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OFA-New Hampshire Director Timothy Arsenault on Anniversary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act 

Timothy Arsenault, Organizing for America (OFA)-New Hampshire State Director, issued the following statement regarding the anniversary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) today: 

“Today we mark the first year of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and the incredible impact this legislation has had all across the country. Since President Obama signed ARRA into law, the Recovery Act has helped turn the economy around and get New Hampshire residents back to work in these tough economic times, while creating or saving two million jobs nationwide.

“When President Obama took office, the economy was losing nearly 800,000 jobs a month, our nation’s banks were in crisis, and Americans had lost 11 trillion dollars in wealth. Thanks to the President’s leadership on ARRA, things have started to turn around. The Recovery Act has stabilized our economy and helped restore security to those harmed most by the worst economic crisis in a generation. The Recovery Act has kept teachers in the classroom, police officers on the street, and put people to work rebuilding our crumbling roads, bridges and waterways. At the same time, ARRA has kept non-profits doing the critical work they do—even while other resources and donations have dried up.

“While our economy has come a way long towards recovery, we know we have more work to do. In 2010, Organizing for America will be working to support President Obama and Congressional leaders as they put together a new jobs bill that will keep our economy moving in the right direction.” 


Shea-Porter Announces More Than $18,000 for Effingham Fire/Rescue Department 

WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter today announced that the Effingham Fire/Rescue Department will receive $18,601 through the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) Program.  Funding will be used to purchase a new defibrillator and four fire jackets.  


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."


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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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 [, 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.