 million."

Both Hassan and Havenstein have promised to reject a sales or income tax. But Havenstein has challenged Hassan to extend that pledge to include opposition to programs that would create future unfunded liabilities.