9:56: Gov. Hassan on raising the gas tax: “We need a modern and solid infrastructure if we’re going to have a 21st century economy.” There has been growing consensus that we need to address infrastructure challenges. On bill proposing gas tax increase tied to CPI: “In its current form, yes, I would sign it.”
9:52: Gov. Hassan on minimum wage: “Feel very strongly” it is the right thing to do to increase it.
Governor Maggie Hassan's first State of the State Address touched on a wide range of issues, including energy, infrastructure, and education.
But the biggest news of the speech was a deal to expand the state’s Medicaid program, announced by Senate President Chuck Morse and Senate Democratic Leader Sylvia Larsen shortly before the governor's address.
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3:10: Hassan's closing statement: "We must continue to prove the strength of our democracy by working through our challenges together. With vigor, but with constant attention to our shared purpose and vision. Because, for the State of New Hampshire, the best way forward is always through."
In her state of the state address this afternoon, Hassan’s expected to look back at progress made in her first year in office, and ahead to what she hopes to accomplish. We’ll take stock of how she’s done with some of her top priorities including Medicaid expansion, casino gambling, the state budget and the mental health system.
Gov. Maggie Hassan will deliver her first State of the State address Thursday to a joint session of New Hampshire lawmakers.
Hassan ended her first year in office with decent job-approval ratings – 51 percent versus 21 percent who disapprove, according to a recent poll.
She begins her second with a heightened national profile: In December, she was elected vice chair of the Democratic Governors Association, which spent heavily to help her defeat GOP challenger Ovide Lamontagne in 2012.
The State Senate couldn’t pass the plan favored by GOP leaders, and then rejected a plan embraced by Democrats on party lines. Ultimately, the Senate adopted a second GOP proposal, before laying it on the table. Two hours later it rejected a Medicaid bill passed by Democrats in the N.H. House.
John Reagan is a Republican from Deerfield:
"I can contend with combinations of vagaries and certainties, but my friends to be steered and rushed is an invitation leading to rueful decisions."