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CEI Today: Regulation tally, online gambling, gov't union privilege, and the Vatican in the climate debate 

Thursday, July 2, 2015
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Choke: 1,568 new regs, 38,000 Federal Register pages already this year


President Obama is making good on his promise to impose new federal regulations with a phone and pen, inking 1,568 already this year while also expanding into "regulatory dark matter" like lawsuits and guidance memos, according to a watchdog group.

Clyde Wayne Crews Jr., of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, issued his mid-year review of new rules and regulations and said that there have already been 130 considered "significant," with an economic impact of over $100 million annually. > Read the Washington Examiner report by Paul Bedard

> Interview Wayne Crews



Gloves are off in lobbying war for online gambling

The weather isn’t the only thing heating up in D.C. this summer. The battle over state-based online gambling has reached a fever pitch. Behind closed doors, the push for Congress to vote on the bill before adjourning for summer recess has intensified and the tactics become more extreme. > Read more

> Interview Michelle Minton


Government Union Privilege Highlights Necessity to End Forced Union Dues in Public Sector

Every worker should be able to get and keep a job without being forced to pay union dues. Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court announced it will hear a case that could make that a reality by ending compulsory union dues payments in state and local public employment. > Read more 

> Interview Trey Kovacs


Vatican Downplays Political Involvement in Climate Debate While Joining Forces with Radical Leftist Naomi Klein

The Vatican appears thrilled to have the world’s most glamorous anti-captialist crusader co-chairing their climate conference.  > Read more

> Interview Myron Ebell




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NRSC - Foster's Daily Democrat: Gov. Hassan's Budget Veto Will Prove A Mistake 

Foster's Daily Democrat
July 2, 2015

Debate over Gov. Maggie Hassan’s motivation has ramped up since she vetoed the state budget.

Some are speculating that the veto has more to do with an anticipated run for the U.S. Senate seat held by Republican Kelly Ayotte than it does the actual budget.

An editorial in the Nashua Telegraph argues that Hassan’s “harsh rhetoric” in criticizing the budget passed by a Republican-led Legislature may come at a price. “If she pushes too hard, she becomes just another politician sacrificing her commitment to bipartisanship simply to advance her political career."

Others, like former state Democratic Party Chair Kathy Sullivan, argue Hassan’s sincerity in opposing “the GOP budget that uses one-time revenues and gimmicks to ‘balance’ the budget.”

As for a run for Senate, Sullivan adds that by extending the budget debate another six months with a continuing resolution Hassan will be forced to get a late start should she challenge Ayotte.

Speculation aside as to Hassan’s motivation, we consider her veto a serious mistake in terms of serving the best interests of the Granite State.

By extending the 2015 budget past July 1, the governor is denying services to some of the state’s most needy who would have been provided services had she signed the budget.

While not perfect, the vetoed budget added money for substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery, mental health care, domestic violence prevention, and higher education.

New Hampshire would have been better served had the governor let the budget become law without her signature, leaving issues in dispute to be revisited with a supplemental budget.

Instead, her veto has denied needed services and ignited an effort by conservatives to negate some of the gains made when the Senate added funding to the earlier House-passed budget.

“Governor Hassan’s veto of the budget provides an opportunity for (an) even better budget for the state for the next two years,” wrote Greg Moore, state director of the conservative group American’s for Prosperty, in a press release.

“Moreover, every day that the state operates on a continuing resolution, the taxpayers of the state save money, as spending is far below what the budget she vetoed would have spent.”

In terms of Gov. Hassan’s stated priorities, that “better budget” of which Moore writes, means less in state spending on state services than that contained in the vetoed budget.

Beyond the risky budget path the governor has chosen to take with her veto, we think the governor’s logic fails in other areas.

The governor has repeatedly called the vetoed budget “dishonest,” pointing to deficit spending and accounting gimmicks which allow Republicans to spend the same revenue dollars twice.

However, the non-partisan Office of Legislative Budget Assistant (LBA), the state equivalent the federal non-partisan Office of Management and Budget, disagrees.

In addition, the accusation of gimmickry is suspect. Not to excuse or endorse it, but the last budget signed by Gov. Hassan included legislative sleight-of-hand, yet it earned her signature and drew her praise for being bipartisan.

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"Governor Denying Services To Some Of The State's Most Needy"


Concord - Today, the Portsmouth Herald editorial board wrote that Governor Hassan's budget was a "serious mistake", noting that the "vetoed budget added money for substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery, mental health care, domestic violence prevention, and higher education."


"Governor Hassan's reckless budget veto has put critical state services for New Hampshire's most needy at risk," said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. "We are only beginning to see the serious consequences of Governor Hassan's politically-motivated veto. Governor Hassan should put her political ambitions aside and recognize that the needs of vulnerable Granite Staters are more important than career advancement."


Yesterday, WMUR covered the case of Doris Brown, a 92-year-old Laconia woman who had her home health care terminated. The budget Governor Hassan vetoed included a 5% increase in home health care funding.


Governor Hassan has a history of putting funding for vulnerable Granite Staters first on the chopping block. Earlier this year, nursing home residents demanded Governor Hassan restore $7 million in cuts in nursing home and home health care funding.


On Monday, the Associated Press said the "budget would have doubled money in prevention, treatment and recovery" for New Hampshire's "growing heroin and prescription drug abuse problem." Tym Rourke, Chair of Governor Hassan's Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention, said that the lack of increased funding means "continued waitlists" and "continued overdose deaths".




Associated Press: "Budget Would Have Doubled Money In Prevention, Treatment And Recovery" "Throughout the budget process, Republicans and Democrats alike called for greater efforts to address the state's growing heroin and prescription drug abuse problem. The budget would have doubled money in prevention, treatment and recovery fund to $6.7 million, allowing the state to begin investing in now-lacking recovery programs. Without the additional funding, the state can't start issuing requests for proposals for new programs and providers. (Kathleen Ronayne, "New Hampshire agencies, programs face budgetary uncertainty," Associated Press, 6/29/2015)


Associated Press: "For People Who Need Help, Advocates Say, The Delay Will Have Real Consequences...'That Means Continued Waitlists, That Means Continued Overdose Deaths'" "For people who need help, advocates say, the delay will have real consequences...'That means continued waitlists, that means continued overdose deaths,' said Tym Rourke, chair of the Governor's Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention, Treatment and Recovery. 'There is no substantive change we can expect to see around the substance abuse epidemic until we have the ability to provide those expanded services.'" (Kathleen Ronayne, "New Hampshire agencies, programs face budgetary uncertainty," Associated Press, 6/29/2015)




NHDP - Speaker Jasper Makes Clear GOP Doesn’t Focus on Fiscal Responsibility, Long-Term Economic Future 

Concord, N.H. – On NHPR’s “The Exchange,” GOP Speaker Shawn Jasper made clear that Republican budget writers have never been focused on fiscal responsibility and New Hampshire’s long-term economic future.
On Republicans’ approach to budgeting, Jasper said, “We never focus on [the future]… we focus on the here and now.”
Jasper was referring to the Republicans’ unpaid-for corporate tax giveaways that blow a $90 million hole in future budgets threatening the state’s ability to invest in priorities like higher education, public safety, and safe roads and bridges. Jasper’s comments neglect the fact that because the fiscally irresponsible Republican budget is unbalanced, it would actually place these critical economic priorities (and more) at risk in both the short-term and long-term.  


NH Speaker of the House Shawn Jasper - Happy 4th of July 

The 4th of July weekend is finally upon us.  Actually, July 2nd is the real day of Independence, but we celebrate on the 4th because that’s when congress accepted the Declaration of Independence from Thomas Jefferson, who had changed the wording of the document  from the “pursuit of property” to the “pursuit of happiness.”  Congress eventually declared July 4th as an official holiday in 1870 as part of a bill to officially recognize other holidays, Christmas being one of them. 


This weekend is a time for cookouts with family and friends, parades, and fireworks.  But with all of the fun and festivities, we also should take some time to remember why we celebrate this important day. Over the years several countries  have used the Declaration of Independence as a beacon in their own struggles for freedom.  The Declaration of Independence, which was approved by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776  can really be considered our nation’s birth certificate. 


That noble experiment that gave birth to the United States of America 239 years ago continues today.  Our forefathers could’ve only dreamed that what began as a declaration of their independence, on paper, would turn into the greatest country in the world.   I hope that you all have a safe and happy 4th of July with your family and friends.  Drive safely on our highways and enjoy all that our wonderful state and great country have to offer.


 Happy Birthday America!