Citizens Report: Weekly Newsletter


Does the Mayor of Dover need some help finding Manchester?  

As the only New Hampshire mayor still on New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's "Mayors against Illegal Guns" coalition, Dover Mayor Dean Trefethen recently found himself answering some serious questions after a rally in Concord last week. At it, the group memorialized killers, including Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Christopher Dorner, the former Los Angeles police officer who killed multiple individuals.  

In response to criticism for his role in the group, the Dover mayor was quoted in both the Union Leader and Nashua Telegraph referencing Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire's recent television advertisement focusing on Senator Jeanne Shaheen's deciding vote for Obamacare and the impact it will have on middle-class Granite Staters. Mayor Trefethen was quoted as saying that those criticizing him "should be outraged at an out-of-state group attacking Shaheen on Obamacare."  

Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire, a Granite State issue advocacy group, would like to remind the Dover mayor that as our organization's name accurately asserts - we are a New Hampshire group, not an "out-of-state" organization. We would encourage the Mayor of Dover to do some research prior to making comments such as those he made in the Union Leader and Nashua Telegraph. He also might want to take the same precautions when considering what groups he publicly supports. 





Fiscal Responsibility


New Hampshire Budget Recap

The Senate and House passed the committee of conference report on the New Hampshire State Budget this week.  The budget for New Hampshire is fiscally responsible and does not rely on failed tax and spend policies. This budget continues business tax reforms passed last year and does not increase the gas or cigarette tax. We are thankful that our state legislators put politics aside and reached agreements that put Granite State families first.


Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire is also thankful that Medicaid expansion is not included in this budget. Expanding Medicaid, a key provision of Obamacare, without first studying its impact on New Hampshire families would have been irresponsible.  There is no guarantee that the money from the federal government would continue to be given to our state, which is a big risk at the tax payer's expense. There is also no concrete evidence that there will be lower costs and increased health care with the expansion. We are pleased that our legislators acted responsibly by studying the impact of Medicaid expansion before including it in the budget.





Wishing you a Happy 4th of July next week! 

No e-newsletter next week 

With the holiday next week, Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire will not be sending a weekly e-newsletter on Friday. We would like to wish you and your families a great Fourth of July! We hope that as you spend this time with your loved ones you remember why we celebrate our Independence and thank all those who continue to keep us free.