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November 3, 2012

NH governor race down to wire

Hassan, Lamontagne battle to replace Lynch

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Family: Husband Tom Hassan; two children

No. 1 priority: “Getting the economy moving again and producing jobs.” Hassan has a multifaceted plan, which includes research and development tax credits to encourage job growth, providing technical assistance to businesses in need and creating a strong and skilled workforce by aligning education with the 21st century economy to provide workers who meet the needs of existing business and industry and as well as drawing others to the state.

Funding for education: Although she would continually review the state’s current education funding plan, she does not foresee proposing a change in how state funding is distributed to local schools. However, she hopes to freeze tuition within the state university system in exchange for restoring the millions of dollars in cuts in the current budget. Hassan said she would “reverse some of the bad decisions” made by the Legislature last session, such as rehiring laid off Department of Revenue auditors, which could bring $20 million to $25 million in lost tax revenue from those who cheat the system.

Primary role of governor: Hassan said the governor should be a “problem solver” who works with the Legislature. “It means you have to be able to bring people together and listen to all the stakeholders, finding common ground to find solutions to some of the significant challenges we face.”

OVIDE LAMONTAGNE

Republican

Age: 55

Residency: Manchester

Education: Catholic University, University of Wyoming College of Law

Occupation: Attorney specializing in business issues with Devine, Millimet and Branch

Family: Wife Bettie Lamontagne, two children

No. 1 priority: Creating jobs by not allowing the state budget to increase and by reforming the state’s Business Profits tax to lower the rate and create tax incentives. He would have a five-year moratorium, offering a tax holiday to encourage job creation, lowering payroll taxes for those who increased employment positions.

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