State Senate defeats State House's Sales Tax on Paint
On Thursday, the New Hampshire State Senate took up House Bill 1570. This legislation, which was passed by the State House in March by a vote of 161-142, would have created a sales tax on paint ranging from 35 cents per pint to $1.60 on anything over a gallon.
Thankfully, the State Senate defeated the amendment proposed by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee with a bipartisan vote of 16-7. The State Senate then moved a motion declaring the bill inexpedient to legislate, which passed with a voice vote.
In recent days, Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire had been reaching out to and encouraging residents to contact their State Senator to tell him or her to oppose House Bill 1570.
Like most Granite Staters, we are baffled that our legislators in Concord are even discussing preposterous bills such as a sales tax on paint. However, we do commend the State Senate for putting the brakes on yet another tax and spend policy endorsed by the liberal majority in the State House.
Our elected officials should be focused on implementing policies that lower taxes and increase economic opportunities for all Granite Staters. Instead, some in Concord are constantly trying to find new ways to take more money from them. New Hampshire residents and small businesses deserve better, which is why our organization will continue to fight terrible pieces of legislation such as House Bill 1570 at every turn.
Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire discovers K Street fundraiser titled: "DC for Jeanne Shaheen."
Earlier in the week, Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire uncovered information that on June 17th, Senator Jeanne Shaheen will be attending a fundraiser at a K Street lobbying firm in Washington DC.
Senator Jeanne Shaheen has voted 99% of the time with President Obama despite her 2008 promise to be a 'strong independent voice' for the Granite State. Unfortunately, it has become all too clear that when Governor Shaheen became Senator Shaheen, she forgot about New Hampshire. While we aren't surprised, we are truly stunned at her blatant betrayal of New Hampshire by attending a fundraiser titled 'DC for Jeanne Shaheen.'
Granite Staters deserve representatives who care about reflecting their values on Capitol Hill, not the other way around. This fundraiser on K Street is just another example of how Jeanne Shaheen is not that senator.
Almost six years later, Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Governor Maggie Hassan, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01), and Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) have been anything but "open and available" with their constituents. If anything, they have been the most hidden and isolated representatives our state has ever seen.
The web video we released this week titled, What Are They Hiding? is just a fraction of the clips our organization has collected over the last year displaying the true disregard these individuals have for those whom they are supposed to represent.
As New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley correctly asserted in 2008, Granite Staters have always expected their elected officials to be accessible. However, a lot has changed over the years. Democratic Governor Maggie Hassan, Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, and Congresswoman Annie Kuster have certainly not made themselves available to hear what New Hampshire residents think about the important issues. While they are quick to hold fundraisers and attend partisan functions, not one has hosted a real town hall meeting in years. In fact, some of the aforementioned elected officials have never hosted a single one. That's just wrong.
While these four 'representatives' might be quick to ignore our request, we hope they will at least consider listening to Mr. Buckley's plea for them to be available and open with their constituents. Until they do, with so much effort being put into avoiding Granite Staters, it begs us to ask the question: What are they hiding?
Another successful phone bank!
On Thursday evening, our organization hosted yet another one of our weekly phone banks in our Manchester office. Thanks to everyone who came by to help discuss the important issues with New Hampshire residents.
A sold-out fundraiser in Rye with Senator Ted Cruz
On Sunday, we were honored to have Texas Senator Ted Cruz as our guest at a fundraiser in Rye. The sold-out dinner was a great success and we greatly appreciated the generous donations we received from so many Granite Staters who support our efforts.
We also wantto thank our hosts, Dr. Joseph Tarta and his wife Paula, as well as Diane Bitter, for their help in making the event such a big success!
Laugh of the week
Some humor for your Friday. Have a great weekend, Granite Staters!