NHGOP - Flashback: Shaheen's Broken Promises

CONCORD – Ne w Hampshire Republican Party Chairman Fergus Cullen released the following statement on Jeanne Shaheen’s broken promises from her speech to the 1996 Democratic Convention, and her upcoming address this evening in Denver, Colorado:

“In 1996, Jeanne Shaheen stood before the Democratic National Convention and offered promises about education and taxes that would prove to be nothing more than empty election year rhetoric. She broke her vow to improve New Hampshire’s schools and flip-flopped on her guarantee to oppose new broad-based taxes .”

“Jeanne Shaheen has already proven that her convention speeches are just hollow political language – and I fully expect we will hear more of the same empty promises and disingenuous pledges tonight in Denver.”

BACKGROUND

Addressing The 1996 Democratic Convention In Chicago, Illinois Jeanne Shaheen Pledged To Veto A Sales Tax And Improve Schools:

· Shaheen: "And let me be clear on an issue I know is of great importance in our Granite State. Let me renew my pledge to veto any sales or income tax. We don’t need new taxes. We need lower electric rates. And we need better schools…" (“Shaheen, Keefe Take Democratic Spotlight,” Union Leader, 9/29/1996.)

But Shaheen Would Later Flip-Flop On Her Tax Promise, Signing New Hampshire’s First Statewide Property Tax And Proposing A Capital Gains Tax And A 2.5% Sales Tax That Would Have Devastated The State’s Economy…

· Union Leader: “Here’s what Shaheen said at a Wednesday press conference about a solution to the school funding crisis... ‘I think it is very difficult, if not impossible, to get to the amount that is going to be required without including the (statewide) property tax in some way.’” ( “Shaheen ‘Pledge’ Comment Slammed, Defended,” Union Leader, 2/5/1999)

· Union Leader: “It also means the state has its first broad-based tax. The new statewide property tax forces communities able to raise $4,220 per pupil at an equalized rate of less than $ 6.60 per $1,000 to eventually raise taxes to that level for schools anyway, and send the excess to the state for redistribution to poor communities.” ( “School Crisis Over; Tax Fight Isn’t. Portsmouth Mayor Threatens Suit,” Union Leader, 4/30/1999)

· Union Leader: “Gov. Jeanne Shaheen proposed a tax reform package to fund education yesterday that includes a new 2.5 percent sales tax…” ( Union Leader, 2/8/2001)

· Union Leader :“Gov. Jeanne Shaheen said yesterday a 4.5 percent capital gains tax will raise enough money to solve the school funding crisis..” ( “4.5Percent Capital Gains Tax Proposed By Shaheen. Revenue Chief Says Time Is Running Short In School Aid Debate,” Union Leader, 11/20/1999)

… And Instead OfImproving Schools, Shaheen Stood Idly By As More Than 25 Percent Of NewHampshire’s High School Students Dropped Out During Her First Four YearsIn Office:

· According to a study by the New Hampshire Center for Public Policy released in 2002, “Approximately 25 percent of New Hampshire’s high school students drop out, yet few parents or policy makers in New Hampshire seem aware of the magnitude of the problem.” (James Vaznis, “Globe Northwest 2 / New Hampshire; GOP Fault Shaheen's Education Record,” Boston Globe , 7/21/2002)

· The study found that statewide, in the graduating classes of 1996 to 2000, 18,895 out of 72,768 students who entered school in eighth grade or 26% did not graduate high school. (James Vaznis, "Globe Northwest 2 / New Hampshire; GOP Fault Shaheen's Education Record," Boston Globe , 7/21/2002)

· During Jeanne Shaheen’s time as Governor, the study found that statewide, in the graduating classes of 1997 to2000, 15,662 out of 59,489 students who entered school in eighth grade or 26%did not graduate high school. (James Vaznis, “Globe Northwest 2 / New Hampshire; GOP Fault Shaheen's Education Record,” Boston Globe , 7/21/2002)

· In 2002, Education Week Gave Shaheen A“D” On Improving Teacher Accountability (“Building Blocks For Success,” Education Week,1/10/2002)