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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Governor Lynch does the right thing in New Hampshire

I should introduce this post by pointing out something about New Hampshire Governor Lynch's background. John Lynch is a multi-millionaire CEO, with a MBA from Harvard. He owes nothing at all to organized labor in terms of his political success. Yet he is an intelligent man-- who is not consumed by a sick hatred of working people, unlike the Governor of nearby Maine. Here's his explanation of his veto of a proposed "right-to-work" bill in the Granite State:

Governor Lynch's Veto Message Regarding HB 474

By the authority vested in me, pursuant to part II, Article 44 of the New Hampshire Constitution, on May 11, 2011, I vetoed HB 474.

States should not interfere with the rights of businesses and their employees to freely negotiate contracts. That is unless there is a compelling public interest, and there is no compelling public interest in passing this legislation.

There is no evidence that this legislation will offer any benefits to New Hampshire's economy or workers.

As I have said repeatedly, New Hampshire has an economic strategy that is working. New Hampshire has one of the strongest and fastest-growing economies in the nation. We have one of the lowest unemployment rates and one of the highest median incomes in the nation. We are considered one of the safest states and one of the healthiest states, and a high percentage of our citizens have private health insurance.

New Hampshire has a lower unemployment rate and a stronger economy than most states with so-called right-to-work laws. In states with a right-to-work law, workers on average have a lower standard of living, bringing home less in their paychecks and going without health insurance more frequently.

In my time as a CEO, in my years spent in the private sector turning around companies, and in my seven years as Governor, I have never seen the so-called right-to-work law serve as a valuable economic development tool.

In the last seven years of recruiting businesses to move to New Hampshire, not one business leader has ever even asked me if New Hampshire had a right-to-work law, let alone suggested it was a factor in the company's location decision. No New Hampshire business leaders have ever told me that the lack of a so-called right-to-work law prevented them from expanding or hiring new workers here in New Hampshire. And no New Hampshire workers have ever told me they couldn't get a job because New Hampshire doesn't have a so-called right-to-work law.

The debate over the so-called right-to-work bill in New Hampshire appears to be largely driven by national outside interest groups, and is not a result of problems facing New Hampshire businesses or workers.

There is no justification in this case for state government to interfere with the right of private businesses to freely negotiate
and enter into contracts with their employees. Therefore, I am vetoing HB 474.

It's reassuring to know that we still have a few sane Governors left!


Underground Politics said...

How awesome!

Ulysses said...

Indeed. There's a battle right now for the soul of New Hampshire. I think the angels will win in the end.

Underground Politics said...

The same thing is going on in Ohio. The battle isn't going so good for the angels right now though.

Ulysses said...

I apologize to readers, and commenters, who saw posts and comments disappear because of technical difficulties with blogger in the last couple of days. The posts have come back, but some comments are still lost in the ether...

Cletis L. Stump said...

Men like Lynch are men of wealth who understand the limits and responsibilities of wealth and the power it brings with it.