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Sununu Pitches Priorities for 2018 Legislative Session


New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu has a long to-do list for this ... He wants to temporarily reduce the real estate transfer tax for first-time home buyers. On the opioid crisis, he's backing a tax credit for businesses who support addiction recovery.


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GovChris Sununu speaking in New Hampshire Representatives Hall(File photo) Credit Allegra Boverman for NHPR New Hampshire GovChris Sununu has a long to-do list for this year’s legislative sessionSununu gathered Republican lawmakers together for a press conference early Tuesday morning that had the feel of a GOP pep rally.  The New Hampshire Republican Party has sometimes struggled to unite, even with control of the StatehouseBut Tuesday, Sununu praised lawmakers for their work last year, expressed confidence in what’s ahead and tried to normalize potential splits  "We’re gonna disagree on a lot of the details, that’s okay, that’s a great part of the processThat’s why we have 400 legislators and 24 state senators and don’t forget the five Executive CouncilorsEveryone has a chance to weigh in here," Sununu said  Senate President Chuck Morse also downplayed possible disagreements  "As we start to discuss legislation as a party, I can assure you there'll be debateIt's normalIt's the way we do things around hereAnd as we go through the next five months, I can assure you that we all believe in the same things," Morse said  Sununu said he will be focused on job creation and cutting regulationsHe wants to temporarily reduce the real estate transfer tax for first-time home buyersOn the opioid crisis, he's backing a tax credit for businesses who support addiction recovery.    Also on the governor's agenda is more local control, competition and choice in education, and he supports a property tax exemption for charter schools  Sununu also said he's working on a plan to keep the state's expanded Medicaid program, but he didn't share specifics Tags: GovChris SununuRepublicansstatehouseGOPNH GOPNH PoliticsTweetShareGoogle+EmailView the discussion thread Related Content New Hampshire House Votes for Marijuana Legalization By Dan Tuohy & Annie Ropeik • Jan 9, 2018 The New Hampshire House of Representatives voted Tuesday morning in favor of legislation to legalize recreational marijuana N.HSenate Passes Bill to Redefine 'Residency' for Voting By Casey McDermott • Jan 3, 2018 Logan Shannon / NHPR A bill that redefines the state’s residency standards passed the Senate with Republican support —  despite opposition from GovChris Sununu — and is heading back to the House for further review N.HHouse Approves Controversial School Choice Bill By Jason Moon • Jan 3, 2018 Allegra Boverman for NHPR The New Hampshire House of Representatives has approved a controversial school choice bill by a vote of 184-162

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