“She missed an important opportunity to lay out a bold vision for the future of our state and instead used this speech to lay the groundwork for her support of a disastrous gas tax increase,” Horn said. “Granite Staters shouldn’t be forced to pay more at the pump simply because Gov. Hassan is unwilling to do her job and look for ways to control spending and eliminate government waste and inefficiency.”
Andrew Hemingway, a Republican candidate for governor, was highly critical of Hassan’s address.
“Gov. Hassan gave a lot of lip service to the business community, yet every policy she proposed would harm the very community she is praising,” he said. “Study after study has proven that a hike to the minimum wage harms exactly the people it is trying to help. Increasing the minimum wage causes jobs loss, it drives more people to welfare, it drives up state budgets and raises the cost of doing business. The people harmed the most? Minorities and women.”