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August 25, 2013

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And arguably the most important business-related legislation passed by Hassan’s administration so far was the governor’s promised granting of corporate tax credits for research and development, which has been taken advantage of in just three months by nearly 200 businesses statewide. The initiative doubled the existing tax credit from $1 million to $2 million, and also made the credit permanent, and was implemented via her collaboration with Department of Revenue Administration Commissioner John Beardmore. About half of the businesses in the program are financially rated as small enterprises (less than $500,000 total wages per workplace), meaning that many new, growing companies have a great chance to be financial successes due to this program.

But there is still plenty of work to do. The governor’s October Senate meeting to attempt to redress the GOP anti-citizen 13-11 vote against the state Medicaid expansion is next up on the docket. Also, there will be more debating with both Republicans and recalcitrant Democrats alike on the single casino bill, approved by 89 percent of New Hampshire citizens but disgracefully stopped in its tracks by both sides in the House earlier this year. The latter issue is an important one, as thousands of jobs will be created by both the gambling facility as well as projected upticks in surrounding businesses, which should help decrease the state’s already low 5.1 percent unemployment rate.

William F. Klessens

Salem

Transgender students need protection

To the editor:

Recently California has passed a new law requiring schools to give transgender students access to school programs, sports teams, and facilities that match their gender identity.

As a School Committee member I know this law will make a huge difference in the lives of transgender students, who are often excluded from the life of their schools simply because of who they are, often to the detriment of their educational growth. Massachusetts has also issued guidance to help our public schools ensure that transgender students have the same educational opportunities as their non-transgender classmates.

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