November 18, 2016

ICYMI: Governor-elect Sununu plans major changes in New Hampshire

CONCORD – Governor-elect Chris Sununu recently sat down for an interview with EDGE Radio and outlined his top legislative initiatives for his upcoming administration. Read the interview here or check out excerpts below:

“With the New Hampshire House, Senate and governor’s office all in Republican hands, several legislative initiatives that were vetoed by Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan are now likely to become law.

“In an interview with EDGE Radio, Republican Gov.-elect Chris Sununu said he’ll be far more supportive of laws that allow individuals to carry concealed weapons without a permit, reduce the influence of unions and ensure that people receiving Medicaid benefits work if they are able.

“His top priority, Sununu said, is the budget, which he’ll need to present to the Legislature in mid-February, just weeks after his January inauguration.

“Sununu said he’s working with Senate President Chuck Morse, R-Salem, and his budget team and he has tapped Charlie Arlinghaus, of the Josiah Bartlett Center, who he described as “an absolute genius when it comes to understanding the numbers” to lead his transition team’s budget efforts…

“Sununu said the heroin and opioid addiction crisis is his other top priority as he prepares to take office…

“Sununu also said he’ll sign so-called Right to Work legislation, which gives workers in union shops the choice not to join the union.

“‘For me, Right to Work is about the freedom of the individual, the freedom of the employee, the freedom to make that choice to join the union or not,’ Sununu said…

“Sununu said he met with Vice President-elect Mike Pence to talk about the Trump administration’s approach to the future of the Affordable Care Act. He said he’s encouraged that under Trump states will be empowered to a much greater degree to shape health care programs and the allocation of federal dollars. He said he has no intention of removing people who have signed up for health insurance through expanded Medicaid but he wants the program to serve as a bridge to private employer provided insurance rather than as a permanent solution…”