To The Daily Sun,
This letter is an appeal to younger voters, undeclared voters and those who usually vote for a political party and label rather than examining the candidates on the issues. We have all been bombarded recently by negative ads from all sides claiming the election of a particular candidate would lead to Armageddon. It's time to get beyond the scare tactics and focus on issues of importance, and the issues I'd like to discuss are the state economy, jobs creation, regulations and taxes.
The issue for this year's governor's race is which candidate can best move the state's economy forward out of sluggish growth and regain the New Hampshire advantage. That candidate is Walt Havenstein.
Walt is not a career politician, but a successful businessman who rescued BAE Systems from financial peril and created thousands of good paying jobs in the private sector in New Hampshire. The budget of BAE Systems was three times that of our state, so Walt has the executive experience this state needs.
Walt has a plan to add 25,000 new high-paying private-sector jobs by Aug. 15, 2017, by tackling burdensome regulations for businesses, reducing energy costs and lowering business taxes. These actions will help restore the New Hampshire advantage which has seen our state's competitive standing fall precipitously nationally and to virtually last among New England states, including Massachusetts and Vermont, over the past 10 years, all incidentally lead by Democratic governors.
For those concerned about increased deficits, look to Scott Walker of Wisconsin and John Kasich of Ohio. Both inherited billion dollar deficits and turned those deficits into surpluses without tax increases through more efficient management and structural changes to make their state economies more competitive.
Walt is also running for governor to retain our state's younger-age workforce and attract more younger workers and their families to our state. He doesn't want to see others have family and friends, like Walt's son and family, relocate to Texas due to the lack of job opportunities within New Hampshire.
Walt is concerned that Gov. Hassan's budgets rely on imaginary revenues from unproven sources like Casinos (which have been defeated) and spending projections have not matched revenue estimates.
Lest we all forget the 2010 elections resulted in a Republican-controlled Legislature which had to make significant adjustments to state spending to erase a $800 million deficit created by the previous Democratic Legislature. Excessive spending in excess of revenues leads to tax increases.
While Gov. Hassan says she against a sales or income tax, her spending policies put pressure on finding new sources of revenues, and broad-based taxes are available to be tapped.
Folks, of all political persuasions, it is time to vote on ideas and economics, and not from scary sound bites. For younger voters, you are voting on your future and the future direction of our state. Why not take a chance and vote for someone who is focused on job creation and quality of life for all New Hampshire citizens and who has the background and experience to make it happen. Vote for Walt Havenstein.
Richard R. Gerken