Maggie Hassan

sskennel via Flickr Creative Commons

We sit down with New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan, as she passes her first one hundred days in office.  Hassan started out with a long list of priorities -- from restoring funding to public universities and the mental health system to bringing in a casino to help pay for these.  We’ll get her take on progress made and some the push back she’s received, including from her fellow democrats.

Jonathan Lynch / NHPR

Parents and children from across the state attended the annual Governor’s Easter Egg Hunt in Concord.

Governor Hassan was on hand to kick off the Easter egg hunt. She extended special thanks to the organizers of the event as well as to the state employees in attendance:

“We are so grateful for the work all of you do and we are so happy that the weather is cooperating and that your children have decided to join us too.”

A crowd of children swarmed across the Bridges House grounds, searching high and low for the multi-colored eggs.

Chris Jensen / NHPR

If the Senate bill that proposes a single casino in the state becomes law it “would dedicate millions of dollars per year directly to North Country economic development,” Governor Maggie Hassan said during a speech Thursday night before the North Country Chamber of Commerce.

That would spur business and job growth “helping us attract new companies by marketing the North Country’s advantages to businesses in Canada and elsewhere,” she told about 125 people at the Log Haven Restaurant on lonely Route 26 in Millsfield, about 145 miles from Concord.

Steve Owens Portrait
Amanda Loder / NHPR

A taxpayer-funded eco-business program is paying off for New Hampshire.  The Green Launching Pad at the University of New Hampshire has given grants to more than a dozen start-ups in the state.  But it hasn’t awarded any new funds since last year.

Governor Maggie Hassan's latest pitch for a single casino along the Massachusetts border is that it's the logical next step in New Hampshire’s long history of state-sanctioned gambling.

New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan joins us.   We’ll cover some of the major proposals in her new budget, especially the inclusion of eighty-million dollars in revenue from a casino that hasn’t been approved yet.  We’ll also talk about her first two months in office; from relations with the legislature to how much of her agenda she thinks she’ll be able to accomplish and we'll take your calls as well.

Guest

Governor Maggie Hassan - Governor of New Hampshire

Governor Maggie Hassan says the automatic budget cuts known as the sequester “may very well happen.”

Governor Maggie Hassan plans to nominate Glenn Perlow, the current Deputy Commissioner of the New Hampshire Banking Department, for the top job. She’ll do so during the Executive Council Meeting on Wednesday.

“The role of the Banking Commissioner,” Perlow says, “is vitally important for maintaining the health of our financial institutions and keeping consumers safe from predatory practices.”

He says he looks forward to working with the Governor to ensure the safe flow of credit that will help the state’s economy grow.

Emily Corwin / NHPR

Governor Hassan began her day before the Senate Ways and Means committee.  She delivered a pro-gambling pitch familiar from her budget address last week -- New Hampshire needs to act to authorize a casino with 5000 slot machines and 150 table games before similar facilities open in Massachusetts.

Emily Corwin / NHPR

The governor’s budget address is the starting point for the months of wrangling and compromises that will eventually determine where the state will spend its money.

In the budget released today Governor Hassan spelled out her priorities in key areas like education, healthcare and infrastructure.

On Education

Restoring cuts to the state’s public universities was a centerpiece of Maggie Hassan’s campaign for governor, and Education was at the center of her speech.

Courtesy of worditout.com

The following is the full text of Governor Maggie Hassan's budget address, as prepared for delivery.

Madam Speaker, Mr. Senate President, Madam Chief Justice, honorable members of the House, Senate and Executive Council, my fellow citizens:

Taking a look at how Governor Maggie Hassan handled her first weather-related test in the recent storm and what may be coming up in her budget proposal, being introduced on Thursday; Representative Annie Kuster's tax delinquency troubles.

Next week on The Exchange, we begin with the latest bills to expand gambling in New Hampshire. Supporters believe the cards may be finally right for their cause, given Governor Maggie Hassan’s support for some type of increased gambling. Later, we’ll hear highlights from President Obama’s State of the Union address and get your reaction. And we’ll end the week with the ins and outs of Governor Hassan’s budget.

Governor, Legislature Prepare To Hammer Out Budget

Jan 17, 2013
Emily Corwin / NHPR

With a new governor, a divided statehouse, and continued uncertainty over federal spending, New Hampshire lawmakers are preparing to hammer out a budget.  It’s never a particularly easy process.  But hopes are high at the statehouse that this session, the inevitable fiscal fights will be more muted.

In her inaugural address earlier this month, Democratic governor Maggie Hassan struck a bipartisan tone about the state’s finances.

Roger Wood

There is finally some visible evidence of progress in the rebuilding of the Memorial Bridge between New Hampshire and Maine.

After her sizable victory in November, Hassan was officially sworn in today, as New Hampshire's 81st Governor.  In her speech she spoke of her hopes of a bipartisan and collaborative legislature. We'll  play back excerpts from her speech and see what’s ahead for “Day One” and beyond.

 Guests

Josh Rogers – NHPR Statehouse Reporter.

Kevin Landrigan — Statehouse and political reporter for the Nashua Telegraph.

 

Democrat Maggie Hassan said it early, and she said it often: NH’s leaders need to reach across the aisle.

“The people if NH have made it clear that they want to restore balance, that they want us to work together.”

Michael Brindley, NHPR

1:00: Hassan closing remarks: "Addressing our challenges will not be easy. It will be hard. But we are Granite Staters and Americans and we are supposed to do hard things. The question is whether we will live up to the grand vision that our founders had. Remember, the notion that we could operate as a true citizen democracy while also becoming an economic force in the world was, at the time, a revolutionary one...

In this time and in this place, let's choose to move our state forward with the optimism and pragmatism that is our hallmark. With "gladness of heart," let's choose to remember what a gift it is to be citizens of the Granite State."

Michael Brindley, NHPR

One of the first items on the agenda for Governor-elect Maggie Hassan will be to appoint a new commissioner for the Department of Resources and Economic Development.

Hassan says that while she has some names in mind, she's still seeking ideas for potential candidates and job criteria.

“I am open to suggestions. I have some ideas. It’s early and I’m talking to a lot of people," she says.

Hassan was in Manchester Thursday morning, talking about the process for appointing a new DRED commissioner.

Governor-elect Maggie Hassan will tour the North Country Friday as part of what she is calling an “Innovate NH Tour” seeking “ideas on how to keep New Hampshire moving forward.”

Hassan will start in Colebrook at 7:30 in the morning and continue to Groveton, Berlin, Gorham, Littleton and Conway.

The meetings are open to the public.

Here is her schedule:

7:30 a.m:         Community Roundtable Meeting, Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital, 181 Corliss Ln., Colebrook.

Paul Filippov for NHPR

Saying the North Country communities “possess unique strengths and face unique challenges” Governor-elect Maggie Hassan has appointed a North Country Priorities team.

Michael Brindley, NHPR

While seen as a rising star in her party, Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte says she has no plans to be the nation's first female president.

State department heads will spend the coming weeks working to meet Governor-elect Maggie Hassan’s mandate to cut spending by 3 percent next year.

Paul Filippov

Gov.-Elect Maggie Hassan is instructing state agencies to make 3 percent cuts in next year’s budgets.

In a memo sent out Wednesday to department heads, Hassan says the budget targets will give the state flexibility to deal with unexpected financial issues.

The directive requires agencies to craft budgets for Fiscal Year 2013 that are 97 percent of this year’s adjusted appropriations.

For Fiscal Year 2014, Hassan wants budgets that are 100 percent of the adjusted 2013 spending.

Josh Rogers, NHPR

Governor-elect Maggie Hassan started at UNH where she discussed green launching pad – a program that provides funding and mentoring to green start- up companies. Hassan then visited Portsmouth’s Thema-HEXX, a 2011 grant recipient that won the NH High Tech Council’s product of the year for its heating and cooling technology. There, Hassan said she hoped to reform the state’s procurement process to make it easier for local entrepreneurs to do business with the state.

Hassan's Win Powered By $11 Million In Outside Spending

Nov 16, 2012
Paul Filippov

By the time her victory over Ovide Lamontagne in the 2012 governor's race was in the books, Maggie Hassan had raised more than $1.9 million in contributions from some 7,550 individual donors.

President Obama and gubernatorial candidate Maggie Hassan were the winners in Coos County on Tuesday.

According to official results now available from the New Hampshire Secretary of State  Obama received 9,095 votes in Coos compared to 6,342 for Mitt Romney.

Towns that voted for Romney included Clarksville; Colebrook; Columbia; Errol; Jefferson; Pittsburg and Stewartstown.

But those victories were offset by areas including Berlin where Romney had 1,248 votes compared to Obama’s 2,863.

Paul Filippov

Maggie Hassan’s 13 point win ended this race far earlier than many expected, and made her the second woman elected to N.H.’s corner office.

Chris Christie joined Ovide Lamontagne and former N.H. governors John Sununu, Steve Merrill and Craig Benson for a rally last night in Maggie Hassan’s home town of Exeter. All urged the audience to work hard in the final 13 days of the election. Chris Christie argued that democrats' only weapon against Lamontange is fear.

'So what they are going to try to do is scare you about Ovide. They are going to try to tell you you can’t trust him to be governor. You’ve seen all the dopey ads she’s running that doin have anything to do with NH's future."

Ryan Lessard / NHPR

We've been talking this week with the candidates for New Hampshire about jobs, and what they'd do to improve New Hampshire's economic picture.

In the third and final part of this week's series, NHPR's All Things Considered host Brady Carlson talks with the Democratic candidate, Maggie Hassan.

Pages