NH House Business Caucus and the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce Sponsor Fourth Business Roundtable in a Series with Presidential Candidates

CONCORD—The New Hampshire House Business Caucus, in partnership with the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce, announced today the fourth in a series of  Business Roundtables with presidential candidates, on Monday, August 31, at noon at The Draft restaurant, 67 South Main Street,  Concord.   Declared presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas will be the featured speaker.

“As the summer vacation season winds down, business leaders are becoming increasingly interested in hearing economic policy details from the presidential candidates.  They want to know exactly where the candidates stand on all issues that may impact the future of their companies as well as their families.  These Business Roundtables provide the perfect forum to learn more about the candidates’ positions and to ask specific questions,” said New Hampshire House Business Caucus founder and chair, Rep. Laurie Sanborn (R-Bedford).

“Our members are looking forward to learning more about Senator Cruz, as well as the other declared candidates over the coming months,” said Tim Sink, President of the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce.

Ted Cruz has been a tireless fighter for liberty his entire life because his family knows what it is like to lose their freedom.  Cruz’s father fled to the United States to attend the University of Texas in 1957 after being tortured and imprisoned in Cuba.  In 2012, Cruz was elected as the first Hispanic or Cuban American to serve as a U.S. Senator from Texas.  Prior to this role, Cruz was Director of the Office of Policy Planning at the Federal Trade Commission and Solicitor General for the State of Texas. He was the first Republican candidate to announce his intention to run in the 2016 Presidential election.

The Business Roundtable is free, but space is limited, and RSVPs are required by May 26, 2015.

For more information on this or future Business Roundtables, or to RSVP, please contact Representative Sanborn at RepSanborn@gmail.com

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NH House Business Caucus and the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce Reschedule Business Roundtable with Senator Cruz

CONCORD—The Business Roundtable scheduled for June 1, 2015 with Republican candidate Senator Ted Cruz has been cancelled due to a change in his Washington schedule.  A new date and time will be announced soon.  For more information on this or future Business Roundtables, please contact Representative Sanborn at RepSanborn@gmail.com.

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NH House Business Caucus and the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce Sponsor Fourth Business Roundtable in a Series with Presidential Candidates

CONCORD—The New Hampshire House Business Caucus, in partnership with the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce, will host its fourth in a series of Business Roundtables with presidential candidates, on Monday, June 1, at 9 am at The Draft restaurant, 67 South Main Street, in Concord. The featured speaker, and declared presidential candidate, will be Senator Ted Cruz of Texas. “The momentum continues to build as we have more and more candidates take part in this series. We have had a terrific response and level of interest from the business community, the candidates, and state elected officials,” said New Hampshire House Business Caucus founder and Chair, Rep. Laurie Sanborn (r-Bedford). “Chamber members have been fully engaged in the roundtable series to date and are looking forward to future events, such as this one with Senator Cruz. This is the best way for businesses to really get to know the candidates and understand their positions on key issues,” said Tim Sink, President of the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce. Ted Cruz has been a tireless fighter for liberty his entire life because his family knows what it is like to lose their freedom. Cruz’s father fled to the United States to attend the University of Texas in 1957 after being tortured and imprisoned in Cuba. In 2012, Cruz was elected as the first Hispanic or Cuban American to serve as a U.S. Senator from Texas. Prior to this role, Cruz was Director of the Office of Policy Planning at the Federal Trade Commission and Solicitor General for the State of Texas. He was the first Republican candidate to announce his intention to run in the 2016 Presidential election. The Business Roundtable is free, but space is limited, and RSVPs are required by May 26, 2015. For more information on this or future Business Roundtables, or to RSVP, please contact Representative Sanborn at RepSanborn@gmail.com.

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NH House Business Caucus and the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce Sponsor Third Business Roundtable in the Presidential Candidate Series

CONCORD—The New Hampshire House Business Caucus, in partnership with the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce, will host its third Business Roundtable with a potential candidate for the office of President on Thursday, May 21, at 8 am at The Draft restaurant, 67 South Main Street, in Concord.  The featured speaker,  and likely candidate,  will be former Governor of Florida, Jeb Bush.

“The interest level is strong and continues to build as we invite local business owners and state representatives to join us and hear the about the candidates’ specific ideas for improving the business climate and economy,” said New Hampshire House Business Caucus founder and Chair, Rep. Laurie Sanborn.

“Business leaders want to be engaged and informed about the political process and the candidates, and these Business Roundtables provide a perfect opportunity to our members,” said Tim Sink, President of the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce.

Jeb Bush was the first Republican governor ever elected to two terms in Florida, serving from 1999 through 2007.  During his tenure, Governor Bush cut nearly $20 billion in taxes, vetoed more than $2.3 billion in earmarks, put over $8 billion into the state’s rainy day fund, overhauled the state’s failing education system, and helped to create a strong economy with 1.3 million new jobs.  After he left office, Jeb returned to the private sector, where he reestablished his career as a successful businessman, entrepreneur and investor.

The event is free, but space is limited and RSVPs are required by May18, 2015.

For more information on this or future Business Roundtables, or to RSVP, please contact Representative Sanborn at RepSanborn@gmail.com.

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NH House Business Caucus and the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce Sponsor Second Business Roundtable in Series with Presidential Candidates

CONCORD—The New Hampshire House Business Caucus, in partnership with the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce, will host its second Business Roundtable with a potential candidate for the office of President of the United States on Wednesday, May 6, at noon at the Barley House restaurant in downtown Concord.  The likely candidate and featured speaker will be Ohio Governor John Kasich.

“We have had a terrific response and level of interest in this series from both the business community and elected officials.  We are thrilled to provide an opportunity for them to learn more about the candidates’ specific ideas for improving the business climate and economy,” said New Hampshire House Business Caucus founder and Chair, Rep. Laurie Sanborn (R-Bedford).

“Our members really enjoyed the first Business Roundtable, and are looking forward to this one and all future events.  This is the best way for businesses to really get to know the candidates and understand their positions on key issues,” said Tim Sink, President of the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce.

John Kasich is a likely Republican presidential candidate and the current Governor of Ohio.   Previously, he was elected to the Ohio State Senate at the age of 26 and to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982 at the age of 30 where he served for 18 years.  He was the chief architect of the first balanced federal budget since man walked on the moon and chairman of the House Budget Committee. Kasich is known for his straightforward style and boundless energy, and has successfully taken on the challenge of getting Ohio back on track after both its economy and budget had fallen into disarray.

The event is free and lunch will be served.  Space is limited and RSVPs are required by May 4, 2015.

For more information on this or future Business Roundtables, or to RSVP, please contact Representative Sanborn at RepSanborn@gmail.com.

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WE NEED MORE GREAT JOBS, RIGHT HERE IN NH

Since January of 2011, the focus of the non-partisan House Business Caucus has been to promote job creation and expansion of the economic base through strong, responsible business growth and success.   As founder and Chair, I have led a large group of State Representatives that have worked together to pass good, pro-business legislation and stop bills that have a negative impact on job creators.  We look forward to continuing these efforts in 2015 and beyond.

While the economy is doing better, the jobs picture is not as rosy.  Unfortunately, a large percentage of our children and grandchildren cannot find career jobs here.  While our unemployment rate is relatively low, the number of people working has stagnated, and many are “underemployed” in a position lower than their qualifications, have simply stopped looking for work or have left the state altogether.

The need for more great jobs is a top concern for the NH House Business Caucus, and something we believe can be fixed.

While there are so many things to love about our state, our competitive position has been eroding.  CNBC ranks New Hampshire 30th in Business Competitiveness Overall Ranking, while in other national rankings we find ourselves 32nd in Cost of Doing Business, and 42nd in average workers compensation costs.   Thumbtack.com gave us a B- in overall business friendliness based on a survey conducted in 2014, down from an A.

Whether it’s just perception or grim reality, New Hampshire needs to reclaim the business advantage it once had if we are to attract and retain employers  – and the jobs they create – here in our state.  Time is of the essence.

Our top goals for 2015 are based on discussions with businesses of all sizes in all industries, from all regions of our state.

Increase NH’s Competitiveness and Reduce Costs

New Hampshire does not operate in a vacuum.  We need to compete with other states to keep our current employers, to encourage entrepreneurs to start a business here, and to attract employers to move here from other states.

New Hampshire’s business tax rates are NOT competitive.  In fact, the Tax Foundation ranks us 48th in terms of corporate taxes.  Fortunately, our overall rate is dramatically better (7th overall), which helps keep people here.  However, between these high rates and numerous disadvantageous tax policies, many employers don’t find our state attractive.  We need to lower these rates and reform policies to be better than adjacent states, such as Massachusetts, which are now lower than ours.

In addition to state business taxes, there are many costs that make it very expensive to operate a business in our state.  We have some of the highest workers compensation, health insurance, and electricity costs in the nation.  We must make public policy decisions that reduce these as soon as possible, without raising taxes.

Make it Easier to Operate and Create Jobs

It’s hard enough to run a business, but when the legislature adds numerous, unnecessary and over-burdensome regulations, it makes it harder than it needs to be for employers.

We need to get rid of rules and regulations that no longer serve a useful purpose, and avoid adding new ones.  Whenever and wherever possible, we must remove red tape and make it easier; this can be done with streamlining processes, better coordinating between agencies, automating, clarifying and simplifying.

Making sure the rules and regulations make common and economic sense isn’t enough, however.  We need to change the culture and attitude away from a control and enforcement mentality to a “how can we help you make this happen?” approach, both at the state and local level.

Continue to improve the match between educational outcomes and the needs of employers

There has been a “disconnect” between the capabilities of students graduating high school and college, and the skills needed by employers with job openings.  We have seen much improvement in this area over the past several years, as greater collaboration and public-private partnerships have evolved.  We hope to encourage more innovation at all levels to continually improve education without raising costs on students, parents or employers.

In 2015, the House Business Caucus will continue its efforts to improve the environment for businesses, so they can succeed and we can have more great jobs here.   We look forward to working with everyone to make this happen.

Rep. Laurie Sanborn
Chair, House Business Caucus
NH House of Representatives

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