NH Senate Republicans Release 2010 Legislative Priorities

Concord, NH – Today, Senate Republicans released their policy agenda for the 2010 legislative session.  Primary legislative initiatives include: economic development and job creation, healthcare accessibility, taxpayer protection and open government.   

“Our legislative priorities are shaped by the concerns of our constituents,” said Senate Minority Leader Peter Bragdon (R-Milford), “During these challenging economic times people are concerned about finding jobs, making their small businesses successful, finding affordable health insurance and lowering their tax burden.”

Senator Bragdon elaborated on the four primary initiatives.

Economic Development and Job Creation

Reduce taxes for the smallest of companies, as well as those who hire new employees and/or invest in new equipment or buildings. “The goal is to allow companies to succeed,” said Bragdon. “Successful companies create jobs.”

Healthcare Accessibility

Allow individuals and small businesses to join together to purchase licensed health insurance plans from other states.  Reform the state’s tort laws to reduce malpractice costs.  “Individuals and businesses all struggle to find affordable health insurance," said Bragdon.  "Our goal is to provide more competition and help reduce some of the costs of healthcare in this state."

Taxpayer Protection

Allow voters in all towns and school districts to adopt spending and tax caps.  Require super-majority votes in the legislature to divert money from the Rainy Day Fund or to borrow money.  Repeal the newly-created taxes on campgrounds and Limited Liability Corporations (LLCs). “Allowing voters to establish reasonable parameters over spending is a key part of our state’s treasured local control philosophy,” said Senator Bragdon, “and forcing Concord politicians to abide by the same borrowing rules as local voters is a natural extension of that.” 

Open Government

Require a record of all state payments to be posted to the Internet and made available to the public, with appropriate protections for confidential information.  Offer protection from retribution to state employees who report waste, fraud, and abuse.

The Senate Republicans’ 2010 Legislative Agenda Includes:

Economic Development and Job Creation

  • Updating the threshold for the Business Enterprise Tax and the carry forward provisions to lighten the tax burden on small business owners
  • Allowing for accelerated depreciation of capital investments for business taxes
  • Job creation tax credits

Healthcare Accessibility

  • Allowing the purchase of healthcare across state lines and allowing individuals and small groups of employees to pool together for easier access to healthcare
  • Tort Reform to reduce malpractice insurance costs

Taxpayer Protection

  • Allowing cities and towns to enact tax and spending caps
  • Requiring a supermajority to divert funds from the Rainy Day Fund
  • Requiring a supermajority to provide bonding authority
  • Repeal of the Limited Liability Corporation (LLC) and camping taxes
  • Prohibiting the Federal Government from cost shifting to the State in any major expansions of Medicaid

Open Government

  • Making copies of state disbursements available online
  • Protection from retribution for State Employees reporting waste, fraud and abuse