Granite State Progress - Calls on NH Advantage Coalition to Stop Clowning Around

Concord, New Hampshire – Today, Granite State Progress heads to Concord Market Days to educate community members about the misleading revenue cap and pledge being promoted by the NH Advantage Coalition.

"The NH Advantage Coalition is pushing an out-of-state plan for restrictive local revenue caps that have been tried in other states and communities with disastrous results, significantly eroding local services," said Zandra Rice Hawkins, Executive Director of Granite State Progress. "The revenue cap doesn't take into consideration the very real costs a community faces, like additional snow removal last winter or the increased cost of gas, and it takes away local community control by using a one-size-fits-all rigid formula. The NH Advantage Coalition needs to stop clowning around with our local budgets."

Dressed as pledging clowns, Granite State Progress will distribute informative flyers to Concord residents and underscore the real impact of a revenue cap by asking passersby to sign pledges to increase the number of potholes in our streets, cut library hours or pledge any other number of possible real outcomes of a revenue cap. Residents will be encouraged to sign-up for an impact analysis to come later this summer.

"I'm participating because I believe residents, as well as politicians, should sign short-sighted pledges," said Sunshine the Clown. "That, and I've always thought that adequate public services were too convenient."

WHAT:          Local advocacy group calls on NH Advantage Coalition to 'stop clowning around'

WHO:             Granite State Progress

WHEN:          TODAY, Thursday, July 17th, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

WHERE:       Concord Market Days, near corner of S. Main Street and Park St.