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Friday
Mar082013

Rep Laura Jones Facebook - Speaker O'Brien: LIST OF GOP REPS WHO VOTED TO INCREASE NEW HAMPSHIRE’S GAS TAX BY A BILLION DOLLARS 

From former Speaker O'Brien: LIST OF GOP REPS...

Rep Laura Jones 5:31am Mar 7
From former Speaker O'Brien: LIST OF GOP REPS WHO VOTED TO INCREASE NEW HAMPSHIRE’S GAS TAX BY A BILLION DOLLARS

David Hess (Hooksett), Deputy Republican Leader
Shawn Jasper (Hudson), Republican Whip
Frank Tilton (Laconia)*
... Mark McConkey (Freedom)
John Graham (Bedford)
Dave Danielson (Bedford)+ o
Charlene Takesian (Pelham)* + o
David Kidder (New London)* + o
Priscilla Lockwood (Canterbury)+ o
Bill Friel (Atkinson)
Aboul Khan (Seabrook)+ o
Dave Milz (Derry)
Kevin Waterhouse (Windham)+
John Sytek (Salem)
Jim Grenier (Goshen)* +

* Voted for 25% home heating oil tax increase

+ Voted against super-majority to tax ballot question

o Voted against right to work

The Republican constituents of these representatives have to talk with them about whether they are in the Big Tent or the wrong tent.

Voting to increase the gas tax by 83% after some of them voted to pass a 25% increase on the gas tax bill, not to allow a ballot question about a super-majority to raise taxes, and not to allow Right to Work has nothing to do with keeping their promise not just to run as Republican candidates, but also to vote as a Republican legislators.

BTW, if you want to use the information on this posting or even cut and paste it as your own, go ahead. Otherwise, please keep it on this FB page for our use.
Wednesday
Dec122012

Obama's Big Michigan Right-To-Work Lie: Lower Wages 

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Posted 12/11/2012 06:00 PM ET

 

The president says right-to-work laws mean "the right to work for less money." So how does he explain the fact that incomes are up in RTW states while forced unionism is a proven job killer?

Campaigning Monday in Michigan as it stood poised to become the nation's 24th right-to-work state, President Obama spoke the exact opposite of the truth to union workers at a Daimler Detroit Diesel plant in the birthplace of organized labor.

"What we shouldn't be doing," he told the small crowd, "is trying to take away your rights to bargain for better wages. We don't want a race to the bottom. We want a race to the top."

Yet looking at the hard numbers, becoming a right-to-work state is a direct line to the top.

According to Michigan's Mackinac Center, using data taken from the Bureau of Economic Analysis and Bureau of Labor Statistics, private-sector, inflation-adjusted employee compensation in right-to-work states increased by 12% between 2001 and 2011 compared with just 3% over the same period in forced-unionization states.

These good wages came from good jobs. Employment in right-to-work states expanded 2.4% over the same stretch vs. a 3.4% decline in non-right-to-work states. Ironically, Obama is taking credit for jobs created in RTW states.

All Politics

According to the National Institute for Labor Relations Research, right-to-work states (excluding Indiana, which passed a RTW law in early 2012) "were responsible for 72% of all net household job growth across the U.S. from June 2009 through September 2012."

This is why people vote with their feet and move to these states. RTW states experienced large population gains of 15.3% from 2000 to 2010, compared to 5.9% in non-RTW states.

Obama did get one thing right, though, when he said the bills that passed both houses of the Michigan legislature "don't have to do with economics. They have everything to do with politics."

The president who fought Boeing's expansion in RTW South Carolina knows it's all about his keeping union dues flowing into Democratic coffers and maintaining the plush lifestyles of the union leaders who support him.

Freeloading

Michigan law will now bar requiring workers to pay money to a third party, namely unions, as a condition of employment. This has given rise to the big lie that workers who refuse to join a union and pay dues will get a "free ride" enjoying the benefits of union representation without contributing to that representation.

"No one is forced to join a union," said House Democratic Caucus Leader Tim Greimel, although workers in Michigan were forced to if they wanted a job at a union shop.

"They're asked to pay their fair share of the collective bargaining process. (RTW) gives them the chance to freeload and free-ride."

Yet in its most recent federal filings, the Michigan Education Association said "representational activities" (money spent on bargaining contracts for members) made up only 11% of total spending for the union.

Most of the rest went under the category "general overhead," which included union administration and, of course, the union political activities that include lobbying for more government spending. It's the unions that are getting a "free ride."

If unions satisfied workers, one would expect their membership to at least remain constant. But between 2000 and 2010, union membership declined by 9.5% in non-RTW states and 9.2% in RTW states. The only growth was in government unions.

Michigan's right-to-work law is a positive blow for worker freedom and economic growth and an example, as in Wisconsin and Indiana, of how conservatives can win and are winning in states led by GOP governors.

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Tuesday
May012012

NH House Leaders Statement on Nearly Three Quarters of Granite Staters Supporting Right to Work Law

CONCORD – House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt (R-Salem) and House Division II Finance Chair and right to work sponsor, Will Smith (R-New Castle) today commented on the WMUR Granite State survey put out by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center.  According to the survey, Most New Hampshire adults, 71% favor such a law, 12% oppose it, and 17% are neutral or have no opinion. Majorities of all demographic groups, including Democrats (69%), liberals (66%), and even union households (60%), favor this law. 

House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt

“The majority of Granite Staters know that as long as we continue the practice of forced unionism in New Hampshire, we’re going to lose out on many of the job opportunities that could keep them here. Passing Right to Work will give a major boost to our state’s future income and private-sector job growth.”

House Right to Work Sponsor, Will Smith

“It is unfortunate that Governor Lynch continues to be out of touch with the Granite State residents through his continued diligence in standing with union bosses against worker freedom in New Hampshire. We hope this is a wake-up call to Democrat gubernatorial candidate Maggie Hassan as well and that she will choose to stand with the 71% majority of Granite Staters—including members of her own party and even union households—who favor right to work and not the union bosses. We hope this rallies support in the Senate to take this important legislation off the table so we can continue to work toward making New Hampshire the first right to work state in New England. Watching opportunities for good, new jobs and economic growth pass us by is against our state’s traditions and weakens the New Hampshire Advantage.  We need to get the Granite State back in the game of being competitive and helping our citizens.”

Wednesday
Mar142012

NH House Leaders Comment on Passage of Right to Work 

CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien (R-Mont Vernon) and House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt (R-Salem) today commented on the passage of House Bill 1677. The bill, known as Right to Work, would give employees the choice as to whether to join a labor union. The bill passed 198 to 139. 

House Speaker William O’Brien

“Last year, we had a thorough discussion about making New Hampshire a Right to Work state.  Unfortunately the Governor chose to go against the will of the 63 percent majority of House members who passed this bill and the nearly 80 percent of Granite Staters who oppose forced unionism. The opponents said that passing Right to Work would not result in companies moving to New Hampshire.  The experience of Indiana, which just became the nation’s 23rd Right to Work state, proved that opponents place their union prerogatives in opposition to jobs for neighbors.

“Recently, Indiana passed Right to Work. The ink on the new law had not even dried when we learned that Caterpillar, one of the nation’s largest manufacturing firms, would immediate relocate a plant from Canada to Indiana, specifically because it was a Right to Work state.  This means over 450 new, high-paying jobs for Indiana’s workers, as well as hundreds of additional spin off jobs from the presence of the plant.

“There is no reason why New Hampshire shouldn’t have the opportunity to attract companies such as Caterpillar, Boeing and Audi, businesses that locate to Right to Work states.  Watching opportunities for good, new jobs and economic growth pass us by is against our state’s traditions and weakens the New Hampshire Advantage.  We need to get the Granite State back in the game of being competitive and helping our citizens.”

House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt

“Jobless numbers in New Hampshire fail to include the nearly 15 percent of our young people over the last ten years who have left the state in droves after graduation due to the lack of an entry-level work force. As long as we continue the practice of forced unionism in New Hampshire, we’re going to lose out on many of the job opportunities that could keep them here. Passing Right to Work will give a major boost to our state’s future income and private-sector job growth.

“In talking with both national and local economists, they have indicated that having Right to Work is as important as not having a sales or income tax, in terms of making a state an attractive place to relocate.  Since we already are the one state in the region that doesn’t have those taxes as well as our newfound commitment to reduce New Hampshire’s business tax environment, we are well positioned to take full advantage of the growth of being the only Right to Work state in the Northeast.

“Complaining that wages are lower in states that were intensely poor fails to point out that wages were much, much lower prior to Right to Work.  It’s similar to having a race car driver who starts a race driving a Yugo, gets way behind, and then switches to a Ferrari and suggesting that shows that a Ferrari is a slow car because the driver hasn’t caught up yet.

“The good news is that New Hampshire is not a poor state, so we don’t start from way behind.  The faster job and wage growth that Right to Work brings will only be a benefit to New Hampshire and make us more competitive, expanding the New Hampshire Advantage.”

Friday
Jan062012

NH House Prohibits Collection of Compulsory Agency Fees from Non-members of State Employees’ Union 

CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien released the following statement on House Bill 383, which passed the House 212 to 128. The bill prohibits the collection of certain agency fees from state employees who are not members of the state employees' association.

House Speaker William O’Brien

“Union bosses should not be permitted to reach in to the wallets of our state employees who have chosen not to be members of the union. Those employees deserve to keep their hard earned money and spend it the way they see fit and not forced to contribute to the coffers of union political funds.”