Fostering Innovation & Economic Opportunity


Senator Hassan is focused on expanding economic opportunity to ensure that everyone who works hard can get ahead and stay ahead, while also building the highly skilled workforce that innovative businesses need to grow and thrive.

The Senator has long made promoting entrepreneurship and supporting innovation a top priority. During her time as Governor, she laid out and implemented her Innovate NH plan – including working to hold down the cost of higher education, increasing and making permanent the R&D tax credit, and launching the award-winning “Live Free and Start” initiative. 

As a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Senator Hassan has continued this focus on fostering innovation, eliminating barriers for entrepreneurs, supporting measures to promote women-owned small businesses, increasing participation in the STEM fields, and expanding access to broadband. 

The first bill Senator Hassan introduced was the Reigniting Opportunity for Innovators (ROI) Act, which would help provide the student loan debt relief necessary for entrepreneurs to start up and grow innovative small businesses. Through her work on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, the Senator is working to address our nation’s skills gap by supporting career and technical training, working to hold down the cost of student debt, and advocating for measures to support working families such as paid sick leave. 

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