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.
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.
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.
Josh Rogers – NHPR Statehouse Reporter.
Kevin Landrigan — Statehouse and political reporter for the Nashua Telegraph.
Governor Maggie Hassan focuses on unity in inauguration speech.
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."
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.