AFPNH - Help the NH State Senate pull the plug on RGGI!

I am writing to you with several urgent legislative updates from Concord.

First, as you may have heard, the RGGI repeal may meet its demise.   

The House and Senate conference committee failed to reach an agreement on the RGGI withdraw last week due to the Senate’s complete unwillingness to compromise on this issue. But the fight is not over! I need you to call State Senate President Peter Bragdon today at 271-2111 and urge him to pull the plug on RGGI!

The RGGI repeal is still contained within SB 154, the Shoreland Protection Act, which Governor Lynch has threatened to veto.  

As you know, Speaker O’Brien has been steadfast in his commitment to removing our state from this failed and expensive cap-and-trade scheme.  Due solely to his leadership, the House has voted TWICE with veto-proof majorities to withdraw the Granite State from RGGI. Speaker O’Brien and the members of the House who have worked tirelessly for months on the repeal of RGGI as well as the reduction of other state taxes and fees, deserve our strongest commendation.

Unfortunately, the Senate has not acted in the same manner.

I urge you to contact the Members of the New Hampshire Senate listed below who voted against repealing RGGI and remind them how vital it is that New Hampshire withdraws from RGGI and that any vote otherwise will be viewed for what it is – a tax increase on the rate payers of New Hampshire and a complete disregard for the will of the people!

State Senate President Peter Bragdon – 271-2111
State Senator Gary Lambert – 271-2609
State Senator Bob Odell - 271-4063
State Senator Russell Prescott – 271-4063
State Senator Nancy Stiles – 271-3093

State Senate President Peter Bragdon has spent months coming up with excuses and amendments in an attempt to continue New Hampshire’s participation in RGGI. He has the ability to pull the plug on RGGI. We must continue to urge him to do so!

Second, please contact your members of the House and Senate and encourage them to pass HB 1 and HB 2, the 2012-2013 budget bills, which lower taxes and fees while reducing state spending. Anything less is simply unacceptable! The votes on HB 1 and HB 2 are expected TODAY so please do not delay in letting your voice be heard.

Last November’s election sent a clear and concise message to legislators that New Hampshire residents want smaller government, lower taxes and less regulation. These bills provide us with the opportunity to hold our elected officials accountable to that message.

Finally, to the left you will see an updated version of our Granite State Gatherings section. As you can see, there are many interesting and informative events planned this summer. I hope you will make time to attend whenever you can.

Thank you for your time and your continuing efforts on these issues.


Corey R. Lewandowski
State Director
Americans for Pro