CONCORD - House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt (R-Salem) and Deputy Majority Leader Pete Silva (R-Nashua) today offered the following comments in response to Republican winning several major year-end awards. Today, a New Hampshire Union Leader editorial called the state budget, "[l]ed by House Speaker Bill O'Brien," the political achievement of the year. Additionally, the Eagle-Tribune called Bettencourt and Rep. Al Baldasaro (R-Londonderry) "Newsmakers of the Year." Throughout 2011, House Republicans collected several awards. The Retail Merchants awarded their 2011 Legislator of the Year to Representative David Welch, (R-Kingston), for his work helping to strengthen NH’s Organized Retail Theft statutes. The Coalition of New Hampshire Taxpayers, awarded their “Golden Deficit Gavel'' to the entire New Hampshire Legislature for their courage in balancing the budget. The New Hampshire Grocers Association gave their State Advocate Award to Speaker Bill O’Brien (R-Mont Vernon). The New Hampshire Union Leader named Representatives Marilinda Garcia (R-Salem) and Jenn Coffey (R-Andover) 40 under 40 leaders. The Home Builders & Remodelers Association of New Hampshire, gave their "Legislators of the Year" to Reps. John Hunt (R-Rindge), Beverly Ferrante (R-Derry), Frank Sterling (R-Jaffrey), Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett), and Betsey Patten (R-Moultonboro), for their advocacy on behalf of the home building and remodeling industry and on behalf of all small business throughout New Hampshire. Finally, WMUR chose Speaker O'Brien (R-Mont Vernon) the "Political Person of the Year," saying O'Brien "defined all the major issues in New Hampshire."
House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt
"After a year of huge accomplishments, such as closing a historic budget deficit, while at the same time providing tax and regulatory relief, we are thrilled to be getting these tremendous awards recognizing the extraordinary efforts of House Republicans. We have delivered on the promise of building an environment for creating good, new jobs, and we now have more New Hampshire residents working than since the recession started. Republican leadership is bringing the state back from the brink of bankruptcy and a major, broad-based tax as a result of Democrat mismanagement, and we will continue these efforts in 2012."
House Deputy Majority Leader Pete Silva
"People have seen where Democrat leadership took the state - higher unemployment, over 100 new taxes and fees and a budget deficit of $900 million. Now, New Hampshire citizens can see the results that Republicans are delivering - a true recovery with more of our friends and neighbors working, led by lower taxes and regulations; a balanced budget through fiscal responsibility and a restoration of New Hampshire values. The difference is stark, and I'm sure that the voters will remember this in November when they consider which direction the state should take in the future."