PENSION REFORM Is Coming to New Hampshire!
Have you been following what is happening in Wisconsin? Do you wish you were there to stand with Governor Walker? Well, no need to travel to Wisconsin, the fight is coming to New Hampshire THIS FRIDAY!
It is time to join others who believe everyone should pay their fair share and not pass the buck on to the next generation. New Hampshire’s Retirement System (NHRS) presently has a total unfunded liability in the pension and medical subsidy account of nearly $4.75 billion. However, state employees still want more! This is why we must make changes to the system now.
On February 25th at 1:00 PM, SB 3 (Pension Reform Legislation) will have its first public hearing. You will be given the chance to weigh-in on a proposal of restructuring of benefits -- primarily for “non-vested” NHRS members with less than 10 years of service or future new hires. Included in the proposed reforms will be increased years of service for public safety workers – 20 to 25 – as well as increasing the retirement age from 45 to 50 for those same employees … Imagine that, being able to still retire but now you will have to work all the way until you hit age 50!
Inclusion of unused sick time, vacation time, or end of career buyouts, all of which drive up retirement benefits, will no longer be permitted in the calculation for anyone with less than 10 years of service. Special detail overtime will be curtailed immediately, as it is simply not appropriate to include that kind of spiking in retirement calculations. Nobody will be able to retire and receive retirement benefits greater than their final salary!
So, if you are sick and tired of higher property taxes, public employees who earn more than you do AND receive a pension with your tax dollars, it is time to do something about it.
Join me, this Friday in Representatives Hall in the Statehouse at 1:00 PM for the first of many public hearings on SB 3.
NH House Votes to REPEAL Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) – Step One
Today the New Hampshire House of Representatives took the first step by voting to support HB 519, the repeal of New Hampshire’s participation in the regional cap-and-tax program known as RGGI (pronounced Reggi). The repeal of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative is a step in the right direction for citizens across our state.
While this is only the first step in a multi-step legislative process, we are pleased that 246 members of the legislature voted to remove NH from this cap and tax scheme and provide relief to the hard working citizens of our state. HB 519 now makes its way to the House Finance Committee for consideration. Please be sure to call the Committee members and encourage them to support HB 519.
Tax Payer Tea Party Rally Coming to Concord – April 15, 2011
April 15, 2011 is right around the corner. AFP-NH, in conjunction with a host of other groups, will be sponsoring the third annual Tea Party Rally on the steps of the statehouse in Concord at HIGH NOON. We will be inviting potential presidential candidates to speak and we need you to be there! This year's motto for the event is: "United We Stand, Divided We Fall."
Thank you for all that you do to continue to promote economic prosperity and freedom across New Hampshire.
Corey R. Lewandowski
Americans for Prosperity-New Hampshire
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