Live Coverage: State of the State Address
12:30 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

Live From The Statehouse: Gov. Lynch Gives Final State of the State Address

Gov. John Lynch gives his final state of the state address to the House and Senate. Read the transcript of the  live tweets from the Statehouse below:

 

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That's all for our live coverage! Check with NHPR and NHPR.orgthis afternoon for more coverage and analysis. #nhsots

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Andy Smith: difficult economy and budget "sharpens" political tone. #nhsots

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Lou D'Allesandro: Lynch "continues to extend his hand", GOP will either accept or reject #nhsots

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Lou D'Allesandro "disappointed" in Lynch's veto thread on casinos and gambling. #nhsots

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Lou D'Allesandro: I-93 needs expanding. Congestion, accidents are "unacceptable" in economy and in "wasteful" energy use. #nhsots

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Lou D'Allesandro on #nhsots: Lynch "spoke highly about education," I-93 is "vastly important" and tobacco tax needs to go back up.

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Lou D'Allesandro joining us now. #nhsots

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DJ Bettencourt on ed funding amendment: difficult to do because it's so critically important, but "we're still talking" #nhsots

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DJ Bettencourt on I-93: what's on the table for GOP is "prioritizing" and looking at bonding. #nhsots

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DJ Bettencourt on I-93: Toll increases and gas tax hikes off the table. #nhsots

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DJ Bettencourt says what Lynch called "anti-government attitude" is actually call for efficient government. #nhsots

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DJ Bettencourt on #nhsots: Lynch was "long on platitudes, short on details"

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House Majority Leader DJ Bettencourt joining us from the state house. #nhsots

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Andy Smith: Lynch speaks broadly about "civil rights" rather than same-sex marriage, which would be more "problematic politically" #nhsots

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Andy Smith: in some areas, Lynch specifically used the word veto; didn't in some places (like marriage) and did that purposefully #nhsots

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Andy Smith: Lynch veto threats were gov's attempt to remind Republicans that "he was still there" #nhsots

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Though @joshrogersNHPR says some of governor's points were "pointed, for him" #nhsots

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#nhsots @joshrogersNHPR speech was "the John Lynch we've been accustomed to" - incremental change, broad themes #nhsots

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Andy Smith: Lynch said he would veto some of the hot-button GOP priorities like expanded gun rights laws. #nhsots

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Andy Smith: "Lynch talked more about what he was against" incl. casinos, income tax, right to work etc. #nhsots

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And that's the speech. Laura Knoy, Andy Smith and@joshrogersNHPR looking at the speech and how it went over with lawmakers. #nhsots

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Lynch: "If we work together, in the great tradition of New Hampshire, I believe we can find areas of common ground." #nhsots

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Lynch on shipyard:"Let’s get out the t-shirts (and) buses...Let the federal government try...We’re going to win again, together." #nhsots

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Lynch gives lawmakers an issue to come together on: "We’re not gonna let them close our shipyard!" #nhsots

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Lynch recognizes late fmr Gov Walter Peterson and his wife, Dorothy - "They always looked to find ways to bring unity" #nhsots

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Lynch says he will veto casinos and "stand firm" against bills to loosen gun laws. Also to end same-sex marriage.

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Lynch: "There’s a harshness in the air" esp. in state house. "that’s not healthy for our people or our democracy." #nhsots

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Lynch "will stand firm against any legislation that would strip any of our citizens of their civil rights." doesn't say marriage. #nhsots

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Lynch on bills to expand gun rights: they are "a rash of proposed legislation" that would "undermine" public safety. #nhsots

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Lynch"I will stand firm on bills that undermine enviroment." Comes out against eminent domain for northern pass.

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Lynch: "I do not believe that the monetary benefits of expanded gambling outweigh the risks" to quality of life and economy. #nhsots

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Lynch on Northern Pass: "This project cannot happen without local support. And it should not happen with eminent domain." #nhsots

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Lynch "we should not dismiss out of hand" the idea of Northern Pass, but "the proponents of Northern Pass need to listen better." #nhsots

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Lynch on to healthcare. Shout out to Utah ins. exchange. Says nh must design its own. This issue divides chambers, few in house GOP clap.

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Lynch now on environment and energy. State is "building a new energy future." #nhsots

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Lynch: "I certainly don’t think we want the federal government to design an exchange for us." #nhsots

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Lynch calls for legislators to set up NH health exchange. Notes Utah has already done so. #nhsots

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Lynch says pilot programs are "promising"- wants to expand projects that move state away from "inefficient fee-for-service model" #nhsots

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Lynch: Health care problem is not money. "There is enough money in the system. We are not just spending it efficiently." #nhsots

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Lynch now moving to health care. #nhsots

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Lynch: "we have tied the hands of the Attorney General in" prosecuting deceptive mortgage practices. #nhsots

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Crowd roars when Lynch says "attacks" on public workers need to stop. "I will never take away their right to organize."

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Lynch: "I respect the contributions of all of our workers, and I will never take away their right to organize." #nhsots

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Big "whoop! whoop! whoop!" after Lynch mentions public employees. #nhsots

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Lynch: "Sadly, it has become too commonplace to attack public employees, and that needs to stop." #nhsots

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Lynch calls for consolidation of report-writing bodies and administration of 34 licensing boards. #nhsots

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Lynch on govt efficiency: Medicaid managed care at HHS, "new approaches" in Corrections, doing more with fewer employees. #nhsots

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Lynch highlights govt efficiencies: Business One Stop, centralized purchasing, reduced personnel, online license renewals, etc. #nhsots

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Lynch says if we come together we can widen 93 by 2016. Adds "we hear from some a lot of anti-goverment talk - but that doesn't make sense."

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Lynch: "anti-government talk" doesn't make sense because focus should be on "improving government" instead of attacking it. #nhsots

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Lynch: "Words alone will not raise the $365 million needed to complete this project... The people of New Hampshire are waiting." #nhsots

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Lynch hit tobacco tax cut again, calling it nonsensical. Says money could go to higher ed. O'Brien looks unmoved.

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Lynch: time to come together to find funding for widening of I-93. Costs are at all-time lows, delays hurt economy and citizens. #nhsots

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Lynch highlights transportation improvements in roads, tolling, airport access. #nhsots

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Lynch: Tobacco tax was "nonsensical" and money would have been better used on community colleges. #nhsots

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Most rise, some more slowly that others, when Lynch reaffirms his pledge to veto sales or income tax. #nhpolitics

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Lynch: "We have resolved the major issues with the federal government, and we expect the hospitals to now meet their obligations." #nhsots

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Lynch: tobacco tax cut has "wiped out" business tax revenues coming in ahead of projections this year. #nhsots

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Lynch highlights Green Launching Pad program #nhsots

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Lynch:college cuts send "wrong message" to potential businesses."we must make it a priority to restore funding for higher education."#nhsots

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Lynch: reduced state aid to public colleges is "shortsighted reduction that undermines our economic strategy" #nhsots

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Lynch calls for "reformed building aid program" for schools. #nhsots

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Lynch recognizes Teacher of the Year 2012, Bethany Bernasconi of Windham High School. #nhsots

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Lynch: "I will oppose any amendment that would allow the state to abandon its responsibility for educating our children." #nhsots

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Lynch: amendment should "allows us to target state education aid & affirms the state’s responsibility to our schools." #nhsots

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Lynch on schools: "we need flexibility to direct more aid to communities and children with the greatest needs." #nhsots

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Lynch: let's "reexamine recent cuts" to dropout prevention programs in wake of slight uptick in dropout rate. #nhsots

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Lynch: state has cut annual dropout rate in half, to 1.16% "teachers and schools... brought commitment and creativity to the effort" #nhsots

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Lynch: NH has invested in education - universal kindergarten, increased school funding, upgraded college facilities #nhsots

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Lynch: NH Working program has "helped avert the layoffs of more than 1200 workers." Now it's helping workers upgrade their skills. #nhsots

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Lynch: state is investing in "building the workforce to meet the needs of today's manufacturing companies." #nhsots

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Lynch talking about manufacturing as a key to the state economy - it's "alive and growing in our great state." #nhsots

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Lynch: "We can build on our success, but overall New Hampshire has a strategy that is working. Let’s not mess it up." #nhsots

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"we’ve traditionally recognized that state government has basic responsibilities it must meet and fund... our approach is working." #nhsots

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Lynch: "Our first priority remains putting people back to work...we have a strategy here in NH that has made us a national leader." #nhsots

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Lynch: "people of New Hampshire work together every day... Let us find, under this Golden Dome, that same sense of common purpose" #nhsots

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Gov recognizes DOT road crews who rebuilt North Country roads in 15 days after #nhirene. "They show the strength of New Hampshire."#nhsots

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Gov Lynch recognizes students and faculty at Londonderry High School who cut their hair to support those living w/cancer. #nhsots

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Lynch recognizes Melanie Gosselin of NH Food Bank, as an example of "the giving soul of New Hampshire." #nhsots

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"The heart and soul of New Hampshire, the true strength of our state, lies outside these doors, with our people." #nhsots

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Lynch: "the state of New Hampshire is strong, resilient and caring." #nhsots

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"You know what I'm going to say next... We live in the greatest state in the greatest country in the world." #nhsots

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"It's my great honor to report to the people of New Hampshire, for the fourth and final time, on the state of our great state." #nhsots

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#nhsots Gov Lynch recognizes Col. Pete Corey of the 197th Fires Brigade of NH Nat'l Guard, to thank servicemen and women.

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#nhsots Lynch on New Hampshire soldiers: "join with me in a moment of silence for our fallen."

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#nhsots Lynch recognizes Executive Councilor Raymond Wieczorek, who is also not seeking reelection in the fall.

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#nhsots Gov starts by speaking about his wife, Dr. Susan Lynch - "She has been a strong advocate for children and families"

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#nhsots Lynch: "If any team is going to win the Super Bowl, it will be the New England Patriots."

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#nhsots Gov Lynch now at podium.

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#nhsots @joshrogersNHPR not sure how aggressively Gov Lynch will speak out on same-sex marriage, but a big part of his legacy as governor

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#nhsots Andy Smith: Some close Exec Council votes have been a way for Council to express concern without blocking nominations.

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#nhsots Andy Smith: Gov's personal relationships w/council still good, but policy differences more pronounced this term.

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#nhsots Andy Smith: Gov Lynch has had more contentious relationship with Exec Council during this term than in past.

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Gov Lynch likely to begin speaking momentarily. #nhsots

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#nhsots Andy Smith: Gov Lynch "governs like he is" - relatively quiet, not a grandstander

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#nhsots Andy Smith: Lynch likely to leave office as most popular NH gov since tracking began.

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National Anthem by the Dartmouth Singers. #nhsots

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Pledge of Allegiance #nhsots

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#nhsots Andy Smith: Lynch's popularity due in part to 1) not taking sole credit for success 2) making clear he wasn't seeking higher office

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Governor Lynch entering Representatives Hall. #nhsots

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Members of the judiciary on their way into Representatives Hall. #nhsots

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#nhsots MT @mattspolar: House & Sen pass resolution to form joint convention to hear State of State. In less fancy terms, we're minutes away

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#nhsots Andy Smith: Lynch's veto pen has come out a lot, but expects Gov to call for ways the parties can work together.

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#nhsots @joshrogersNHPR wondering if Governor Lynch will address attempts to repeal same-sex marriage, and if so, how he will broach topic

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#nhsots @joshrogersNHPR says Lynch likely to call for constitutional amendment on ed funding again.

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Andy Smith: "Broad legislative initiatives" not Lynch's style in #nhsots but will probably outline some "fixing where we can fix"

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#nhsots Andy Smith: Lynch hasn't been able to drive legislative agenda with GOP leading leg, so policy agenda is less likely.

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Procession of officials about to begin - judges, executive councilors, etc. #nhsots

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Laura Knoy on air live with @joshrogersNHPR and Andy Smith of UNH Survey Center. #nhsots

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RT @meg_heckman: NH Gov. John Lynch has joined Twitter just in time for his final state of the state address. Follow him@GovJohnLynch

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We're tweeting today's State of the State address with the hashtag #nhsots.

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