Prescott on Hassan's "bad week"

Maggie’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week

From budget irresponsibility, to stifling free speech, Hassan’s proposals harm her constituents 

KINGSTON (May 11, 2010) – District 23 Senator Maggie Hassan, D-Exeter, has had a bad week. However, her incompetent, party-over-people policies have far-reaching consequences for the state and her district.

“In the last week, Sen. Hassan has shown a troubling misunderstanding of how the state budget works, and has created a free-speech stifling proposal that is rightfully being attacked,” said Russell Prescott, who is a candidate for State Senate. “These actions are troubling to say the least, and go against the character and common sense desires of her district.”

The state budget: Way over her head

It all started last Tuesday, when Hassan was quoted in the Portsmouth Herald saying she was surprised by the changing economic situation of the budget. This admission comes after increasing nearly 40 taxes and fees in the last year, and with more likely forthcoming.

“She is the Majority Leader in the Senate. She IS the budget process,” Prescott said. “Leaders from both parties warned her that revenues, regardless of how many taxes you raise, will not meet your increased spending. Instead of hard numbers and prudent fiscal management, she based her expectations on wishful thinking.”

Sen, Hassan raised taxes, exaggerated revenue projections, didn’t control spending and is “surprised” that she didn’t tax enough of our money to pay her bills?

First Amendment: A waiting period for small businesses

Meanwhile, instead of addressing her spending problem, Hassan is proposing an amendment to House Bill 1459, which would regulate corporate and partnership expenditures on political speech in New Hampshire. This action flies in the face of the January U. S. Supreme Court decision allowing corporate, union and non-profit free speech. Her proposal would require the approval of shareholders or partners before they could run an issue or political ad. In addition, there would be a five-day waiting period before an ad is released.

“The First Amendment is a very important document, and for her to place ‘regulations’ on small businesses to express their concerns smacks of state-sponsored censorship,” Prescott said. “This bill would have stifled the outcry regarding the LLC tax and other issues. Considering that more than 90 percent of businesses in New Hampshire are classified as small business, she would be shutting down the voices of many people. I staunchly oppose this proposal.”

About Russell

Prescott, the co-owner and vice-president of R.E. Prescott in Exeter. The former state senator (2000-2004) has owned his company for more than 25 years. He has been married for 28 years and is the father of five children.