WINDHAM — Congressman Charles Bass shared his views on the economy and job creation while touring businesses in Salem and Windham on Wednesday.
Bass began the day at Technical Needs, a staffing firm on Pelham Road in Salem. Later, at Castle Commons on Range Road in Windham he visited Soleil Salon & Spa, LifeSafety Power, and the space that will house the new offices of the Derry Medical Center and Southern New Hampshire Internal Medicine Associates.
State Sen. Jim Rausch, Reps. Mary Griffin, Ron Belanger and Walter Kolodziej, and Bruce Breton, chairman of the Windham Board of Selectmen, joined Bass on his tour of Castle Commons.
The building was little more than an empty shell when Bass held a rally there a few months ago.
“This is illustrative of why it’s important to complete I-93 as soon as possible,” Bass said. “This building was virtually vacant six months ago.”
The businesses that he visited in both towns will benefit dramatically by the expansion of the highway, Bass said.
Rausch agreed, saying that six-month or two-year extensions don’t help the 10-year roads plan. It’s time to push for completion of the project while the opportunity exists, he said.
“It’s critical,” Rausch said. “Our small businesses are key to the success of this state.”
Bass said the economy is weak but has potential. Excessive governmental interference is causing uncertainty and making businesses hesitant to hire, he said.
To solve the problem, Bass said politicians have to work together to calm the public’s mistrust of the government and move forward.
“The nation is crying out for solutions now,” Bass said. “Republicans and Democrats have to bring their principles to the table and start working on solving problems.”
His own solutions included simplifying and lowering taxes for small businesses and promoting free trade and polices that will give small business a chance to prosper. Those goals can be reached with “good, pragmatic, and conservative leadership,” Bass said.
On that note, Bass said the district would not want to elect someone “to the left” of Obama. Despite being outspent by his opponent Ann McLane Kuster, Bass is confident he will win the election.
“I’ll win it the old-fashioned way,” Bass said. “I’ll earn it.”
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