Today, Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE) Foundation announced the launch of their New Hampshire chapter.

“New Hampshire Citizens for a Sound Economy will create a permanent presence for the growing numbers of CSE members in the Granite State. Currently, over 1,000 residents are already involved,” said Paul Beckner, CSE Foundation President. “A strong independent voice for taxpayers is needed in New Hampshire because there is a real threat to the ‘New Hampshire advantage’ – one where the state’s prosperity had been linked to the absence of broad-based taxes.”

“New Hampshire CSE will grow and establish a solid grassroots network of citizen activists throughout the state to ensure that common-sense economic policies are at the forefront in Concord and in the 2000 Presidential race. Linked by phone, e-mail, web, fax and mail – our grassroots network will be a powerful force influencing policymakers,” concluded Beckner.

Rich Killion has been named the Director of New Hampshire CSE and New Hampshire CSEF. Most recently, Killion served as the Director of Institutional Advancement and Capital Campaign Director at Franklin Pierce College in Rindge, NH. An adjunct faculty member of the Political Science department and founder of the FPC Polling Institute, Rich has held a number of administrative positions in development and public relations. Prior to his appointment at Franklin Pierce, Rich worked as a consultant to non-profit and public-sector executive agencies in the areas of education and resource development. Presently the Chairman of the Board at the Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce, Rich is active in a number of civic organizations.

Rob Varsalone will also join NH-CSE as Deputy Director. Varsalone, a former state legislator representing Merrimack County’s twelfth district, most recently was Finance Director for Jay Lucas’ 1998 gubernatorial campaign. Rob has also served as Political Director for Arlen Specter’s 1996 presidential primary campaign and has done work for the NH Small Business Coalition, the New Hampshire Republican State Committee and the Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy.