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Christopher Sununu

Office of the Governor - State House 107 North Main St.
      Concord, NH 03301

Office of the Governor - State House
107 North Main St.
Concord, NH 03301
United States


Serving as: NH Governor

Declined to complete our 2020 State Candidate Survey

Position on Issues

Other, 2018

"I would not repeal or pull back the job-creating business tax cuts I signed into law last year. Tax relief is working for New Hampshire. More people are working than ever before in our state's history, we have one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country and the highest median income in America. Repealing these tax cuts would send us in the wrong direction.

"I fought tirelessly to ensure that New Hampshire's small businesses would not be forced to collect internet sales tax by drafting legislation and calling the Legislature back for a special session. While a majority of the Democrats in the Legislature voted against the final bill, I will not stop fighting for our small businesses. We must protect the New Hampshire advantage."

Voting Record, 2018

Chris Sununu supported SB 193, a bill that would have created "education savings accounts" similar to a school voucher program. Gov. Sununu wrote in a press release: "Today, the House listened to parents across the Granite State. Our legislature has signaled to families that we are focused on the kids, giving parents and children the ability to choose the education path that is best suited for them. This is the first step in ensuring that New Hampshire's education system continues to be on the forefront of innovation, closing the opportunity gap and opening pathways like never before, regardless of economic status. I applaud the House of Representatives for reaching a compromise that puts New Hampshire families first. We will continue to champion this groundbreaking legislation and will work with members of the Senate as this bill moves through the process and reaches my desk."

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2014

Should NH add an income tax on earned income?

"I support property taxes over a sales or income tax."

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2014

Should NH add a broad-based sales tax?

"I support property taxes over a sales or income tax."

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2016

Should NH pass stricter gun control laws?

"I oppose stricter gun control laws."

Citizens Count Issue Survey, 2016

Should NH legalize the recreational use of marijuana?

"I oppose marijuana legalization."

Other, 2016

"I am open to a responsible increase in the federal minimum wage, provided there is a strong economic and moral case for it. I am opposed to establishing a state minimum wage."


"Gov. Chris Sununu has said he would veto the budget if it contains a new capital gains tax."

Candidate's Website, 2019

Gov. Sununu endorsed an affordable housing plan that included expanded use of TIF districts and the Community Revitalization Tax Relief Program, among other incentives.

Candidate's Website, 2019

Gov. Sununu proposed a student debt relief program for certain New Hampshire industries.  According to his press release, "If enacted, Governor Sununu’s student debt assistance plan will help students by reallocating $160 million over the next ten years to provide student debt-relief and direct scholarships. The legislation makes student debt relief available to eligible individuals who have worked in critical New Hampshire industries for a minimum of five years. The direct scholarships would be awarded according to existing criteria. ... Our plan is the compromise we proposed during budget negotiations. Under the legislation, annual funds will be available to those who work in healthcare, state government, and advanced regenerative manufacturing in New Hampshire for a minimum of five years. An additional allotment will be invested annually in a direct student scholarship program. The legislation is funded by the surplus annual administrative fees stemming from the State's 529 college savings plans."

Candidate's Website, 2019

"Today, Governor Chris Sununu and Senator Jeb Bradley announced new voluntary paid leave legislation that, if enacted, will empower individuals and businesses to make the voluntary choice to opt-in. This legislation addresses the legislature's concerns about the paid leave legislation proposed by Governor Sununu last year while also addressing the Governor's concerns regarding the use of an income tax to fund the legislature's proposed program. 'I support paid family leave and have a plan to get it done,' said Governor Chris Sununu. 'Instead of government mandates that would impose an income tax, this is a truly voluntary, innovative plan that would deliver for New Hampshire families. I urge the legislature to support this voluntary paid leave plan, because it’s the best shot at providing a paid leave plan that does not have administrative barriers or burdens, is available to all who want it, and is forced upon no one who does not.'"

Candidate's Facebook Page, 2020

Gov. Sununu has described the Democrats' proposal for statewide, mandatory family and medical leave as an income tax. I just vetoed the Democrats Income Tax for the second time in two years. Whether one characterizes it as a 'premium on wages' or a 'payroll deduction' the reality remains that if it looks like an income tax, functions like an income tax, & takes more money out of the paychecks of hard working taxpayers like an income tax, then it is an income tax."

Candidate's Website, 2020

Gov. Sununu has vetoed several bills to expand net metering eligibility. For example, in the veto message for HB 466 he wrote, "As amended, this bill increases subsidies to a select few existing generators. These systems were already built and financed under the current net metering subsidies. Increasing the threshold for these subsidies after construction is complete is both wasteful and unnecessary. Because this new subsidy would be extended to new generators as well, the total costs to ratepayers would continue to escalate over time. In simple terms, it is a handout to those already profiting at the expense of ratepayers across New Hampshire, including those who can least afford to bear the costs of higher energy bills."

Other, 2017

Gov. Sununu has voiced support for the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative over time.  For example, in 2017 he said, "We have to make sure we stay competitive, both economically socially and environmentally. We understand what the goals of the program are. So, given the program and where we are today, I’m very happy with the deal that’s been struck."

Candidate's Website, 2020

Gov. Sununu vetoed SB 124, a bill which would have revised the required minimum percentages of renewable energy in the Renewable Portfolio Standard, particularly to extend goals from 2025 to 2040. In his veto message he wrote, "This bill would counterproductively increase electricity rates while we are working to rebuild our economy. New Hampshire ratepayers are already burdened with some of the highest energy bills in the nation. This makes it hard both for businesses to expand and for residents on fixed incomes to pay their bills each month."

Candidate's Website, 2020

Gov. Sununu vetoed HB 1672, which would have allowed no-excuse absentee voting for all.  In his veto message he wrote, "The State of New Hampshire has ensured that our upcoming elections will be secure and our voters safe in these trying times. We have made it clear that any eligible voter who wishes to vote absentee because of the pandemic may do so. ... New Hampshire's voting system works very well and we consistently have some of the highest voter participation in the country. The proponents of House Bill 1672 seek to take advantage of a global pandemic to fundamentally and permanently weaken New Hampshire's electoral system. They have put forward a partisan wish list of unreasonable and unnecessary provisions, some of which have already been vetoed and sustained last year. New Hampshire takes pride in our traditions of strong civic engagement and fair, transparent, and secure elections. Our Democratic Secretary of State, who has served our state faithfully for over 40 years, opposes this radical, partisan piece of legislation and so do I."

Other, 2022

At a NHPR and New Hampshire Bulletin debate in October Sununu said, "So the Democrats said you can't keep cutting taxes across the state, right? Yeah. We need the income tax. You can't keep cut - and they said we're gonna bankrupt our programs. Meanwhile, we have a bigger surplus than ever before so by doing that, but cutting taxes, by being more business friendly, again, more businesses are flooding into New Hampshire in the Northeast than anywhere else." When pressed on if he wanted to cut business taxes in the next state budget, Sununu said, "If the legislature wants to do that, I'd look at that. Sure. Yeah."
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