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New Hampshire

December 1, 2012

Time to step down

Popular, four-term N.H. governor has no regrets

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Lynch sees I-93 widening aiding economic development, a cornerstone of his administration through his years in Concord.

He continues to emphasize the importance of affordable education. He said more students need to be encouraged to pursue studies preparing them for high-paying technology and manufacturing jobs.

Lynch isn’t convinced casino gaming is coming to Salem or elsewhere in New Hampshire anytime soon.

“A lot of that is going to depend on where the House is,” Lynch said. “Whether this moves forward or not is an open question and a big issue.”

He remains opposed to expanded gaming because of concerns about unchecked proliferation and potential political influence on legislators by gaming interests.

Lynch is unconcerned by the shifting political tides that have seen voters alternately bouncing Democrats and Republicans out of the Statehouse.

“I think the message from the people of New Hampshire is they want us to be centrist and moderate in the decisions we make and in developing the positions on issues,” the governor said. “I think most people in New Hampshire are hanging around the middle, which is where I am.”

Lynch believes voters chose a good successor in Maggie Hassan.

“I think Maggie will do a good job. She is very pragmatic in her approach,” Lynch said.

He hopes the state will stick to its strategy of keeping state spending and taxes low, striving for high quality of life, investing in education and job opportunities and protecting the environment. He’s convinced what that will mean.

“We’ll continue to be a good state,” he said.

Lynch said he has absolutely no interest in pursuing political office in Washington. He said he has no set plans, but is likely to work in the private sector.

He said he would consider teaching, as he has before at Dartmouth College, about the differences and similarities between business and government.

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