Lamontage’s fact checks rebuff Hassan’s debate claims

Ovide Lamontagne’s campaign isn’t letting up on the pressure for opponent Maggie Hassan.

In addition to this morning’s latest ‘Maggie’s Tax of the Day,’ which documented the thirteenth vehicle-related fee she backed in the state Senate, a separate press release refuted multiple claims made by Hassan in a debate held at New England College yesterday.

Below is an excerpt from the press release, which aptly dubs the claims ‘Maggie Myths’

Maggie Myth #1: Sen. Hassan claimed the unemployment rate has gone up since the current legislature took over; and continues to contend it was kept low while she was in office.

FACT: The numbers don’t lie. When Senator Hassan was elected to the legislature in Nov. 2006, the state’s unadjusted unemployment rate stood at 3.4. By the time she lost reelection in 2010, unemployment had risen to 5.7%, where it currently stands.

Maggie Myth #2: Sen. Hassan today distorted the objectives of CACR 12, on which Ovide worked with Gov. Lynch to craft a bipartisan solution to the state’s education funding needs, saying it “would allow the state to walk away from its obligation to our local schools.”

FACT: The language of CACR12 that both Gov. Lynch and Ovide helped to develop is clear that the legislature would have the responsibility to mitigate local disparities in both educational opportunity and fiscal capacity, meaning the legislature will be Constitutionally required to help poorer communities fund their schools. This stands in stark contrast to Sen. Hassan’s view that our courts and unelected judges should control education policy and funding in the state.

Maggie Myth #3: In defending her position against worker free choice, Sen. Hassan claimed the only way a worker can be required to pay union dues is if the employer and the employee negotiate that requirement.

FACT: New employees hired in union or agency shops after the establishment of a collective bargaining agreement do not have this right and are required to pay dues to the union in order to maintain their employment.

The press release closed by recounting two additional “myths” that Hassan has touted before, dealing with her handling of the state budget and Lamontagne’s record on the state’s Board of Education.

Author: Staff Reporter

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