NH House of Representatives passes commuter rail over Sununu's objections
Concord, N.H. - Despite Governor Sununu's opposition, the State House of Representatives accepted an amendment today to New Hampshire's 10-year transportation improvement program, that reinstalled a commuter rail study in the program. In the past few months, Governor Sununu has changed positions on this issue time and again , first calling it a "boondoggle," then reversing his position in New Hampshire's bid for Amazon's new headquarters. After his proposal was rejected, Sununu declared the project "in the legislature's hands." Republican Representative Al Baldasaro went on to clarify Sununu's most recent stance, telling WMUR that Sununu "won't lose sleep over it because he's got other priorities." Despite Sununu's disapproval, 75% of Granite Staters support expanded rail. The bill now heads to the Senate. NHDP Chair Ray Buckley released the following statement: "While Governor Sununu takes every possible position on commuter rail in an attempt to both parrot Republican-sanctioned talking points and to please corporations, the New Hampshire State House stood firm in their decision to do what's right for Granite Staters. Commuter rail would provide immense economic benefits to New Hampshire, as stated by the many small businesses and mayors who support this project. Sununu's lazy and short-sighted opposition to rail is just the latest example of why New Hampshire voters will gleefully kick him out of office in November.