Building America’s Future of New Hampshire (BAF-NH), a statewide and bipartisan coalition dedicated to smart infrastructure investment and reform, today announced a television ad to run for three weeks on local network and cable.
“This is a substantial television ad buy intended to educate New Hampshire policymakers and voters on the need for smart infrastructure investment and reform,” said State Senate President Peter Bragdon (R-11), co-chair of BAF-NH. “According to an annual TRIP report, our state’s rural roads rank ninth-worst and deficient rural bridges rank 11th-worst in the nation. The shoddy condition of New Hampshire’s roads and bridges needlessly puts our neighbors in harm’s way, hurts our businesses, makes us less competitive and costs the state jobs. We support a long-term plan, reforms and increased accountability through audits, performance measures and bans on earmarks. Unless we make significant changes in our course and direction, our infrastructure will continue to deteriorate and a real opportunity to restore New Hampshire’s economy will be lost.”
BAF-NH is a grassroots/media campaign (“Invest in America”) of Building America’s Future Educational Fund (BAFEF). Coalition members can be found at http://www.bafuture.org/sites/default/files/BAF_Member_Bios.pdf.
BAFEF conducted focus groups and polling on the issue of transportation and infrastructure investment among 2012 Republican primary election likely voters (including Tea Party supporters) in South Carolina and New Hampshire in September and October. Among the most encouraging of these findings is that Republicans and conservatives are willing to support infrastructure spending when reform, accountability and transparency are included as part of the proposal. The importance of having a long-term strategic plan that focused on need and not politics was also a key take away.
Founded by former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, BAFEF is a bipartisan coalition of state-based elected officials and community leaders dedicated to promoting U.S. investment in infrastructure.
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