Lower health care costs on NH biz group's list

Lower health care costs, friendlier tax structure on New Hampshire business group's list

Associated Press

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- Reducing health care costs for employers, a friendlier tax structure and economic growth are the public policy priorities for New Hampshire's Business and Industry Association next year.

The association recently released its 2013-2014 priorities, which also include strengthening and improving the state's research and development tax credit, advocating for policies that lower energy costs and supporting workforce development initiatives

BIA President Jim Roche said the group's focus will be on policies and initiatives that encourage New Hampshire businesses to expand and hire more workers, and on businesses elsewhere to expand into or relocate to New Hampshire. He said although New Hampshire weathered the recession better than most states and its unemployment rate is relatively low, it still faces many challenges and must continue to work at being more business friendly.

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