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Thursday
Feb182010

NHDP - Republican Legislators Ignore Economy; Waste Thousands of Taxpayer Dollars Revisiting Equality Legislation

Republicans fail to spend time working on NH's economy, force Granite Staters to endure painful cuts in essential services while wasting money and time on political games 


Concord - Today NH's Republican legislators spent hours arguing for two pieces of legislation that wastefully revisit settled law.  CACR 28 amends the New Hampshire constitution to ban marriage equality, while HB 1590 repeals the marriage equality legislation passed last year. 
 
Although Republicans knew in advance of introducing the legislation that the two bills would be defeated by overwhelming margins they chose to squander both time and money on political games. It costs New Hampshire taxpayers thousands of dollars for the introduction of each bill and for each of the meaningless roll call votes.
 
"The Republican legislators are playing political games on the taxpayers' dime," said Derek Richer press secretary for the New Hampshire Democratic Party.  "Forcing Granite Staters to endure painful cuts in essential services while wasting scarce resources on legislation destined to fail is shameful. Wasting legislative time that could be better used to address NH's economy is disgraceful."

Thursday
Feb182010

Daily News from the Veterans Today Network 

Bob Higgins

Like Lincoln, Jefferson, Madison, Americans Fear Corporate Control of Public Policy

"Eight in 10 poll respondents say they oppose the high court's Jan. 21 decision to allow unfettered corporate political spending, with 65 percent "strongly" opposed. Nearly as many backed congressional action to curb the ruling, with 72 percent in favor of reinstating limits. The poll reveals relatively little difference of opinion on the issue among Democrats (85 percent opposed to the ruling), Republicans (76 percent) and independents (81 percent)."
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Thursday
Feb182010

NHDP - Ayotte Jobs Plan: Hike Middle-Class Taxes, Lay Off Teachers and Cops

Kelly Ayotte Pushes to Repeal the Recovery Act - Would Raise Taxes on 500,000 Middle-Class Families in NH and Lay Off Teachers and Policemen Across the State Employed With Stimulus Dollars
 
CONCORD - After months of refusing to lay out a jobs plan, Republican senate candidate Kelly Ayotte finally told the Granite State how she would deal with unemployment and job loss amongst New Hampshire's middle class - repeal the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act [Concord Monitor, 2/15/10].  
 
The Recovery Act included the largest middle-class tax cut in history, which will provide $300 million in tax relief to 500,000 New Hampshire families over a two-year period. Nationally, 110 million families are benefitting from the tax credit [Seacoastonline.com, 1/31/10]. The Recovery Act was also used by cities and towns across the Granite State to hire new police officers and re-hire teachers laid off as a result of economic decline [Union Leader, 7/28/09; 8/26/09].
 
"Kelly Ayotte has been silent for months on a jobs plan, and when she finally speaks up she has two ideas - raise taxes and lay off cops," said Emily Browne, Press Secretary for the New Hampshire Democratic Party. "The Recovery Act put teachers in our classrooms, policemen on our streets and delivered the single largest tax credit in history to middle-class families. If Kelly Ayotte wasn't letting the Washington GOP write her jobs plan, she might have better ideas for New Hampshire."
 
Besides funding the largest middle-class tax credit in history, supporting the State budget and investing in essential infrastructure projects, the Recovery Act was used to hire policemen, firefighters and teachers across New Hampshire. In Manchester, for example, funds were used to hire ten police officers and re-hire 52 teachers who had been laid off [Union Leader, 7/28/09; 8/26/09]
 
"In Manchester alone that's at least 62 people Kelly Ayotte would like to lay off," said Browne.

Thursday
Feb182010

NHDP - Chair Ray Buckley's Statement on the First Anniversary of the Recovery Act 

Concord - One year ago today, President Obama signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  On the first anniversary of the signing of the bill, New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley issued the following statement:
 
"The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, signed into law by President Obama one year ago today, has created hundreds of jobs here in New Hampshire and saved thousands more.
 
 "I want to thank President Obama, Senator Shaheen, Congressman Hodes, and Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter for their leadership in Washington on this issue.   Because of their efforts, the economy in New Hampshire is beginning to turn the corner and we are on the road to recovery.
 
"I also want to thank Governor Lynch and legislative Democrats here in New Hampshire for quickly putting the stimulus dollars to work saving jobs and investing in our state's future.   Thanks to Democrats at the national and state level, New Hampshire has effectively put the Recovery Act to work -- providing tax relief for small businesses, investing in infrastructure and energy efficiency improvements, and funding important job training programs.

Thursday
Feb182010

DNC - One Year: Later Despite Opposit ion from Senator Gregg President Obama's Economic Recovery Act Has Saved Economy

On First Anniversary of President Obama’s Signing of Recovery Act, Evidence Shows Bill Has Funded Jobs in New Hampshire

One year after President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), evidence is showing that the bill has funded up to 2 million jobs nationally and brought the economy back from the brink.  Yet these successes have occurred no thanks to Senator Judd Gregg, who voted against the bill.  In fact, nearly every Republican in Congress voted against this legislation that has done so much for our country.

“President Obama’s Economic Recovery Act has saved or created thousands of jobs in New Hampshire and brought our economy back from the brink, despite Senator Gregg and the Republican Party’s best efforts to see it fail,” said DNC Regional Press Secretary Michael Czin. “This is just another example of Senator Gregg’s and the GOP’s willingness to put political posturing ahead of the best interests of Granite Staters.  Senator Gregg has shown time and time again that he is more interested in seeing the President fail than in doing what’s best for New Hampshire and the country. It’s time for Senator Gregg and the GOP to stop playing politics with our economic security and start working with President Obama and Congressional Democrats in their continued efforts to undo the damage of the last eight years.”