Checking on the 100 Business promise

No word on who Sununu is meeting

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Checking on the 100 Business promise

No word on who Sununu is meeting

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By DAMIEN FISHER

Staff Writer

NASHUA – Key to his campaign as a business-friendly politician, then gubernatorial candidate Chris Sununu promised to meet with 100 out-of-state businesses in his first 100 days in office, to recruit them to relocate to the Granite State.

“I want to let them know that we are finally open for business,” Sununu told members of the Nashua Telegraph editorial board prior to his election. “The only way to attract business … is having a governor who understands how business works firsthand.”

Since being elected to the corner office in Concord, however, Sununu meetings with out-of-state businesses has been a quiet affair. No official word has come out from the office that Sununu has met with any particular business more than halfway through his first 100 days.

With the deadline approaching on April 15, the Telegraph filed a Right to Know request seeking the names of the businesses that Sununu has so far met. There has so far been no response from Sununu office to this request, nor has his office responded to a request seeking comment on the matter.

Sununu’s first big push part of his business friendly agenda, the so-called Right to Work law that critics said would have hurt unions, was passed the New Hampshire Senate but was defeated in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.

New Hampshire’s Right to Know law only specifically exempts the judiciary, and not for profit organizations from the law, though in both cases there are legal requirements for public records in those spheres.

Gov. Maggie Hassan, Sununu predecessor, often cited executive branch privilege in order to deny public records requests.

Damien Fisher can be reached at 594-1245 or dfisher@nashuatelegraph.com or @Telegraph_DF.