To the Editor:
Almost as fast as our senators and representatives pass legislation to improve things in N.H., Governor SuNoNo vetos them. He has vetoed legislation to help reduce global warming, to stop gerrymandering, to repeal voter suppression laws, to facilitate gun safety, to provide job training, and to increase the minimum wage to $10 per hour in 2020 to $12 in 2022.
It’s interesting to note that on an inflation-adjusted basis, the national minimum wage was higher than the proposed $15 per hour for a 30-year stretch in the second half of the twentieth century. The recent report on income disparity in the U.S. showed that it was higher than ever before. Obviously, the super-rich have been successful in taking an ever-increasing share of what we produce. With their money, they get politicians like Governor SuNoNo to prevent the rest from getting a fair shake.
The name recognition of Sununu has translated into votes. Perhaps the name SuNoNo will offset it in the next election.
Despite claiming to support energy efficiency, Gov. Chris Sununu’s actions place him in the ranks of climate change deniers and promoters of negativity regarding environmental and renewable/clean energy solutions.
To cite a partial list: In 2019, the governor vetoed legislation concerning wetlands (House Bill 326), proposed legislation controlling greenhouse gases (HB 582), vehicle emissions (Senate Bill 275), renewable clean energy (SB 72, SB 167 as well as SB 168), net energy metering limits for customer generators (HB 365) and a proposed study of microgrids (HB 183).
To detail one example, SB 168 represented an important part of New Hampshire’s energy future. The 2019 bill, which proposed increasing the renewable portfolio standard requirements for new solar energy from 2019 through 2025, also proposed an exemption from increases in the annual purchase percentages for certain electrical supply contracts. Passage was important to clean-energy advocates as an essential step away from fossil fuels and toward renewable sources, such as solar energy. Gov. Sununu vetoed this bill.
Dear Governor Sununu,
I received your reply to my concern about your veto earlier this year. I find your explanation that HB365 would cost-shift the savings from net-metered solar projects to the ratepayers across our state to be baseless and without merit. Passing this bill would enable cities and towns like Dover to construct larger PV systems and lower electricity costs to all ratepayers. When you came to Dover to update us on the State of the State, your answer to my question on what municipalities could do (specifically the Dover Energy Commission), your answer was to get clean hydropower from Canada. I was shocked at the lack of thought in your flippant answer for the simple reason that the City of Dover has no control on the construction and permits that have to deal with the rights of landowners and northern townships on the construction of powerlines.
Your attempt to use this cost-shifting argument is an effort to show concern for lower economic families by having them believe that the net-metering bill only benefits the well-to-do. You cited that the residents of Rochester would have to bear the burden of the net-metering cost savings. That is again another baseless line of reasoning for the simple reason that if HB 365 becomes law, it doesn’t benefit just municipalities like Dover but all municipalities. There is no reason why Rochester or any other city could not construct a PV system that could lower the cost of electricity to its residents.
I find your reasoning troubling and it leads me to the obvious conclusion that you do not care about the citizens of NH when it comes to lower energy costs but rather you are beholden to corporate lobbyists.
Despite claiming to support energy efficiency, NH Governor Chris Sununu’s actions place him in the ranks of climate deniers and promoters of negativity regarding environmental and renewable/clean energy solutions.
To cite a partial list: In 2019, the Governor vetoed legislation concerning wetlands (House Bill 326), proposed legislation controlling greenhouse gases (HB582), vehicle emissions (Senate Bill 275), renewable clean energy (SB 72, SB 167 as well as SB 168), net energy metering limits for customer generators (HB 365), and a proposed study of microgrids (HB 183).
To detail one example, NH Senate Bill 168 represented an important part of New Hampshire’s energy future. The 2019 bill, which proposed increasing the renewable portfolio standard requirements for new solar energy from 2019 through 2025, also proposed an exemption from increases in the annual purchase percentages for certain electrical supply contracts. Passage was important to clean energy advocates as an essential step away from fossil fuels and towards renewable sources, such as solar energy. Governor Sununu vetoed this bill.
In his 2019 Inaugural Address, the Governor, spoke of ”...renewable energy initiatives...” in one breath but blamed those trying to implement them for voting ”...for legislation that raises rates and burdens our citizens,” also his rationale for the SB 168 veto. In 2017, a state Public Utilities Commission ruling found no evidence of a cost-shift from solar generators to ratepayers. Pitting short-term costs against long-term benefits to New Hampshire citizens is a favorite Sununu tactic for fogging issues, but will not provide solutions to high energy costs or the development of alternative energy resources. To hedge climate issues by appealing to his conservative base is to invite future environmental disaster. We need to turn back the Governor’s retro-environmental policies in the legislature and at the polls in 2020.
Sununu is extreme
To the Editor: Governor Sununu has taken to calling New Hampshire Democrats “extremists,” even as he criss-crosses the state claiming credit for one of their biggest achievements this year: increased state funding for public schools.
Yet a look at the governor’s record reveals that he’s the one who’s extreme.
Not only did the governor vehemently oppose the desperately needed school funding increases that he now takes credit for, he actually supports a constitutional amendment removing state responsibility for public education altogether.
On the environment, despite the overwhelming consensus of climate scientists, Sununu refuses to even acknowledge the human contribution to climate change, much less work toward solutions.
According to a WMUR poll, 84% of Granite Staters want strengthened background checks on firearm sales. Are they extreme, or is Gov. Sununu, who vetoed a bipartisan bill to do just that?
I am sad to report that Gov. Sununu is now officially inaugurated into the Voter Suppression Hall of Shame.
Let America Vote, based in Washington, D.C., monitors efforts by politicians to suppress voters throughout the country.
New Hampshire has the dubious distinction of having our governor inaugurated into their Hall of Shame for his efforts to impede free and fair elections in our state.
Our governor vetoed bills with bipartisan support that would have established an independent redistricting commission to end gerrymandering. He vetoed bills that would have protected the votes of college students, ended poll taxes for students, improved campaign finance reform and added greater transparency to our elections.
I am disappointed be represented by a governor in the Voter Suppression Hall of Fame. Surely New Hampshire can do better.
P.O. Box 268
To the Editor: I am very disappointed in Governor Sununu; more than that — embarrassed by him. Recently, the governor told an interviewer that he didn’t think that President Trump should face an impeachment inquiry. He dismissed as “a circus” the work of the House Intelligence Committee that has revealed that the President withheld military aid to Ukraine in order to pressure that government to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden’s son.
The reporter, to his credit, then asked the governor if it was appropriate or ethical for Trump to push the Ukrainian president to investigate Hunter Biden. Sununu replied, “If he truly asked a foreign power to look into a political opponent that’s a very inappropriate thing to do, absolutely.”
Well, it’s clear from the testimony of several government officials, including Trump appointees, that the President did exactly that: pressured a foreign government to interfere in our elections for his own benefit. In fact, President Trump has already said publicly that he asked for Zelensky to investigate Biden. He’s admitted to the crime.
Sununu went on to reveal that he has not read the transcript released by the White House of the conversation between the two presidents. How embarrassing. How can our governor have an informed opinion if he isn’t interested in the facts? Does he even know that moderate Republicans such as former Ohio Gov. John Kasich are now calling for Trump’s impeachment?
Governor Sununu may campaign as a moderate, but he is far from one. And that’s a fact.
“Paid volunteer.” That’s what Chris Sununu called me, my sister and others as we stood in the halls of the State House in support of paid family and medical leave. Governor, you got the volunteer part right, however, that’s not the whole story. And if you don’t mind, I’d like to set the record straight.
Four years ago, our father’s health began to decline rapidly. At this same time, my mother-in-law was also in hospice care. I decided to leave my job in order to care for my loved ones. We were grateful that we could meet their needs; not everyone is in a position to do so. Governor, I assure you, this was no vacation for anyone in our family. How many families struggle with caring for a terminally ill relative, a newborn child or an unexpected health emergency?
With the passing of Rep. Mary Stuart Gile, we are reminded that we must do better for our citizens. Senate Bill 1, the paid family and medical leave bill, passed through both chambers of the Legislature before you killed it, Governor.
Legendary U.S. congressman Sam Rayburn once said, “A jackass can kick a barn down, but it takes a carpenter to build one.” Governor, will you listen to the overwhelming majority of New Hampshire residents who support this bill? Or will you continue to demonstrate a failure of leadership by wielding your veto pen, as you did for a record-breaking 57 times?
Arriving in Keene last week with a big blue check, Gov. Sununu was eager to take credit for additional education and municipal funding, portraying himself as someone who wants to get things done for the working people of New Hampshire. The reality is quite different.
Gov. Sununu’s initial proposed budget included no funds for municipalities. Nor did it have any additional funds for school operating expenses and it maintained yearly decreases in stabilization grants. His budget prioritized tax breaks for big, mostly out-of-state, corporations.
Property tax relief for New Hampshire families in the current budget occurred, not because of the governor, but in spite of him.
In fact, while taking credit for supporting schools, he failed to mention that he had appealed the recent ConVal school funding suit, fighting a decision that calls for ending disparities between poor and wealthy communities and adequately funding public education.
In the newly passed State budget, Keene will receive almost $800,000 in municipal aid and more than $3.5 million in additional education funding. This effort to pursue quality education and provide meaningful property tax relief is a direct result of the Democratic House and Senate’s values and priorities, and came to be through hard-fought negotiations after the governor vetoed the initial budget.
Two of New Hampshire's six independent biomass energy plants—Springfield Power and DG Whitefield—announced in mid-October that they are closing and will lay off staff. Each plant employs 20 full-time workers in rural Springfield and Whitefield, New Hampshire. The plants had been in operation since the mid-1980s
The plants announced the closures after the New Hampshire legislature failed to override Gov. Chris Sununu's veto of House Bill 183, which passed both the House and Senate with overwhelming bipartisan majorities and which would have guaranteed the plants' continued operation for at least three years.
"We are disappointed that this important jobs and forestry solution was turned into a political control battle," said Edward Kent, president of EWP Renewable Corp., the owner of both plants. "The New Hampshire people elected their representatives to impose the will of their constituents. We thank those lawmakers who had the courage to vote their conscience and support their constituents."