I do not know if you remember me, but my daughter and I were snowmobiling in Boscawen in the Winter of 2011 (yeah, the winter we actually had snow!) and stopped at the general store for a cup of hot chocolate. You happened to come into the store and we struck up a conversation with you. I commented about the exceptional quality of the trails and you told us you were the trail master. You explained the system and the GPS coordinates etc. you had markers along the trail. I came away from that encounter impressed and always wanted to reconnect with you. Below is a picture of my daughter on her sled with hot chocolate in the parking lot at the store.
I am now a candidate for Governor here in NH. Gail Hanson of the NH Snowmobile Association tells me that if I win, I’ll be the first NH snowmobiler elected Governor since Mel Thomson. I would certainly be in fine company, that’s for sure!
I am emailing you in the hope that I can earn your support. I have copied below a blueprint for New Hampshire I had published in the Union Leaderearlier this year. It should give you a sense of what I am thinking and the agenda I would like to set here in New Hampshire. Please feel free to forward this on to others who you think might be interested in learning about or in joining our campaign.
Please let me know if you have any questions or if there is any additional information you would like. In the end, I hope you would be willing to help me network with voters in the greater Boscawen area and with NH snowmobilers state-wide.
All the best and I look forwarding to seeing you again soon!
Friends of Ovide 2012
1750 Elm Street, Suite 101
PO Box 1007
Manchester, NH 03105-1007
New Hampshire Needs to Invest in its Own Exceptionalism
One year from now, a new governor will lead New Hampshire, faced with a variety of challenges and opportunities that will shape the state well into the future. In their book "Differentiate or Die," business authors Jack Trout and Steve Rivkin contend that to be successful in the global economy, a company must continually distinguish itself from its competitors. This applies equally within our federal system of dual sovereignty, where each state is appropriately recognized as a "laboratory of democracy." By renewing our New Hampshire Advantage we can highlight the exceptionalism of our state and lead America out of the Great Recession.
I had to smile the other day when I heard New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a leader whom I admire, echo this theme when talking about making his state more competitive by lowering its state income tax from its current top rate of 8.9 percent. In New York, it's 8.82 percent, in Connecticut 6.7 percent and in Massachusetts 5.3 percent.
As we have no income tax, you can see what I mean about New Hampshire exceptionalism, but this alone is not enough. Just as companies that don't improve are overtaken by more innovative challengers, the same thing can happen to states and to us. That's why we need to renew the New Hampshire Advantage. If elected, here are some ways I'll do it:
1. Reform state government: Modernizing state government is long overdue. We need to ensure government is responsive and close to the people. I'll work to repeal outdated regulations and subject rule-making to a robust economic analysis, while coordinating business laws and regulations through a one-stop office. I'll also promote privatization while consolidating and streamlining operations. I will adopt zero-based budgeting, support biennial sessions, a line-item veto, pension reform and voter ID. Finally, if elected, I pledge either to sign or to veto any legislation that reaches my desk; I won't let legislation become law without my involvement.
2. Fight Obamacare and federal overreach on health care: The proposed federal health care takeover is expensive, will kill jobs and threaten civil liberties. New Hampshire should join the lawsuit against Obamacare and take every step to oppose its implementation.
If elected, one of my first acts would be to direct the Attorney General to join these lawsuits, and if he refuses I'll do it myself. I will also seek block grants of Medicaid and Medicare to deregulate health care, while working for free-market reforms to bring competition to our health care delivery system and insurance markets and ensure high-quality, lower-cost care and coverage for all.
3. Education reform: I will work to align higher education with the needs of our state's employers through my "Learn to Earn" program to keep our youth in state and ensure they have good jobs. I will also fight for meaningful school choice, and work to enact a constitutional amendment on education funding to restore local control over our public schools.
4. Tax reform: I have taken the Pledge against any broad-based sales and income taxes and will oppose any increases in taxes. There will never be an LLC tax passed on my watch.
I will order a comprehensive review of our business taxes to streamline and reduce the overall tax burden imposed on job creators.
5. Economic development: The state needs a comprehensive economic development plan with special attention to manufacturing. Our 10year highway plan needs to be aligned with our most critical economic development infrastructure needs. I will personally work to recruit manufacturing businesses to New Hampshire and, if elected, will sign right-to-work legislation, which will make our state a job magnet in the Northeast.
6. Highlight conservation and tourism: As an outdoorsman, I know that tourism and conservation are linked. We must promote and conserve New Hampshire's natural resources while embracing tourism as part of our comprehensive economic development strategy.
Renewing the New Hampshire Advantage means limiting government, lowering taxes and enhancing our reputation as the most exceptional state in which to live, raise a family and operate a business. It also means bold new leadership characterized by a willingness to lead from ahead, not behind; to bring people of different views together; and to expend political and social capital to achieve important goals.
Together, we can build an exceptional New Hampshire, one that stands apart from other states as a beacon of prosperity and liberty.
Edited by rivercat, 01 July 2012 - 05:17 AM.