Press Releases

 

Saturday
Sep052009

SEIA MEMBER GIVES CHU, SCHWARZENEGGER TOUR OF CLEAN ENERGY ECONOMY 

Department of Energy loan guarantee will help solar panel manufacturer Solyndra create thousands of jobs

 

WASHINGTON, DC – Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) President and CEO Rhone Resch released the following statement on today’s visit by Energy Secretary Steven Chu and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to the headquarters of SEIA member company, Solyndra Inc. in Fremont California:

 

“Today, Solyndra showed Secretary Chu and Governor Schwarzenegger why a policy investment in the solar industry is one of the best values for creating American jobs. The Department of Energy loan guarantee will allow Solyndra to build a manufacturing plant that will create 3,000 construction jobs and 1,000 long-term jobs. The loan guarantee will go a long way to replacing jobs lost from the upcoming closure of the local Toyota auto plant.

 

“This is another example of how the solar industry is emerging as an economic engine and stepping up to the plate to fill the job void left by traditional manufacturing sectors. This is the first of what we expect to be many projects from solar companies nationwide as DOE and other federal agencies make funding announcements for programs put in place by Congress in the previous energy bill and Recovery Act.”

 

Friday
Sep042009

Statement from Lt. Barry of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office Regarding Security Measures at Congresswoman Shea-Porter's Health Care Town Hall Events 

Statement from Lieutenant William Barry of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office in response to allegations regarding security measures at Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter’s health care town hall events:

 

September 1, 2009

 

I was at the town hall meeting on August 29, 2009 that was held in Manchester N.H. at the federal building. I was there working in the capacity of helping out with security for the Federal Protection Service. I arrived at the federal building at approximately 10:15am. I was told that the people who would attend the meeting were already screened and were upstairs in the meeting room. I was told that the first 100 people that were in line were allowed access. I was also told that raffle tickets were given out and that numbers would be drawn randomly for people to ask questions.

 

I went to the room where the event was going to be held at approximately 10:30am. I noticed one person who was arguing with several people accusing them of not being from the district or that they were from another state. At this time an agent for the Federal Protection Service told the audience how the event was going to be held. He told them to be respectful and allow people to ask their questions and make their statements. He also told them that they would be asked to leave if they became disruptive. He explained to them that people were going to be drawn randomly to ask questions.

 

The meeting started at approximately 11:05am. Towards the end of the meeting, Mr. Carl Tomanelli was escorted out of the meeting. Mr. Tomanelli was very disruptive throughout the meeting and was told repeatedly to quiet down. He continuously interrupted people who were asking questions or making statements that he didn’t agree with. At no time did Representative Shea-Porter advise an officer to escort Mr. Tomanelli from the building.

 

Sincerely,

Lt. William Barry

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office

 

Friday
Sep042009

NH Senate Republican Statement on Democrats' Call for an Income Tax 

Concord, NH – Today, Senate Minority Leader Peter Bragdon (R-Milford) responded to House Speaker Terie Norelli's declaration that she is open to an income tax for New Hampshire:

 

“$1 billion in new spending and now Democrats want to look at an income tax! The Democrats desire for an income tax shows how legislative leaders in Concord have lost touch with New Hampshire citizens. That is exactly the wrong direction for New Hampshire.

 

"Republicans in the House and Senate continue to seek a bipartisan Plan B for the potential budget crisis that focuses on spending restraint, not new taxes on the working families of New Hampshire.

 

“We call on Governor Lynch to direct his Democrat Legislative leaders to focus on responsible solutions to looming budget issues, instead of conjuring up harmful ideas of new taxes.”

 

Find the Portsmouth Herald Article here: http://tinyurl.com/m2j7mj

 

Friday
Sep042009

CPR - NORELLI FLOATS INCOME TAX IDEA; CORNERSTONE RESPONDS 

Concord, NH - In an article published in today's seacoastonline.com, House Speaker, Terie Norelli, stated that she would be "open-minded" in exploring future revenue schemes for the state, including the implementation of an income tax.

 

Commenting on the Speaker's remarks, CPR-Action Executive Director, Kevin Smith, said the following: "Once again, the Speaker is demonstrating just how out of touch she is with New Hampshire voters. Has she not heard anything the people have been saying at the recent town hall meetings? The public is fed-up with out of control government spending both on the federal and state levels. Rather than holding a summit to examine new tax revenue schemes for the state, the Speaker ought to be holding a summit to examine all areas of state spending to determine where tax-payer dollars can bebetter spent."

 

In the article, the Speaker indicates that "aneconomic summit will be held in Concord this fall 'to try to figure out whether the way we do things in New Hampshire is working' — and all revenue sources would be on the table."

 

Friday
Sep042009

NH DHHS Announces Highest Work Participation Rate In Northeast for TANF Recipients

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is announcing new performance statistics that show New Hampshire outperformed other Northeast states in engaging families on assistance in work activities. Federal law requires that 50% of recipients in the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) Program be engaged in federally defined work activities.

 

The Federal Administration for Children and Families report shows New Hampshire’s participation rate for 2007 was 42%. While the federal mandate is a 50% participation rate, federal allowances for caseloads makes up the difference. This marks a 72% improvement in engagement of TANF recipients work activities in New Hampshire from 2006 to 2007. This improvement was 4th highest in the country.

 

“Improving the TANF work participation rate” said DHHS Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas, “is evidence that we’re helping bring people another step closer to achieving their employment goals, while helping them be able to provide basic needs for their loved ones.” .

 

DHHS’ Division of Family Assistance (DFA) oversees the TANF Program. "To achieve the participation rate,” said DFA Director Terry Smith, "the Department made a number of changes to the program. For instance, under our old program, we determined eligibility and gave a check before sending clients to their first work-related appointment. As many as 70% did not show up. So we made participation in work program orientation a condition of eligibility. This means, before they can get a check now, they have to come to an appointment and learn about what the New Hampshire Employment Program can do for them."

 

The average participation rate in the United States was 29.7%. The breakout for the Northeast is as follows:

 

Connecticut 28.8%

Maine 21.9%

Massachusetts 17.0%

New Hampshire 42.0%

Rhode Island 26.8%

Vermont 22.4%

 

If a State fails to meet the 50% rate, it can result in a financial penalty. If New Hampshire had missed its target, DHHS could have been subject to as much as $4 million in penalties. Vermont and Maine were identified as not meeting target participation, and look to be subject to financial penalty.