Press Releases

 

Thursday
Apr162009

SHEA-PORTER TO TOUR GREEN SMALL BUSINESSES

NEW HAMPSHIRE – On Thursday, April 16th Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter will participate in a Green Small Business Tour with the Green Alliance. This tour will highlight New Hampshire’s developing green economy and emphasize the positive role that businesses can play in combating climate change. Following the tour, the Congresswoman will participate in a press conference at New Hampshire’s first owner-financed Platinum LEED house.

 

Tour Logistics

 

Stop 1

 

What: Congresswoman Shea-Porter tours Simply Green Biodiesel Filling Station

 

Where: Simply Green Biodiesel Filling Station

547 Central Ave.

Dover, NH 03820

 

When: Thursday, April 16th at 10:30 a.m.

 

Background: Simply Green is currently working on growing algae to make algae based bio-fuels.

 

Stop 2

 

What: Congresswoman Shea-Porter tours Habitat for Humanity ReStore

 

Where: Habitat for Humanity ReStore

15 4th St

Dover, NH 03820

 

When: Thursday, April 16th at 11:30

 

Background: The Southeast New Hampshire Habitat for Humanity has opened the first ReStore retail location in New Hampshire in Dover. ReStore welcomes the public to shop its expansive inventory of new and reusable building materials and home improvement supplies. All of ReStore’s Profits go to fund local Habitat for Humanity Projects.

 

Stop 3

 

What: Congresswoman Shea-Porter Tours LEED certified home

 

Where: 35 Lawrence St

Portsmouth, NH 03801

 

When: Thursday, April 16th at 12:30 p.m.

 

Background: Little Green Homes is currently constructing a LEED Platinum single-family residence on Lawrence St. in Portsmouth. This home will be the first owner-financed Platinum LEED house in New Hampshire and only the 28th in the nation. It will be a net-zero building, meaning that it will generate all of its energy from sustainable sources. Solar panels will power the electric as well as provide domestic hot water and heat through radiant floor heating.

 

What: Press Conference with Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter

 

When: Thursday, April 16th at 1:30

 

Where: 35 Lawrence St

Portsmouth, NH 03801

 

Speakers:

Sarah Brown, The Green Alliance

Julia Dundorf New Hampshire Carbon Challenge Clean Air – Cool Planet

Chris Redmond, Little Green Homes

Peter Eggleston, Smuttynose Brewery founder and owner

Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter

Thursday
Apr162009

President Obama Underscores Commitment to Restoring Fairness to the Tax Code and Providing Tax Relief to Working Americans 

300 million dollars back in the pockets of New Hampshire working families as a result of Making Work Pay tax credit

 

WASHINGTON - Today, on Tax Day, President Obama will meet with several working families, just like the ones all across America, who are facing tough choices during this economic crisis. President Obama underscored his commitment to a simpler tax code that rewards work and the pursuit of the American dream and supports a future of sustained economic growth that creates good jobs and rising incomes for all Americans. He discussed the unprecedented action his Administration has taken to give tax cuts to the Americans who need them, while jump-starting growth and job creation in the process.

 

Many working Americans have lost a job or are fighting to keep their small business open. Many more are struggling to make payments, to stay in their home, or to pursue a college education. To help middle-class families get back on their feet and restore some fairness to the tax code, as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, President Obama signed the Making Work Pay tax credit into law. As a result, 500,000 families in New Hampshire are seeing more money in their paychecks.

 

“Since the Recovery Act was signed into law we have delivered real and tangible progress for the American people. I am proud to announce that my Administration has lessened the tax burden on working families while also restoring some balance to the tax code,” said President Barack Obama.

 

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is based on the simple premise: what is good for working families is good for the economy and what is good for the economy is good for working families. Specifically, cutting taxes for working families helps to create jobs because these families are the most likely to spend the money. And staving off a deep recession disproportionately helps working families that would have been most likely to get hurt by the recession. Here are some of the highlights of the plan:

 

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act: A Plan to Create Jobs and Help Families

v 95% of all working families will receive a tax cut

v 70% of the tax benefits goes to the middle 60% of American workers

v 2 million families will be lifted out of poverty by the tax cuts in the Recovery Act

v More than $150 billion in tax cuts will help low-income and vulnerable households during the economic recovery

v About 1 Million jobs will be created or saved by these tax cuts alone

v Already, over $3 billion of tax credits have been paid out to first-time homebuyers.

What Americans Are Getting:

Making Work Pay Tax Credit. The Making Work Pay tax credit provides a refundable tax credit of up to $400 for working individuals and $800 for working households, increasing most families’ take-home pay by over $65/month. The Making Work Pay Credit helps 95% of working families – over 120 million households in all. According to ADP, the nation’s largest payroll service provider, more than 80% of workers paid though ADP received the Making Work Pay tax credit in paychecks dated March 1 or later, and virtually all of their clients began using the new withholding tables by March 6th. During the recovery period, Making Work Pay is expected to put more than $100 billion into the pockets of hard-working Americans.

 

Expansion Of The First-Time Homebuyer Tax Credit. The expansion of the First-Time Homebuyer tax credit allows qualifying taxpayers who buy a home this year before December 1, 2009, to claim a credit of up to $8,000 on either their 2008 or 2009 tax returns. Unlike the prior first-time homebuyer credit, individuals do not need to pay this credit back. This credit will contribute to stabilizing the housing market and is estimated that it will help 1.4 million Americans purchase their first home by providing over $6.5 billion in credits. Over $3 billion of credits have already been paid out to first-time homebuyers.

Increased Earned Income Tax Credit. The Recovery Act includes two improvements to the EITC. It increases the credit for families with 3 or more children to 45% by more than $500, helping to reward work and reduce poverty. And it reduces EITC-related marriage penalties by as much as $400. Overall, 6.3 million low-income families with 12.7 million children will benefit from these two changes.

 

American Opportunity Tax Credit. The American Opportunity Tax Credit provides financial assistance of up to $2,500 to help offset the cost of tuition and other expenses for individuals seeking a college education. This new credit is available for up to four years of college and is the first college tax benefit to be partially refundable so that it will benefit moderate-income households as well. It is expected to save 4.9 million families save $9 billion.

Child Tax Credit Expansion. Thanks to the Recovery Act, the Child Tax Credit will now increase tax funds for more than 11 million low-income earners by increasing the refundability of the credit. Before the Act, working families with less than $12,550 were set to be excluded from the credit. The Act reduced this eligibility floor to $3,000, increasing tax refunds for million of low-income working families with children. This increase in eligibility will put almost $18 billion into the pockets of families most likely to spend the money and stimulate the economy.

Health Insurance For Workers Between Jobs. To help people maintain health coverage following job loss, the Recovery Act provides a 65% subsidy for COBRA continuation premiums for up to 9 months. As a result, eligible individuals pay only 35% of their COBRA premiums. Based on average COBRA premiums, this amounts to a subsidy of about $325 per month for single coverage and $715 per month for family coverage. This subsidy is expected to provide approximately $24 billion in benefits to more than 5 million individuals and families that have recently lost jobs that provided them with health benefits.

 

Benefits For Retirees, other Social Security Beneficiaries and Disabled Veterans. The American Recovery Act provides a one-time payment of $250 to retirees, disabled veterans, and SSI recipients. Over 64 million retirees and other individuals will receive this one-time payment, totaling $16 billion.

 

Auto Sales and Excise Tax Deduction. The Recovery Act provides taxpayers with a new tax deduction for state and local sales and excise taxes paid on the purchase of a new car, light truck, recreational vehicles, or motorcycles through 2009. This deduction is estimated to save 7.8 million new vehicle purchasers $1.6 billion during the new recovery period.

 

Carryback Of Net Operating Losses For Small Businesses. Under the Recovery Act, small businesses can elect to carryback 2008 net operating losses (NOLs) for up to five years, as opposed to 2 years. This longer carryback period gives small businesses that experienced losses in 2008 the ability to get immediate refunds of income taxes they paid in earlier years and is estimated to give back $3.4 billion to small businesses this year.

Expanded Depreciation for Businesses. The economic recovery legislation extends a provision allowing small businesses to expense up to $250,000 in investments. In addition, the extension of the bonus depreciation under the Recovery Act generally allows businesses that purchase equipment placed in service during 2009 to accelerate their first year depreciation to up to 50% of purchase cost. This additional tax relief is estimated to help business save $34 billion during the recovery period.

 

How These Tax Cuts Affect American Families:

SAMPLE FAMILY

TAX CUT UNDER RECOVERY ACT

Married couple with 2 children.

 

Income: $120,000

$800

($800 from Making Work Pay Credit)

 

 

Married couple eligible for first time Homebuyer’s Credit with 2 children

 

Income: $60,000

 

 

 

$8,800

($800 from Making Work Pay Credit

and $8,000 from Homebuyer’s Credit)

Married couple with 3 children, all eligible for the Child Tax Credit and EITC.

 

Income: $30,000

 

$2,172

($800 from Making Work Pay Credit,

$1,025 from EITC increase, and

$347 from Child Tax Credit increase)

Married Couple with a Child who is a Full Time Student with $4,000 in Education Expenses

 

Income: $90,000

$1,500

($800 from Making Work Pay Credit,

$700 from increased American Opportunity Tax Credit)

Thursday
Apr162009

SHEA-PORTER ANNOUNCES OTTATI-GOSS SITE TO RECEIVE CLEAN-UP FUNDS 

NEW HAMPSHIRE – Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter today announced that the Ottati-Goss site in Kingston will receive up to $5 million in funding to help clean-up hazardous waste. This funding is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

 

“This is another tangible example of how the Recovery package is helping New Hampshire residents,” said Congresswoman Shea-Porter. “It is essential to clean-up hazardous waste materials in New Hampshire and we will also create jobs with this funding.”

 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is scheduled to announce $600 million in new funding for the clean-up of hazardous waste (Superfund) sites across the nation. The Federal Superfund program was created in 1980 to clean up uncontrolled hazardous waste sites that pose unacceptable risks to human health and the environment.

 

Wednesday
Apr152009

Jeb Bradley for State Senate Campaign Update 

In the past few days Jeb Bradley has received the endorsements of the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB), 4 Conway Selectmen, and the Union Leader!

 

We are in the home stretch for the Tuesday April 21st Special Election for State Senate and we need your help to get us to victory. Please sign up today if you can help us go door to door in Senate District 3 this weekend. This is the last weekend before the election and it is critically important that we reach out to as many voters as possible and let them know that we need Jeb Bradley in the State Senate so he can put a STOP to the Democrats’ radical tax agenda. The Democrats in the Legislature have already passed a new capital gains tax, a new death tax, doubled the gas tax, and have done nothing to cut the outrageous spending that has brought us to a half a billion dollar deficit. If you can’t make it to go door to door this weekend, visit www.jebforstatesenate.com and make your online contribution today and help us get one step closer to victory! Even just a $5, $15, or $50 or even a $100 contribution today will be critical in these final days of the campaign!

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

Meet the Ca ndidates Forum with Jeb Bradley
and his democratic opponent
Thursday April 16th
Rally Begins at 6:00pm, forum begins at 7:00pm
Sandwich Central School, 28 Squam Lake Rd
Center Sandwich, NH 03227

 

If you can help Jeb this weekend, during a “Super Weekend” April 18 and 19 click here and let us know!

 

If you are willing to help make Get Out The Vote Phone Calls click here for the closest phone bank location near you!

 

If you have been making phone calls from home don’t forget to send back your results to us here at pkaroutas@comcast.net

 

Contributions can be made online at www.jebforstatesenate.comor sent to Jeb Bradley for State Senate, 645 South Main Street, Wolfeboro NH, 03894.

Wednesday
Apr152009

freekeenenews - Audio of the Arrest and Torture of Peaceful Activist, Sam.

http://freekeene.com/2009/04/14/audio-of-the-arrest-and-torture-of-peaceful-activist-sam/

Yesterday, our friend and co-blogger here at Free Keene, Sam from the Obscured Truth Network was arrested and from the sound of it, tortured. He was attempting to record with his video camera in the allegedly public lobby of the Keene District Court. His attempt at videoing was in response to the arrest of Dave Ridley from the Ridley Report a month earlier for videoing in the same place. Sam’s fellow liberty activists, including Dave Ridley were all present to see and hear the tyranny in action. Since no video footage exists to my knowledge except what is inside Sam’s HD camera (now in the Keene PD’s possession), you’ll have to experience the event through the ears of my audio recorder.

 

http://freekeene.com/files/SamArrested2009-04-13.mp3

 

Please let me know if you'd like to interview any of the activists,
Ian Freeman
Blogger, FreeKeene.com