LETTER: Ovide Lamontagne Would Provide Fiscally Responsible Leadership for NH

Windham resident Ken Eyring wrote a letter to Windham Patch.

The following is a letter to the editor. To submit your own, email michael.ryan@patch.com


By Ken Eyring


During the time between 2006 and 2010, our state spending was increased nearly 24% by the Democrat majority in the NH House and Senate.  Maggie Hassan was a State Senator when expenditures were raised by this historic amount.  Her legacy as outgoing Senate President was to leave the incoming 2011 State Government with an $800M budget deficit.

Thankfully, the 2011 Legislature made a fiscally responsible commitment to the voters. Instead of continuing the trend of their predecessors to increase spending and then use gimmicks and raise taxes and fees to make up the deficits, the 2011-2012 Republican majority in the House and Senate balanced the budget without raising a single tax or fee. They rolled back spending by nearly 9% (to 2006-2007 levels) and managed to reduce some of Hassan’s taxes to help move NH back towards being a more business friendly state.

One of the most insidious taxes that Ms. Hassan helped pass as a co-sponsor in 2008 (and that we are still paying) is a State Cap and Trade Tax known as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.  This tax is hidden in our energy bills each month and that has collected tens of millions of dollars and redistributed them. We have been paying this tax since Jan. 2009. During a Sept. 2012 NHPR interview (about 32 minutes in), Ms. Hassan stated, “I was proud to be a sponsor of that tax…”.

In addition to excessive spending, Maggie Hassan displays a disregard for individual liberties.  Each year, a non-partisan group called the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance tracks the voting records of our legislators and then assigns grades based upon whether their votes were pro-liberty or anti-liberty.   Here are Ms. Hassan’s Liberty Rating Grades for the years they are available:

2006 D+ 
2007 F 
2008 CT* (Constitutional Threat) 
2009 D- 
2010 C 

*CT = Constitutional Threat: A representative unfaithful to their oath to the New Hampshire Constitution and the rule of law.

Our other option for Governor is Ovide Lamontagne.  He is a fiscal conservative, who believes in a balanced budget with no gimmicks, less taxes, smaller government, defending our property rights and individual liberties and freedoms. 

Best regards, 
Ken Eyring

Ted Sizer October 24, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Ovide has my vote. Hassan is way to extreme for me.
Derek MacMillen Kittredge October 24, 2012 at 04:43 PM
I agree with Ken. Ovide is a man of integrity, knowledge and experience. He does more than talk the talk, he walks the walk in all phases of his life and career. What you see and hear is what you will get, accomplished in an upbeat collegial manner. Unlike Maggie Hassan, he is not delusional about economics. He has the certain knowledge that we must maximize liberty for all; that the government cannot, notwithstanding the best of intentions, micromanage our lives without creating tyranny served up in small packets. Ovide understands this and the vitality of free enterprise. Maggie has proven that she does not! New Hampshire was Lynched four times with Maggie's help. The rescue of NH by the Republican and TEA Party controlled legislature in 2010 must be continued, and with Ovide's leadership, it will. Let's make New Hampshire Future Friendly and vote for Ovide Lamontagne on November 6th. Mac Kittredge Rochester NH 03867 603-335-2555
Mark Vincent October 24, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Terrific letter here Ken. Maggie is trying her best to hide her atrocious record of exploding government spending, hiking taxes, and sinking us into debt but the record is there for all to see. Thankfully, we have a much better choice for Governor with Ovide.
SCarroll October 25, 2012 at 01:56 AM
In addition Hassan's husband has ties to radical Islam, which he uses to indoctrinate students at Phillips Exeter Acad. Ovide is a man of principles and integrity, he will do what is right for NH. Ovide is the only sane choice for NH. We still have unfunded liabilities to clean up from the fiscal mismanagement of the tax and spend crew.


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