CONCORD — Gov. Chris Sununu took office armed with a long list of priorities: tackle the drug crisis, lower energy costs, reform the child services agency, expand full-day kindergarten, tighten election laws and recruit new businesses to the state. He also pledged to fix the state’s mental health system.
But as the first-term Republican marks his 100th day in office Friday, many of his ambitious pledges are coming up against the reality of governing.
“These things will take time to bear results,” Sununu told The Associated Press this week. “You’re not going to see the home run tomorrow with a lot of this stuff, unfortunately.”
Some of Sununu’s priorities, like adding new money and state troopers to handle the opioid crisis, changing election laws and adding children services workers are making their way through the Legislature with favorable odds. But fellow Republican lawmakers have handed him defeats on right to work and funding for full-day kindergarten. Aside from continuing to advocate for the Northern Pass Project, he’s done little to expand renewable energy options or focus on lowering energy costs.