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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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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Rep. Adam Schroadter to Address Independent Business Council

Schroadter will give a rundown of the small business legislative landscape at an upcoming IBC event in Dover, March 13th.

The event is by invitation only. For more information about the Independent Business Council, visit IBCNH.com

Rep. Adam Schroadter (R-Newmarket) called on NH small businesses to be proactive in Concord.  Schroadter, a leading member of the House Business Caucus stated, “Concord is trending against pro-growth business policies.  Beyond creating costs for businesses through healthcare mandates and new specialized taxes, the general trend in Concord has become decidedly anti-small business by creating a culture of protected classes.”  NH small businesses can affect the direction in Concord  by meeting with their legislators and speaking up.”  Schroadter will provide a rundown of the small business legislative landscape at the upcoming IBC event in Dover.


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Working to cut red tape

By Laurie Sanborn

So many of us ran for public office with a primary goal of improving jobs and the economy in our state, and we know you can only be pro-jobs if you are pro-business.

That’s why I created in January 2011, and now chair, the House Business Caucus, a nonpartisan group of like-minded legislators who are entirely focused on evaluating and supporting legislation that promotes job creation and expansion of the economic base through strong business growth and success.

While New Hampshire is more business-friendly than many states, we can do a better job of welcoming entrepreneurs and making our state easier and more affordable to start or operate a business.

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2013 Legislative Accomplishments for Business

The House Business Caucus is pleased to have played an integral part in the successful passage of numerous pro-business bills that, in big ways and in small, improve the environment for economic and job growth in our state.  Below, you will find partial list of our successes:

  • Doubled the Research & Development Tax Credit and made it permanent (SB1)
  • Increased the record keeping Safe Harbor under a reasonable compensation audit from $50,000 to $75,000 (HB598)
  • Established an integrated land permit option (SB124) and shortened the process for appealing permitting decisions related to dredge and fill in wetlands (HB416)
  • Allowed restaurants to sell alcohol until 2 am if authorized by local ordinance (HB575)
  • Encouraged economic development in the North Country by promoting OHRV use.  (Protected land owners against liability for trail maintenance (SB108); Allowed new, wider “side by side” ATVs on trails (HB574); and Clarified the use of these machines on public highways where permitted (HB383))
  • Preserved Landlord rights by allowing under certain circumstances to assert that the tenant has abandoned the property (HB413).
  • Improved fairness and flexibility for our state’s motor vehicle and equipment dealers by updating the NH Dealer Bill of Rights (SB126)
  • Updated our NH Business Corporations Act (SB41)
  • Passed a budget on time, giving business owners and entrepreneurs much-needed predictability and stability in their relationship with state government (HB1&2)

We want to thank the pro-business Senators who also did their part in supporting these bills, and for all of the business leaders who came to the State House to testify.  We cannot do this alone.


As always, we welcome your feedback, input and ideas as we continue to do everything we can to improve the environment for responsible businesses to operate, succeed, grow and hire in our state.  Please don’t hesitate to email me at anytime at RepSanborn@gmail.com

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